29th Jun, 2022

RSPCA Coventry appeal for a loving city home to come forward and adopt 'special' Holly

A STAFFORDSHIRE bull terrier which has been overlooked for three months is in search of a new home.

RSPCA Coventry is looking to re-home Holly who has received little interest from potential adopters.

The eight-year-old is a hermaphrodite – meaning she has both male and female reproductive organs, something extremely rare in dogs.

Danni Holder, kennel supervisor at the branch, said Holly loves going out for walks and is a very playful dog which would settle into a new home well.

She added: “Holly is a very special dog to us.

“Being a hermaphrodite doesn’t cause Holly any physical issues or difficulties, but it might put people off from adopting her.

“It absolutely shouldn’t though, as Holly is such a lovely and friendly dog.”

“She has been with us since the end of last year, so we’d really love to find a home for her soon.

“Holly has such a big ‘Staffie smile’ which is infectious.

“We have fallen in love with her and we think she would be a wonderful dog to have at home.”

RSPCA chief vet James Yeates said: “Hermaphrodites have both ovaries and testicles and this is rare.

“Some of these animals have a mixture of genes in their cells.

“It is more common for some males to have some female genitalia and undescended testicles, known as hermaphrodites.

“But it is also possible to get females with some male organs which would be known as pseudohermaphrodites.”

Anyone interested in adopting Holly can contact the RSPCA Coventry branch on 02476 336616.

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