Dog Undergoes Gender Reassignment Surgery, Finds New Home

Meet Red, a rather unusual specimen. Red was born with both male and female reproductive organs. Sharon Blechinger, director of the Helping Every Animal League (HEAL) paid out of pocket to have gender reassignment surgery performed on the dog. Now he is recovering and ready to go to a new home. Fifteen people have applied to adopt the lucky pooch thus far, but a decision regarding his final home will not be made until August 20th.

Sources close to Red say he is relieved to know that he will not be remembered as the first dog in history to not ever want to go out. 😉

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  1. Wow, I didn’t realize that dogs could have sex reassignment issues too! I hope Red will be very happy as a boy.

  2. Ryker says on  08/10/2010 at 2:32 am

    So did he need to be spayed and neutered???

  3. Huskee and Hershey says on  08/10/2010 at 4:18 am

    Wow didn’t know that this can happen to dogs too!! Bet that Red is one happy boy now…

  4. Well Red certainly has a wonderful smile!

  5. Well, he looks happy with the decision!

  6. Good for Red! I hopes he is very happy and with his new furever family real soon. :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  7. Oh my word….I had no clue that could happen…..what a precious puppy.
    Madi and Mom

  8. Very interesting – a true first for us to see. What a wonderful lady to make Red a happy boy.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  9. Dip Bridge and Elliot says on  08/10/2010 at 1:07 pm

    How unusual, hope Red enjoys his new home.
    Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

  10. That is most interesting. I wonder how they decided to makes Red a boy and not a girl? Did he have to undergo psychological testing? Well, anyway, I hope he finds his Most Pawfect Home That Ever Was real soon!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  11. Marjorie says on  08/10/2010 at 4:06 pm

    It’s not all that rare.

  12. That’s crazy! I’m so happy for him, though, that he landed in the right hands and is on his way to a new home. Go Red!

  13. did he/she care?…lol

  14. does the gender really mater if he/she is to neutered anyway? just wondering?
    wouldn’t they just take away the extra parts when neutering? interesting….

  15. Bev Doan says on  03/03/2011 at 10:42 pm

    Wow. I’ve never heard of this either, but Red can’t be the only dog ever to be forn this way, and in need of this kind of surgery. There are probably more gender confused dogs walking around out there somewhere.


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