Today the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando sent out a plea by email regarding a dog that has come into their shelter. Rachel Klaren, the Assistant Shelter Manager, reached out to local rescues and residents who are known to assist pets in need, with the following, and very unusual, request for Charley. “Hello all. I have a 2-year-old pure bred Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier that needs to go to rescue.”
Usually Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are relatively easy to adopt out of most shelters. However, Charley is a hermaphrodite. She entered and came in as a girl with a possible swollen vulva. Upon further examination, Pet Alliance discovered that she had a small penis protruding from her vulva.
When Charley was anesthetized for spay surgery, the veterinarian also found a pair of testicles, but no ovaries or uterus. The Pet Alliance veterinarian performed surgery, as is the usual procedure for animals that come into shelters, before they are adopted out, or made available to rescue. Charley, once a female, was spayed, and is now a male. However, Pet Alliance is concerned that Charley will need further examination for his vulva/penis to see if amputation of his penis is needed.
Charley urinates like a normal female, in a squatting position, through the vulva and around the penis. Fortunately, Charley has no urinary issues at the moment, and is also quite healthy and handsome. However, there may be further medical issues down the road than Pet Alliance can provide, and they are looking to quickly find him a rescue where he can be fully examined by a specialist. Charley is not currently listed on their Petfinder.com adoption site.
If your rescue believes it can provide the care that Charley may need, or if you are qualified to take in a dog with special needs such as this one, please contact Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Their phone number is 407-418-0901. They are located at 2727 Conroy Road, Orlando, Florida, 32839. Pet Alliance has many pets looking for new homes. Here is their Facebook link!
Charley is a beautiful boy, and once his physical needs are further assessed, he will make a gorgeous addition to a family. According to the AKC, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are friendly, adaptable, watchful, lively and good with kids. They are the 48th most popular dog breed in the country. Adults usually weigh between 35 and 40 lbs. If you would like to check out other Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, there are others for adoption and rescue on Facebook sites like Rescue Me! and Wheatens in Need Rescue. If you’re in Florida, you can also check out the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Greater Tampa Bay.