Dog dumped at shelter for being ‘gay’ looking for forever home

Fez, the dog dumped at shelter for being 'gay'
(Image credit: WCCB news / Stanly County Animal Shelter)

If you’re thinking that ‘dog dumped at shelter for being gay’ is the most ridiculous headline you’ve read so far this week, you’re not alone and yet that’s exactly what’s just happened to gorgeous boy Fezco.

According to WCCB News, staff at an animal shelter in North Carolina took receipt of Fezco after his owners surrendered him because they suspected their canine companion might be gay after they caught him attempting to mount and hump another male dog.

Fezco, who adores other people and animals, is described by shelter staff as an extremely good boy who weighs around 50 lbs and is roughly four to five years old. This wonderful pup is now looking for a foster family who can look after him until a forever home can be found.

What Fezco’s previous owners didn’t seem to understand is that same-sex behavior is very normal and has been observed in around 1,500 different animal species, including dogs. 

It’s also common for dogs to mount other dogs for reasons other than sexual attraction, including a desire to display power and dominance and as a response to stress, anxiety or excitment. Many dogs will often mount their brothers and sisters as a way to engage them in play.

While Fezco’s breed is unknown, his story has brought him attention from all around the world and we have a feeling it won’t be long before this sweet-hearted canine finds the loving home he deserves.

If you know of anyone who might be able to foster Fezco or you’d like to offer him a temporary home yourself while he’s made ready for adoption, you can call the Stanly County Animal Protective Services on (704) 986-3881.

Kathryn Williams
Freelance writer

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has been a member of the PetsRadar family since it launched in 2020. Highly experienced in her field, she's driven by a desire to provide pet parents with accurate, timely, and informative content that enables them to provide their fur friends with everything they need to thrive. Kathryn works closely with vets and trainers to ensure all articles offer the most up-to-date information across a range of pet-related fields, from insights into health and behavior issues to tips on products and training. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with her family (which includes one super sassy cat), drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and reading all the books.