A North Carolina man wasn’t planning on adopting a dog last week, but after hearing Fezco’s story, Steve Nichols and his partner, John Winn, couldn’t resist. According to Nichols, their decision was almost “immediate,” and they became deeply attached to the canine.
Nichols, 61, and Winn, 58, have been together for 33 years and first learned of a dog abandoned for displaying so-called “homosexual” behavior, a local news report says. Four-year-old Fezco was abandoned at Stanly County Animal Protection Services after his previous owners decided something was wrong with him and wanted to get rid of the poor dog.
The dog had humped another male dog, and Fezco’s previous owners contacted the shelter and said if they didn’t rescue the dog, they would kill him. Fortunately, the Stanly County Animal Shelter was able to find him a loving home quickly.
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“We saw the story about the owner who gave the dog to the shelter because he thought he was gay,” Nichols told Good Morning America. “My partner and I started talking about it. The conversation went something like this: ‘You know, in 33 years, we’ve had to deal with the same ignorance, intolerance and stupidity from people and we couldn’t always do something about it.’ But we thought, ‘We can do something about it.’”
“So we started in an effort to do something to help, donate some money or something. Over a two-day period, he kind of morphed into something like, ‘Well, he’s going to be a part of our family,’ and we ended up adopting him.”
On Twitter, many people came together to support Fezco and his story. They were outraged at the idea of abandoning a dog for this harmless and very common behaviour.
“Friends of North Carolina: Please adopt this very cute and apparently very gay dog,” the web designer and author wrote. Joshua Mauldin.
One of the reasons dogs may engage in such behavior is that they could have a high level of testosterone that is driving the dog to reproduce, veterinarian Tahl Rozycki told USA TODAY. “It could just be that he is trying to assert dominance over the other dog. The behavior could also be attributed to dogs always having a pecking order in a multi-dog environment and knowing where their pecking order is, Rozycki said.
Same-sex behavior has been observed in some 1,500 species and is probably present in all social vertebrates. Research has found that interactions between animals of the same sex can help create bonds and produce hierarchies, which could aid in hunting.
Steve Nichols and his partner John live in Charlotte and have been together for over 30 years. They adopted Fezco and renamed him Oscar, after well-known gay writer Oscar Wilde, according to the couple.
“It’s such a dumb reason to give up a dog,” Nichols told WCCB Charlotte. “We just thought it would make sense for the gay dog to be adopted by a loving gay family,” they told USA Today.
No dog deserves to be abandoned for something they instinctively do as canines, and it’s amazing that Oscar has found his forever home and is accepted and loved as he should be!
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