Dog adopted after being called ‘gay,’ abandoned at shelter

Steve Nichols and his boyfriend, John Winn, from North Carolina, weren’t planning on adopting a dog last week, but one canine’s story jumped out to them. According to Nichols, their conclusion was nearly “instant.”

Nichols, 61, and Winn, 58, had been married for 33 years and first heard about a dog abandoned for exhibiting so-called “gay” behavior from a local news article.

“We watched the story about the owner who turned the dog in because he thought he was gay,” Nichols said on “Good Morning America.” “The dog had humped another male dog, and he contacted the shelter and said I’m going to kill him if you don’t rescue this dog.” So the people at the shelter were wonderful and provided him a place right away.”

The dog was transported to Stanly County Animal Protective Services, a shelter affiliated with the Greater Charlotte SPCA. Fezco was his given name.

“My partner and I began chatting about it. ‘You know, in 33 years, we’ve had to confront the same ignorance, bigotry and stupidity from individuals, and we weren’t always able to do something about it,’ the dialogue went. “However, we felt, ‘We can do something about this,'” Nichols said on “GMA.”

“So we started out with the intention of just doing something to help, like donating money or whatever.” Over the course of two days, it gradually evolved into, ‘Well, he’s going to be a part of our family,’ and we ended up adopting him.”

Nichols describes Oscar as a “laid-back, sweet dog.”

The couple adopted the puppy on March 22 in Indian Trail, North Carolina, a neighborhood southeast of Charlotte. Today, Nichols described the black and brown dog, Oscar, as a “lovable mutt.”

Oscar was neutered and had abdominal surgery to remove a testicle near his kidney that never descended normally. He is scheduled to begin heartworm treatment the following week.

Dr. William Pressly, owner of Pressly Animal Hospital in Matthews, North Carolina, said Oscar, who he believes is a mixed breed – possibly a German shepherd-husky mix – and is between 4 1/2 and 5 years old, has a long health road ahead of him, but he is optimistic about the dog’s future.

Oscar was adopted on March 22.

“Oscar is one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met.” “He didn’t have any dominance issues with any of the dogs that we introduced him to while he was here,” Pressly told “GMA.”

Pressly, who has been practicing for 25 years, stated that a dog’s so-called “gay” behavior is not an accurate description. “Canine and feline animal behavior has no sexual orientation.” “It’s just not there,” stated the vet.

“One method [dogs] can assert their dominance is by humping, the other is via nipping or other minor behaviors,” Pressly explained. “Some dogs hump, while others do not. It all depends on how they desire to assert dominance over another canine.”

Oscar was “extremely cautious” at first, according to Nichols, but he is gradually becoming more ease in his new surroundings.

Oscar recently had surgery and will receive heartworm treatment next week.

“He’s starting to come out of his shell. When he initially wagged his tail on the first day we had him, we were both ecstatic. Then, over the weekend, he smiled at me a few times, which made me quite happy. So I believe he’s simply becoming a member of the family, and his personality is growing every day,” Nichols explained.

“He’s such a laid-back, nice dog who listens and obeys directions.” “He never gets more than two or three feet away from either of us,” he added.

Oscar was named after the gay writer and poet Oscar Wilde, according to Nichols.

“He is a legendary writer.” ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ he wrote. And he was also extremely out, which was a big deal back then, much greater than it is now,” Nichols explained. “So we gave him the name Oscar.” We always name our dogs after people.”

Nichols and Winn are also the proud parents of Harry, who they adopted from the local SPCA.

Oscar also has a new furry sibling, Harry, a terrier-Chihuahua mix who was also adopted.

“Harry is happy as long as Oscar doesn’t take his spot on the bed at night and steal his cookies,” Nichols explained.

Nichols and his partner believe Oscar’s tale will inspire others to adopt, and they emphasize that Oscar’s success story includes many people.

“We have a strong feeling that people in this country have been wanting stories with heroes and happy endings for the previous four or five years.” “This is one of those stories, but we are not the heroes,” Nichols explained. “The heroes are the shelter workers, the veterinarian’s office, and the SPCA staff who deal with this on a daily basis.”

“As a result, my message is to adopt rather than shop.” Adopt first since there are so many animals in need of a loving home. And if you are unable to adopt, please assist them financially; they are in critical need of money.”

h/t: Good Morning America

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