Sonoma County's voice for forgotten dogs

  • Mary Quinn, founder of the dog rescue non-profit All Aboard Animal Search and Rescue, throws a ball for Soara, an 8-year-old black labrador retriever, in Santa Rosa on Thursday, March 6, 2014. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Mary Quinn befriends some of Sonoma County's most miserable dogs.

"They aren't broken," she says, "they're just bent."

Quinn toils to feed, clean, assure, train and straighten out dogs used as fight-ring bait or abandoned, chained and forgotten, traded on the street like chattel or labeled as unredeemable and designated to be killed.

Then she writes a personal ad for them.

A current one features a photograph of Sophia Flower, a white and brown pit bull pup.

"I am very social with all people, kids, and other animals too," states the dog's ad in The Press Democrat classified section. "What I love best is riding in the car with my head across your lap.

"Please call Mary."

Quinn, a 56-year-old former Point Arena country girl, can tell you exactly why she writes a dog-seeks-adoption ad as though the pup were speaking.

She recalls visiting the county animal shelter and looking into the eyes of a homeless dog that had a story and longings she could only imagine.

As the dog looked away, it occurred to Quinn, "She has no voice."

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