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."
Quinn created the non-profit All Aboard Animal Search & Rescue to give such dogs a voice and find them a good home.
Some dogs come to her from people who are no longer able to keep them, or who discover them running loose or living in often deplorable conditions. Sometimes, Quinn reaches into her own pocket to buy dogs from people she believes are mistreating them.
She'll offer to purchase dogs from homeless people when she perceives that the animal is not a cherished companion but a prop or, worse, a victim of chronic neglect and abuse.
To check on the welfare of dogs kept by homeless people, she'll sometimes venture into encampments "that I probably shouldn't."
With the help of All Aboard donors and the staff of Santa Rosa's Western Farm Center, Quinn also provides dog food, winter-weather gear and other essentials to homeless people she believes are trying to do right by their pets.
"I don't want them to starve. I don't want them to freeze," she said.
Vince Hase, who once was homeless, remembers the day Quinn pulled up alongside him and his dog, Scrappy, on a street in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square/West End neighborhood.
"She asked about my dog and if we needed anything," said Hase. He replied that Scrappy, an elderly blue heeler mix, could use a raincoat.
Hase said Quinn drove off and minutes later returned with a raincoat for his dog. She subsequently shot portraits of Scrappy, brought her food and paid Hase well to perform some yard work at her home.
Quinn also happened by shortly after a hit-and-run car killed Scrappy on Wilson Street early in 2013. Hase was beside himself, and most grateful when Quinn offered to take care of cremation.
Months later, a niece who'd been looking for Hase for the better part of 20 years was on the Internet and came upon a Press Democrat piece about him and Scrappy. Hase now lives happily with her and her family in Antioch.
He said by phone Friday he will return to Santa Rosa to help Quinn with her mission to aid dogs in need.
"She took a piece of my heart," he said.