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Posted: September 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Meghan Smith, of San Marcos, poses for a photo with her pit bull Quinn. Meghan Smith, of San Marcos, poses for a photo with her pit bull Quinn.
Meghan Smith, of San Marcos, poses for a photo with her pit bull Quinn.

Quinn was despondent. She lay in her cage at the humane society and watched the parade of potential adopters pass her by. She didn’t have much going for her. Not only was she a pit bull, a very loyal breed that has gotten lots of bad press, but she was also black, another strike against her. has declared September Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Month to lend a hand to animals like Quinn — unpopular breeds, special needs pets, the black ones who don’t show up too well in their dark kennels. But for Quinn, her lucky day was about to arrive.

Meghan Smith and her boyfriend of San Marcos were looking for a dog to adopt, and when they learned that Rancho Coastal Humane Society had a $15 adoption deal, they were interested.

“We had looked on Petfinder to get an idea of what we wanted but still were not sure,” Smith says, so the couple went to meet the dogs in person. “We were a bit overwhelmed by how many dogs were there.”

They passed by Quinn a few times, but didn’t notice her. Then it happened. “I do not know what drew me to her,” Smith says, “but as we were going in to look at another dog, I stopped. She just looked so sad, lying there.”

Smith put her hand to the gate, and Quinn licked her hand lightly. Then the dog “stuck her paw into my fingers through the bars, and that was it,” Smith says. “My heart was stolen from that moment.”

Quinn “has turned out to be the best $15 decision I have ever made,” she says. “She is the kindest, most loving, happy dog you could ever meet.” She adds that Quinn is a poster child for changing the pit bull image. gives you poignant stories of people who have given loving forever homes to shelter pets — and found their own lives enriched as a result. Written by Joan Banks, author of


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