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Quinn, Lilo & Penny : Fighting Against BSL

Casey's Note: Earlier this year, I connected with Quinn online and immediately knew that we had to support her and the Replace Denver BSL mission. As a direct result of the tireless work that RDBLS put in over the past 3 years, on November 3rd, 2020, the residence of Denver successfully voted to overturn the archaic and ineffective breed ban law that had been in place in Denver for over 30 years. Thanks to Quinn and her team, Pitbulls can once again live safely in Denver under new responsible ownership laws. We are so proud to share a little bit more of Quinn's Rescue Story with you.


NAME: Quinn Pigott

DOG'S NAMES: Lilo & Penny

LOCATION : Denver, Colorado

How did you come to find your rescue dog(s):  I rescued Lilo, my Pittie/Doxin mix, in Chicago. My friend was fostering her so I scooped her up! When moving to Denver, I was unaware of the  BSL in place there and immediately wanted to get involved with making a change. I thought, 'If no one is doing something about it, I have to do something.'  I wanted to make a change.

My second rescue, Penny, was a foster fail in Denver. Penny was in a shelter that was closing down, and the animals were in line to be euthanized. No-kill shelters were overpopulated, and I spent hours volunteering to help walk the dogs. That’s where I met Penny. Penny was terrified and wouldn’t leave the corner of the cage, so I brought her home and she never went back to the shelter!

If you and your pup had an entire day to do only fun things together, what would your day look like? Lilo, Penny and I (or the girls as I like to call them!) would go hiking! Hands down our most favorite thing to do. Drive to the mountains with all the windows down, music blasting, sun shining and then make our way through the woods to the top of a mountain (preferably with a lake!). I always bring a good book and snacks for us. Then, head back down, grab some amazing food and beers, head home for snuggles and movie night.

Why was it important for you to rescue a dog (as opposed to buying one): Growing up we had lots of animals in the house (dogs, cats, birds, fish) and my grandma was always rescuing and saving all the animals! For holidays, she would adopt a whale, save the rainforest always in our names. I was brought up to take care of 'God's Creatures' (as my grandma put it) whether that was our planet or these animals. When it was time for me to get my first pet, there was no question in my mind it would be a rescue.

If you had two magic minutes where your dog could understand everything you said, what would you tell her/him? That when I leave whether it is the house, going on vacation or just outside the coffee shop I will ALWAYS come back hahaha

What would be your dog's theme song? When they have the zoomies it's totally 'Who Let the Dogs Out' by Maha Man! But Penny was named after the song 'Penny Lane' by the Beatles

What do you want the world to know about rescuing a dog? You may be rescuing them, but they rescue you right back! It is such a rewarding and loving experience.

Photography // Madison Stringfellow, @heystringfellow



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