Cancer Survivor Finds New BFF With Three-Legged Dog

All the tissues were needed at a Sacramento, California pet adoption, where two friends in similar situations became forever family.


Twelve-year-old Quinn is a warrior. He is a cancer survivor who had his leg and hip amputated two years ago due to the ravages of the disease. But trooper that he is, he knew the amputation wasn’t going to make him any less who he was, and upon waking up from the surgery, the first thing he told his mom, Teresa, was that he wanted a dog with three legs.


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Teresa took that to heart, scouring the country for a dog with three legs and just-the-right personality to be Quinn’s amputee buddy and forever family member. After two years of looking, she thought she’d finally found the perfect pup through the Front Street Animal Shelter’s Facebook page. Just knowing he was ‘the one,’ Teresa took Quinn out of his Napa, California school early and rushed to Sacramento to pick him up.


But upon arrival, the shelter staff had to tell Teresa and Quinn that someone had already reserved Logan, a pitbull mix, and their hearts were broken. Still, they decided to hang out and see if the person who’d reserved him actually adopted him. To everyone’s sheer joy, the woman changed her mind, and Quinn and Logan were brought together.


Shelter worker Gina Knepp said that when she saw Quinn and Logan together, she immediately began to tear up, and said that Logan’s adoption was one that was full of many joyful tears. Logan came to the shelter as a stray with a broken leg. He had to have it amputated and survived the surgery, only to face finding the perfect family to love him.


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Quinn’s mother says that he actually first battled cancer when he was just a baby, and then again recently, resulting in his amputation. She said that his treatments were lonely and isolating for him, but he now has a friend who is no stranger to survival and thriving himself.

No. You’re crying! (Okay. I am too.)

Lori Ennis
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