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Maggie Q has a soft spot for problem pooches

Actress Maggie Q, star of The CW's Nikita, has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember, and she especially loves dogs with a back story.

The star tells PeoplePets.com that while on a trip to Hong Kong, she stopped in a local animal shelter to make a small donation. She asked to see some of the dogs and came across a white puppy. Q learned that the pup had been returned to the rescue five times, and because of that, she had developed problems trusting humans. She adopted the canine on the spot.

"I looked at the pet store puppies and thought, 'Someone's always going to love them because they're perfect and beautiful and shiny.' And then you go to the shelter and you see dogs that are equally beautiful but aren't given the chance because they've been rejected," she told the news source.

Q lives with her boyfriend and three lovable rescue dogs, each with their own unique problems, but you would never know it from how happy they are in her home.

Six to eight million pets are cared for by rescue shelters every year in the U.S., according to the Humane Society.
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