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Arin Greenwood
Arin Greenwood is HuffPost's animal welfare editor. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, and devoted fan of cats who run for public office.

Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013.

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Dogs Trapped In Hot Cars Could Be Freed By Good Samaritans Under Proposed Florida Law

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 10:23 AM

What can you do if you see a dog trapped in a hot car? In most states, if you want to remain within the confines of the law, you call the police or animal control -- and hope they get there in time.

 A bill...

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활로 고양이를 죽인 수의사, 결국 처벌 받는다(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 11:00 PM

페이스북 그룹 ‘타이거를 기억하며(Remembering Tiger)’에 올라온 사진

활로 쏴서 고양이를 죽였다고 페이스북에 자랑하고도 형사 고발을 면했던 텍사스 주 수의사가 결국 처벌을 받게 될 모양이다.

텍사스 주 수의사 심사위원회는 지난 주 공청회에서 크리스틴 린지가 규칙을 어겼다고 판단했다. 그녀가...

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This Fantastically Enormous Feline Will Inspire You To Adopt A Black Cat Of Your Own

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 3:28 PM

It's not just that Nero the cat is very large. Though at 25 pounds, he certainly is a substantial animal.

Nero's impressive physicality is all the more on display here because the person holding him -- cat veterinarian Anne Sinclair, owner of Cat Sense Feline Hospital and Boarding -- is also quite petite.

"I never quite made it to 5 feet. More like 4'11"," she says. "So my height does make Nero look even larger than he is."

Nero is a Maine coon type of cat, who lives in Maryland, not far from Washington, D.C. 

Unlike some other Maine coons in that general geographical region -- and despite his commandingly imperial name -- Nero does not have his sights set on elected office.

Rather, Nero "is a mellow dude, very friendly and loving," says owner Victoria Timian. 

Timian has had Nero since 2009, when he was a kitten. At 12 weeks old, Timian recalls Nero weighing about 5 pounds -- not the sort of early girth portending this later size.

A typical reaction to her boy is, "Wow, that's a big cat!!" But the reaction she'd like to get is inspiring more people to take home black cats of their own.

"Black cats are the some of the sweetest cats around," Timian says. "Nevertheless, they are the last to be adopted."

This guy, having been one of the lucky ones, spends his day napping, having his chin scratched and climbing up on the counter.

Nero also likes helping with laundry and wrestling with the household's other two cats -- his littermate Lily, who weighs a mere 18.5 pounds, and an adopted friend, 11-pound Redcat Rocket.

All this is punctuated, of course, with regular snacks, because a cat doesn't stay 25 pounds by going on a diet.

Once his work is done, Nero's nights, then, are in the family bed, tucked between Timian and her husband.

"As big as he is, we are bigger!" she says.

Speaking of bigger: Sinclair tells The Huffington Post that large as he is, Nero is healthy.

Sinclair loves working with cats because of their unique characteristics. For instance, they are very good at hiding illnesses -- which gives her a career full of fascinating challenges.

"One of the most common misconceptions is that a cat who appears to be fine at home is healthy and doesn't need be examined yearly by their veterinarian," she says.

Because Nero gets his regular checkups, Sinclair is able to observe that, despite appearing a little bit like a zaftig panther, the cat is actually in very good shape.

And he's not even the most gigantic cat Sinclair has worked with, in her 23 years of practice, the last 11 as a certified feline specialist.

"Many years ago I saw a cat who was morbidly obese and over 35 pounds," she says. "The scale only went up to 35 pounds. And the cat broke it."

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Texas Vet Who Killed Cat With Arrow Broke State Rules, Faces Punishment

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 9:12 AM

The Texas veterinarian who escaped criminal charges after bragging on Facebook that she'd killed a cat with a bow and arrow could end up being punished after all.

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Pit Bull With Half A Face Gets New Nose, Helps Other Abuse Victims

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 9:38 PM

The damage inflicted on Khalessi the pit bull by her previous owners is, finally, being undone.

The sweet dog who lost half her face -- including her nose and jaw, as well as full use of...

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Baby Panda Dies At National Zoo

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Well, this is heartbreaking: One of two baby pandas born on Saturday at the National Zoo has died.

The smaller of the two cubs died on Wednesday shortly after 2 p.m., the zoo said in a news statement

The larger cub "appears to be...

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MMA Fighter Offers Dog-Loving Steelers Fans A Way To Protest Michael Vick Joining The Team

(22) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 9:23 AM

Gordon "Shotgun" Shell is a retired mixed martial arts fighter with a second career as a vigilante dogfight buster, pit bull advocate and semi-professional Michael Vick objector.

This week, Shell's been hearing from many former fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers who are unhappy that Vick -- an NFL quarterback...

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10 Years Later, Pit Bull Rescued During Katrina Finally Has A Forever Home

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 4:14 PM

A few weeks after Hurricane Katrina, veterinarian Jennifer Wellman was volunteering at a camp set up to care for displaced pets, many of whom were sick and starving.

Pinky came in -- a sunburned pit bull with a bad skin condition and a sweet disposition, and nowhere to go.

"I wasn't really planning on bringing animals back," Wellman says. But she couldn't bear to leave Pinky behind. 

Wellman (her last name was then Stobbe; that's how she's identified in the video) wound up coming home to her practice in Mississippi with three Katrina pit bulls in tow, Pinky among them, figuring she'd get them healthy and socialized, and then into homes.

Half a decade later, Pinky was still there.

Wellman had by then opened a pet resort, to go with her animal hospital. Pinky lived there, and was happy and comfortable.

He and another of the dogs, who also hadn't yet been adopted, had "a pretty darn good quality of life," says Wellman.

But she still hoped that they'd find families to love them. 

To increase their odds, Pinky and the other pup were dispatched to a progressive shelter in Colorado, where the climes seemed friendlier to pit bull adoption. 

The two dogs were given lots of training and love at the Colorado shelter. It worked for Pinky's friend, who got adopted.

Pinky was given a new name more fitting to the now older, no longer sunburned dog: Yogi.

But even with the new name and the new environment, Yogi still wasn't getting adopted. He's not great with other dogs and has lingering health issues, plus a patchy coat -- which might all have contributed.

Yogi began showing some signs of stress in the shelter. The options for a dog in this situation can often be grim.

His shelter caregivers wanted to see a happier ending, and submitted an application for Yogi to go live at the Best Friends Animal Society sanctuary in Utah. 

Yogi got to the sanctuary in July 2012.

The aim was still to find him a home. But if needed, Yogi could stay the rest of his life in this place -- where on any given day he'd go for long walks and take golf cart rides around the sanctuary, palling around with staff and volunteers.

"Yogi was always very happy here," says Cherie Mascis, a manager at Best Friends. "He has never had a home so we don't know if he knew what he was missing."

Ingrid Lindberg and her partner, Melinda Miles, are dog lovers who traveled from their home in Alaska to volunteer at Best Friends over the summer.

The couple met Yogi on a golf cart ride. They were impressed with his sweetness and moved by his history. They asked if they could keep him overnight, at their hotel, expecting a short-term affair.

"A dog adoption was not on my list," says Lindberg.

After going back home to Alaska, Lindberg and Miles couldn't stop talking about Yogi. They posted about him on Facebook and tried to convince their friends to adopt him.

"I knew there was someone out there who would see that despite his challenges and his age, Yogi is a great dog," says Lindberg.

It did not take long for Lindberg to realize that she and Miles and their two kids were those someones. They put in an adoption application, and were thrilled to have it accepted.

Mascis says some happy tears were shed, as Best Friends staff said goodbye. They gave Yogi a few extra walks, and a few more golf cart rides, before sending him on his way.

"We knew that Yogi could blossom in a home, and we always hoped that would come true for him," she says.

Wellman is having a hard time keeping her eyes dry, too.

"He was just a puppy when we rescued him," says Wellman. "This is the most wonderful news, that he did find a home. It makes me cry. It makes me so happy."

Now 10 years since the sunburned puppy was delivered out of the storm and into the care of humans determined to make his life good, Yogi's come home. 

About a week ago, Yogi arrived in Alaska, flying up from Utah.

It's been a very good week.

Yogi is having some trouble with going up and down the stairs -- maybe due to arthritis, or maybe because he's never used them before -- but he has started to make friends with the household's other pets, and "he's licking our kids like they're best buds," says Lindberg.

The other day, as the family pulled onto their street, coming home from a trip to the ocean, Yogi stood up in the car and began to wag his tail.

Lindberg thinks that might be the moment it set in for Yogi: this is where he lives now. These are his people and his people think that "this is going to work," says Lindberg.

"All he really wants is a home, a family, a couch, some rides in the car, maybe a few yummy treats once in a while and some chest rubs," Lindberg says. "It is just so easy to make this dog happy." 

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Watch 1 Of The National Zoo Baby Pandas Adorably Squee And Squawk

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 12:32 PM

The National Zoo is doing its best to carefully monitor the impossibly little baby panda twins, born on Saturday to momma bear Mei Xiang.

For example, in this video below, you can see one of them -- the firstborn -- squawking through a medical exam,...

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호스피스 개가 죽어가는 여인을 위로하다(동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:41 AM

프라이버시 문제 때문에 호스피스 간호사인 트레이시 칼혼은 그녀와 파트너인 호스피스 개 '제이제이'가 환자들과 어떤 마지막을 보내는지 우리에게 상세하게 다 알려주진 못한다.

그러나 이 놀랍도록 아름다운 동영상 속에서 제이제이는 마지막 순간을 맞이하는 여인을 따뜻하게 품어준다. 환자는 제이제이의 머리를 만지고, 둘은 함께 시를 듣는다.

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Hospice Dog Comforts Dying Woman In Emotional Video

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Due to privacy concerns, hospice nurse Tracy Calhoun doesn't get to share a lot of behind-the-scenes looks at how she and JJ, her partner and therapy dog, work with their patients.

This incredible video of JJ...

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Why I Care About Pit Bulls: A Manifesto of Love, Justice and Blocky-Headed Doggies

(382) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 7:04 AM

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Photo: Sophie Gamand

Imagine if your city suddenly banned brown dogs.

You've got a brown dog yourself -- a mutt, who you rescued from the local shelter, and whose new favorite pastime is having a good long nap on the sofa.


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These Adoptable Pit Bulls Want To Give You Big Slobbery Kisses

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 9:42 AM

For the second year, The Huffington Post is holding a week-long, community-driven effort to bust the myths and raise awareness about pit bulls, a maligned "breed" that often bears the brunt of dated, discriminatory legislation that can make it near impossible for these dogs to find a forever home. You...

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Beverly Hills Mandates That Pet Stores Can Only Sell Shelter Animals

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 11:57 AM

From now on, the real house cats and dogs of Beverly Hills come from animal shelters.

This week, the Beverly Hills City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that prohibits pet stores from selling commercially bred animals.

Pet stores and other retail establishments may only...

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This Pit Bull Went From Likely Euthanasia To Napping With Her Best Cat Friend

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 9:22 AM

Until a couple of weeks ago, this little doggie was just another pit bull with a skin condition in the shelter, who was looking at some tough odds at making it out alive. 

It's been a long trip for this young dog, from that to where she...

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These Dogs Were Rescued Out Of Fighting. They Became The Happiest, Most Inspiring Pets Alive

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 1:59 PM

For the second year, The Huffington Post is holding a week-long, community-driven effort to bust the myths and raise awareness about pit bulls, a maligned "breed" that often bears the brunt of dated, discriminatory legislation that can make it near impossible for these dogs to find a forever home. You...

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This Woman Will Watch Your Dogs In A Cool Trailer While You Go Shopping

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 3:41 PM

One day, Mary Traverse would like to see big, mobile, climate-controlled dog kennels set up in shopping mall parking lots across the country.

That way, folks could bring their beloved dogs with them basically everywhere -- safely.

 "And hopefully people will not leave the dog in the car...

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We Guarantee You'll Feel Happier After Watching This Pit Bull 'Swim' In Her Ball Pit

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 11:04 AM

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