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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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This Inseparable Father And Son Doggie Duo Have Love, Now They Just Need A Home

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 12:05 PM

This handsome pair of dogs is Oscar and Olyvar, a father-and-son duo who came into an Indiana shelter together last spring. Staff quickly learned they can't bear to be apart.

"They are kenneled together and a few times they were separated to be neutered, or just taken in separate...

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Dog Who Was Homeless For 10 Years Moves Into A Warm, Loving Home

(28) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Donations are pouring in to make sure that a dog who spent the last decade outside in a New York City park will never want for anything, ever again.

Charlie -- who is also known as Ricky -- had been seen around Highbridge Park in upper Manhattan for...

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This Pit Bull And Tortoise Are Here To Remind You That BFFs Come In All Shapes And Sizes

(20) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:05 AM

It's just another ordinary afternoon for Sheldon the tortoise and Dolly the pit bull, who are in the yard playing their usual game of chase.

"And, yes, Sheldon is surprisingly fast!" says veterinarian Cynthia Jones, who is the adoptive mom to the pair.

Dolly is a 3-year-old pit who was taken from her previous owners in a cruelty seizure. Jones and her husband, Ray, a law enforcement officer, adopted her about a year ago out of the Humane Society of North Texas, where Jones works.

Sheldon, an 8-year-old, 50-some pound tortoise, is a more recent addition to the family -- which also includes another dog, named Daisy, a mini horse and two mini donkeys.

He came home about eight months ago, after he was brought to the Humane Society from another shelter. "[N]o one there knew what to do with him," Jones says.

Everyone pretty much knows the ropes these days. For example, Dolly has taken to toting around a favorite red ball, among other things.

"She has an old dog bed that she loves. She drags it all over the house, making sure it is wherever she decides to take a nap," says Jones.

Sheldon, for his part, now spends much of his time roaming around in the backyard, both with and without his doggy pal.

"He follows my husband and me around when we are working in the yard and loves eating strawberries and rose petals. He is very curious and has an attachment to one of our donkeys, also," Jones says.

Just a couple of buddies, is what we have here. Photo credit: Cynthia Jones

Animal advocates hope their story will help others like them -- well, it might be hard to find a pair exactly like them -- get adopted.

"We hope that their amazing story of friendship will inspire people to bring rescue pets of all shapes and sizes into their homes," Humane Society of North Texas spokeswoman Whitney Hanson says. "Sheldon and Dolly are wonderful examples of just how fantastic shelter pets are, no matter what their past was like."

Hanson is especially pleased to show a side of pit bulls -- the side that really enjoys frolicking with tortoises, that is -- that might even surprise this type of dog's biggest fans.

Jones says her sweeties, unsurprisingly, "have many fans in the neighborhood. People are often amazed at all of the animal interactions at our house."

Not that everyone is completely satisfied with the state of things.

Little Miss Dolly, for example, enjoys her regular rumbles with Sheldon -- but she also wants more.

"Dolly tries to get him to play with her red ball, but so far he just isn't interested it that idea," Jones says.

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Sheldon and Dolly, friends for life. Photo credit: Cynthia Jones

The Humane Society of North Texas has lots more animals up for adoption -- maybe even another Sheldon and/or Dolly!

Get in touch at if you have an animal story to share.

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16 Gründe, warum Sie ein Pflegetier aufnehmen sollten

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 3:40 PM

Möchten Sie die Welt mit einem einfachen Schritt zu einem besseren Ort machen? Dann pflegen Sie ein Tier aus dem Tierheim oder der Rettungsstation in Ihrer Nähe.

Pflegen bedeutet, einen Hund oder eine Katze – Papagei, Ferkel oder jedes andere heimatlose Tier – aufzupäppeln, bis sie bereit für eine Vermittlung...

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This Dog Running For The First Time After A Leg Amputation Is What Pure Joy Looks Like

(18) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 9:40 AM

Gigi Jankowski worried that her adopted greyhound, Dexter, wouldn't be able to run again. He needed one of his back legs removed to stop the progression of a skin condition that was eating its way up his limb.

"Everyone assured me he would adapt, but I was concerned he...

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16 Reasons Why Fostering A Shelter Pet Is Basically The Best Thing In The World

(27) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 9:15 AM

Want to make the world a better place in one easy step? Take home a foster pet from a local shelter or rescue group.

Fostering means bringing in a cat or dog -- or parrot, or baby pig, or any other homeless pet -- with the goal of nurturing them...

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Want To Borrow A Shelter Dog For A Walk? There May Soon Be An App For That

(16) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 9:29 AM

Ever wish you could swing by the local shelter and take a dog out for a walk?

There might soon be an easy way to book that. A San Francisco-area couple is developing an app to help match up shelter dogs with canine lovers who want to take...

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Pit Bull Who Survived Extreme Abuse Wears Adorable Doggie Outfits To Protect Damaged Skin

(50) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 4:49 PM

It's not just for sartorial effect that Diamond the pit bull wears her fabulous getups.

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The dog was about 8 years old when she came into Atlanta's Fulton County Animal Services last summer, with wrecked skin, home-cropped ears, a sweet disposition but...

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This Friendly Porcupine Loves Corn On The Cob And Cuddles. He Represents So Much More.

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 9:25 AM

We almost couldn't imagine wanting to head to Alaska in the middle of winter, except that's where you'll find Snickers the friendly porcupine.

Through his ridiculously photogenic love of cuddles and corn on the cob, Snickers serves as an ambassador for all the conservation efforts and four-legged creatures at...

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Older Pit Bull Has Spent Half Her Life Waiting For A Forever Home But She's Never Stopped Smiling

(261) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 3:48 PM

Mira the pit bull came into the Middletown Humane Society as a stray in May 2011. Nearly four years later, she's still there.

But don't feel sad for this sweet bear of a dog.

"Mira is the kind of dog that loves life, even her life...

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Hermosa serie de fotos ayuda a que los perros negros que, muchas veces son pasados por alto, sean adoptados

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 2:58 PM

Se dice que los perros de colores oscuros tienen problemas para hallar un hogar—en parte porque sus fotos para promover la adopción no siempre son buenas.

Guinnevere Shuster, fotógrafa de Humane Society en Utah, está intentando cambiar eso con una impresionante nueva serie de fotos para adopción en...

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Meet Rudy, The Dog Who Is Being Raised With Science

(23) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 9:55 AM

Rudy the staghound gets to enjoy a lot of the things that many pets do: trips to the beach, playtime at the dog park, napping on the couch.

But Rudy's adventures and home life are examined a lot more closely than those of an ordinary pet, because he's

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까만 유기견들도 예쁘다(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 2:54 AM

'사진발'이 안 받는 검은 털을 가진 유기동물들은 비슷한 조건의 다른 유기동물들에 비해 입양되는 확률이 낮다.

동물보호단체인 유타휴메인소사이어티(Humane Society of Utah)의 사진을 찍는 기네비어 슈스터가 검은 털을 가진 유기견들을 입양 보내기 위한 '예쁜' 사진들을 찍었다. 음영을 넣어 가운데 포인트를 준 검은 배경 앞으로, 개들은 형형색색의 꽃을 달고 있다.

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Gorgeous Photo Series Helps Often-Overlooked Black Dogs Get Adopted

(41) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 3:50 PM

Darker-colored pups, it's said, have a hard time finding homes -- in part because their adoption photos don't always turn out so great.

Humane Society of Utah photographer Guinnevere Shuster is changing all that with a stunning new series of adoption pictures, centered around one very simple,...

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Manatee Party Shuts Down Florida Refuge In The Best Possible Way

(23) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Manatee lovers -- by which we mean the entire world -- get a look at this.

Three Sisters Springs in Florida's Crystal River Refuge has been periodically shut down to kayakers and swimmers this week, due to hundreds of manatees congregating in the warm, clear water:

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Overlooked Elderly Pets Need Love Too, And This Pit Bull Is Proof

(34) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 10:05 AM

Elderly pit bulls have a couple of strikes against them when it comes to finding adoptive homes.

But Brenda and Phil Johnson are among those people who see gems in these often overlooked animals. And how the Springfield, Virginia, couple wound up with 13-year-old Diamond is the kind of...

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Des pyjamas conçus pour vous faire tomber amoureux des pitbulls

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:01 PM

Stephanie Karr vit au Canada, elle coud et adore ses chiens, alors c’était tout naturel pour elle de faire des manteaux d’hiver pour eux.

Mais en novembre 2013, son chien Thor, qui a le pelage très mince, voire même «presque nu sur certaines parties de son corps» a développé une...

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PETA Euthanized A Lot Of Animals At Its Shelter In 2014, And No-Kill Advocates Are Not Happy About It

(297) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 10:05 AM

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals killed most of the animals at its Norfolk, Virginia, shelter in 2014, according to preliminary figures filed with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The group euthanized 2,454 of its 3,369 cats and dogs, the vast majority of...

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당신이 문신에 가진 편견을 깬다, 유기견을 입양한 주인과 그들의 반려견을 찍은 12장의 사진들(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 4:37 AM

미국 테네시에 사는 사진작가 브라이언 배티스타는 2년 전부터 조금 남다른 사람-반려견의 사진을 찍고 있다. '타투 앤 레스큐(Tattoos & Rescues)' 시리즈 속 주인공들은 모두 몸에 문신을 한 사람들이 유기견을 입양해 키우는 경우다.

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배티스타는 사람들이 유기동물, 특히 겉모습이 흉한 유기동물을 대하는 태도가 문신한...

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Moving Photos Of Rescued Dogs And Their Tattooed Humans Remind Us To Ditch Stereotypes

(37) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 5:16 PM

A couple of years ago, Nashville, Tennessee-based photographer Brian Batista started taking pictures of rescue dogs with tattooed humans -- and not just because they look decidedly awesome together.

He'd started "seeing the correlation" between how people treat homeless animals -- especially those whose heads have a...

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