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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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Entries by Arin Greenwood

Homeless Woman Rescues Abandoned Cat, Gives Him Second Chance

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 9:12 AM

In a long-term-stay motel just outside Houston, a cat named Enrique was found locked in the bathroom. It happened a few weeks ago after he'd been abandoned there by his previous owners.

A homeless woman staying at the motel heard the cat's cries, broke him free and...

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Pet Food Bank Makes Sure Cats And Dogs Don't Go Hungry In Tough Times

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 12:20 PM

It's not just human family members who can go hungry, when times get tough.

That's why Kim O’Konis founded a food bank for her area's pets, about a year ago, with the goal of helping struggling families in Massachusetts "get much needed and costly food for their beloved...

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Instead Of Being On The Menu, These Turkeys Get Their Own Feast

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 10:17 AM

As you can see in this video, turkeys gobble gobble gobbled down baked acorn squash, kale salad and...

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PETA Killed A Little Girl's Dog, And Her Family Wants Them To Pay. A Lot.

(5) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 4:12 PM

Two employees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals took and killed a little girl's dog just over a year ago.

Now a lawsuit has been filed in Virginia state court asking PETA to pay Wilber Zarate Llaven and his daughter Cynthia more than $7 million in...

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Dreams Come True With Shelter Kitten And Macaron Delivery Service

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 9:29 AM

Kanchan Singh, owner of the first and only cat cafe in Washington, D.C., knows it's hard to improve on her basically perfect core business concept: giving animal lovers a venue where they can hang out with adoptable kitties, while also eating delicious baked goods.

And yet she's gone...

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Here's How Your Old Fur Coats Can Help Injured And Orphaned Animals

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 2:08 PM

Keeping your old fur coats hidden away in the back of a closet isn't helping anyone.

Sending them to a nonprofit in Minnesota that'll strip these garments of their buttons and zippers, and then send the pelts to wildlife rehabilitation centers all over the country, to help...

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Dog Given Up For Being Too Clingy Finds New Family To Return The Love

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 8:42 AM

Jubilee's former owner brought her to a Texas animal shelter on Friday, saying he was turning her over because "she always wants to be by my side."

At least that's the heartbreaking version of what happened to this 1-year-old dog, the story that traveled around...

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Adopt A Sanctuary Turkey This Thanksgiving, Instead Of Eating One

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Jackie and Christina are big, pretty turkeys, who now live at a spacious, safe refuge in upstate New York, after being rescued from a factory farm. These feathery ladies enjoy eating cooked squash and cranberries, instead of being served up next to them.

And you can help keep these...

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How An Abused Pit Bull Went On To Charm The Pants Off A Rock Star

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 8:50 AM

Stephanie Miller loves Rick Springfield, and Rick Springfield loves dogs.

So when the Australian rock star was coming to Charleston, South Carolina, recently, Miller figured: why not see if he'd like to meet the city's most beloved pooch, while he's in town performing?


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Shelter Pig And Her Dog BFFs Are Inseparable, And Need A Home Together

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 4:38 PM

Pattie Pig and her two best dog friends -- Pickles and Paprika -- don't ever like being apart.

"They sleep together. They do everything together, go for walks together. The littlest one rides the pig's back, and they're like a real family," Sarah McKillip, manager of the...

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Pup Who Escaped Euthanasia Wears Teeny PJs To Protect His Fragile Skin

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:52 PM

If only little Ollie Knucks here were wearing these cow print pajamas -- cow print pajamas! -- just to warm our hearts.

The sweet getup is mostly, sadly, for more practical purposes: to keep Ollie's foster...

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World War II Vet And Scared Chihuahua Find True Love, Together

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 10:03 AM

Nicole Hernandez could see right away that she'd made a perfect match between a scared little Chihuahua named Coco, and a World War II veteran who'd come by looking for a furry sweetheart to keep him company.

"It was an instant...

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Taco Bell To Use Cage-Free Eggs In All Of Its Restaurants

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 12:46 AM

Hear that? 

Taco Bell's ringing a song for chickens' rights with today's announcement that the chain is committed to using cage-free eggs in all of its 6,000-plus U.S. corporate- and franchise-owned restaurants by December, 2016.

Every A.M. Crunchwrap, breakfast burrito and biscuit taco will be made with cage-free eggs, benefitting...

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10 Outrageously Cute Pit Bull Calendars That Also Help Shelter Dogs

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 3:52 PM

It's time to order your 2016 calendar. And pit bull lovers, you are positively rich with options this time around.

Each of these calendars features wonderful pictures of the goofy, smiley, photogenic dogs that we know pit bulls to be.

But since the whole world hasn't caught up quite yet:...

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Can We All Just Agree It's Time To Treat Pigs Better?

(6) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Pigs are really smart, friendly and sociable -- and on U.S. farms, some 4.9 million pregnant pigs are kept alone in crates so small they can't even turn around.

A new study, just published in the journal Plos One, suggests that the public (understandably)...

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At This Thanksgiving Celebration, It's The Turkeys Who Do The Eating

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 3:58 PM

At this Thanksgiving feast, big, beautiful turkeys are placed upon a long, well-dressed table -- and then they gobble down fruit, tofu, bread crumbs, kale and cooked rice, before hundreds of admirers.

"Instead of being eaten, the turkeys are the guests of honor!" Terry Cummings, co-founder of the Poplar...

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Here's The Truth Behind That Viral Pit Bull Puppy Surprise Video

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 2:04 PM

In this BuzzFeed video, people who say they're afraid of dogs are asked to describe what they think about pit bulls, both before and after being draped in puppies.

They start by spouting off the usual stereotypes. They end by swooning.

"These guys would never hurt...

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The Story Of How George Clooney's Rescue Dog Went From Homeless To A Villa In Italy

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 11:34 AM

George Clooney's beloved dog Einstein was an elderly, sick stray, before he became the sort of animal who spends time at a villa in Italy, mooching food off movie stars.

Einstein was in a rough condition when he wound up at a California animal shelter. He got...

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New Yorkers: You Have A Great New Way To Help Shelter Pets Find Homes

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 2:30 PM

Most of the 8.4 million people living in New York City are much too busy -- and have way, way too small apartments -- to open their own animal shelters and rescue groups.

But now many more animal-loving New Yorkers can be personally responsible for placing shelter...

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Rescue Dog Experiences What’s Likely Her First Real Bed And Bone, Now Needs A New Home

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 12:50 PM

This might be the first time that Millie the bull terrier ever encountered a real bed.

She loved it so much, the recently rescued, 7-year-old pup went doggone wild with glee, instead of just lying down and going to sleep.

"She was overjoyed and her happiness...

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