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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

How a Pit Bull Can Change the World: The Incredible Legacy of Ray the Vicktory Dog

(134) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 2:13 PM

Ray was one of the former Michael Vick dogs -- a Vicktory dog, as this troupe is known.

And like so many of the dogs rescued out of the horrific Bad Newz Kennels in 2007, Ray went from the worst kind of cruelty to the sort of bliss only known...

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Walmart Asks Meat Producers To Treat Their Animals Better

(15) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 12:35 PM

The world's biggest retailer is calling for more humane standards of animal welfare -- a moo-ve that advocates say could represent a major step toward the end of some farming practices thought of as especially cruel.

In a statement released Friday, Walmart acknowledged the growing public concern...

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Cat Burned In House Fire Offers Support, Snuggles To Other Animals At Veterinary Hospital

(296) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 1:34 PM

Russell the cat has spent the last year and a half at a North Carolina veterinary clinic recovering from a fire that burned his face and body, made him lose the tips of his ears, and destroyed his family's house.

As he's been getting better, Russell's also...

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죽어가는 개와 사람의 가족 사진을 찍어주는 사진작가(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 1:46 AM

사진작가인 에바 헤이글은 지난 1년 동안, 죽어가는 개들과 그들의 주인이 함께 있는 사진을 찍어왔다.

이 사진 시리즈의 제목은 ‘클레오 프로젝트’(Project Cleo)다. 4년 전, 세상을 뜬 헤이글의 개 이름이 클레오였다고 한다.


“클레오의 죽음은 내 인생에서 가장 큰 정신적 상처를 안겨 준 사건이었어요. 그런데 나중에 클레오를 찍은...

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Photographer Takes Moving Pictures Of Families With Their Dying Pets

(282) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:51 PM

Photographer Eva Hagel has been taking beautiful pictures of people with their dying pets for about a year now.

Project Cleo, as this photo series is known, was inspired by Hagel's own beloved boxer who died, suddenly, about four years ago.

Cleo's death "was the most traumatic...

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Second Chance For Dog Found In Her Dead Owner's Arms After Texas Tornado

(371) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 5:49 PM

In the wake of a deadly tornado that destroyed parts of Van, Texas, a week ago, a dog was found curled up with her dead owner David Tapley, a retired police officer, and nearby his wife, Brenda.

The Great Pyrenees, thought to be about 8 years...

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This 'Cat Petting Zoo' Lets You Play With Shelter Cats, And Then Adopt Them

(13) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 4:35 PM

No kitten around: In Florida, there exists a magical place that is basically a petting zoo for friendly shelter cats.

It's free to get in. Astonishingly, there's no wait list. You're welcome to stay for hours.

Some people have meditation to clear their heads. For others of us, there's this....

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Michigan Town Lifts Pit Bull Ban After Heroic Pup Protects Owner From Domestic Abuse

(288) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 5:49 PM

Isis the pit bull is credited with protecting her owner, Jaimie Kraczkowski, from an abusive boyfriend -- and right after, got kicked out of town due to the city's ban on dogs of her kind.

Some two months later, and after a massive public outcry, Hazel Park, Michigan,...

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Don't Disturb The Manatees During Their 'Relaxed Orgy.' The Endangered Species Needs Its Private Time.

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 3:43 PM

It's that time of year again, when manatees engage in group sex off the coast of Florida, and alarmed people call the authorities.

Indeed, there's been a rash of concerned citizens reaching out to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which has a...

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The True Story Of This Great Dane Time-Lapse Video Is Even More Moving Than What You've Heard

(50) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 12:02 PM

South African filmmaker Dave Meinert wasn't sure how long Pegasus the Great Dane would have when he took her home.

She had some bad prospects, due to her breed, compounded by her specific provenance -- people Meinert describes as irresponsible breeders, who'd produced pups especially prone to...

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Pit Bull PAC Aims To Ban Discriminatory Legislation

(216) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:30 AM

A new political action committee is aimed at getting rid of pit bull bans in Ohio.

Pit bull bans are known as breed-specific legislation, or BSL, and are typically enacted at the city or county level. Groups like the American Bar Association and

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バービーがシャチのトレーナーの仕事を辞める マテル社が表明、その理由は?

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 12:42 AM


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How Fun And Games Literally Saved These At-Risk Pit Bulls' Lives

(48) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 3:26 PM

Five of the nicest dogs Kristen Auerbach ever met came to her Northern Virginia shelter last week.

They're all pit bulls. And they'd been selected to leave a shelter in a county where dogs of their kind are banned. Where, if they hadn't come to Auerbach's shelter, they'd face...

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Mutts Are The Coolest Breed: The Unstoppable Rise Of Shelter Pets

(58) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 7:52 AM

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the next 10 years. We're highlighting causes that are near and dear to our ethos -- causes where we believe meaningful progress can be made in...

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Here's A Map Of Where Your Pit Bull Isn't Welcome

(186) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Here it is, laid out in blue and orange: A map of all the places in this country where folks with pit bulls are best to avoid.

bsl census

This is a screenshot of the BSL Census map, so it's non-interactive. On

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How A Dying Pit Bull Got A Beautiful Home For The End Of His Life

(152) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 5:56 PM

Canela the pit bull was found as a stray, then wound up at a San Francisco-area shelter with a gigantic, raw-looking, inoperable tumor on his rear, earlier this year.

He was neutered and microchipped, and seemed well-socialized, but attempts to find the dog's owners went nowhere.

Canela was...

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Jon Stewart Reportedly Bought A Farm In New Jersey For Homeless Animals

(121) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 6:32 PM

File this one under: Yay!!!

Famously animal-loving Jon Stewart is said to have bought a farm in New Jersey, for purposes of giving home to rescued farm animals.

The announcement was made by Farm Sanctuary, which has three of its own pastoral paradises for...

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동물복지의 또 다른 승리! 바비 인형이 씨월드와 결별했다

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:41 PM

씨월드 범고래 조련사는 한때 꿈의 직업으로 여겨졌다. 바비 처럼 꿈같은 집에 거주하는 세상 물정 빠삭한 금발 소녀에 가장 적합한 직업으로 말이다.

이젠 그렇지 않다. 바비는 가늘고 고운 플라스틱 발을 모으며, 해양 동물의 감금과 조련을 반대한다는 의견을 표했다.

바비 인형 제조사인 마텔(Mattel)이 더 이상 ‘씨월드...

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Libby The Pit Bull Survived Death Row And Is Becoming A Police Dog

(33) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 4:46 PM

Against all odds, this pup has persevered.

Libby the pit bull is about to complete her training as a drug detection dog. She'll be working in the Texas community where, as a puppy, she wound up in a shelter and was the only of her littermates to make it...

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Shelter Dogs Now Helping Save Lives In Nepal Following Earthquake

(6) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 11:42 AM

A dog named Stetson and his handler, California firefighter Andrew Olvera, are part of the search and rescue team that, five days after a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, found teenager Pemba Tamang in the wreckage of a collapsed building in Kathmandu, and then got him out to safety.

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