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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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Pit Bull Discrimination Is Never OK -- Especially For A Superhero Therapy Dog

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 9:40 AM

Aladdin is such a superhero that an anonymous fan gave him a shiny green costume over the summer.

"He loves dressing up. To him, that's a sign that he's going to work," says his owner, Michele Schaffer-Stevens, who has been caring for Aladdin for about a year and...

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This Adorable Pit Bull Was Nearly Beaten To Death, But Nothing Will Smash His Spirit

(17) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:24 PM

It is something of a miracle that Odin the pit bull survived a beating that broke his skull in three places and left him blind.

His rescuers almost can't believe how well he's healed. Or that the people who did this to him haven't been caught.

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Oregon Court Says Animals Can Be Crime 'Victims,' Like People. So What Does That Mean?

(90) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Last month, the Oregon Supreme Court issued two rulings widely celebrated as major victories for animal rights, granting animals legal protections formerly reserved for humans.

In State v. Nix, the court held that animals -- namely, 20 goats and horses, found starving among the...

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Hospitalized Owner Reuniting With Beloved Pit Bull Is The Best Medicine

(176) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 3:25 PM

This is Karma the dog being reunited with her owner, Rick, who'd been taken away in an ambulance a couple of weeks earlier.

This is love.

happy dog

This is pretty much our definition of happiness. Photo credit: Villalobos Rescue Center

About a month ago, Rick turned...

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Now Here's A Man Who Really Likes Feeding His Cat

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 9:16 AM

You know that incessantly cheerful, meow-filled cat food jingle? Of course you do; it's been around since 1970.

Now there's an official country version by cat-loving singer J.R. Moore, issued by Meow Mix. And it's... well, it's rather ameowzing. And so is the accompanying video,...

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This Husky And Kitten Are 'Match Made In Heaven,' Make Us Want To Adopt Every Shelter Animal

(29) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 2:28 PM

Barbara Autrey was sure she'd struck photographic gold when one of her assistants got the idea to have Kim the kitten pose underneath Ninja the husky's legs.

Autrey was photographing the two animals for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in Northern Virginia, a government-run facility with an...

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Bella The Pit Bull Was Shot And Abandoned, But She Finally Got Her Big Hollywood Ending

(19) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Bella the pit bull's early life could have been a horror movie. Now it's a love story.

Over the summer, a family on a camping trip found Bella in the woods of Idaho. She had been shot and severely beaten, and she was starving. The family rushed her...

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Retired Ailing Police Dog Brought To Shelter To Be Euthanized Now On Upswing, Needs New Home

(229) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 1:34 PM

K-9 the canine was dropped off at a Kansas animal shelter this summer, by an owner who said the elderly German shepherd was a retired police dog with cancer who should be euthanized.

And it's hard to imagine, but this bad turn appears to have started the dog on...

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Pet Detective Works For Free, Just Wants Cats And Dogs Back Home Where They Belong

(21) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 10:46 AM

Maureen Steele insists it does not take any "special gift" to have reunited hundreds of pet owners with their missing animals -- all without leaving her home in Newfoundland, Canada.

"Some is luck," the freelance pet detective says, and the rest is "a lot of determination and a lot of...

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Mila The Rescue Pit Bull Keeps Her Eyes On The Prize, Catches 30 Treats In A Row

(17) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Mila the pit bull could probably have gone on catching treats forever if her foster mom, Kim Seidl, hadn't run out. But she still nabbed a whopping 30 in a row, all caught on video:

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Scout The Pit Bull Can Balance Anything On His Big Ginourmous Head

(4) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:01 AM

This is Scout. He's a 9-year-old pit bull with a new book out that shows off his remarkable talent for sitting very still while all kinds of objects are perched on his big, lovely head.

For example, deer antlers:

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Pets And Owners Stay Together During Tough Times With These Groups' Help

(22) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 2:39 PM

A Virginia veterinary clinic owner recently told USA Today that up to two-thirds of pet owners putting their animals to sleep were doing so because they couldn't afford to care for their pets.

"I've never seen as many people lining up to turn over pets," Mark Kumpf, former...

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These Dogs That Comforted Each Other In Shelter Have Now Found A Caring Forever Home Together

(200) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:14 AM

The two dogs in the photo below were dropped off at a central Florida animal shelter within a day of each other. They became instant best friends.

"They are still connected at the hip. They walk side by side," says their new mom, Ronda Chewning. "They even eat side by...

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The Senior Living Home Where Shelter Pets Get A Second Chance

(9) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 6:44 AM

On a recent Thursday afternoon, human residents of a Sunrise Senior Living home in Washington, D.C. enjoyed white wine and crabcakes, while Bugsy the beagle nosed around the dining room for crumbs before heading outside for a quick romp in the garden.

Bugsy is a former shelter dog, now...

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Peekaboo The 'Smiling' Bat Wants You To Know She Really Loves Her New Life

(13) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 8:09 AM

Bad circumstances may have led to Peekaboo living at a Texas bat sanctuary, but she seems pretty thrilled with how things have turned out.

"We believe Peekaboo is smiling, and yes, she is a very happy bat," Bat World Sanctuary founder Amanda Lollar says. "She is extremely cheerful, playful and...

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Cuda The Pit Bull Has A Short Spine And A Huge Smile That Will Win You Over In No Time

(25) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Cuda the pit bull has a short spine, an underbite, asymmetrical paws, a sloped back, a tilted chest and a number of other afflictions. She's also diabetic and burps a whole lot. Oh, and she lost the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog contest.

But she's one happy pup with a killer...

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These Puppies Were Left In A Box At A Gas Station. Now They're Getting The Royal Treatment

(37) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Just like that, Johnny Ping had 10 more newborn puppies on his hands.

They had been left in a box at an Indianapolis gas station in early August, and the odds of survival weren't good. Local police called a nearby shelter, but it wasn't a great option.

"Young pups...

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생애 처음으로 세상에 나온 실험용 고양이(동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:20 AM

잰더는 검은 고양이다. 태어나자마자 실험실에 평생 갇혀서 실험용 고양이로 살았다.

다행히도 지금 잰더는 구조된 다른 고양이들과 함께 사려 깊은 반려인과 살고 있다. 아래 동영상은 잰더가 태어나서 처음으로 실험실에서 구조되어 바깥으로 나온 장면이다. 처음 등장하는 하얀 고양이는 '쉬라'라는 이름의 또 다른 구조된 고양이다.

잰더를 실험실에서 구조한 '비글 프리덤 프로젝트'의 레이첼 그루엔은 "잰더는 뉴욕의 한 실험실에서 법적으로 구조됐다"고 설명한다. "잰더는 태어나서 3년을 창문도 없는 실험실의 작은 케이지 안에서 살았어요. 그리고 실험용으로 쓰였죠"

'비글 프리덤 프로젝트'에 잰더를 구조해달라고 요청한 건 실험실 직원이었다. 모든 실험용 동물은 실험이 끝나고 나서 안락사당할 운명이기 때문이다.

레이첼 그루엔이 입양한 잰더는 현재 유기묘 출신의 많은 고양이들과 함께 살고 있다. 그루엔은 "즉각적으로 잰더에 사랑에 빠졌어요"라고 말한다. "잰더가 구조되어 생애 처음으로 바깥세상에 나오는 바로 위 동영상을 보자마자, 제가 키워야겠다고 결심했죠"

미국동물실험반대협회(American Anti-Vivisection Society)에 따르면 미국 전역에서 실험용으로 사용되는 고양이는 모두 2만 여 마리다.

지난 5월, 미네소타주는 미국에서 처음으로 '비글 프리덤 법'을 제정했다. 동물 실험실을 가진 회사는 실험용으로 역할을 다 한 동물들을 입양시킬 수 있도록 주정부로부터 세금 지원을 받을 수 있는 법이다. 이전에는 대부분의 실험실 동물들은 당연히 실험이 끝나면 안락사당했다.

잰더는 이제 안락사의 공포 없이, 태양 없는 실험실의 고문 없이, 필라델피아 교외에서 반려 고양이로 살아가고 있다. 반려인 그루엔은 말한다. "잰더는 이제 너무나도 훌륭하고 즐거운 우리 가족의 일원이에요"

물론 잰더가 적응하는 데는 시간이 좀 걸렸다. 잰더가 그루엔의 집에 처음 도착했을 때 물그릇이나 빈공간을 멍하니 쳐다보며 시간을 보내곤 했다. 일반적인 고양이와는 달리 마치 강아지처럼 머리를 돌리기도 했다. 그루엔은 잰더가 '신경학적인 실험'에 쓰였을지도 모른다는 의심을 품고 있다.

하지만 과거가 어땠든 간에, 이제 잰더는 다른 고양이들과도 잘 지내는 보통의 고양이로 서서히 돌아오는 중이다. 그루엔은 잰더의 사례가 많은 사람들이 실험용 동물의 처참한 상황에 관심을 갖는 계기가 되기를 바란다. 이를테면, 동물실험을 하지 않는 제품을 구입하는 일 말이다. 혹은, 실험실에서 구조된 동물을 입양할 수도 있다.

그루엔은 말한다. "저는 잰더의 이야기를 좀 더 많은 사람들에게 들려줘야 할 의무를 느낍니다. 여전히 실험실에 갇혀있는 실험용 동물들을 떠올리면서 말입니다"

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Pit Bull Brothers' Visible Scars Tell Story Of Horrific Past Abuse, But Their Futures Are Bright

(94) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 8:46 AM

Odin and Rorschach are pit bull brothers who live in Arizona, where they like to do everything together: Play, hike in the desert, take adorable siestas all piled up on top of each other.

And it's lucky they get to do all these things as a pair.

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Hubert The Dog Has Been Waiting A Long Time For His New Home, But Don't Give Up On Him Yet

(8) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 11:53 AM

You could understand it if Hubert the dog, or the shelter where he lives, had given up hope by now of finding this guy a family of his own. Luckily, they haven't.

As of Labor Day, it's been 373 days of shelter living for this guy, as you can see...

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