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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

Woman With A Hearing Loss Taught Her Deaf Cat Sign Language, Including The Word 'Dance'

(19) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:35 PM

When Kim Silva retired from teaching at the American School for the Deaf, she decided to start teaching sign language to her cats.

"Guess I missed the kiddies so I began teaching the kitties!" Silva says.

It all started after setting sights on a deaf cat named...

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Animal Advocates Cheer As Bill Aimed At High-Kill PETA Shelter Is Signed Into Law

(111) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 9:12 AM

A new Virginia law may put PETA's high-kill animal shelter out of the euthanasia business.

Senate Bill 1381, which was signed by Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday, makes clear that a private animal shelter is "a facility operated for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes for...

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La nueva vida de Suzie, la perrita abandonada que protagonizó un triste viral (VÍDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 7:45 AM

Suzie, una beagle blanca y marrón, se hizo famosa el pasado otoño al protagonizar un vídeo viral que dio la vuelta al mundo.

Se trataba de un spot en el que se veía a Suzie recluida en un pequeño espacio esperando ser acogida, hasta que una niña se...

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These Moving Photos Capture The Beauty Of Special Needs Cats

(20) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 4:15 PM

Some of these cats are blind or have neurological problems. Others have legs that don't function well due to congenital abnormalities. Some are just a little scraped up for the time being, as a result of living on the streets.

All have a much better chance of finding homes,...

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Suzie, The Sad Beagle From Viral Adoption Video Is Now In A Loving, Forever Home

(36) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 6:02 PM

Last fall, you might have cried a few tears for Suzie the beagle. She was the star of an incredible, viral adoption video that likely compelled viewers to go out and rescue a new furry buddy of their own.

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For Just $10, You Can Snuggle These Seriously Impressive Puppies

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 11:19 AM

I really meant to ask some of the 20-odd people sitting cross-legged in a circle on the floor how it is they found themselves at the Southeastern Guide Dogs' campus on this fine Tuesday morning, having paid $10 each to hug some puppies.

In fact, a woman...

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This Woman Has A Plan To Take Care Of Your Dog -- Or Donkey -- After You Die

(36) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 4:51 PM

No human likes to think about what'll happen to their pets if the human dies first.

Except perhaps Vicki Cooper. She's just opened a sanctuary where dogs can stay for the rest of their lives, should they outlive their owners. The same is true for donkeys, cows, llamas,...

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Your Dog Is Probably Eating A Lot Of Bull Penises And You Don't Even Know It

(14) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 1:32 PM

We kind of hate to tell you this, but you know the bully sticks your dog is always chewing on? They're bull penises.

Yep, those popular dog treats, frequently sold loose in bins in pet stores across the country, consist of a male bovine's raw,...

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Meet 17 Huge Rescue Dogs Who Are Just Looking For A Little Love

(27) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 12:21 PM

You may be aware of a dog named Hulk, who, at some 175 pounds, has been billed as the world's largest pit bull.

But you might not be aware of why this fellow is controversial among many in the animal rescue community. (And it's not because of...

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This Animal Shelter Now Brings Snuggly Kittens And Puppies To Florida Offices

(16) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Let's not pussyfoot around this news: A Florida animal shelter will now deliver puppies and kittens to some very lucky workplaces.

The Humane Society of Broward County is calling this just-launched service Snuggle Delivery. We are calling it, "YES THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR DREAMS COME...

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황제 목욕을 누려도 되는 강아지(동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 5:10 PM

루디는 욕조에 누워 사람이 주는 비스킷을 먹고 낮잠을 잔다. 이 영상만 본다면 루디가 호화로운 집에서 주인의 사랑을 듬뿍 받고 버릇없이 자란 사치스런 개라고 생각할 수도 있을 것이다. (물론 그렇다고 해도 귀엽지만)

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Pit Bull Credited For Protecting Owner From Domestic Violence Is Getting Kicked Out Of Town

(292) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Jaimie Kraczkowski says her pit bull Isis protected her when her then-boyfriend became violent.

"Finally, when my head got hit against the wall, she just grabbed his pant leg and she was done. She was done with him abusing me -- and abusing her," Kraczkowski told Detroit...

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Rudy The Dog Deserves Every Second Of His Luxurious Bath

(34) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 2:21 PM

Rudy the dog isn't lounging around a nice warm lavender-infused tub, being fed one biscuit after another, just for the fun of it.

The baths, which heal and soothe his skin, are "a medical necessity," says Courtney Bellew, director of the Northeast chapter of Special Needs Animal Rescue...

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Pit Bull Mom Hopes Silly Videos Of Her Dogs Will Show The World How Great Shelter Animals Really Are

(25) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 3:58 PM

This pair of pit bulls will gladly ham it up, in exchange for biscuits.

"Sookie and Ivy love to wrestle so sometimes I dress them up while they play," says their adoptive mom, Jannina Laaksonen. "Neither of them mind being dressed up. I always make it a fun experience...

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Love Bacon AND Animals? 'Reducetarianism' May Be For You

(50) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 8:36 AM

What do you call a vegetarian who sometimes eats bacon?

"Regular old failure" is one term that might come to mind, given that some 80 percent of self-identified vegetarians eventually go back to including meat in their diets, according to a 2014 study.

Brian Kateman has...

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Hey Derick Dillard, Here's The Perfect Way You Can Make Up for Trying to Hit A Cat With Your Sled

(25) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:27 PM

Derick Dillard, husband of 19 Kids and Counting daughter Jill Duggard, has something of a PR cat-astrophy on his hands.

Dillard posted a gross video to Instagram last weekend. It shows him apparently trying to steer a cookie pan-cum-sled into a sweet orange feline, who'd had the misfortune...

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This Horse Sanctuary Refuses To Let A Little Thing Like A Lease Stand In The Way Of Giving Animals A Better Home

(14) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 8:41 AM

A Southern California horse sanctuary that's losing its lease is hoping to purchase a massively bigger property up the road -- and they're asking for $900,000 to help them do it.

"It sounds like a ridiculous amount," Villa Chardonnay co-founder Louise Gardner told The Huffington Post....

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Caro McDonald's: por favor, faça um hambúrguer vegetariano!

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Vou revelar um segredinho que talvez surpreenda os comedores de carne: os vegetarianos gostam de comer mais que apenas saladas.

Nós, vegetarianos, curtimos um sanduíche farto tanto quanto qualquer pessoa. Também apreciamos comida salgada de baixo preço. E comeríamos muito mais dela se os restaurantes de fast food se dispusessem...

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Distinguished Moustached Cat Gets Goofy For Shelter Awareness

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 9:48 AM

Megan Martinez-Thredgold isn't quite sure why her cat, Ms. Baby Kitty, is so stoic about being dressed up in all manner of hats and related accessories.

"She has a favorite leather chair that she likes to sit on and I just place the hats and bows on her head, and...

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Dear McDonald's: Please Introduce a Veggie Burger

(292) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Here's a little secret that might surprise meat-eaters: Vegetarians like to eat more than just salads.

We like a nice hearty sandwich as much as the next person. We like salty, cheap food, too. And we'd eat a lot more of that stuff if only fast food restaurants were willing...

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