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This Is Chewy. He And 50 Other Amazing Animals Need A Home.

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green

This little teddy bear of a dog had a loving home for the first 9 years of his life, but Chewy's situation changed and his family could no longer keep...

Why We Shouldn't Sugarcoat the Deaths of Thousands of Shelter Pets Every Day

Francis Battista | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Francis Battista

Let's all work together to make this practice a relic of the past, but we can't pretend that taking the lives of homeless pets when alternatives exist to save them is anything other than killing.

Arin Greenwood

2015 Is Off To A Great Start For This State's Pit Bulls! | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.05.2015 | Green

Captain Cowpants has a great reason for that big pit bull grin of his: As of January 1, no jurisdiction in this handsome pup's home state of Utah can ...

Bela The Dog, Sentenced To Death In Owner's Will, Gets A Great New Life At Sanctuary

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.29.2014 | Good News

It's a very happy new year for Bela the dog and the many people who worried about the 9-year-old German shepherd's fate. After an 1,800-mile trip t...

Arin Greenwood

Dog Sentenced To Die In Owner's Will May Have Second Chance | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green

Connie Ley, an Indiana woman who died in November, put in her will two provisions for her dog, Bela: The healthy German shepherd could either be eutha...

Cat Hiking Is A Real Thing. A Real, Wonderful Thing That You Can Experience

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green

Every day at Best Friends animal sanctuary in southern Utah, cats are fitted up with a harness and leash and taken for an amble through the spectacula...

These Pups Would Like To Remind You It's 'Adopt A Shelter Dog Month'

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green

The details of how these 52 dogs came to be available for adoption are varied, inspiring and sometimes tragic. Sophie, it's thought, was used as a ...

Cockatoo Pulled His Feathers Out After Owner Died, Now He Has Fresh Start And Needs New Home

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.20.2014 | Good News

King O the cockatoo's bald little head hints at how stressful his life used to be. "He was very attached to his first person, and from all account...

This State's Giving Abused Pit Bulls The Second Chance They Deserve

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green

It wasn't that long ago that lots of people -- including many prominent animal welfare groups -- thought dogs rescued from dogfighting busts couldn't ...

Why Pit Bull Prejudice Is 'An Injustice'

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green

Documentary maker Jeff Theman thinks it's downright un-American to deem a dog dangerous due to nothing more than the way it looks -- which is what hap...

For Shelter Pets, a Hurricane Katrina-Scale Disaster Is Happening Every Week

Francis Battista | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Francis Battista

The tax dollars of many animal lovers are being used to pay for the sanctioned killing of 3 - 4 million healthy pets every year in our nation's shelters. That's more than 9,000 healthy, adoptable dogs and cats every day: 9,000 lives, in the fullest sense of the word, are wasted every day.

This State Has Had It With Discrimination Against Pit Bulls

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green

Pit bull advocates will hereby know July 1 as "Dog Breed Independence Day" in South Dakota. On Tuesday, a law goes into effect that stops localiti...

Pit Bulls Are Not The Enemy

Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Arin Greenwood

It is truly astonishing how many otherwise progressive people consider their prejudice against pit bulls to be perfectly reasonable, when the data shows it isn't.

2 More States May Give Abused Pit Bulls A Fighting Chance

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.20.2014 | Green

Biscuits and belly rubs for two state legislatures! Michigan and Delaware are both considering bills that would give abused pit bulls a fighting chanc...

Una Is Deaf And Tilts When She Walks. She'll Make A Great Pet.

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green

Una the dog was probably born deaf. The tilt in her walk is newer, likely from being hit in the head. Despite the congenital problems and the ones tha...

These Shelter Pets Have Been Waiting A Really Long Time For Someone To Take Them Home

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green

Why has Steve, a friendly, three-year-old mutt, spent nearly his whole life in a shelter? How about Cherry, the potbellied pig? Or Maxie the cat, whos...

Wanted: Good Home For Pig Who Likes Belly Rubs, Dogs And Purple Toenails

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.15.2014 | Green

Kirstyn Northrop Cobb would adopt Thelma Lou the potbellied pig if she could, but Cobb already has a full house, what with a half dozen dogs and her o...

Pack Your Trunks: Here Are 20 Perfect Trips For People Who Love Animals

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel

You're probably a lot like us: dreaming of that perfect getaway where you can cuddle with pandas, kiss cows and sleep with sloths. Let's add in some s...

No-Kill Animal Sheltering Is Coming Soon to a Community Near You

Francis Battista | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
Francis Battista

In the age of social media and the transparency of everything, traditional sheltering and animal control models that essentially amount to population control by the sanctioned killing of homeless pets just do not stand up to scrutiny.

Arin Greenwood

Lawmakers May Finally Realize That You Shouldn't Discriminate Against Pit Bulls | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

Who's a good legislature? You are, Maryland! This week, Maryland's General Assembly is holding a hearing on a piece of legislation that would undo ...

Oscar, the Pug in a Box

BJ Gallagher | Posted 02.23.2014 | Good News
BJ Gallagher

A man walked into the animal shelter, placed a small cardboard box on the counter and said, "I'm turning this dog in because he's old and can't walk anymore." The poor dog was a mess. It was apparent that his owner had let the dog's health deteriorate for months -- probably years -- and done nothing to get medical attention for his canine.

WATCH: Cute Kittens' 1st Day Outside

HooplaHa | Posted 09.14.2013 | Good News

Watch as these six adorable little balls of fur enjoy their first day outside in the beautiful summer sun! These cute and cuddly kittens are all re...

Fateful Ending For Puppy Mills Pet Store

Orange County Register | Mona Shadia | Posted 04.03.2013 | Los Angeles

MISSION VIEJO -- Barkworks at the Shops at Mission Viejo has closed its doors, the latest pet store in Orange County to shut down in recent months. T...

PHOTOS: Adopt A Kitten On National Hug Your Cat Day

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 05.30.2012 | Los Angeles

More than 17,000 healthy or treatable animals were killed in Los Angeles shelters last year. And while City Council members and Angelenos come togethe...

PHOTOS: These Dogs Need A Home Today

The Huffington Post | Lucy Blodgett | Posted 04.26.2012 | Los Angeles

More than 17,000 healthy or treatable animals were killed in Los Angeles shelters last year. And while City Council members and Angelenos come togethe...