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An Adoption Meant to Be

Pam Townsend | Posted 05.13.2016 | Good News
Pam Townsend

The phrase "meant to be" is used a lot...perhaps to excess. But a recent adoption at the animal welfare organization I work for truly is an example of something that was meant to be.

D.C.'s Department of Energy and Environment Ignores Public Outcry, Retains Plan to Target Outdoor Cats

Peter J. Wolf | Posted 12.03.2016 | DC
Peter J. Wolf

Despite opposition from more than 12,000 animal welfare advocates, Washington, D.C.'s Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) continues its witch-hunt against outdoor cats.

Arin Greenwood

The Unstoppable Rise Of Shelter Pets | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.08.2015 | Good News

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

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...

15 Baby Chickens Safe And Warm After Being Used In Awful Prank

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.10.2014 | Good News

A letter carrier turned up earlier this month with 15 baby chickens and a strange, disturbing story. The chickens, the postal worker said, had been...

These Foster Kittens Love Being Bottle Fed So Much They Can't Stop Wiggling Their Ears

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.07.2014 | Good News

Waffle, Pancake, Muffin, Hash Brown and Biscuit are a group of month-old kittens known as the "breakfast bunch." Their names speak to hearty meals...

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 ...

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

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 09.17.2014 | Good News

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...

Kittens! So Many Foster Kittens!

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.18.2014 | Good News

Not that long ago, Julie Dorshkind had but one cat, whose name is Butterscotch. But now? "My 600 square foot apartment is full of cats!" she says....

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...

All The Kittens Want To Hug This Dog

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green

A lot of tiny kittens pass through one Maryland home. Eventually, they all end up with their arms around Conall the dog. "Lucas and I have fostered...

This Old Dog Needs A New Home -- And So Do 74 Of His Friends!

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green

This handsome guy is Sir Sean Connery. He's eight years old and was found in a kill shelter in Alabama, where he'd been surrendered for getting older....

These 55 Pit Bulls Might Lick You To Death

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green

About a year ago, the city animal shelter in Nashville, Tenn., reversed a longstanding policy of not adopting out the many pit bulls and pit bull-type...

'Tis The Season...For Giving Up Pets In Record Numbers?

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.26.2013 | Green

The Washington Humane Society is overrun with pets who have been given up by their owners just before the holidays -- 26 dogs were brought to the D.C....

LOOK: 96 Dachshunds Race For Charity, Win Our Hearts

Posted 09.23.2013 | Green

Friends, does your week need more videos of dachshunds making a run for it, for charity? This is a rhetorical question; obviously it does: Wie...

Animal Disaster at The Washington Humane Society

Washington Humane Society | Posted 10.08.2013 | DC
Washington Humane Society

The Washington Humane Society is in immediate need of adopters. In July alone, WHS took in 526 cats, 326 dogs, and 22 other domestic animals. At the same time, only 241 adoptions occurred -- just 27 percent of the total intake. WHS currently has over 250 animals who need homes now.

Adopt Me, I'm Adorable!

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.13.2013 | DC

Do you squeal at the sight of a cute puppy or a kitten in public? Do you feel the urge to (gently) squeeze furry felines or cuddly canines at all h...

Kitten Stolen From Shelter Has Been Found!

Posted 05.31.2013 | DC

Update, May 31, 12:02 p.m.: Welcome home, Callista! The Washington Humane society says the kitten stolen from a WHS adoption center last weekend h...

We Could All Use Some Cute Animal Pics Right About Now

Posted 04.19.2013 | DC

Seems like we could all use some photos of adorable animals to look at right about now. These babies come with an added bonus: they are all availab...

LOOK: Puppies, Models And Members Of Congress

Posted 04.16.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Last Saturday night, the Washington Humane Society's 7th annual Fashion for Paws event raised nearly $700,000 combining three of D.C.'s ...

This Sweet Beagle Needs A New Home...And He's Got Some Friends

Posted 03.27.2013 | DC

Spring is the season of new beginnings. It's also when going outside starts seeming like a good idea again. Put these together and you've got the ...

LOOK: Kermit Walks Nicely On A Leash

Posted 03.05.2013 | DC

If you like parties, and you like animals, you'll want to come to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria's Mardi Growl celebration this Friday. O...

HORROR: Man Sentenced For Shocking Kitten Abuse

Posted 04.24.2013 | DC

A D.C. man has been sentenced to a year in jail for two counts of felony animal cruelty against his daughter's kittens. Eric Felipe Gaskin was arre...

PHOTOS: You'll Never Believe What These Presidents Kept As Pets

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.03.2014 | DC

The sad passing of George W. Bush's Scottish terrier Barney last week got us thinking about the many animals who have kept company with the country's ...

LOOK: This Will Make You Want To Go To Law School

Posted 01.29.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Law school isn't ordinarily this sweet and cuddly. On Wednesday, the Washington Humane Society will be bringing puppies and kittens t...