John M. Becker

Stray Dogs From Sochi Get Another Chance in DC

Filed By John M. Becker | April 01, 2014 9:15 AM | comments

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Tags: adoption, dog videos, dogs, extermination, heartbreaking, Olympics, Olympics 2014, rescue, Russia, Sochi, Sochi 2014, stray dogs

sochi-stray-rescue2.jpgIn February, as Russia rushed to complete last-minute preparations for the Winter Olympics, any hearts not already broken by the country's barbaric treatment of LGBT people were broken when it became known that the city of Sochi was rounding up and murdering thousands stray dogs to get them out of the way.

Now, thanks to Olympic silver-medal skier Gus Kenworthy and rescue organizations in Russia and the United States, a group of ten dogs saved from the streets of Sochi have arrived in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Animal Rescue League and will soon be available for adoption.

CNN reports:

American skier Gus Kenworthy, an Olympic silver medalist, made headlines when he pledged to bring four street dogs back to the United States after the Games. Humane Society International worked both on Kenworthy's project and bringing these 10 dogs to the United States.

"These 10 are representative of some of the dogs that have been removed from the streets and are now up for adoption in Sochi," said Kelly O'Meara, director of HSI companion animals and engagement. "They're the sweetest, most interactive, very friendly dogs, very adoptable that just happen to be unfortunate enough to be living on the street."

Reuters adds:

Since February the 10 dogs have been cared for by PovoDog, a privately financed Sochi animal shelter that vaccinated and prepared them for the two-day trip to Washington. The Russian airline Aeroflot provided free airfare to the strays, said O'Meara, explaining that the journey would have otherwise cost an average of $2,000 per dog.

"We're very excited. They look like nice dogs and will make great family members," said Bob Ramin, the shelter's chief executive officer. He said the strays should be ready for adoption in about 12 days.

These are currently the only Sochi dogs available for adoption in the United States, but O'Meara hopes to bring more: Aeroflot has promised to transport up to 100 dogs for free.

Now SSSHHH! Nobody tell Putin that some of these dogs are likely to go to gay families, lest he decide to treat canine adoption the same way he treats human adoption...

An adorable video about the dogs' arrival in the United States is after the jump.

h/t: AMERICAblog.

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