Sochi dogs rescued, find home in Washington, D.C.
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(SFC) Sochi’s PovoDog Animal Shelter has provided aid for 10 rescued dogs, bringing them to the United States from the empty streets of the city which hosted the latest Olympic Winter Games.
Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., welcomed the dogs with the help of Humane Society International. HSI animal rescue team members then took the dogs to Washington Animal Rescue League, HSI’s Emergency Replacement Partner.
“We are excited to make the connection for homeless Sochi dogs with loving homes in the United States, with our focus on helping street dogs in Russia and around the world,” Humane Society International Companion Animals and Engagement Director Kelly O’Meara said.
“Our goal is to protect street dogs from cruel and unnecessary killing programmes – like the one employed by Sochi officials to “clean up” in advance of the Olympics – by working with governments to create humane and effective dog population management programmes.”
“We are honoured to assist HSI and PovoDOG in finding homes for these 10 dogs from Sochi,” Washington Animal Rescue League Chief Executive Officer Bob Ramin said. “The Washington Animal Rescue League has been finding homes for animals for 100 years and we have a long history of leading the way in animal sheltering. We’re looking forward to meeting these dogs for the first time and introducing them to the Washington, D.C., region.”
Volnoe Delo Oleg Deripaska Foundation, a Russian charity, started PovoDog, which was helped by HIS to get the dogs to the United States. More dogs are expected to be rescued from Sochi and transported to the United States in the coming months to be placed with other placement partners across the country.
Humane Society International urged the International Olympic Committee to step in against Sochi’s “clean up” plans for stray dogs, while it is currently pushing for stricter humane animal control standards during the bid process for future Olympic Games.
Olympian Gus Kenworthy rescued four dogs from Sochi and brought them to the United States earlier this month.
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