WARL Partners with Humane Society International to Rescue 10 Homeless Dogs from Sochi, Russia

March 28, 2014

Ten dogs rescued from the streets of Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, are now in the United States and will be adopted out, thanks to the care and efforts of the PovoDog Animal Shelter in Sochi, Humane Society International and the Washington Animal Rescue League.

The dogs landed at Dulles Airport March 27th and were transported by HSI animal rescue team members to HSI’s Emergency Placement Partner, the Washington Animal Rescue League here. WARL will be solely responsible for the care and adoption of the animals.  WARL expects the dogs to be made available for adoption in approximately 10 days to two weeks from arrival.

“We are honored to assist HSI and PovoDOG in finding homes for these 10 dogs from Sochi,” said Bob Ramin, WARL CEO.  “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 working with these dogs to prepare them for their introduction to the Washington,  D.C. region and our terrific group of adopters.”

Kelly O’Meara, director of HSI Companion Animals and Engagement, stated, “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. Our goal is to protect street dogs from cruel and unnecessary killing programs – 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 programs.”

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