Click here to learn more.
Dog lovers and rescue groups are doing everything they can to come to the rescue of thousands of stray dogs being culled and killed in Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia.
Oleg V. Deripaska, a powerful Russian billionaire who is a major investor in the Sochi Games, is among those pushing for a more humane approach to the stray problem: He’s financing a dog shelter and rescue effort.
Deripaska donated $15,000 to start a shelter called PovoDog and has promised to give $50,000 annually to fund its operational costs, reports The New York Times.
Volunteers from the group are combing the city streets with a golf cart, picking up strays and delivering them to the shelter. They’re hoping some of the athletes and fans visiting Sochi might consider adopting some of the dogs.
Distraught Sochi residents are stepping in to help the homeless animals too.
“I felt like I had to do something,’’ Vlada Provotorova, a local dentist and dog lover, told The Boston Globe. She and a group of about 30 volunteers have saved close to 100 dogs. They’ve been collecting the dogs and placing them in makeshift shelters until they can find suitable homes for them.
Another local resident, Tatiana Zarutsjaya, told CBS News that she’s brought 17 stray puppies home with her. "In order to keep those street dogs alive, I'd rather take them into my home than let them be killed," she said.
But animal activists have only been able to save a fraction of the dogs being culled by pest control companies hired by local authorities.
Provotorova estimates that 5,000 to 7,000 dogs have been killed in the current cull. While officials wouldn’t confirm or deny the numbers to the paper, it’s in line with what other witnesses have told the media.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank You For Signing Up
for the Petwire newsletter, sending you all the pet news each week directly to your inbox.
Get the latest pet news, tips, tricks, and expert advice sent right to your inbox!
The Vetstreet team is in Orlando, Fla., exploring all the newest pet products, cat and dog trends and so much more.
Brooke Martin is only 14, but she already designed a technology that lets owners remotely talk to and treat their…
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Pugs and other sweet companion dogs are happy to call just about any lap their own.
The versatile American Shorthair came to the New World alongside pilgrims, sailors and adventurers.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.