Join Petition to Stop the Needless Killing of Thousands of Stray Dogs at Winter Olympics Site



With the 2014 Winter Olympics beginning this Friday, February 7th, all eyes are on the city of Sochi, Russia. And not everyone likes what they see.The city, like many in Russia, has long been troubled with a population of stray dogs. The city of Sochi has hired a private company to round up and kill as many of these stray dogs as possible --ย an effort that many see as aiming to project the best possible image of Sochi while international cameras are rolling.The owner of the company, Alexei Sorokin,

claims that some of these dogs areย "biting children,"

and that a stray dog could be a hazard to the games:ย โ€œImagine, if during an Olympic games, a ski jumper landed at 130 kilometres an hour [over 80 mph] and a dog runs into him when he lands. It would be deadly for both a jumper and for the stray dog,โ€

he said

.And just what are the odds of that, you may wonder, asย asks

. To many, it simply sounds like a presence of stray dogs at the hugely publicized event would be an embarrassment.Late last year, public outcry against such killings of these strays prompted the city of Sochi to claim it would work with rescue groups to place the dogs. Yet it seems that strategy has been abandoned.

What You Can Do

Animal activists at have written a petition

for anyone and everyone to copy and send to theย Mayor of Sochi:ย 

[email protected]

, theย Organization of Olympic Winter Games:ย 

[email protected]

, theย Russian Olympic Committee:ย 

[email protected]

, and an extensive list of Olympic sponsors, including Coca-Cola and Visa.

Joinย the petition now


Update Feb 5, 2014 - A Ray of Hope

We're happy to share that some intrepid residents of Sochi have decided to take matters into their own hands.Vlada Provotorova, a local dentist and dog lover, embarked on a rescue mission with some of her friends. The group has grown to about 30 volunteers. โ€œI felt like I had to do something,โ€™โ€™

Provotorova said

. Together they've rescued nearly 100 dogs, taking them to any shelter they can find.

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Rescued dogs get some love and attention.

โ€œWe carry the ones we can โ€” some of them are so big they wonโ€™t budge,โ€™โ€™ Provotorova said. โ€œWe sterilize them, we vaccinate them, we rid them of fleas, and we try to find a place to put them.โ€Still, she feels she may be losing the battle.ย The job of finding permanent homes for the dogs remains.ย She hopes to find homes for most of the dogs in Moscow andย Provotorova has adopted Charlie, a Lab mix, to come home with her two German spitzes.

Vlada Provotorova and a rescued stray.

Update Feb 10 - Adopt a Dog or Reach Out to a Shelter


Humane Society International

ย has collected contact information for several of the shelters that are currently taking in rescued strays in Sochi.ย If you're at the Olympics, or traveling through Russia, check out this list for information on what you'll need to bring a dog across countries.The HSI'sย 

list of shelters

ย includes contact information for those interested in donating, and the HSI's own ongoing efforts toย 

help the worldwide stray dog population

ย is also accepting donations.

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