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How to adopt a Sochi stray dog: Tips from the Humane Society International

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Feb 6, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Stray dogs are seen in Olympic Park in advance of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. (Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports)

The story of Sochi's stray dogs has drawn international interest, with animal rights activists across the globe protesting the inhumane destruction of dogs around the Olympic venues. Now, Humane Society International has prepared a document to give you details on how you could possibly adopt a Sochi stray.

First off, you're not going to get the animal shipped to your doorstep. You're going to have to go get it. But if you happen to be heading to Russia, or you'd like to make a special trip, the HSI has several relevant points to note.

There are plenty of logistics necessary to navigate when bringing an animal into the United States from abroad, so check with the Centers for Disease Control and your preferred airline before committing to this venture. And it goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway: don't get scammed. Bringing a dog to the United States can cost as much as $2,000, and scammers love to prey on the kindhearted.

Should you be interested in arranging to adopt a stray, here are the shelters HSI recommends you contact:

Помощь бездомным животным г. Сочи (Help for Homeless animals in Sochi) Private Shelter: Websites (English language site coming soon!): i. https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogsochi/ ii. http://vk.com/club_sochianimals | Contact information: i. Vlada Provotorova: (0117)9882330615 (vladislava24@mail.ru) ii. Dina Filipova: (0117)89186001766 (dinafilippova@gmail.com) iii. Lina Masunova: (0117)9649446644 | Locations: i. Adler district, Krasnodar Region, Russia ii. Baranovka district, Krasnodar Region, Russia

ПовоДог (“Povodog”) Private Shelter: Website for its parent charity: http://volnoe-delo.ru/en/ | Contact information: i. Ekaterina Svetlichnaya: (0117)4957284954 (EkaterinaIS@hq.basel.ru or info@volnoe-delo.ru) | Location: Baranovka district, Krasnodar Region, Russia

Добромир (“Dobromir”) Municipal Shelter: Contact information: i. Shelter Director Anna Urievna Vichkareva, office phone: (0117)8622682005 or (0117)8622680278 ii. General Director of the charity Liudmila Albertovna Sknarina. | Location: Shelter: Baranovka district, Krasnodar Region, Russia; Office: 13 Abrikosovskaya street, Krasnodar Region, Russia

The website also lists veterinarians you can contact. See the site for more ways you can help, including donations and political action petitions.

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