The Sochi Olympics and their stray dog problem…

In some terrible news, leading up to the Olympics, Russian officials in Sochi claimed they would be putting over 2,000 of the stray dogs that wandered the city to death. Now, many European cities (and many US ones too) have issues with large and growing populations of stray dogs and cats. Overpopulation is one of the reasons why there are so many efforts to help pet adoption agencies and promote the neutering or spaying of pets.

However, because Sochi has been in the spotlight for the Olympics, it was trying to figure out a way to clean up its image, appeal more to tourists, and possibly remove wandering packs that could pose hazards to athletes on particular courses.

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But, of course, simply killing off these dogs isn’t any sort of humane answer. Sochi has been preparing for the Olympics for years now, and leaving these poor animals forgotten to the last minute shows an undesirable perspective.

Fortunately, global outcry against this news has prompted Sochi officials to allow animal activists and organizations to round up thousands of dogs and placing them in temporary shelters and homes. The main issue now is, what will happen to these pups after the Olympics end?

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Right now, we need to continue raising awareness for their plight and don’t let them be forgotten, even as Sochi exits the international stage for a time.

Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement for the Humane Society International (HSI),┬ásays simply, “They’re beautiful dogs. These dogs are friendly and interactive dogs.”

What do you think is the best solution for this tragic situation? Have you helped friends or family remain aware of the plight of such poor animals?

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