Sochi Dogs and Humane Society International

So, the Sochi dogs have arrived.  Pardon me for not jumping up and down.

The horrific treatment of these animals in Russia was an international crime. I applaud the people who brought this to light and the Russian people who stepped in to address the problem. I applaud Olympian Gus Kenworthy for personally adopting some of the dogs.

I do not applaud the thousands of dollars being spent to bring these dogs to the United States when tens of thousand of our dogs are being euthanised every week because not enough people care.

In all of the media coverage of the Sochi dog – 10 arrived in Washington DC today and more are on the way – there is no mention of the animals in DC area shelters that are quickly running out of time. There is no mention that the DC shelter that is housing the Sochi dogs now had no room the 10 dogs that will die because the public shelter they are in has more animals coming in than going out.

Full disclosure here: Southern Oregon Human Society is NOT affiliated with any national or the International Humane Society. Money you give to the American Humane Society, Humane Society of the United States or Humane Society International will not come to us, it will not help a single local animal find a home or escape death.

Only you can do that by giving to local animal welfare groups:, Friends of the Animal Shelter ( and C.A.T.S. (

Call it a mentality of Thinking Globally but Acting Locally.



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    Kenn Altine is the executive director of, the Southern Oregon Humane Society. He and the SoHumane staff are committed to helping cats and dogs that have lost everything, including the only home they may have ever known. Through the ... Read Full
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