FAQ

What is Sochi Dogs?

It is an international movement to help stray dogs around the world by educating communities, promoting spay/neuter programs and the adoption of stray dogs.  We run the first ever all volunteer animal shelter in Sochi, Russia.

How did Sochi Dogs get started?

We began shortly before the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, when Russian officials began poisoning stray dogs. Vlada and a few friends began saving dogs from the streets and Tanya and Anna heard about what was going on through US media. Determined to help, Tanya contacted Vlada and Sochi Dogs was formed. Learn more here. 

Why adopt a Sochi Dog?

Because street dogs are very loyal.
Because we don't agree that dogs are "targets" which should be  subjected to cruelty and abuse.
Because we live in a global community - and love has no borders.
Because for every dog which can be adopted, 2 lives are saved - the life of the dog you are adopting - and the life of the   dog which can be pulled off the streets into the shelter.
Because there are no animal abuse laws in Russia and in many countries - and it is a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a dog.
Because adopting from Sochi Dogs is a wonderful experience (check our rescue stories and look at our dogs).

And last but not least - your Sochi dog can serve as an ambassador for street dogs worldwide!

How can I help?

Sochi Dogs relies entirely on donations from individuals. If you can, please donate, even if its just a few dollars. Every little bit helps us save more stray dogs. Or better yet, adopt! Also, we are looking for donations of items and art pieces that we could sell in our store (coming soon!) or services that we can raffle off. Have other ideas? We are always looking for people to join our team, just contact us - here.

Where do the dogs at shelter come from?

The dogs at our shelter were either abandoned by their owners or found as strays. Some Sochi residents have been bringing dogs to our shelter when they learn that town officials will be poisoning dogs in their area.

How do I adopt a Sochi Dog?  

Adopting a Sochi Dog is easy! Read here about our adoption process and fill out the adoption form.  Tell us which dog you are interested in adopting, we’ll contact you in 48 hours. We figure out all of the logistics, all you have to do is come to the airport to pick up your new best friend.

What if I don’t know what dog I want?

No problem! Fill out the adoption form and in the comments just tell us about the kind of dog you are looking for. Do you want a big dog or a small dog? A energetic dog or someone who is a little more mellow? We’ll find your perfect match!

What vaccinations do the Sochi Dogs get?

All of our dogs get the same standard vaccinations that are administered in the US and Canada. This includes: distemper, parvovirus enteritis, leptospirosis and rabies.

How do I know you are legitimate?

We would be happy to connect you  to some of our adoptive families for references. 

Have questions we've missed?  contact us!