Rough but Lucky Start

These little nuggets had a rough start— when they were just a few weeks old they were pulled away from their mother, a house pet, and tossed out in a field to fend for themselves. Lucky for them, a kind soul happened upon them and reached out to local rescuers. Three families responded to take in one puppy, but what about the other five? They wouldn't survive by themselves, so Sochi Dogs foster hero, Lena opened up her doors yet again. And now we need your help! 


The quintet arrived safe and sound at Lena's. Now their bellies are full, and they are lapping up all the love and attention. Lena says they might just be the most adorable puppies she has ever fostered, and if you've been following Sochi Dogs you know that says a lot! Now we need everyone's help to keep these cuties fed and healthy. Puppies that are taken from their mother at this age require a lot of care. They need supplements to support their immune system, high quality puppy food to help them grow, two rounds of deworming treatments each, vaccinations, and spay/neuter surgeries. Can we count on you to help them? Please make a donation to help with their care through our wishlist here.


Donations, Donations, Donations!

Written by Lisa Baker for Sochi Dogs

Our organization couldn’t run without the generous donations from our donors and sponsors. For that reason, I’ve been spending my summer tracking down the grant, donation, and partnership opportunities. Today, I’m excited to share with you that we have three new sponsors! Stella and Chewy’s is an awesome dog food manufacturer that sent us 200 samples of their dog food to help feed the dogs in our program. 

We couldn’t be more excited and appreciative of this generous donation. Thank you, Stella and Chewy’s!

Our second donation comes from, a manufacturer of green doggie clean-up products. EarthRated is my personal choice for doggie clean-up bags. I just ordered some rolls for myself so I am really excited that they decided to help our rescue group.

Not only are their bags thick, leak-proof, and the same price or less than competitors but their bags are biodegradable and even the center of the roll is made of cardboard instead of plastic. They sell cleaners and scoopers too.

Thank you EarthRated! Our neighbours will be happy you sponsored us.

Our third new sponsor is, well… hopefully, it’s you! We’ve had quite an influx of dogs over the last few months with all the litters of puppies and the dogs that were saved as a result of the World Cup and we are in desperate need of more supplies.

To support all the dogs, we’ve partnered up with Give Back Box, an organization that turns your empty cardboard boxes into donation boxes. All you have to do is pack up your unwanted stuff and get a shipping label from Give Back Box then drop the box in the mail. Personally, I think this is a really cool way to donate things you don’t need without having to find a charity, drive and drop it off
We are accepting the following gently used or new items:

  • Dog Collars
  • Dog Harnesses
  • Dog Leashes
  • Dog Beds
  • Dog Toys
  • Blankets and Towels
  • Potty Pads
  • Unopened & unexpired Dog food

The shipping label is a flat rate of $15. It can be purchased here.  I know it sounds like a lot but you can ship it from anywhere and you can even get a tax-deductible receipt for your donation. This is a great way to get rid of those empty chewy boxes you have lying around. It’s good for us, good for you, and good for the environment. Maybe you have a few cans of unopened & unexpired dog food that your dog just didn’t like? Send them to us and tell your friends too. You can learn more about the founder of Give Back Box and her idea here.

Thank you for your support of Sochi Dogs Rescue!

Sochi... CATS! 

Yep, you read that right, in addition to the almost 50 dogs at the shelter, we also have two cats! When Vlada saw these two sweeties sitting in the road she couldn't just pass them by so now they are at the shelter. They are siblings who are about a year and very attached to each other, so they must be adopted together. 

These cuties love to cuddle up and play. We need to get them out of the shelter, as they crave affection, and the shelter does not have the resources to provide for them in that regard.  

If you are looking for cats that like dogs then these two beauties are exactly what you need!  Please fill out an adoption application here. 

Things to Consider When Selecting Food for Your Dog

Written by Lisa Baker for Sochi Dogs

It's hard to select a dog food these days. There are so many different choices in the pet food isle and so much buzz around different diets like grain-free, raw, and organic. Here are some things you should consider no matter the type of diet you select for your dog.

Quality Manufacturing

Pet food companies have a variety of considerations when making pet food such as whether to outsource operations, where to manufacture, where to get the ingredients and the proper process and controls. Ideally, they should have tight control over their manufacturing process and sourcing of ingredients to ensure your pet is getting the same quality food in each batch with no contamination. To evaluate different manufacturers check to see how many recalls they have had and what the recall was for. Not all recalls are bad, sometimes companies are trying to be proactive if they made a non-harmful error before too much is distributed. However, recalls due to major contamination like we saw with Evanger's and some of the JM Smucker's brands containing euthanasia drug are an indication of poor quality manufacturing or ingredient sourcing and should be avoided. It is also recommended to select a brand that manufactures in the USA with as many ingredients sourced from the USA as possible. 

AAFCO Feeding Statement

Any dog food you select for your dog should have an AAFCO feeding statement. This statement communicates that the food is complete and balanced. AAFCO has come up with several ways to determine if the food is complete and balanced and the statement must be substantiated by the state and pet food manufacturer. Along with the statement, it should tell you how the nutritional adequacy was determined. Feeding trials are preferred over other methods. If you have a puppy you will want to select a food labelled "all life stages". Adult dogs should eat foods labelled as "adult maintenance"


Just like in people, a balanced diet for dogs contains protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Look for the guaranteed analysis converted to a dry matter basis to be able to compare the amount of protein, fats, and carbohydrates across brands. A brand with well-balanced macronutrients that adheres to the AAFCO feeding statement should suit your pup well. 

Ingredients and Packaging Can be Misleading

Ingredients and packaging labels may not always be what they appear. For example, many dog foods are labelled as "natural" or "premium" however, these words are not defined or regulated when it comes to pet food. On the other hand, "organic" has the same definition as in human food. Ingredients on the package are listed in order of weight; ingredients that are moisture rich may appear at the top of the list, like chicken or beef. Chicken or beef meal are dehydrated forms of the meat and may contain more protein than the fresh meat. By-products contain healthy organ meats like liver and lungs. It does not mean that hooves, hair, or other inedible waste products are included. Grains are a good source of carbohydrates and are easily digested by dogs. They do not need to be avoided so long as your dog does not have an allergy to them. Foods that are grain free can be higher in protein or fat. If you need to feed a grain-free diet try to find one that includes other healthy sources of carbohydrates and has balanced macronutrients.

Other Considerations

You want your dog to enjoy eating and have healthy regular stool. Choose a food that works best for your dog and that your dog enjoys eating. If your dog has an allergy or a sensitive stomach you may want to try to identify what's bothering them so you can avoid it. Dry or wet food can provide a complete and well-balanced diet for your dog. Evidence has suggested that dogs that eat only a wet diet may have worse dental hygiene as compared with those that ate dry food, however, this point has been debated. Dry food can be good to use while training your dog. You can use the kibble from a meal to exercise their skills instead of handing out lots of treats. Wet food can easily be put into Kongs or frozen which can also help with training or boredom. 


Treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog's diet in calories. You can select store-bought treats with similar considerations to how you select a dog food or you can consider feeding your dog healthy fresh foods as snacks. Dogs can eat a variety of healthy, low-calorie fruits and veggies as a treat. Carrots can be eaten raw or cooked. All other veggies should be cooked before feeding and leave off the salt and butter. Veggies can be steamed and fed plain once cool. Fruits like strawberries and watermelon can also be fed as treats. Always check to make sure the food you want to give your dog is safe for consumption, things like grapes and raisins should never be fed to a dog.

Still confused about what to feed your dog? Speak with a veterinary nutritionist about your options. Always listen to the advice of your vet when it comes to nutrition for a dog with a disease or illness. Remember that above all else, keeping your dog at a healthy weight, not overweight or underweight, is the best thing you can do for your dog when it comes to nutrition and health.