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Sochi Dogs at Home



Tony was one of the first dogs to be rescued. On January 6, 2014 after a long day of work Vlada and a volunteer drove out to a train station in Sochi, which was to be “cleaned” in preparation for the Olympic Games. Tony had been sleeping under a palm tree and Vlada carried him and a few other dogs into the car. Sadly the other dogs at the station refused to go and met their fate the following day. On the drive back to the shelter Vlada’s car swerved and nearly hit a fence. The duo was forced to stop and carry the dogs the rest of the way. Soon after arriving at the shelter Tony, now Stetson, caught Carol Davis’s eye.  Today, Tony is a proud Texan, the newest resident of BlissWood Lodge. You can read more about his rescue and see pictures of his arrival on his Facebook Page.  Image credits: Carol Davis, Skeet Hadler 



Sasha was scavenging near a dumpster as soon as she saw one of our volunteers her tail started wagging. Sasha is a friendly people loving terrier mix. Today she resides with her new family just North of Ontario. Her family writes, "Sasha is the light of my life, she brings me joy every time I look at her, she is the sweetest girl." Image credit: Wanda Whaley 


Mom and Four Puppies

This Mom, now named Anna was found pregnant on the side of the road. Vlada took her to a nearby barn to stay for the night, hoping to check back on her in the morning and take her to the shelter. When she returned the next morning the dog had ran off. She didn't see her for a couple of days until she heard that a dog had puppies under a nearby house. The owner of the house was trying to get the dog out and couldn't. He was going to poison them but Vlada and a volunteer arrived and coaxed the family out. Susan Dunn heard this story in North Bay, Ontario and she was determined to find homes for the dogs. Less than one month later she was able to fundraise enough money to bring over the entire family. It wasn’t hard to find families to adopt these lovely puppies. Today all of the dogs live in home around Ontario. Image Credits: Susan Dunn


Lisa was one of the first dogs we rescued along with Stetson. With her beautiful golden coat and incredibly expression it was love at first site. We were all sad to see her go but we are thrilled that she has found a loving home in Ontario, Canada, where she loves to watch boats on the lake and play with her toy monkey. 


Leo, Max, Magda, Peter

This litter of puppies now spoiled by their incredible families in the Greater Toronto Area, was once living on the street. Max and Leo's families stayed in touch after the adoption process. 




When Cherry was  found she was trembling with fear trapped in a cage. As soon as she was brought to the shelter, she came into her own and we saw the kind older dog that she is.  When Peace Of Mind Dog Rescue said they would like to help by bringing over a dog from Sochi we knew Cherry would be the perfect candidate. After spending a couple months in foster care, Cherry is now living with her new family in Pacific Grove, California. Image credits: Simona Prochazka and Peace of Mind Dog Rescue


Dina is one of the original Sochi Dogs brought to the shelter during the Olympic Games. As soon as Donna Andres in Michigan saw her photo she knew Dina would be a great companion to her dog, Snoopy. A month later Dina flew to New York City and then on to her new home. She has learned to be a great swimmer, loves her new family and doggy day care!  Image Credits: Donna Andres, Anna Umansky





Sashi and Lucky

These two sisters both quiet and shy have found amazing homes in Ontario and Maine. Sashi lives in a home with 14 cats! They have one more sister at the shelter, Kelly,  who is looking for a family to love. Image Credits: Jane Hanson, Susan Dunn


Zahar and Taras

These two brothers along with their sister Lena and brother Boris were dropped off at the shelter while no one was there.  All of them have now found fantastic homes in Southern Ontario. 


Mary, Lola, Boris, Lena