Welcome to America! Displaced Sochi Pups Get New Life

Posted By elaine on March 28, 2014

A stray dog from Sochi, Russia, gets acclimated to its "doggie den" after arriving at the Washington Animal Rescue League shelter on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The league partnered with Humane Society International to bring 10 rescued dogs from Sochi, who were displaced during the Winter Olympics, and to find homes for the animals in the United States.(Photo: Getty)

A stray dog from Sochi, Russia, gets acclimated to its "doggie den" after arriving at the Washington Animal Rescue League shelter on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The league partnered with Humane Society International to bring 10 rescued dogs from Sochi, who were displaced during the Winter Olympics, and to find homes for the animals in the United States.(Photo: Getty)

From the streets of Sochi to a new home in the United States, 10 lovable stray dogs arrived in Washington, D.C., on Thursday for adoption thanks to the efforts of rescue organizations and athletes like U.S. Olympian Gus Kenworthy.

Miles Gray carries a dog rescued from Sochi to its den. (Photo: NBC/Getty)

Miles Gray carries a dog rescued from Sochi to its den. (Photo: NBC/Getty)

Humane Society International worked with organizations in Sochi to help bring the dogs to America after they were vaccinated and documented.

The dogs are currently being housed at facilities run by the Washington Animal Rescue League and are expected to be available for adoption in a few weeks after medical evaluations.

Washington Animal Rescue League intake director Maureen Sosa visits with a stray from Sochi, Russia on Thursday. The league partnered with Humane Society International to bring 10 dogs to the U.S.(Photo: NBC News/Getty)

Washington Animal Rescue League intake director Maureen Sosa visits with a stray from Sochi, Russia on Thursday. The league partnered with Humane Society International to bring 10 dogs to the U.S.(Photo: NBC News/Getty)

The shelter received more than 100 phone calls inquiring about adoption after the dogs arrived on Thursday.

During his time in Russia, Kenworthy was vocal on Twitter and Facebook about the plight of the hundreds of Sochi strays, raising awareness while working to adopt some.

Gus Kenworthy made international news when he posted this pictures of puppies on Twitter and Facebook.  He ended up bringing the pups and their mother home.

Gus Kenworthy made international news when he posted this pictures of puppies on Twitter and Facebook. He ended up bringing the pups and their mother home.

“We’ve had people come up to the both of us, and tell us that they’ve either donated to the Humane Society, or they went and adopted a dog here or whatever, so that’s awesome to see,” Kenworthy said on TODAY. “I think that we’re really just kind of hoping to bring awareness to the plight of the dogs in Russia and hopefully set up some shelters and stuff there so that in future World Cups and different events, there will be a better system in place.”

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