Sochi hires company to capture, kill strays: How you can help adopt a dog from Russia

After reports circulated online about Russian officials hiring contractors to capture and kill stray dogs ahead of the 2014 Winter Games, several animal rights organizations and pet owners voiced their outrage over social media.

Humane Society International, an international animal protection organization, and the umbrella organization to the United States Humane Society, has established a webpage with information about adopting dogs from Sochi.

According to the HSI website, local animal organizations in Russia are working to capture these dogs with the hopes of protecting them from the country's ordered death sentence.

It is important to note that transporting animals into the United States can be costly, and animals must have a specific set of paperwork and vaccinations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What to do if adopting a pet from Russia:

- Learn what vaccination requirements and papers are required by the CDC in order to bring a dog into the United States.

- Contact the United State's embassy in Russia to learn more about its pet transport policies

- Ensure the adopted dog receives a health exam, gets vaccinated and that the veterinarian provides credible paperwork of the results. U.S. Customs needs to see proof that these requirements were met.

- Contact the airline to discuss transport fees, scheduling a flight and flight requirements.

The " Help for Homeless animals in Sochi" Facebook page said wrote a post saying that they have 26 dogs under their care, along with photos. Please note that some posts are in English, while others may be in other languages.

View more shelter contact information on the Humane Society International website.

What proof do I need to provide to the United States to bring a dog into the country?

According to the CDC, dogs coming into the United States do not require a "general certificate of health." However, some states and airlines may require them.

- Dogs must have a certificate showing that they received a rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to coming into the United States. Dogs coming into the United States without a rabies certification may be admitted as long as the importer completes a confinement agreement.

Learn more by visiting the CDC website.

Sergei Krivonosov, a lawmaker from the Krasnodar region, last year supported the dog culling.

Krivonosov said taking the dogs off the street was Russia's "responsibility to the international community and that their elimination is the quickest way to solve this problem."

He conceded, however, that this is "not the most humane way" of dealing with the problem and that authorities should encourage dog shelters.

Shooting stray dogs has been common practice in many Russian regions despite activists' efforts to push for more humane ways to deal with the issue.

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