A small handful of the many dogs rescued from the streets of Sochi in the "eradication" days leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics arrived in Washington DC Friday. This video documents their landing at Dulles airport and subsequent shuttle trip to DC's Animal Rescue League, where hopefully the dogs' status as adorable international superstars will help find them a home.
The rescue operation was coordinated by Sochi's PovoDog Animal Shelter and Humane Society International, and transportation from Dulles in Virginia to ARL's DC facility was handled by members of HSI.
"We're so thrilled that they're here," said the ARL's Bob Ramin. "We're working one-on-one with them, to get them calm and let them know they're in a safe place."
Below: Miles Gray of the Washington Animal Rescue League carries a canine refugee from Sochi, Russia.