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“No Obamacare for dogs”: 5 things you should know about the vet ER

Another week, another veterinary ER under fire. This time, it’s the Southwest Michigan Animal Emergency Hospital, now receiving angry calls and even death threats after declining to perform emergency exploratory surgery on a young German Shepherd who developed complications after a spay at a different clinic earlier in the day. The issue was the owner’s inability to provide upfront payment. It almost always is.

There is no doubt that this is a terrible and sad outcome for the owners of the dog, and I am utterly sincere in saying my heart goes out to them. As a result of going to social media, both the heartbroken owners and what is, by all accounts, a good emergency clinic are receiving heated scrutiny they probably don’t deserve. Here’s 5 things I wish everyone knew about this sort of situation:

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1. This may be once in a lifetime for you, but it’s once in a shift for the ER.

Veterinary care, and emergency care in particular, is expensive. It’s not price gouging; it accurately reflects the increased cost of running an overnight facility with high overhead. Due to the nature of emergency work, there are a high number of large estimates, and a good number of people who say, “I can’t afford that.” Good people, and good pets. None of that changes the fact that the costs are fixed. Because they weren’t inflated with a “just because I feel like it” tax to begin with, there isn’t wiggle room to negotiate it down. If you do, you go out of business.

 

2. “I can’t” doesn’t mean “I don’t care.”

When the doctor in this story said “I’ll be fired if I don’t charge appropriately,” I’m sure she (or he) meant it. When I worked an ER shift as an employee, lowering cost equaled theft of services. If an audit found treatment in the medical record not on the bill, it was either added to the bill or came out of my paycheck. There are only three variables in this: the practice owner, the vet providing the estimate (who often is not the same as the owner), and the client. Someone pays that bill. There is no “make up for it through inflating insurance charges to the insured” option we see in human hospitals.

Saying no is really, really hard. People ask me to do things all the time that I cannot do. Just because I have to say no, doesn’t mean I don’t go home and cry about it sometimes. Don’t confuse lack of ability to give you something you want with lack of wishing I could. Vets talk about this struggle every day, and every day work on ways to ensure pets get the care they need without going under. That being said, there’s only so many times one can apologize for wanting to get a paycheck for doing work. Like most vets I know, I give away plenty of services and time, but no one gets to determine the how and why of that except me.

3. We don’t know why the dog died.

It could be a surgical error, yes. Spays are major abdominal surgeries. It could also be many other things having nothing to do with the surgeon. A genetic clotting disorder, for example, is something no one can predict and can absolutely cause death in a textbook perfect surgical procedure. Let’s say hypothetically that this were the case, that testing was done and it was something no one could have predicted or prevented. Then who would be responsible for the bill? Still the original vet? Do we need to know who is at fault before attempting treatment?

4. If you want to blame someone for vets not offering payment plans, blame the other people in the waiting area.

Most vets have toyed with offering payment plans at one time or another. Of course that would be preferable to turning someone away, if they worked. The pet gets treatment and the vet gets paid. If people followed through, payment plans would exist, plain and simple. Truth is, 80% of the fees are never recovered. It’s an unsecured loan to a stranger who, history has shown time and time again, is very unlikely to repay you. The more someone swears up and down that they are good for it, the less likely that is to be true.

CareCredit, the financing option many vets offer now, is admittedly a shaky proposition, though it’s often the best we got. It’s hard to qualify for and the interest rates are often over the top (26% after the introductory period in many cases.) I’m glad to see other options being tossed around- MedVetPay being one I’ve just recently heard about- but it’s not the vet’s obligation to provide financing. Still, we try. We want this to work for you, too.

5. Every pet owner needs an emergency plan.

“I didn’t know I needed $ 2,000 ready to go,” said the owner. Many people don’t. Know your clinic’s emergency policies. If you are living in a relatively urban area with an emergency facility, it is fair to assume your day vet may refer there after hours, and if you run into an emergency such as coyotes, cars, or sudden collapse, initial treatment and stabilization can easily cost four figures. Assume this. Assume the ER vet has to charge you upfront because people before you didn’t pay up later. So what is your plan if this happens?

  • Have a credit card with this much available balance on it
  • Have an untouched savings account with this socked away
  • Have ‘that one vet your sister mentioned who will totally do midnight emergency services for $ 0 down’ on speed dial.
  • Have friends and family willing to front you the money on sudden notice
  • Have pet insurance (though you still have to provide the money initially, you get reimbursed a percentage later, reducing the long term cost)
  • Know your financial limits and be willing to understand that economic euthanasia is an option
  • Go on a social media crusade after the pet dies, knowing you’re going to get hit just as hard as the target of your anger, harder than either of you deserve; solving nothing.

Your choice.

Edit: Obviously this is a touchy topic for many people, and I appreciate all the people who have chimed in. Comments are back on for now as long as it stays civil. From this point forward I will delete anything with profanity or name calling. Thanks!

 

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Bochnia, kopalnia soli
skin allergies

Image by Małopolski Instytut Kultury
fot. Marcin Klag

I Małopolskie Dni Dziedzictwa Kulturowego, 15-26 września 1999 r.

Bochnia
Kopalnia soli

Bochnia od początku swego istnienia była związana z solą. Pierwsza historyczna wzmianka, pochodząca z 1198 r., dotyczy uposażenia klasztoru bożogrobców w Miechowie w sól bocheńską. Przywilej lokacyjny nadający Bochni prawo magdeburskie został wydany przez księcia Bolesława Wstydliwego w 1253 r.
Złoża bocheńskiej soli pochodzą sprzed ok. dwudziestu milionów lat. Zalegają one na głębokości od pięćdziesięciu do pięciuset metrów, a rozciągają się na długość ok. czterech kilometrów. Najstarsze szyby zostały zlokalizowane prawdopodobnie w dolinie potoku Babica, gdzie pokłady soli zalegały płytko. Nie były one jednak zbyt obfite, więc drążono kolejne, głębsze szyby. Tak powstała najstarsza, wschodnia część kopalni z szybami Sutoris (Szewczy) i Gazaris (Wieżny lub Wodny). Kopalnia rozwijała się w kierunku pionowym i na zachód. Część zachodnią nazywano Nowymi Górami, a tworzyły ją trzy szyby: Regis, Bochneris i Campi. W latach 80. XX w. kopalnia osiągnęła maksymalne rozmiary: cztery i pół kilometra długości i 468 metrów głębokości.
Główny szyb kopalni to Campi (Polny), wydrążony w latach 1556-1566. Największą głębokość (408 m) osiągnął w 1898 r. Jest on połączony z Sutoris – najstarszym istniejącym szybem kopalni, trzykilometrową Podłużnią August, której pierwszy odcinek powstał w latach 1723-1743. Wydrążony już w połowie XIII w. szyb Sutoris stał się w XIV i XV w. jednym z głównych szybów wydobywczych.
W bocheńskiej kopalni znajduje się wiele kaplic. Największą z nich jest powstała po 1747 r. kaplica św. Kingi, gdzie w prezbiterium znajdują się wykute w soli ołtarze św. Kingi i św. Barbary, ambona i figury świętych: Kingi, Jana Nepomucena, Wojciecha i Tomasza z Akwinu.
Według legendy, król Węgier Bela IV podarował córce Kindze jako wiano kopalnię soli w Siedmiogrodzie. Odbierając ją, zgodnie z ówczesnym zwyczajem, wrzuciła do niej pierścień. Po przybyciu do Polski odwiedziła Bochnię, a tutaj w pierwszej wydobytej bryle soli górnicy znaleźli pierścień Kingi, wrzucony do kopalni w Siedmiogrodzie.
Kopalnia w Bochni jest najstarszym ośrodkiem wydobywczym soli w Polsce. Działa bez przerwy od średniowiecza, już prawie 750 lat. W ostatnich latach, z powodu znacznego wyczerpania się zasobów, wstrzymano eksploatację złóż soli. Część wyrobisk udostępniono do zwiedzania jako trasę turystyczną, a w największej z zachowanych komór urządzono sanatorium. Panujący tu mikroklimat ma właściwości lecznicze, szczególnie dla cierpiących na schorzenia alergiczne dróg oddechowych i skóry.

Bochnia
Salt Mine

Since the very beginning of its existence, Bochnia had been associated with salt. The first historical document dating from 1198 confirms this, mentioning the provision of Bochnian salt to the Friars of the Holy Sepulchre. The population of the settlement must have been fairly large as Bochnia lay along a trade route connecting the East and the West of Europe. A charter bestowing Bochnia with the Magdeburg Law was granted by Prince Bolesław Wstydliwy (Boleslaus the Modest) in 1253.
The salt deposits under Bochnia were formed approximately 20 million years ago. They are located between 50 and 500 meters underground, and are approximately 4 km long. The oldest shafts were probably located in the valley of the Babica Stream, where the deposits were relatively shallow and therefore easily accessible. As these ran out, new, deeper shafts were dug, giving rise to the oldest, eastern part of the mine with the Sutoris and Gazaris shafts. The mine then developed further down and to the west. The western part, called the New Mountains (Nowe Góry), was composed of three shafts: Regis, Bochneris and Campi. In 1980s, the mine reached its maximum dimensions: 4.5 km in length and 468 meters in depth.
The Campi shaft, bored in 1556-1566, is the main shaft of the mine. In 1898 it reached its maximum depth of 408 meters. It is connected to Sutoris by the oldest existing corridor in the mine, the 3-kilometer August Passage, the first section of which was dug in 1723-1743. Drilled as early as mid-the 13th century, in the 14th and 15th centuries the Sutoris became one of the main excavation shafts.
The Bochnia mine contains many chapels. In the chancel of the largest chapel of Saint Kinga, carved after 1747, we find salt-sculpted altars of Saint Kinga and Saint Barbara, the pulpit, and salty statues of saints: St Kinga, St John Nepomucene, St Adalbert, and St Thomas Aquinas.
According to a legend, the Hungarian King Bela IV gave his daughter a salt mine in Transylvania. When Kinga succeeded to possession of the mine, she threw her ring down the shaft according to the mediaeval fashion. Later, when she came to Poland with her husband prince Bolesław, she visited Bochnia. In the first lump of salt that was excavated, the miners found Kinga’s ring, the same ring that she had cast into her Transylvanian mine.
The Bochnia Mine is the oldest salt mining site in Poland. It has been active continually since the Middle Ages, i.e. for nearly 750 years. Recently, due to the exhaustion of the deposits, salt mining was suspended. Part of the mine was opened to visitors, a sightseeing route was organised, and a health resort was fitted out in the largest of the underground chambers. The microclimate of the mine has healing properties, and is particularly beneficial for persons suffering from respiratory tract and skin allergies.

Bochnia, kopalnia soli
skin allergies

Image by Małopolski Instytut Kultury
fot. Marcin Klag

I Małopolskie Dni Dziedzictwa Kulturowego, 15-26 września 1999 r.

Bochnia
Kopalnia soli

Bochnia od początku swego istnienia była związana z solą. Pierwsza historyczna wzmianka, pochodząca z 1198 r., dotyczy uposażenia klasztoru bożogrobców w Miechowie w sól bocheńską. Przywilej lokacyjny nadający Bochni prawo magdeburskie został wydany przez księcia Bolesława Wstydliwego w 1253 r.
Złoża bocheńskiej soli pochodzą sprzed ok. dwudziestu milionów lat. Zalegają one na głębokości od pięćdziesięciu do pięciuset metrów, a rozciągają się na długość ok. czterech kilometrów. Najstarsze szyby zostały zlokalizowane prawdopodobnie w dolinie potoku Babica, gdzie pokłady soli zalegały płytko. Nie były one jednak zbyt obfite, więc drążono kolejne, głębsze szyby. Tak powstała najstarsza, wschodnia część kopalni z szybami Sutoris (Szewczy) i Gazaris (Wieżny lub Wodny). Kopalnia rozwijała się w kierunku pionowym i na zachód. Część zachodnią nazywano Nowymi Górami, a tworzyły ją trzy szyby: Regis, Bochneris i Campi. W latach 80. XX w. kopalnia osiągnęła maksymalne rozmiary: cztery i pół kilometra długości i 468 metrów głębokości.
Główny szyb kopalni to Campi (Polny), wydrążony w latach 1556-1566. Największą głębokość (408 m) osiągnął w 1898 r. Jest on połączony z Sutoris – najstarszym istniejącym szybem kopalni, trzykilometrową Podłużnią August, której pierwszy odcinek powstał w latach 1723-1743. Wydrążony już w połowie XIII w. szyb Sutoris stał się w XIV i XV w. jednym z głównych szybów wydobywczych.
W bocheńskiej kopalni znajduje się wiele kaplic. Największą z nich jest powstała po 1747 r. kaplica św. Kingi, gdzie w prezbiterium znajdują się wykute w soli ołtarze św. Kingi i św. Barbary, ambona i figury świętych: Kingi, Jana Nepomucena, Wojciecha i Tomasza z Akwinu.
Według legendy, król Węgier Bela IV podarował córce Kindze jako wiano kopalnię soli w Siedmiogrodzie. Odbierając ją, zgodnie z ówczesnym zwyczajem, wrzuciła do niej pierścień. Po przybyciu do Polski odwiedziła Bochnię, a tutaj w pierwszej wydobytej bryle soli górnicy znaleźli pierścień Kingi, wrzucony do kopalni w Siedmiogrodzie.
Kopalnia w Bochni jest najstarszym ośrodkiem wydobywczym soli w Polsce. Działa bez przerwy od średniowiecza, już prawie 750 lat. W ostatnich latach, z powodu znacznego wyczerpania się zasobów, wstrzymano eksploatację złóż soli. Część wyrobisk udostępniono do zwiedzania jako trasę turystyczną, a w największej z zachowanych komór urządzono sanatorium. Panujący tu mikroklimat ma właściwości lecznicze, szczególnie dla cierpiących na schorzenia alergiczne dróg oddechowych i skóry.

Bochnia
Salt Mine

Since the very beginning of its existence, Bochnia had been associated with salt. The first historical document dating from 1198 confirms this, mentioning the provision of Bochnian salt to the Friars of the Holy Sepulchre. The population of the settlement must have been fairly large as Bochnia lay along a trade route connecting the East and the West of Europe. A charter bestowing Bochnia with the Magdeburg Law was granted by Prince Bolesław Wstydliwy (Boleslaus the Modest) in 1253.
The salt deposits under Bochnia were formed approximately 20 million years ago. They are located between 50 and 500 meters underground, and are approximately 4 km long. The oldest shafts were probably located in the valley of the Babica Stream, where the deposits were relatively shallow and therefore easily accessible. As these ran out, new, deeper shafts were dug, giving rise to the oldest, eastern part of the mine with the Sutoris and Gazaris shafts. The mine then developed further down and to the west. The western part, called the New Mountains (Nowe Góry), was composed of three shafts: Regis, Bochneris and Campi. In 1980s, the mine reached its maximum dimensions: 4.5 km in length and 468 meters in depth.
The Campi shaft, bored in 1556-1566, is the main shaft of the mine. In 1898 it reached its maximum depth of 408 meters. It is connected to Sutoris by the oldest existing corridor in the mine, the 3-kilometer August Passage, the first section of which was dug in 1723-1743. Drilled as early as mid-the 13th century, in the 14th and 15th centuries the Sutoris became one of the main excavation shafts.
The Bochnia mine contains many chapels. In the chancel of the largest chapel of Saint Kinga, carved after 1747, we find salt-sculpted altars of Saint Kinga and Saint Barbara, the pulpit, and salty statues of saints: St Kinga, St John Nepomucene, St Adalbert, and St Thomas Aquinas.
According to a legend, the Hungarian King Bela IV gave his daughter a salt mine in Transylvania. When Kinga succeeded to possession of the mine, she threw her ring down the shaft according to the mediaeval fashion. Later, when she came to Poland with her husband prince Bolesław, she visited Bochnia. In the first lump of salt that was excavated, the miners found Kinga’s ring, the same ring that she had cast into her Transylvanian mine.
The Bochnia Mine is the oldest salt mining site in Poland. It has been active continually since the Middle Ages, i.e. for nearly 750 years. Recently, due to the exhaustion of the deposits, salt mining was suspended. Part of the mine was opened to visitors, a sightseeing route was organised, and a health resort was fitted out in the largest of the underground chambers. The microclimate of the mine has healing properties, and is particularly beneficial for persons suffering from respiratory tract and skin allergies.

Bochnia, kopalnia soli
skin allergies

Image by Małopolski Instytut Kultury
fot. Marcin Klag

I Małopolskie Dni Dziedzictwa Kulturowego, 15-26 września 1999 r.

Bochnia
Kopalnia soli

Bochnia od początku swego istnienia była związana z solą. Pierwsza historyczna wzmianka, pochodząca z 1198 r., dotyczy uposażenia klasztoru bożogrobców w Miechowie w sól bocheńską. Przywilej lokacyjny nadający Bochni prawo magdeburskie został wydany przez księcia Bolesława Wstydliwego w 1253 r.
Złoża bocheńskiej soli pochodzą sprzed ok. dwudziestu milionów lat. Zalegają one na głębokości od pięćdziesięciu do pięciuset metrów, a rozciągają się na długość ok. czterech kilometrów. Najstarsze szyby zostały zlokalizowane prawdopodobnie w dolinie potoku Babica, gdzie pokłady soli zalegały płytko. Nie były one jednak zbyt obfite, więc drążono kolejne, głębsze szyby. Tak powstała najstarsza, wschodnia część kopalni z szybami Sutoris (Szewczy) i Gazaris (Wieżny lub Wodny). Kopalnia rozwijała się w kierunku pionowym i na zachód. Część zachodnią nazywano Nowymi Górami, a tworzyły ją trzy szyby: Regis, Bochneris i Campi. W latach 80. XX w. kopalnia osiągnęła maksymalne rozmiary: cztery i pół kilometra długości i 468 metrów głębokości.
Główny szyb kopalni to Campi (Polny), wydrążony w latach 1556-1566. Największą głębokość (408 m) osiągnął w 1898 r. Jest on połączony z Sutoris – najstarszym istniejącym szybem kopalni, trzykilometrową Podłużnią August, której pierwszy odcinek powstał w latach 1723-1743. Wydrążony już w połowie XIII w. szyb Sutoris stał się w XIV i XV w. jednym z głównych szybów wydobywczych.
W bocheńskiej kopalni znajduje się wiele kaplic. Największą z nich jest powstała po 1747 r. kaplica św. Kingi, gdzie w prezbiterium znajdują się wykute w soli ołtarze św. Kingi i św. Barbary, ambona i figury świętych: Kingi, Jana Nepomucena, Wojciecha i Tomasza z Akwinu.
Według legendy, król Węgier Bela IV podarował córce Kindze jako wiano kopalnię soli w Siedmiogrodzie. Odbierając ją, zgodnie z ówczesnym zwyczajem, wrzuciła do niej pierścień. Po przybyciu do Polski odwiedziła Bochnię, a tutaj w pierwszej wydobytej bryle soli górnicy znaleźli pierścień Kingi, wrzucony do kopalni w Siedmiogrodzie.
Kopalnia w Bochni jest najstarszym ośrodkiem wydobywczym soli w Polsce. Działa bez przerwy od średniowiecza, już prawie 750 lat. W ostatnich latach, z powodu znacznego wyczerpania się zasobów, wstrzymano eksploatację złóż soli. Część wyrobisk udostępniono do zwiedzania jako trasę turystyczną, a w największej z zachowanych komór urządzono sanatorium. Panujący tu mikroklimat ma właściwości lecznicze, szczególnie dla cierpiących na schorzenia alergiczne dróg oddechowych i skóry.

Bochnia
Salt Mine

Since the very beginning of its existence, Bochnia had been associated with salt. The first historical document dating from 1198 confirms this, mentioning the provision of Bochnian salt to the Friars of the Holy Sepulchre. The population of the settlement must have been fairly large as Bochnia lay along a trade route connecting the East and the West of Europe. A charter bestowing Bochnia with the Magdeburg Law was granted by Prince Bolesław Wstydliwy (Boleslaus the Modest) in 1253.
The salt deposits under Bochnia were formed approximately 20 million years ago. They are located between 50 and 500 meters underground, and are approximately 4 km long. The oldest shafts were probably located in the valley of the Babica Stream, where the deposits were relatively shallow and therefore easily accessible. As these ran out, new, deeper shafts were dug, giving rise to the oldest, eastern part of the mine with the Sutoris and Gazaris shafts. The mine then developed further down and to the west. The western part, called the New Mountains (Nowe Góry), was composed of three shafts: Regis, Bochneris and Campi. In 1980s, the mine reached its maximum dimensions: 4.5 km in length and 468 meters in depth.
The Campi shaft, bored in 1556-1566, is the main shaft of the mine. In 1898 it reached its maximum depth of 408 meters. It is connected to Sutoris by the oldest existing corridor in the mine, the 3-kilometer August Passage, the first section of which was dug in 1723-1743. Drilled as early as mid-the 13th century, in the 14th and 15th centuries the Sutoris became one of the main excavation shafts.
The Bochnia mine contains many chapels. In the chancel of the largest chapel of Saint Kinga, carved after 1747, we find salt-sculpted altars of Saint Kinga and Saint Barbara, the pulpit, and salty statues of saints: St Kinga, St John Nepomucene, St Adalbert, and St Thomas Aquinas.
According to a legend, the Hungarian King Bela IV gave his daughter a salt mine in Transylvania. When Kinga succeeded to possession of the mine, she threw her ring down the shaft according to the mediaeval fashion. Later, when she came to Poland with her husband prince Bolesław, she visited Bochnia. In the first lump of salt that was excavated, the miners found Kinga’s ring, the same ring that she had cast into her Transylvanian mine.
The Bochnia Mine is the oldest salt mining site in Poland. It has been active continually since the Middle Ages, i.e. for nearly 750 years. Recently, due to the exhaustion of the deposits, salt mining was suspended. Part of the mine was opened to visitors, a sightseeing route was organised, and a health resort was fitted out in the largest of the underground chambers. The microclimate of the mine has healing properties, and is particularly beneficial for persons suffering from respiratory tract and skin allergies.

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In-Cabin Dog Carriers

When traveling by air, more people are choosing in-cabin dog carriers to carry their smaller dogs on board an airplane rather than check their pet as baggage and force it travel in the cargo area of the airplane. While there are some general similarities in the carrier requirements of different airlines, each airline has their own specific rules. These rules can also vary between the type of aircraft an airline uses on any given flight.

All air carriers must follow transportation guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The guidelines include container requirements for in-cabin as well as the cargo compartment. A dog carrier must be large enough for the dog to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in the carrier with no parts of the dog’s body – including the head and tail – extending beyond the area of the carrier. Some type of absorbent material must be placed in the bottom of the carrier and if the carrier is soft-sided, it must be constructed of a water-repellent, padded nylon material with mesh ventilation on two or more sides.

Because regulations change frequently and airlines require travelers to make reservations for their dogs, you should double check with your airline to be sure you use the appropriate sized carrier.

When considering air travel with your dog, whether they’re going to be in-cabin with you or in the pressurized compartment of the cargo of the plane, there are some key rules to follow. Many airlines require the dog’s health certifications to be securely attached to its kennel or in-cabin dog carrier. They also require that the kennel or carrier meet strict requirements including contact information of the owner, the name of the dog written clearly on the exterior, and contact information for someone at the destination point.

If your travel plans include an international flight, different restrictions apply, and you’ll need to check with your airline carrier or carriers in advance for clarification on whether those airlines allow in-cabin dog carriers. Many international carriers do not allow dogs in-cabin and more importantly, you’ll need to check if the country you’re planning to visit requires a 6 month quarantine of any dog brought into their country.

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Cat And Dog Wanna Work Too

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Cat and dog want to work on the computer too! Hey hoomin, watcha doin?

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From “Genetic Trash” to Happy Homes: 10 Dogs from Sochi Arrive in Washington, D.C.

Ten dogs have just finished a long trip to a new home. Thanks to Humane Society International, the dogs have been brought from Sochi, Russia, to Washington, D.C., where they’re going to be offered up for adoption.

“These 10 are representative of some of the dogs that have been removed from the streets and are now up for adoption in Sochi,” said Kelly O’Meara, from HSI. “They’re the sweetest, most interactive, very friendly dogs, very adoptable that just happen to be unfortunate enough to be living on the street.”

Humane Society International coordinated its efforts with Povodog, the dog shelter that was established just before the Winter Olympics by Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska.

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A lot of things went wrong for the Russian government during this year's Olympic Games. The explosion of bad publicity that came from the revelation that the city of Sochi had targeted stray dogs for extermination was only one of them. When the city's contractor declared that the dogs were just "genetic trash," it was like dumping kerosene on the fire.

From that point on, the Sochi Winter Olympics were pretty much synonymous with dog-killing, in addition to homophobia, corruption, and abusive police tactics. The fact that people like Amanda Bird and skiier Gus Kenworthy became media darlings for rescuing dogs and taking them back to the United States only made it that much more embarrassing to Russia.

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Welcoming a new arrival to the US.

The 10 dogs who arrived in Washington this week are only a handful of the total number that were homeless in Sochi. Thanks to the relocation of Russian families during the preparation for the Winter Olympics, there were estimated to be more than 2,000 stray dogs and cats wandering the streets of Sochi before the games.

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Although individuals like Bird and Kenworthy have brought dogs back to keep themselves, these dogs are the first to come to America and be made available for open adoption. Humane Society International says it plans for more to follow.

After two days in transit, the dogs are adapting to their new surroundings.

"These dogs have had a tremendous journey. It's been almost two days of travel for them. They went from Sochi to Moscow, had a long layover in Moscow, and then the flight to Dulles airport today," O'Meara said. "And as you can tell, they have to be pretty chill to handle it like this. And they did. They all did remarkably well."

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The Sochi dogs were vaccinated in Russia, but still have to undergo medical evaluations here, a process that should take about two weeks. Until then, they're staying at the facilities of the Washington Animal Rescue League. Bob Ramin, CEO of the league, said "In the next couple of days, we'll start socializing them, taking them out on walks with other dogs, and really just treating them like other dogs so they can have that socialization and feel safe."

In a way, bringing the dogs from Sochi sounds a little bit like coals to Newcastle: American shelters are already filled with dogs who desperately need to be rehomed, and many of them never will be. And there are Russians who have gone to extraordinary lengths to save the dogs in their own country. But still, we have to congratulate the HSI on its efforts. We wish these dogs good luck in their new homes.

Via CNN

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