After international media outcry surrounding the stray dogs wandering around the city during (and after) this year's winter Olympics in Sochi, ten of those dogs will soon be getting new homes. Rescuers working with Humane Society International brought the dogs to Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C.
"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, director of HSI companion animals and engagement. "They're the sweetest, most interactive, very friendly dogs, very adoptable that just happen to be unfortunate enough to be living on the street."
The trip wasn't easy, but the dogs are here and ready for their new families, O'Meara added.
"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."
Each pup will get a medical evaluation and stay at the shelter for a bit to get accustomed to their new surroundings. If all goes well, they should be available for adoption soon. Rescuers say they expect many prospective owners to vie for the headline-grabbing dogs -- especially with faces like these: