In the past few weeks, attendees at the Sochi Olympic Games and viewers around the world have protested the city's inhumane program to rid the streets of stray dogs using poison and traps. The dogs, which have starred in a robust gallery of images from athletes and organizers, have become a rallying point for animal activists.
But there is some good news -- a shelter in Sochi has been taking in strays that volunteers bring in. The shelter, called PovoDog run by the Volnoe Delo Foundation, has already taken in 100 dogs, according to a release. Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska gave $15,000 to create the shelter and pledge an estimated $56,000 for the year's operating costs. Though the donation is a start, it's a small sum considering Deripaska's net worth, a reported $8.5 billion.