Pet of the Week: Belka, a Sochi dog

Belka came to the Washington Animal Rescue League after the Olympic Games in Sochi. (Courtesy WARL)

WASHINGTON — Say “privyet” (pree-vyet)– that’s “hi” in Russian — to Belka , a canine immigrant from Sochi.

This 3-year-old mixed breed arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League on March 27; she’s one of 10 dogs rescued from life on the streets of Russia’s Olympic City through an effort spearheaded by Humane Society International.

Belka is a beautiful girl,with the coat of an English setter and the tall, lean build of a Saluki.

And despite her time as a stray and the recent upheaval of international travel, she’s got a relaxed, friendly personality that’s already winning her friends among WARL staff and volunteers.

But while she appreciates the attention, she’d really rather have a home of her own. Could that be yours?

About WARL: Founded in 1914, the Washington Animal Rescue League is the oldest animal shelter in Washington D.C. Its mission includes rescuing, rehabilitating and finding homes for animals who have no where else to go. The League also supports animals through affordable veterinary care, community outreach and education. Learn more about the Washington Animal Rescue League at www.warl.org.

Check out our pets in 2013 and see where they are now.


If you are thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, check out these other great shelters in the area.

Maryland

Humane Society of Charles County

(301) 645-8181

71 Industrial Park Dr. PO Box 1015 Waldorf, Md. 20604

Humane Society of Charles County offers a low cost spay/neuter program to the public. Please call or visit our website for more information. The shelter is also looking for more foster parents to help its animals.

Prince George’s County Humane Society

(301) 262-5625

P.O. Box 925 Bowie, Md. 20718

Prince George’s County Humane Society is also looking for foster parents. For more information, contact the organization.

PAW – Partnership for Animal Welfare

(301) 572-4729

P.O. Box 1074 Greenbelt, Md. 20768

Paws Animal Kingdom

(301) 920-2318

P.O. Box 11531 Takoma Park, Md. 20912

Montgomery County Humane Society

(240) 773-5960

14645 Rothgeb Dr. Rockville, Md. 20850

The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County

(301) 740-2511

12 Park Ave. Gaithersburg, Md. 20877

D.C.

Washington Humane Society

(202) 576-6664

1201 New York Ave. NE 20002

ASAP – Alliance for Stray Animals and People

(202) 331-1330

P.O. Box 65438 Washington, D.C. 20035-5438

Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue

(202) 575-2210

Approved applicants may attend monthly adoption meets that are usually held at the house of a volunteer in either Northern Virginia or Southern Maryland.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

(202) 741-5428

Lucky Dog is a foster home organization and does not run a dedicated housing facility.

Northern Virginia

A Forever Home

(703) 961-8690

A Forever-Home is a non-profit dog rescue group that operates in the Northern Virginia/Washington Metropolitan area.

Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P.

(301) 299-6756

Lab Rescue of the LRCP is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization that rescues, fosters and places homeless, abused, and/or abandoned Labrador Retrievers.

FOHA – Friends of Homeless Animals

(703) 385-0224

All visitors must speak to a Friends representative prior to receiving directions to their shelter location.

SPCA of Northern Virginia

P.O. Box 100220 Arlington, Va. 22210-3220

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

(703) 746-4774

4101 Eisenhower Ave. Alexandria, Va. 22304

Animal Welfare League of Arlington

(703) 931-9241

2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr. Arlington, Va.

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation

(703) 295-3647

P.O. Box 223953 Chantilly, Va. 20153

HART – Homeless Animal Rescue Team

(703) 691-HART

P.O. Box 7261 Fairfax Station, Va. 22039-7261

King Street Cats Rescue and Adoption

(703) 231-7199

25 Dove St. Alexandria, Va. 22314

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