(CNN) — Want a cute souvenir from the Sochi Olympics? How about one that’s a little hairy and has four legs?
Ten rescued dogs from the streets of Sochi, Russia arrived in Washington DC on Thursday.
Organizers say the rescue plan stemmed in part from international outcry over the plight of stray dogs in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city.
Animal rescue organizations began bringing in dogs from the streets as reports circulated of a planned extermination of stray dogs.
Forbes reports that Olympians took home 50 dogs even before the games ended.
The ten dogs will be housed for the time being in the Washington Animal Rescue League facilities.
Each dog will get a medical evaluation.
If all goes well, the dogs could be available for adoption within weeks.
Organizers say they expect a great deal of interest because of the public outcry before, during and after the games.
More Sochi rescued dogs are expected to arrive in the US for adoption in the coming days.