While world athletes are winning medals at the 2014 Russian Winter Olympics, freestyle skier and silver medalist, Gus Kenworthy, from Telluride, Colorado, is winning hearts around the world. While competing in slopestyle at the Olympics, Kenworthy came across a bunch of stray puppies and their mother in Sochi, and vowed to save the little darlings, and bring them home with him.
“Oh my glob, look what I just found,” he tweets, with photos of himself, and his new found furry friends.
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 11, 2014
The 22-year-old animal lover found the four puppies and their mother, in the Olympic mountain village. “Spent all afternoon playing with a gang of stray puppies here in Sochi!” he writes on Facebook. “Looking into finding a way to bring them home with me but also don’t want to take them away from their mama because she was being super cute and protective over them,” he wrote. “I bought them some food and I’ll go visit them again tomorrow.”
Sochi, Russia is not only the home of this year’s Winter Olympics, it is also the city where hundreds of stray dogs are being executed. Russia’s mandate to exterminate Sochi’s homeless dogs, makes Kenworthy’s call to action all the more heroic.
Kenworthy said, that he hopes to send the little family to the United States. He plans to adopt one of the dogs, and family members are already putting in their requests to adopt the others.
Kenworthy is already making progress, in achieving his goal. He tweets, “Also, for the people wondering, I’ve lined up kennels 4 the pups & made vaccination appointment. Doing all I can to bring them home w/me!
So far, Kenworthy is the only Olympic athlete, whom has cared enough about the dogs in Sochi to help them. He may only have won a silver in this year’s first-ever Olympic men’s ski slopestyle competition, but he is well deserving of a gold for his display of heroism, and compassion towards the dogs of Sochi.
For information about adopting a dog from Sochi, Russia, please read the Humane Society International article “Adopting a Sochi Street Dog.”
Photo Credit: courtesy Gus Kenworthy