by Joan Reddy
Categories: Animals, Causes, People
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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.

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

About Joan Reddy

Joan Reddy is a professional photographer, writer, animal rights activist, and environmentalist. Joan holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University, in Toronto, where her thesis focused on Animal Rights. Through her writing, Joan wants to help to educate the public about the way animals are abused and exploited, in cultures around the world. Joan is also founder and president of the Federal registered non-profit organization "International Communication for Animal Justice." Her organization's website can be found at www.internationalcommunicationforanimaljustice.org, and her professional profile on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/pub/joan-reddy/22/999/449.

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  • Siraganda

    This great soul is the real winner of Sochi!

  • yowsuh123

    After the photo opp and Games are finished, let’s see Gus follow through with his promise.