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February 22, 2014

Olympians Who Are Helping the Stray Dogs of Sochi

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Slopestyle skiing silver medalist Gus Kenworthy has won the hearts of America by announcing he wanted to bring home a litter of puppies along with their mother. It was more than just talk because here he is with Rosie, taking a break from all the activities in their hotel room.

Kenworthy is even extending his trip in order to process the paperwork to make it happen. Apparently Russia's billionaire dog lover, Oleg Deripaska, has been in touch with Kenworthy in hopes of getting the group on a plane to the U.S. Deripaska is planning to open an animal shelter in Sochi that can accommodate 250 dogs. 

Since Kenworthy lives in Colorado like we do, has offered to help him outfit his new charges when they return home! 

Lindsey Jacobellis

Lindsey Jacobellis may have failed to medal in snowboard cross in Sochi, but she's still going home a winner. The Olympian is adopting this cute stray from Russia. 

Hockey players David Backes and Kevin Shattenkirk show some love to 'Sochi Jack' and 'Sochi Junior.' Backes and his wife, Kelly, created the organization Athletes For Animals to help get out the message of responsible pet ownership. Teammate and forward James van Riemsdyk is also working to adopt a dog.  

Other Olympic participants that will be bringing home dogs from Sochi include Amanda Bird, a spokesperson for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. Her new travel companion is now called "Sochi."

Neil Dreher was hired to help with the Olympic opening ceremonies in Sochi. He will be bringing home a stray dog he decided to call "Fisht," after the Olympic stadium. 


Nancy on February 22 at 1:34 PM said:

I think the kind hearts of our Olympians says it all. They helped Gods creatures to find a better life, and I am very proud of our American kids who treat needy dogs with love and caring.
Manna's Mom on February 22 at 4:03 PM said:

What an unexpected bonus for the atheletes....finding a forever fur family member in Sochi:)
Patti on February 22 at 4:39 PM said:

I'm both happy and sad. I'm glad the athletes found new family members, but I wonder why they did not adopt strays from home? The strays here are in desperate need too.
Ann Paula on February 22 at 4:49 PM said:

May G-d bless those Olympians as well as all those who opens their hearts and lives to any of G-d's creatures. I wish I could save them ALL.
jan1022 on February 26 at 1:59 PM said:

god bless the athletes that bring the dogs home with them. god bless all dog lovers every where.

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