Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sochi stray dogs one step closer to new U.S. homes (PHOTOS)

American Gus Kenworthy seemed to make more headlines in Sochi for his efforts to give homes to some adorable stray dogs rather than his silver medal in ski slopestyle. 

Not only has Kenworthy managed to rescue four puppies, but he has also made the arrangements to bring the puppies' mother to the United States as well.

Now it looks like a lot more Sochi stray dogs will find homes in America and around the world due to Kenworthy's public efforts.

And celebrities are following suit.

After the U.S. athletes brought dogs home with them from the Olympic Games, former “Bachelorette” star Ali Fedotowsky returned from Sochi, where she was an Olympic correspondent for E! News, with two stray pups.

She was met Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport by actress Katherine Heigl, who is teaming up with Fedotowsky to find homes for the two Sochi strays.

St.  Louis Blues captain David Backes and his wife also rescued two of the thousands of stray dogs that were all around Sochi. And brought them back first class.

The new American citizens will remain contained for a two-to-four week quarantine process before they can be adopted out.

Fedotowsky said she received some “criticism” for bringing strays back from Russia when there are so many dogs in America in need of homes. But she told KABC, “If you saw what I saw every day in Sochi, you would have brought back one too.”

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