U.S. Athletes Adopt Stray Dogs

27 Feb 2014 by Shayan Afzal, No Comments »

So to start off I have three questions for you. First, have you been watching the Winter Olympics? If so, are you rooting for the U.S. team? Third, do you like dogs? If you like/done both, then you will love to hear how our U.S. Olympic Team is responding to Olympic organizers hiring contractors to exterminate approximately 2,000 stray dogs that roam the streets of Sochi.  U.S. team athletes took action and adopted a number of these stray dogs. One of those athletes, Gus Kenworthy, a freestyle skier was the first to adopt. On top of that, he has decided to bring 5 dogs back home with him.

Amanda Bird, the U.S. Olympic team bobsled and skeleton press officer, has decided to adopt a dog. Her husband decided to name the dog they adopt Sochi. In order to help out even more, Bird is going to adopt at PovoDog, an animal shelter run and created by volunteers. Though the only problem is that her charter flight does not allow dogs, so Bird is hoping someone will take the dog home for her.

The U.S. Olympic hockey team is also getting involved. The goalie of the U.S. hockey team has adopted a dog that was found in front of his hotel.

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Picture credits:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/18/sochi-dog-adoption-us-olympic-team_n_4808305.html

Also one of the players of the U.S. hockey team, David Backes, has adopted two stray dogs. One is named Sochi Jack and the other Sochi Junior. Backes is also known for helping kick-start Athletes for Animals, an organization created to help adopt animals to responsible owners.

Overall, I think we all can agree to give all the dogs who roam the streets of Sochi the best of luck. Also, GO U.S.A.!!

Sources:

http://www.newsela.com/articles/olympics-dogs/id/2797/

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/18/sochi-dog-adoption-us-olympic-team_n_4808305.html

 

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