Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy adopted a puppy from a Korean dog farm, and cue the tears
It’s official. Gus Kenworthy has stolen our hearts. The freestyle skier and LGBTQ activist is not only an amazing athlete who made all of us proud with his 2018 Winter Olympics performance in PyeongChang, but he’s also an animal lover who is using his platform to draw awareness to the deplorable conditions of dog meat farms in South Korea. And the icing on the cake? He’s taking one of the cute canines home with him. How sweet!
In a tear-jerking post on Instagram, Kenworthy described his eye-opening visit to one of the dog farms:
Powerful. Well done, Kenworthy!
His Instagram post didn’t end there. (Warning: this may be difficult to read.)
“I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in ‘good conditions’ by comparison to other farms,” he wrote. “The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions.”
The circumstances Gus Kenworthy described are nothing short of horrific. We can’t imagine seeing something like this with our own eyes.
Kenworthy did have some good news, though. The particular dog farm he visited is being shut down! With help from the Humane Society International and “the cooperation of a farmer who’s seen the error of his ways,” all of the farm’s 90 dogs are heading to the U.S. and Canada to find new furever homes.
Time to celebrate, doggos!
This isn’t the first time Kenworthy has taken a pup home with him from the Olympics, either. Four years ago in Sochi, Russia, he adopted a mother and her four pups! Yes, that’s right. He adopted FIVE dogs!
Just look at his lovable little family:
If you want to help the Humane Society International get these pups home, here’s how:
We love your style, Gus, and we can’t wait to see the rest of those innocent little angels get adopted.