When not competing in slopestyle skiing, Team USA Olympian Gus Kenworthy has been trying to save the consistently adorable stray dogs he has stumbled across from extermination

The skier has been posting images of himself with various puppies on Twitter, but they are more than just good photo opportunities.

Following Sochi's controversial mandate to exterminate street dogs, Colorado-born Kenworthy pledged to try and save the dogs he comes across by setting up kennels and attempting to take some back home with him.

"Oh my glob, look who I just found! :)" he wrote on Twitter (that's an Adventure Time reference there) before following up: "Also, for the people wondering, I've lined up kennels 4 the pups & made vaccination appointments. Doing all I can to bring them home w/ me!"

The Russian city has a big problem with stray dogs, with some journalists reporting that there were even some walking between the rooms of their hotels when they arrived to cover the Olympics

Responses to "US Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy saves puppies in Sochi (Photos)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    WAY TO GO GUS!!!! Show those Russians what humanity and kindness is all about. VERY proud of you!!! Good luck getting them home too. They are adorable.

  2. Unknown says:

    What an awsome young man!!!So proud to have you representing the USA!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much what you have done. You are a great man. All the best.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What about the mother? Will Russia kill her?

  5. Anonymous says:

    good job, I heard they were killing dogs before the USA team got there. dumb plp

  6. BloodWolf says:

    if you need anyone to keep them i wold love to have one ^-^

  7. Unknown says:

    Gus is awesome! Please remember too that we're so lucky in the US to afford pets. I've traveled to eastern Europe and often families don't have enough money to feed their own much less buy pet food and pay vet bills. These same families hosted me graciously. One, in Kazan, had only one chicken that month. They insisted upon cooking it for my special dinner with them.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think its wonderful what hes doing!

  9. Unknown says:

    Yes Gus is awesome! Remember too how lucky we are to live in the USA where it's the norm to be able to feed and care for our beloved pets. I've traveled to eastern Europe several times. It's unusual that a family would be able to afford a pet. One very kind family who hosted a dinner for me in Kazan insisted upon preparing the only chicken they had for the entire month for my special meal.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is being done everywhere, hell, we even do it to homeless people in Canada. Good for Gus but don't condemn people until you clean up your own back yard.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Total class is shown both at home and abroad. Nicely done Gus..thanks so much for caring..that's the mark of a true gentleman :-) <3

  12. I hate to say this folks but we do the same thing here. Don't be so quick to condemn the Russians. I live in a large city in The US and they kill the stray animals cats and dogs after 3 days if not adopted. Pets with chips get 6 days. Not much time to find your pet. Some rescue centers try to pull out some some of them, take pictures and beg for help but most are put down. I thought they killed the really sick ones but these are healthy beautiful sometimes full blooded animals, they just need a home and lots of love.Instead they are thrown away like garbage. So stop patting yourselves on the back just because you take care of your pet. Check to see what your city shelters aka the dog pound are doing with theirs!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Nice one Gus, every life counts especially for the pup.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I'm glad to see someone doing this but Green Orchid is right.I hate to hear the truth but we all are responsible.God's creations all need love,understanding and sombody to just give a darn.

  15. thank you, if one or 2 need a good loving home I can make that happen

  16. Unknown says:

    Okay, so I am not saying that what this man did wasn't wonderful, because it was. But I also just want to say, don't blame Russia for killing these dogs. There are probably hundreds of starving, sick dogs that get into peoples trash and if they have never really had any GOOD contact with people they can actually be dangerous.. Just think, your child is walking home one day and is attacked by a pack of stray dogs. So they just eliminated the problem. Also, you have to think how poor of a country Russia actually is, unlike America, they have no middle class really, so even if they wanted to save these poor dogs, they probably dont have the necessary means to care for them. They have their families to worry about. Again! I am not saying what Gus did wasn't wonderful, I would have done the same thing, but looking at these posts about how bad Russia is for killing these dogs and blah blah blah.. Just try to put yourself in their shoes people, try to think "why would they have to kill those dogs?" don't just jump to the conclusion that they are just heartless, selfish people. They are very cute little puppies though, and I hope they find good homes!

  17. Anonymous says:

    All your efforts are much appreciated...

  18. Anonymous says:

    It's nice to see and hear that other Olympians or following in Canada's foot steps. Lets all try to save as my dogs and puppies as we can. Their humanity when it comes to animals really sucks.

  19. Anonymous says:

    well done, Gus! <3 <3

  20. Anonymous says:

    well done, Gus.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Please make sure Gus you try to save the Mother. She is such a good Mommy to have had all of them and looking the way they do. It would be cruel to leave the Momma. They will end up killing her.

  23. Anonymous says:

    love ya dude

  24. Anonymous says:

    God Bless you for doing a good deed to gods precious creatures

  25. Anonymous says:

    I work at a school. To me it is inspiring to see young people step up to help. Weather it is volunteering at the local animal shelter, local hospital , nursing homes, or at the local fire department, this caring attitude is to be admired. A few of us adults could take a lesson or two from this young man.

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