Gus Kenworthy on the Today Show

A heartwarming reunion on the Today show features Olympic athlete with the puppies he rescued from Sochi.

By | Posted: February 14, 2014, 9 a.m. PST

Olympian Gus Kenworthy joined TODAY live this morning to talk about being reunited with the stray dogs fought to adopt from Sochi. He was joined by three of the puppies and his friend Robin Macdonald who helped in the transport. Read about the journey home>>

Watch them on the Today Show:

Visit the Today Show "It's just incredible. It feels so nice to have them home,” Gus tells Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall. "These dogs, they've traveled thousands of miles and it's been many, many weeks of this whole process kind of coming to an end and just really can't thank Robin and the Humane Society International enough for making it happen.”

"We encountered some government roadblocks when we there,” says MacDonald who had planned to stay in Sochi only a few days after the Olympics to bring the dogs home, but was delayed for nearly a month. "A politician claimed the dogs were theirs and they didn't want to release them to us for whatever reason. They were kind of kept away from me for the duration that I was there. We were fighting with the Humane Society International to get them proper treatment and to get them to care, and it took too long and two of the dogs unfortunately did pass away.”

sochi puppy on the Today Show

Gus responded to the international impact, saying, "I think that's the best part for me. We’ve had people come up to both of us and tell us what they either donated to the Humane Society or went and adopted a dog here, so that's awesome to see. I think that we're really just hoping to bring awareness to the plight of the dogs in Russia and hopefully set up some shelters and stuff there. So in future world cups and different events, there will be a better system in place so this doesn't happen again. So if someone wants to take a dog back, they can take a dog back. It's not going to be a horrible process.”

Read more about Gus Kenworthy, Robin MacDonald and their Sochi pups>>


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Carol - 10030   Silver Spring, MD

3/16/2014 11:22:34 AM

Nice, and he obviously has a good heart. However, there are millions of homeless dogs euthanized annually in this country, and the need here is great.

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Ellen - 15750   Madison, WI

3/15/2014 6:29:58 PM

What a great guy! This warms my heart.

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