Everyone needs to give a giant round of applause to Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy. While competing in Pyeong Chang, South Korea during the 2018 Winter Olympics he was able to convince a South Korean dog farmer to close down the operation, rescuing 90 dogs.
Kenworthy is a freestyle skier and used his position as an Olympian in Pyeong Chang to bring awareness and attention to the inhumane treatment of dogs in the country. Thankfully, Kenworthy was able to team up with the Humane Society International to convince the farmer to stop his ‘farming.’
Ninety of the dogs that were rescued ended up being transported to the United States and Canada for medical treatment and shelter placement. All of them will soon have forever homes, there’s no doubt about that.
One dog named Beemo, though, was lucky enough to find a home right off the bat – with Kenworthy. However, this really comes as no surprise given the Olympian’s history as an animal advocate. In 2014, during the Sochi games, he helped rescue five strays that he met while in the city.
Continue to the next page to see Kenworthy’s adorable Instagram post about the amazing news, and learn more about “Gaegogi” which is what South Koreans call dog meat. Find out why this controversial tradition is still in practice.