Olympian Gus Kenworthy Adopts 2nd Four-Legged Family Member From Horrific Dog Meat Farm In South Korea!
Gus Kenworthy proved once again that he is a winner on and off the slopes. Last week, the Olympic freestyle skier adopted a second dog that was also rescued from the deplorable dog meat farm in South Korea.
Kenworthy’s emotional and eye-opening trip to the dog meat farm during the Winter Olympics gained worldwide attention as did his adoption of his and his partner’s beloved Beemo, who sadly passed away recently due to a genetic heart condition.
“The day Matt and I visited the horrifying dog meat farm in South Korea we witnessed a mother dog giving birth to a litter of pups. The people at Humane Society International told us that had they not been there filming my visit nobody would’ve seen the pups immediately and they likely would’ve died in the brutal cold. Luckily though I saw them and they were rushed inside and saved,” Kenworthy explained on his Facebook page. “A few weeks later when all 90 of the dogs on that farm (including @beemopup) were flown to North America, that mother and litter were the only ones that stayed behind because the pups were too young to travel.”
Following Beemo’s tragic passing, Kenworthy found out that the litter was still in Korea and he began receiving updates on them until another farm closed and they were able be brought to the states.
“That finally happened and four days ago I picked this little girl in DC. She’s a five-month-old Jindo and Lab mix, and we named her Birdie (because birds were one of Beemo’s favorite things in the world),” continued Kenworthy. “Nothing in the world could ever replace Beemo or the love that we felt and still feel for her, but Birdie has already stolen the new place in our hearts, and we’re excited to be dog dads again.”
“I’m going to continue Beemo’s Instagram with pupdates of Birdie. I was nervous that would seem disrespectful to Beemo’s memory, but I actually love the idea that both my beautiful girls will share the page,” noted the silver medalist. “Also, a huge part of the reason I started Beemo’s page in the first place was to continue promoting rescue animals and raise awareness for the dog meat trade, and since the page already has such a big following, I thought it would be more impactful to keep it going rather than start all over again.”
WAN sends much respect and appreciation to Kenworthy for saving another innocent dog’s life, for spreading the message about the horrors of the dog meat trade, and for encouraging people to #AdoptDon’tShop!