Kenworthy is leaving South Korea with something more than a medal. 

By Kelli Bender
February 23, 2018

Team USA's Gus Kenworthy is leaving the Winter Olympics with a new rescue pet again.

In 2014, the freestyle skier went through the long process of bringing two puppies he found near Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, back home to America. Those dogs (which now live with Kenworthy’s ex-boyfriend in Canada) are now healthy, full-grown social media superstars: Sochi pups Jake and Mishka.

And it looks like Kenworthy will be welcoming another pup to his life. In a lengthy Instagram post Kenworthy announced he and his boyfirend, actor Matthew Wilkas, visited one of South Korea’s 17,000 dog meat farms during the Winter Olympics and rescued a puppy named Beemo.

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This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visit to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don't personally agree with it, I do agree that it's not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in "good conditions" by comparison to other farms. 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. When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes. Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade. Luckily, this particular farm (thanks to the hard work of the Humane Society International and the cooperation of a farmer who's seen the error of his ways) is being permanently shut down and all 90 of the dogs here will be brought to the US and Canada where they'll find their fur-ever homes. I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she'll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she's through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible! There are still millions of dogs here in need of help though (like the Great Pyrenees in the 2nd pic who was truly the sweetest dog ever). I'm hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to @hsiglobal's page to see how you can help. #dogsarefriendsnotfood #adoptdontshop ❤️🐶

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“This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visited to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture,” Kenworthy, 26, wrote in the post. “And, while [I] don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty.”

The fluffy gray-and-white pup Kenworthy adopted is one of 90 dogs that was being kept at the farm under cruel, neglectful conditions. Even though the skier wrote he was told that the dogs at Beemo’s farm were kept in “good conditions” compared to other farms, he still found that animals were malnourished, abused and stuffed in tiny, dirty cages that were left exposed to the harsh elements.

Beemo isn’t the only dog getting a happy ending. According to Kenworthy, the entire farm he visited is being shut down and all 90 of the dogs currently living there are being flown to the U.S. and Canada, with help from Human Society International, where they will be put up for adoption.

Kenworthy’s new fur baby will arrive in America in a few weeks, after she completes all the necessary vaccinations. Like Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel, who rescued one of her pets from a South Korean dog meat farm, Kenworthy hopes his choice inspires others to help the millions of animals still caught in farm across the 2018 Winter Olympics’ host country. 

“I’m hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade here in Korea and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to @hsiglobal‘s page to see how you can help,” he writes at the end of his moving post.

This article originally appeared on People.

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