Gus Kenworthy Reunited With Gold Medal South Korean Rescue Dog
Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy couldn’t stop sharing the love on his social media accounts, as he detailed picking up the dog he rescued from a meat farm in South Korea. The athlete and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas picked ‘Beemo’ up last weekend and couldn’t be happier.
ICYMI: WE ADOPTED A BABY FROM KOREA!!! Our sweet puppy Beemo is finally out of quarantine and was reunited with us today and I couldn't be happier!!! It breaks my heart to think that she was being raised for slaughter. I can't thank the Humane Society International (@hsiglobal) enough for shutting down the dog meat farm she was on and for bringing all 90 dogs back safely! Go support @hsiglobal!!!
A post shared by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on Mar 18, 2018 at 5:52pm PDT
Beemo was named after a character in the Adventure Time cartoon, just as Kenworthy’s dog Jake was. Kenworthy said that they like human names for dogs, but wanted to name her in the same way her ‘brother’ Jake was, so they went with another Adventure Time name.
Ninety dogs were rescued from the farm Beemo came from, and came to the United States and Canada to find their forever homes. Kenworthy was one of many Olympians who brought attention to the plight of dogs being farmed for meat in South Korea.
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. ❤️🐶
A post shared by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on Feb 23, 2018 at 8:10am PST
Kenworthy and Wilkas live in New York City in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets, and also own a home in Denver but are rarely there. Kenworthy said that they may need to move to another place in New York, or may stay in Denver a bit while they decide where to live permanently. One thing’s for sure, though, says Kenworthy–Beemo will be well taken care of for the rest of her life.
Adorable pictures on Instagram showed how happy the couple was to be reunited with Beemo, who they picked up from the Humane Society in Montreal, Colorado. Kenworthy said they missed her terribly while they were apart.
Kenworthy shared he couldn’t imagine that Beemo was being raised for slaughter, and thanked the Humane Society International for their help in shutting the farm she was found on down, and helping him rescue the 90 dogs that were part of the farm.
Welcome home, Beemo! We know you’ll love your new family!
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