Olympian Gus Kenworthy and His Rescue Puppy, Beemo!

Slopestyle and freestyle Olympic skier brings home canine gold

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

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Credit: Humane Society International / Dario Ayala


The Winter Olympics (2018) have ended and Olympians from all over the world have returned home, riding high off the opportunity to participate in such an event. Some very special athletes, like American Gus Kenworthy, took this opportunity one step further. Kenworthy, and others athletes, visited dog meat farms while in South Korea, and became part of the rescue operation.

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Credit: Humane Society International / Lee Jae-Won

Gus Kenworthy, a freestyle skier from Colorado, helped rescue a Jindo-Husky mix puppy that he named Beemo. The Humane Society International  (HSI) works in South Korea and has already rescued over 1200 dogs and closed 10 dog meat farms. They got a needed boost with Olympic interest shining on them.

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Kenworthy wasn’t the only athlete to save a pup from the meat farms; Canadian figure skater, Meagan Duhamel rescued Moo-tae and he now lives with her in Montreal.

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Credit: Facebook / Humane Society International Canada

Beemo was one of 80 dogs rescued from a farm close to South Korea’s capital, Seoul. The HSI campaign to end this practice of caging and eating dogs started early last year with 200 dogs saved from a single farm.

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Credit: Humane Society International / Dario Ayala


HSI not only rescues the dogs and rehomes them, the organization also helps transition the farmers to a new businesses of growing profitable crops, such as chili peppers or mushrooms.

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Contrary to popular belief, the dog meat industry is dying, almost totally reliant on an older generation who erroneously believes in its health benefits. With HSI’s help, these dog meat farmers will be able to adapt to new practices that are sustainable and humane.

We hope Beemo lives the best life with her new dads, Gus and Matthew!