Looks like more Sochi stray dogs will find a home in America.
After some U.S. athletes brought dogs home with them from the Olympic Games, former “Bachelorette” star Ali Fedotowsky returned from Sochi, where she was an Olympic correspondent for E! News, with two stray pups.
She was met Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport by actress Katherine Heigl and her mother Nancy Heigl, who is teaming up with Fedotowsky to find homes for the two Sochi strays.
“Katherine and Nancy have been nice enough to take her in for a little while until we find her a home,” Fedotowsky told ABC’s Los Angeles station KABC. “Literally, I’ve received hundreds of requests already to adopt her. I wasn’t going to bring her back just to add her to another shelter.”
Heigl herself owns seven dogs and co-founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, which matches shelter dogs with happy homes.
Holding Adler, a black, brown and white puppy named after a town next to Sochi, Fedotowsky told Heigl, “She’s very playful.”
But a male dog named Sochi was sick on the flight.
“Sochi hasn’t eaten in 15 hours and is throwing up so we are hoping that it’s just from the travel,” Heigl told People magazine, before the dog’s arrival.
It turned out to be canine parvovirus or “parvo,” and, according to People, the dog was getting treated over the weekend. Adler was also treated for a cough.
Both dogs will remain with the Heigls for a two-to-four week quarantine process before they can be adopted out.
Fedotowsky said she received some “criticism” for bringing strays back from Russia when there are so many dogs in America in need of homes. But she told KABC, “If you saw what I saw every day in Sochi, you would have brought back one too.”