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One of the many stray dogs in Sochi that need forever homes.
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February 22, 2014

It looks like more Sochi dogs will be finding a new home here in the U.S. A couple of athletes have brought a few of them home and now another familiar face is stepping up to help these cute pooches. According to People on Feb, 21. former ā€œBacheloretteā€ Ali Fedotowsky has followed suit and is headed back to the States with an adorable puppy by her side.

Fedotowsky has been in Sochi covering the Olympics for E! News and she is also an animal lover. She has been tweeting on how hungry the homeless dogs are and she has taken it upon herself to feed them in the streets while she was there.

The stray pups have been in the news ever since it was reported that they have been roaming the streets near the Olympic buildings and authorities had started exterminating them. A couple of Olympians, skier Gus Kenworthy and snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis, fell in love with a few of the dogs and started the ball rolling in bringing them back to the U.S.

Ali Fedotowsky has now joined in the efforts to find these canines their forever homes. She took to her Twitter to write her excitement about one of the sweet pups she had in hand.

“Got this little gal at a Sochi shelter. On my way to the vet to get her health certificate and passport so I can hopefully bring her back to the USA to be adopted,” the 29-year-old reality star wrote. “I can’t save them all, but I know someone in the states would love to have this little sweetheart!!!”

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Ali Fedotowsky & Katherine Heigl Team Up to Rescue Strays in Sochi

02/23/2014 at 11:35 AM EST

Ali Fedotowsky & Katherine Heigl Team Up to Rescue Strays in Sochi
Ali Fedotowsky and Katherine Heigl

More celebrities are standing up for stray dogs in Sochi.

On Saturday afternoon, Katherine Heigl and her mother, Nancy, joined forces with Ali Fedotowsky to help find happy homes for two pups the former Bachelorette star fell in love with and brought back from Sochi (where she was an Olympic correspondent for E! News).

“This is Adler, which is a town next to Sochi,” Fedotowksy tells PEOPLE of one of the dogs she flew in with on Saturday afternoon. “She’s very playful.” A male dog, Sochi, had been ill on the flight and wasn’t so energetic.

Katherine, 35, and Nancy waited anxiously at Los Angeles International Airport to pick up the two dogs from Fedotowsky, 29, whose role in the rescue process was to get them to the United States safely. They heard of Sochi’s illness prior to his arrival: “Sochi hasn’t eaten in 15 hours and is throwing up so we are hoping that it’s just from the travel,” Katherine said as she arrived at LAX.

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The Daily Treat: Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis to Bring Home Stray Dog from Sochi

02/18/2014 at 05:00 PM EST

Lindsey Jacobellis Bringing Stray Pup Home from Sochi: Photo
Lindsey Jacobellis and her new puppy
Courtesy Holly Brooks

Forget gold medals ā€“ dogs are the most coveted accessory in Sochi, Russia, right now.

Like U.S. Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy, snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is bringing one of the city’s stray dogs home to the United States.

“This Sochi Stray scored a one way ticket to the USA with [Lindsey],” Tweeted Jacobellis’s teammate, Holly Brooks, on Monday, sharing a photo of the snowboarder cuddling her adorable pup.

Canine cupid struck right around Valentine’s Day for the 28-year-old athlete, who posted an affectionate photo of her own to Instagram on February 15. “Me and my pup,” wrote Jacobellis, a self-described animal lover.

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