Olympic Silver Medalist Gus Kenworthy Promotes Pet Adoption

Making a pitch for the option of pet adoption, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy recently swapped sports for a moment as he threw out the first pitch at the San Diego Padres Dog Days of Summer event.

The Olympic champion helps to champion the cause of pet adoption as he takes the field with adoptable dog, Tucker:


A silver medalist in the 2014 Winter Olympic games, Kenworthy first won the admiration of Fido-loving sports fans when he not only helped to shine a spotlight on the plight of dogs in Sochi, but also personally saved the lives of several of the city’s homeless pups. On July 29th baseball buffs and 500 of their barking buddies cheered for the animal-loving athlete as he used his status as a sports star to illuminate the public about U.S. pets in need by strolling on to the playing field with Tucker, a dog from the San Diego Humane Society who wants nothing more than to play ball with a forever pet parent.

Gus Kenworthy flips for pet adoption!


The 2014 Dog Days of Summer event, which marked a decade of the Padres and Petco’s combined dogged devotion to our canine companions, also included a pre-game tail-gate party for barking baseball fans; a pet costume contest, and dogs from area shelters and rescues who are waiting for the day when they become members of a loving family’s home team.

One of the many Rovers who rooted for the Padres during the Dog Days of Summer:


Photos courtesy West Public Relations

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.