Ali Fedotowsky & Katherine Heigl Rescue Strays in Sochi
More celebrities are taking a stand for stray dogs in Sochi.
On Saturday afternoon, Katherine Heigl and her mother, Nancy, joined up with Ali Fedotowsky to help locate happy homes for 2 pups the former Bachelorette star fell in love with and brought back from Sochi
Fedotowksy was an Olympic correspondent for E! News.
“This is Adler, which is a town next to Sochi,” Fedotowksy tells. “She’s very playful.” A male dog, Sochi, had been ill on the flight and was not so enthusiastic.
Katherine, 35, and Nancy waited nervously at Los Angeles International Airport to get the 2 dogs from Fedotowsky, 29, whose role in the rescue process was to get them to the US safely. They heard of Sochi’s sickness 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 mentioned as she arrived at LAX.
The moment they saw the puppies, the Heigls instantly made their way to their car to begin the two-to-four week quarantine process “to make sure [the dogs] are not carrying infectious diseases that could be passed on to humans,” Katherine explained.
Even though Katherine has 7 dogs of her own and co-founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation – focused at finding happy homes and shelters for dogs – she was anxious about this particular rescue. “We haven’t done this before. We haven’t done a rescue from another country,” Heigl says. “I’m nervous for the dogs. It’s an awfully long flight. I’m hoping it’s the beginning of the good life to come.”
Sochi has already been adopted by Amanda Bird, the marketing and communications director for the USA bobsled and skeleton team, and her husband.
Up to now, the puppies have received their initial medical check up in the US. Sochi, the male pup, has been diagnosed with canine parvovirus (or “parvo”) and will be receiving treatment. The female pup, Adler, has been diagnosed with a cough. Both will remain at the vet for at least the duration of the weekend.