Canadian photographer Robin Macdonald was one of the many rescuers during Sochi — and still remembers what he saw. He had counted over 80 dogs along the streets during just one short bus ride into the city — and, just like other visitors, he and his then-partner, U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, fell in love with the dogs.
“They visibly had people during the Olympics going around capturing dogs,” Macdonald told The Dodo. “You could see it in plain sight. It wasn’t until later on that I realized they were euthanizing them.”
At one point he spotted a mother dog hiding underneath an Olympic security tent with her four newborn puppies, and knew, even though he couldn’t save every stray he saw, that he needed to help this little family.