Raechel Odom Staff Writer@RaechelOdom David Backes, a Minnesota native, and captain of the St. Louis Blues, is doing anything he can to help the stray dogs in Russia. He and some of the other Olympians are dealing with the rigorous adoption process in order to take the animals back to the United States and find them forever homes. “They kind of were portrayed a little bit as rabid animals that were dangerous. I don’t know if anyone’s seen that out of those animals. I think you’ve seen a lot of friendly, smart street dogs that have perhaps have had a tough life and had to find ways to get food and shelter and water and all that good stuff,” Backes said. “For us to be able to give them a chance for a forever home and kind of live in that lap of luxury that a lot of dogs in North America have, if we can do that for a few of them and give them that little reprieve, it’s a great opportunity for those dogs.” Not only is David Backes worried about these dogs, but he and his wife, Kelly, have started a charity, Athletes for Animals, which helps to protect animals nationwide and has many athlete ambassadors, including the MLB, NHL, NFL. Barret Jackman, David Perron, Jake Long, James Laurinaitis, Kyle McClellan, and fellow Olympian Jessica Schultz are just a few of the ambassadors. Backes has also traveled across the United States to help animals in need You can check out their website, www.athletesforanimals.org. Here, you can donate, join the team as an ambassador, find information on future charity events, find pets to adopt, and become educated on pet care and pet adoption.
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