Olympic Athletes Play With Pups Ahead of the 2016 Rio Games
Published at 12:06 PM GMT on Jul 21, 2016 | Updated at 8:09 PM GMT on Jul 23, 2016
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NBC and Telemundo owned stations are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 18 to help find loving homes for animals in need. Over 80,000 pets found their forever homes in 2017.
Puppies up for adoption in Southern California got their big break as stars of a People Magazine photoshoot with the Rio 2016 USA Olympic Team.
The pups, all between 8 and 10 weeks old, hailed from local shelters and were all later adopted, according to a representative from Good Dog Animals, the service that provided the dogs. One lucky puppy, a Maltese-Shitzu mix named Gibson, went home with Olympic gymnast Ally Raisman.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics will air on NBC Friday, Aug. 5. The Games conclude with the Closing Ceremony on on Sunday, Aug. 21.