updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 02/13/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET
(Warning: This post contains spoilers. If you want to watch the broadcast Thursday on NBC, don’t read any further.)
For U.S. Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy, it was love at first sight.
A friend texted the 22-year-old athlete a photo of a litter of puppies living underneath a security tent outside the main entrance of the media center in Rosa Khutor village in Sochi – and that was all he needed to spring into action.
Kenworthy, an avowed animal lover, immediately hopped on a gondola from the athletes’ village to check out the pooches, according to USA Today.
Now, he’s working on taking the mother and her four puppies home with him.
“For the people wondering, I’ve lined up kennels 4 the pups & made vaccination appointments. Doing all I can to bring them home w/ me!” Kenworthy Tweeted on Wednesday.
He tells USA Today that he’s already got the ball rolling on plans to try and bring the pooches stateside, saying that two pups can each share a single kennel on the flight home. The mother, however, is a little tougher, he adds, because adult dogs have stricter requirements.
“I’m trying … I’m doing what I can,” he says, noting that he’s already found potential homes for the puppies – and plans to keep one for himself.