Brett Blume @brettblumekmoxBy Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The two young puppies that Blues forward David Backes brought back from Sochi, Russia will soon be headed to their new homes.

“Jake” and “Junior” are nearing the end of their quarantine period and will be leaving with their new owners before the end of this month, says Kim Brown, the executive director of Five Acres Animal Shelter in St. Charles.

“We’ve been providing their quarantine—they have to do a 30-day quarantine before they can go to their new homes,” she says. “They’ve been doing well here.”

Now comes word that “Jake” won’t be adopted out to the public, after all—he’s been claimed by New York Rangers center and Olympian Derek Stepan.

Brown had earlier said that the Backes’ told her that other players and family members had already bonded with the two dogs while in Sochi, so the dogs likely wouldn’t be available for public adoption.

Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk already snapped up “Junior.”

To learn more about Backes’ program, check out Athletes For Animals.


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