Summer hazard – dogs in hot cars

A dog in a hot car Photo:  Courtesy of the BC SPCA

A dog in a hot car
Photo: Courtesy of the BC SPCA

Summer hazard: dogs in hot cars
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and the BC SPCA by Patti-Lea Ryan
Edited by Nila Gopaul
Level 3

The BC SPCA* reminds us that summer is here.
This means that the weather is getting hot.
Vehicles such as cars and vans heat up
very fast in the summer.
Your pet can get very sick
in a hot, parked vehicle.
* BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Last year in June, the BC SPCA
responded to 228 calls
to rescue dogs in hot cars.

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On this day: Terry Fox’s Legacy

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The Terry Fox memorial outside B.C. Place
Photo by Jenelle Schneider/The Province

Terry Fox’s Legacy*
(July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981)

Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
Level 2

Terry Fox died 34 years ago today,
on June 28, 1981.
Terry is remembered for his bravery and
his run across Canada.

Terry called this run the Marathon of Hope.
This marathon helped raise money
for cancer research.

*Legacy:  (say: le-ga-see) –  a gift you hand down
when you die (such as money or property)

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Wilbur the pig

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Wilbur plays with dogs.
Photo by Wayne Leidenfrost/The Province

Wilbur the pig
Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
Level 1

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Wilbur has a good life now.
He lives at a dog day care
in Vancouver.
The day care is called
Canine Adventure Den.

His owner, Kirsty MacGregor,
found Wilbur on the Internet.
Wilbur lived in Edmonton, Alberta.
He was sick, small and weak.
Wilbur weighed only eight kilograms (kg).

Kirsty “fell in love” with Wilbur.
She wanted to keep him.
Her husband said,
“‘Don’t do it!'”

Kirsty took Wilbur home.
Today he weighs 34 kg.

Pig 2

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