Nobody’s Cats

nobody's-cats

Courtesy of Lakes Animal Friendship Society

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 3

A couple from Burns Lake, B.C.,
Valerie Ingram and Alistair Schroff,
works hard to help animals.

There are many unwanted dogs
and cats in northern B.C.
These animals are hungry and cold.
“There are way too many animals
and not enough good homes!” says the couple.

So Valerie and Alistair started
the Lakes Animal Friendship Society in 2008.
The society educates
local students and the community.

The society helps to spay
and neuter cats and dogs.
Students visit the clinic and watch the surgeries.
After the surgeries, some students cuddle the animals.

The society also gives cat
and dog houses to families in need.
Students help to build and paint these houses.

 Students Brandon, Maya and Cirra from Decker Lake Elementary School hold Nobody’s Cats. These students contributed art for the book. Photo by Darci Burtch

Students Brandon, Maya and Cirra from
Decker Lake Elementary School hold Nobody’s Cats.
These students contributed art for the book.
Photo by Darci Burtch

Nobody’s Cats
Nobody’s Cats is a children’s book by Valerie and Alistair.
Students helped with the book’s art work.
The book is based on a true story
about helping community cats.

In the story, nobody’s cats become
everyone’s cats.

Vocabulary:
cuddle (ku-dul) – to hold in your arms, showing affection

Links:

  1. To order a copy of Nobody’s Cats and to learn more,
    click here.
  2. For information on animal shelters, click here.
    Dirk Hofer’s Animal Shelter Plan –
    You can now download Dirk Hofer’s shelter plans
    and step-by-step instructions on this site as well.
Dirk Hofer (centre in red), wood-shop teacher, with students in Burns Lake, B.C. in 2011 Photo – The Vancouver Sun

Dirk Hofer (centre in red), wood-shop teacher, with students in Burns Lake, B.C.
in 2011
Photo – The Vancouver Sun