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dateline: 11 February 2014

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Olympic Dogs Saved By Billionaire

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • stray: not belonging to anyone
  • dispose of: get rid of (kill or throw in garbage)
  • look after: provide necessities for someone
  • adopt: to become the official guardian of a person or animal

Olympic Dogs Saved By Billionaire

of stray dogs wandering around Sochi were at risk of being disposed of last week until a Russian billionaire swooped in to save the day. Prior to the opening of the Winter Olympics, the dogs had been looked after and fed by the builders working at Olympic Park. The stray dogs began to go hungry after Olympic Park was finished, and became a concern to organizers. When a multi-billionaire heard the news that the animals were going to be disposed of, it him of the stray dog he rescued as a child. He decided to help fund a nearby to pick up the strays. Since then, the shelter over 100 dogs in Sochi. Many of the animals have already been adopted by local families.

  1. Why were animal lovers upset prior to the opening of the Sochi Olympics?
  2. What inspired the billionaire to fund the shelter?
  3. What has happened since the shelter opened?

Discussion Question: What reasons would organizers have for being concerned about stray dogs in Olympic Park? In your opinion, which reasons are legitimate?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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