Giving Pets a Second Chance
With Pet Fostering
by Claire Ayers
As a first-year staff member, I was nervous to shoot, edit, and produce a story all on my own. I wanted to pick a topic that was special to me, something that I would enjoy creating.
I have volunteered with the Franklin County Humane Society and have also adopted a dog from foster care before, so choosing pet fostering as my story topic was simple. I contacted the foster family I had adopted from and set up my first interview. I was in luck because the Matt family had a litter of puppies they were currently fostering, making for adorable b-roll and a great perspective on what it takes to be a pet foster parent.
My next interview with Laura Amlong, the Director of Development at the shelter, provided insight into the importance of pet fosters to the Humane Society. She was also helpful in getting me in contact with the Assistant Manager at the Humane Society.
The assistant manager at the shelter works hard to find families willing to take pets into their homes, which added another angle to the story. While I was at the shelter, I filmed in the kennels, cat pens, and viewing rooms for all the b-roll I needed. I loved having an excuse to pet and play with the puppies.
Editing the story went smoothly, as I had many perspectives that fit well together. Soon enough, I laid in my b-roll and completed my first solo project.
The work the Franklin County Humane Society puts into caring for all stray animals is truly invaluable. The Humane Society is located in Union, Missouri and it's entirely funded from fundraising and donations. Without the help of the community, the Humane Society would not be able to keep its doors open. For more information on how to support the Franklin County Humane Society visit: http://www.fchsmo.org