I chose to do my video project on the Lee County Humane Society because they give back. They give back not just to the animals they shelter, but to the Auburn community. I’m a mentor for Project Uplift, a program that allows college students to mentor elementary and middle school children for 3-4 hours a week. The humane society is always open to Project Uplift Children. My mentees’ favorite thing to do is go to the humane society and walk the dogs.
I’m an animal lover, so I couldn’t think of another place on a mission that I would be more excited to create a story about. The Humane Society gives animals hope. A life that may have had a rocky start can be made up for when they find a new happy home.
You can check out the video here.
Heather Kather, one of Auburn University’s very own alumna, is the director of the Humane Society in Lee County. It wasn’t hard to tell that Kather is passionate about her job.
There were a few difficult things about creating this story. First of all, it was hard to catch the staff at a time when they could spare someone for an interview. It is a 24/7 job to care for 50 plus animals. I went to the Humane Society for a quick interview, and Kather and other employees couldn’t meet with me because they were “short staffed” that day. I had to come back the next day when they seemed just as short staffed. However, we managed to squeeze in an interview. I had to make tough decisions when it came to cutting good material that couldn’t really be heard over dogs barking. It wasn’t easy to find a quiet place to talk. Barks and yelps could even be heard clearly from the interview room.
If there is anything I would change, I would find a way to get more footage of humans actually interacting with the animals. I would like to tell a story more by showing what the subjects do rather than by letting them sit in front of the camera and explain what the do. I’ll definitely provide more interaction footage in my next project.
Overall, it was a great experience and I enjoyed getting to see all of the loving animals. They really do have a way of lifting your spirits. I would adopt them all if I could.