Source: WILD TV: "The Animals We Live With"
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In this video segment from WILD TV, meet Joyce Faye, an animal photographer. She visits animal shelters in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area to photograph the homeless animals awaiting adoption. There are 26,000 dogs picked up every year in Albuquerque. Faye volunteers her time and expertise taking photographs of the dogs and cats and displays them on her web site. She hopes that people will rescue an animal from the shelter and make it a pet. Faye encourages us to do what we can to make the world a better place. Even small gestures make a difference.
Animal science, communities, social studies
The following Frame, Focus and Follow-up suggestions are best suited for elementary or middle school students using this video in an English language arts or social studies lesson. Be sure to modify the questions to meet your students' instructional needs.
What is Frame, Focus and Follow-up?
Frame (ELA) Sometimes when you read or view something it makes you want to take action. It stirs you and causes you to react. When has this ever happened to you?
Focus (ELA) How might this video stir some people into taking some kind of action?
Follow Up (ELA) What are the qualities of this video that stir the viewers’ feelings about homeless animals? How did the video make you feel? Was it persuasive? How so? What was stated, shown or heard (besides the words) that stirred certain feelings in you?
Frame (SS) Can one person’s small gesture to do something good to make a difference in the world? How does this relate to you and your family? What little things do you do that make a difference in your home or at your school?
Focus (SS) What service does Joyce Faye offer to her community and to the dogs and cats in it? How does she make a difference?
Follow Up (SS) Discuss ideas for making your home, school, community, or the world a better place to live. Think of one thing you can do each day that will make a difference to at least one other person by making that person feel better. How can your small gesture make a difference?
JOYCE FAY (PHOTOGRAPHER): Everyday they’re putting them down, - wonderful dogs that get put down because there just aren’t people coming through, to adopt them. I mean she’s, a great dog.
JOYCE: Where we are now is one of the two facilities of Albuquerque Animal Services. It’s one of the two, what we used to call dog pounds and now they call them shelters.
JOYCE: They’ll hold them for seven days, to give the owners a chance to reclaim them. After that, theoretically they can put them down the next day. At some point somebody said, her time’s up.
JOYCE: I’m not blaming the shelter, they don’t have a choice, it’s not their fault that there are 26,000 dogs a year, that they pick up in Albuquerque.
JOYCE: I photograph as many animals as I possibly can in all of the shelters, and also rescue organizations. So that somebody will know what’s out there. And know where to look.
JOYCE: I started especially photographing my own animals, my dogs Bro and Tracy and also our horses, and I was doing that and I also photograph other people’s animals. I love it when I have the opportunity to photograph well-loved animals.
JOYCE: I knew that people would look, if I made good pictures and put them on the Internet that people would come, and look at the pictures there. And then often they say, “Okay then I can go and get that one,” you know.
MARIA WARREN: I saw that she had a web address and I went out there thinking I would find out about here professional business, but instead there was page after page of pictures of animals available for adoption at the area shelters here. And I thought that was a wonderful thing.
JOYCE: There’s something about our relationship with dogs, that’s, I think, unique, even with our relationship with other domestic animals. There’s something that they do for us; there’s some spirit of dog.
MARIA: One day I saw a picture of Ralph. He’s a one year-old, full-blooded Jack Russell terrier male. And he was at the Westside Animal Control, available for adoption and my husband and I went down the next day and got him.
JOYCE: It does help - the publicity they get whether in the newspaper or Internet and so on - does help a lot of them get adopted.
JOYCE: And if animals, especially shelter animals, and so on, if that is something that you care about, get in touch with your shelters and your rescue organizations in your area, and find out what you can do.
JOYCE: And an animal is saved, just because you made a phone call. And when that happens you’re just like ah, you know, and it really tells you to encourage everybody to do what they can, you know - because we all feel so frustrated, we can’t, we can’t do anything about all the problems in the world you know.
JOYCE: And then you find out, oh, well sometimes just making a phone call, or just going out and making whatever effort you can about what you care about, will make a difference. And if everybody just did a little bit, imagine the difference it would make in the world.
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