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Final Screening

Dear Friends,

We finally made it here, the final screening. Below is our project that we’ve been working for 2 months. I hope you guys enjoy it.

Feel free to comment!

Thank you and wish you guys have the best day everrrrrrrrrrrr!

Womee Team.

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1. The story in my Project: how Pet Adoption is important.

2. Conflict: Puppy Mills issue

3. Core Concept:

– Why we need to adopt pets? What are the jobs of staffs and volunteers at the animal shelters?

– What is Puppy Mills issue?

– How Pet Adoption can stop Puppy Mills?

– What should people do to support the Animal Shelters?

4. Evidence of Access



Jessica Bundang and Rita Wilds (Marketing Manager at the East Bay SPCA)

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Krista Jordan (Marketing Manager at East Bay SPCA)


Me in the East Bay SPCA clothes for Volunteer

5. Media using: videos, recording sounds, After Effects to make animated examples of Puppy Mills.

6. Tone/mood that I’m going for: something sounds happy, fun and NOT sad. Even it’s sad about Puppy Mills issue, but I don’t want to let people feel pressure and just adopt pets at shelters because they feel pity for them. I make this project to let people understand that where they should go to buy a pet, which is the animal shelters, and if they do that, they actually can stop the Puppy Mill business, which can stop the Puppy Mill Cycle.

7. Storyboard for my big Videos

a. Me: talking about how myself relate to the topic “Pet Adoption” and how I found East Bay SPCA.

b. Interview of people introducing themselves

– East Bay SPCA: volunteers and staffs-Rita Wilds

– Family that have adopted pet: Jess and Midge

c. Explaining how the East Bay SPCA runs, how adoption pets is important.

– Staffs from East Bay SPCA: Rita Wilds

d. Issues of Puppy Mills

– Me: transition from shelters to Puppy Mills

– Staffs or Volunteers at East Bay SPCA: talk about Puppy Mills, how Shelters can affect on stopping the cycle of puppy mills.

(Note: make animation video describing puppy mills)

e. Passion of helping animals

– Staffs or Volunteers at East Bay SPCA: why working at the shelter? what is their motivation?

– Family that have adopted pet: why they want to adopt pet at shelter rather than at pet store?

f. Interview: How to help shelters

– Staffs or volunteers at East Bay SPCA: talking about how people could support the shelter.

(Donation, volunteering, foster care parents,etc.)

– Family that have adopted pet: talking about how they feel when they adopt their cat, and how they could do to support the shelter.



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Volunteer Opportunity

Last Saturday (Aug. 16), I went to the East Bay SPCA orientation for volunteering. And the good news is I’ll start volunteering for the East Bay SPCA in the next few weeks. This is not only for my project, but also I feel great to somehow support the animal shelter. I hope that everything will be fine and I’m really excited for my first shift at the East Bay SPCA.



The East Bay SPCA front door

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My Sound Recording: Core Concept

This is the audio recording me talking about my core concept on the project.

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The East Bay SPCA

This is the shelter that I will choose for my project (if nothing goes wrong). So, I think I should let people know a little more about this great shelter.

The East Bay SPCA has a very long history. In the October 4th of this year, it will celebrate its 14oth celebration. Here is their site:

Their mission is to commit to the welfare of cats and dogs in the communities they serve. They strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals.

East Bay SPCA has 3 locations around the Bay Area:

1. East Bay SPCA, Oakland
Spay/Neuter Surgery Center
410 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: 510-639-7387 

2. East Bay SPCA, Oakland
Adoption Center & Veterinary Clinic
8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621
Adoptions: 510-569-0702

3. East Bay SPCA, Dublin
Adoption Center & Spay/Neuter Surgery Center
4651 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568
Adoptions: 925-479-9670
Spay/Neuter: 925-479-9674

I will choose the adoption center in Oakland for my project. I just got the email for their approval on my project last night, so I’ll schedule a day to go to their shelter and update some more pictures on my blog later.

Wish me luck ( ;


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Project Updated

Recently, I have contacted with 7 shelters around the Bay Area. They are:

1. SF SPCA –

2. Muttville –

3. Rocket Dog Rescue –

4. The Berkely Humane –

5. East Bay SPCA –

6. Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue –

7. The Milo Foundation –


The result is not very happy at the beginning. The SF SPCA didn’t approve for my access to their shelters. I understand that SF SPCA is a big shelter and their policy is quite hard, so I was not very surprised by being declined from them.

However, I didn’t give up on this project, because I think it’s worth to do and also, it’s something that I really really want to do. For the other 6 shelters, they didn’t reply me yet except The East Bay Humane. I was very happy when I got the reply email from The East Bay Humane when they said that they approve for my access. Luckily, they will celebrate their 140th  celebration in October, so they would love to have someone to create a video for them. Of course, I say Yes!

Well, that’s a good news for me. Besides, really thanks Eliot that introduce me the East Bay Humane!

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How to help your local shelters?

There are so many ways that you can help your local shelters. If you are an animal lover, then choose one way that match your schedule, or your habit.

The post below is a reblog from the topic “Ten ways to Help Your Local Shelter or Rescue” from The Humane Society of The United States that I found very interesting to know.


Ten ways to Help Your Local Shelter or Rescue

Shelters and rescues are amazing! They help untold numbers of animals and people, usually with limited resources and very little publicity. Do you want to give back to the these unsung heroes and organizations who contribute so much to your community? Try one—or all—of the following ten ways to help shelters and rescue groups. Don’t be surprised if you end up feeling good and having fun.

1. Share your love

Tell the world how you feel about your local shelter or rescue by using The Humane Society of the United States’ Facebook share graphics.

Just click on your favorite to add the image to your Facebook page. (If you think they’re both too cute to choose a favorite, swap them out every day.)

2. Get to know your local shelters and rescue groups

Start the process by locating all of the ones in your area. You may be surprised how many groups nearby are helping animals.

3. Learn before you leap

Before you adopt, go to the Shelter Pet Project to learn what to expect when adopting a pet. You’ll be much less likely to become frustrated and return your new pet if you understand the challenges and rewards of adopting a pet beforehand.

4. Say “Thanks!”

Take a minute to express your gratitude to the people who work at your local shelter or rescue groups. If you’ve adopted a pet from one of them, show how well your pet is doing by sharing an updated picture via a letter, email, or posting it on the organization’s Facebook page or website.

Trina’s wearing one of the “Adopt Me” vests the HSUS Shelter Services team sent to 4 Luv of Dog Rescue in N.D. These vests would be a great gift for your local groups. Jamie Floan

5. Get Crafty

Combine fabric, yarn, recyclables, and imagination to bring much-needed fun into the lives of local shelter and rescue pets. There’s no end to the toys you can make. Try braiding strips of fleece into fun for dogs, or cutting and folding a surprising household object into a cat distractor.

Are you a born match-maker? Create attention-grabbing “Adopt-Me” vests to spotlight available pets at adoption events held by shelters and rescues. We’ve found DIY options for those of us who avoid sewing as well as sewing-machine wizards.

6. Become a Fan

“Like” the Shelter Pet Project on Facebook. Then, if possible, “like” the individual groups in your community, too.

7. Make wishes come true

Shelters and rescue groups always need towels, toys, and other supplies. Check their websites for wish lists or call them to find out what’s in short supply.

8. Volunteer

Even if you can’t adopt a pet just now, you can help make life better for homeless animals by volunteering with your local shelter or rescue organization. Do you have experience as a carpenter or electrician? Are you a marketing or dog-walking whiz? All of these skills are valuable!

9. Help at your own home

Make the jobs of shelters and rescues easier: Outfit your cats and dogs with collars and proper ID (a microchip and ID tags) at all times. As soon as you bring them into your family, have all of your pets spayed or neutered. Keep your cats indoors, where you can keep them safe (though it’s great to take them on walks if they are comfortable on a harness and leash), and keep dogs on leashes when off your property.

10. Help your shelter make positive changes

If you see or hear anything at your local shelter that concerns you, follow The HSUS’s guidelines for addressing that concern in the most effective way.


The Humane Society of The United States Site. Ten ways to Help Your Local Shelter or Rescue. October 30 2013. Web. August 10 2014.

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Adoption Stories

If you interesting in reading adoption or rescue animals stories, check out this link below. This is a site that people share their stories about pet adoption or animals rescue. If you had one, you could submit your story too ( :


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The “Blind Cat Rescue” project

As animal lovers, it is absolutely heartbreaking to read of some of the abuse cases that go on across the world, or some of the reasons people “get rid” of their pets.” – said Michael Phillip Berlinski.

Yes, it is. When I was researching for my “Pet Adoption” project, I found this project which inspired me more to do mines. Michael is raising funds for his “Blind Cat Rescue” documentary and he got a lot of supports from people around the world. His big mission is to let the world know the great stories from The Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary (

A picture from a blind cat at Blind Cat Rescue.

I think it is a great mission and I would love to share that to everybody. Check out this link to know more about Michael’s project and help him to save these little cats.


Indiegogo Site. The Story of the Blind Cat Rescue Documentary Video. Michael Phillip Berlinski. Jun 11. 2014. Web. August 10 2014.

Blind Cat Rescue. Web. August 10 2014.

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Bay Area Animal Shelters List

There are more than 100 animal shelters around the Bay Area. The list below is one of the shelters in the bay that I’ve been researching on lately for my project. Do you know any one of them?


1. SF SPCA –

This is where my roommates and I adopted our cat. They have great services and the staffs are very friendly. Love this place so much!


2. Muttville –

This shelter’s mission is to save the senior dogs which are too old that mostly people don’t want to adopt, so they’re at risk of being euthanized. Muttville wants to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption and hospice. What a great mission, isn’t it?


3. Rocket Dog Rescue –

A small Dog Rescue group run by volunteers, Rocket Dog Rescue has saved a big number of dogs from death at over-crowded shelters. I love its website because it’s very animated and has a lot of things to read, like success adopting story, or dog of the week.


4. The Berkely Humane –

This is one of my favorite shelters. I look forward to have the approval from this shelter to work on my project.


5. East Bay SPCA –

The East Bay SPCA had a long history, it is turning 129 years old. They have all the services for both cats and dogs, which is so great!


6. Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue –

This is a small non-profit organization to help stop the overpopulation of abandoned and unwanted adult and senior cats. The great thing about this rescue group is they receive new cats into the systems every weeks, and mostly these cats are at risk of  being euthanized. If you feel that they’re doing amazing job, let’s help them by donating or volunteering. This is a small group of dedicated volunteers, and they just require you to have at least 1 shift per month (1 shift = 30mins to 5 hours).


7. The Milo Foundation –

Milo is about to turn 20 on August 14 and they have a special event to celebrate the rescue of 25,000 animals. I hope that I could catch this event up for my project.


The shelters above are all of the shelters that I mostly paid attention on. Do you know any other shelters that is appropriate for my project? If yes, please let me know at the comments below.

Thank you and cheers!

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