Introduction of Feature Story
It is noticeable that international students own their pets which can create animal companionship in their abroad study. However, some students buy their pets from breeders or pet shops while others get it from some stray cat organisations. Apart from formal rescue station like RSPCA, some private organisations are established to help animals, such as the one called ‘feral cats free adoption’ on WeChat publishing cats to people in the groups who may potentially adopt them (Figure 1). It is the point I start to write my feature story because the online organisation provides more chance for students owning a free cat which may be like a double-edged sword for both pets and students. Because raising pets are not an easy thing to do but the serious consideration and the huge responsibility of taking care of them in their whole life.
Figure 1. the screenshot of private adoption organisation in WeChat. (By Wenwen Bai, 2018).
The argument is that what will students treat their pet when they finish the degree. One relevant news published on news.com.au reporting that a dog was abandoned on the street by the student who completed the international study and went back to China (McCauley, 2016). At the meantime, the expenses for pets cannot be neglect. According to the report about pet ownership in Australia from AMA (2016), people averagely spend $1475 on each dog and $1029 on each cat (Figure 2).
Regarding the angle of my article, I mainly discuss what should international students think about before they own pets, to raise the awareness of the duty as well as the considerable amount of expenditure for keeping pets.
Figure 2. The source from the report of Pet Ownership in 2016 in Australia conducted by Animal Medicines Australia. Screenshot by Wenwen Bai (2018).
Target Audiences and the Publication
As the elaboration above, I will write the article for the international students who have pets already or intend to raise one soon. Hence, my story should be published on the platform where many of them engage in frequently. Meld Magazine, the leading international student news website, is the most suitable publication for me to post it, while it may be listed under the category of Life Style on the website.
The primary interviewees are the experts from the RSPCA as they do not encourage international students to keep pets in the foreign world due to the law regulation. They are the most persuasive power to increase the audiences’ attention about international students raising pets. The second interviewees may be vets who will give general advice on how to take care of animals properly. The private organisation is also considered to be interviewed because they should take a part of the responsibility to inform the adopters especially international students the difficulty of owning pets.
Media Specific Delivery
This feature story will utilise relevant images, videos and text to increase the degree of credibility and readability. And hyperlinks will be applied for the convenient access to the extra information. The story will also be shared on the social media platforms such as Facebook and the moment on WeChat to enhance the user participation.
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- McCauley, D. (2016, October 12). Calls to ban foreign students from owning pets after dog was dumped in a Sydney street. Retrieved from http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/world-economy/calls-to-ban-foreign-students-from-owning-pets-after-dog-was-dumped-in-a-sydney-street/news-story/723ffdc8820a346ac60a6f3b0087e5d3
- Australia, A. M. (2016). Pet ownership in Australia. Animal Medicines Australia (formerly Animal Health Alliance), Barton.