Carefully Consideration Before Raising Pets as an International Student

Be responsible for pets, if not, International students do not raise them

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 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.


Potential Interviewees

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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Reference List

  1. McCauley, D. (2016, October 12). Calls to ban foreign students from owning pets after dog was dumped in a Sydney street. Retrieved from
  2. Australia, A. M. (2016). Pet ownership in Australia. Animal Medicines Australia (formerly Animal Health Alliance), Barton.
About Wenwen Bai 5 Articles
Wenwen majors in the digital communication and culture at the University of Sydney.


  1. Hi, Wenwen, I am really interested in your topic. Actually, I once thought of raising a pet here, but when I learned that it was difficult to bring pets back to China after graduation, I gave up on this idea. However, not every international student thinks like me, so I think maybe you can make a questionnaire about whether foreign students should have pets to understand the international students’ thinking on this issue and the reasons they gave. Besides, many international students may not know how difficult it is to bring a pet back home, so in addition to analyzing the funds needed to keep a pet, this is also the direction you can consider. I am looking forward to seeing your final article and hope that my suggestion will be useful to you! Your friend Rachel 🙂

  2. Hey Wenwen, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article.

    I think maybe you could add an interview of an international student who has a pet. As your article is targeting international students specifically, then I think it would be useful to interview some of them, understand why they adopt pets and if they consider the pet a lifelong companion or just a friend for living in Australia?

    Also, I wonder if there are any statistics on the number of pets abandoned by international students, if not perhaps you could setup a few questionnaires to try and generate some data, just to help illustrate the magnitude of the problem of pet abandonment within the international student community.

    Finally, if time permits, you could briefly discuss the problems of transporting Australian pets internationally. This must be one of the major problems facing international students at the end of their degree, ultimately having to decide whether to give their pet away or try and take it back with them. For your own reference, I found a couple of websites that offer international transport for pets. These are: and You could even contact one of their service representatives to gather further information.

    I hope you find my suggestions helpful and I look forward to reading your finished piece!

  3. Hi, Wenwen. The title I think could be changed as the things international students should know before raising pets. The adverb ‘Carefully’ cannot modify nouns ‘consideration’.
    I am confused about the main argument of this news. If you want to make a guideline for international students who want to raise pets, the survey directions such as the expense of raising pets is suitable. However, if you just want to dig out the pets abandoned by graduated international students, the expense seems not have the direct links to it. Because the daily expense is the issue they face every day not only when are graduating. In addition, the situation of the pets which are abandoned by international students can be researched deeply to make target audiences realize how terrible the abandon is as well as make the news unusual. I hope my opinions could be helpful.

  4. Hello Wenwen, I found your topic is really interesting because this issue surely needs attention considering it is getting so easy to buy pets online. You said your feature story will talk about the responsibility and expense for keeping a pet, which is a good angle, and in this case I think you can interview some international students who have pets as they may have more experiences. Another angle you might be interested in is to discuss whether international students should be banned from having pets.

    I noticed that Meld Magazine more focuses on international students in Melbourne, so for more audience, I think International Student News may be a good one to consider. It’s a website providing independent news for international students and it also published an article about this topic. Also the category of Discussion or Student Life seems more suitable for your story on Meld.

    I like your use of bold texts to highlight the key points, which makes your post clear. A suggestion is to use succinct links. For example, use “the report” as a link rather than “the report about pet ownership in Australia from AMA (2016)”.

    Good luck with your story!

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