Film Media

Second Major

Communication Studies


Mary Healey Jamiel

Advisor Department

Film Media




film; animals; video; RISPCA; animal cruelty; Kara Guezze


According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, it is estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the US, but estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million. There will always be a need for the protection and care of stray, abandoned, and abused animals, as well as management of their population. These companion animals are our best friends and have easily integrated into our families over the years. For over 146 years, the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) has been dedicated to speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. rough legal, educational, legislative and investigative means, the RISPCA is dedicated to the rights and welfare of animal life. They are quite the unique organization as they are the only animal rescue in the state of Rhode Island that is legally able to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases. The RISPCA’s humane officer, Joe Warzycha, is a major component of their mission. He embarks on hundreds of cruelty investigations and cases per year that include a variety of different species of animals. He plays a vital role in our society, and more importantly, saves the lives of many companion animals statewide.

Based on what I have learned from production classes and experiences here at URI, I plan to convey the RISPCA’s mission to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves by creating and producing instructional videos. This project has entailed much collaboration, extensive research, a series of interviews, scripting, storyboarding, visual and audio production, and postproduction, to educate local Rhode Islanders and the general public. It is evident that the general public must be fully aware of matters involving the feral cat dilemma, puppy mills, backyard breeding, and especially animal cruelty to protect our companion animals. I believe education is the first step toward change.

Streaming Media

Media Format