Changing the World One Kitty at a Time

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

JOHNSON COUNTY, IN (December 8, 2017) – I’ve been very blessed with having a job at one of the top corporations in the world, Cummins Engine Company, for more than half of my life now. This wonderful organization not only does its best to make amazing products, but they do their best to take care of their employees and the surrounding communities as well. Cummins encourages community involvement so much that employees are even allowed a few hours a year that they may go volunteer on company time. This is how I ended up at the beautiful Johnson County Humane Society.

If allowed to choose which part of the community I help I gotta say I’m going to go for our four-legged friends every time. I think maybe I can relate because I’m just as scared of people as some of these guys. Maybe it’s also that I don’t have to talk, so I know I’m not going to say anything stupid. Either way the relationship is a two-way street. The idea of animal therapy is definitely gaining popularity in today’s day and age, and I can certainly see why. The entire time I was at the Johnson County Humane Society I felt so good I thought I should pay them for letting me volunteer!

 

I’ll have to say this experience has certainly been an eye opener for me. I always knew that a lot of work had to go into running organizations such as this, but I never realized just how much. The wonderful staff at the Johnson County Humane Society truly do embody dedication and compassion at its finest. Not only do they keep the business running on a daily basis, but they use every free second they have to comfort these lonely and sometimes frightened animals as well as the humans that are often broken-hearted to have to let them go. Seeing all this first hand makes me realize that one dedicated person really can change the world, even if that world may only be a couple of feet off the ground. I’ve also learned that although one person can make a difference there can never be too many volunteers.

If you’re anything like me and you love animals, but maybe you are just not home enough or funds aren’t the greatest then this type of volunteering is definitely the thing for you! I have always had a houseful of pets, so I have struggled recently with a bit of an empty nest coupled with the inability to take on more. Well, my longing has now at least been temporarily satiated. I can honestly say that other than the new struggle of trying not to take all the animals home this is the best I’ve felt in a long time, and I can’t wait to go back. Even if you’re not in Johnson County I urge you to call up the humane society in your area. It may feel like you are asking what you can do for them, but ultimately whether you know it or not, you are asking how much these beautiful people and animals can help you.

Check out some of the extraordinary animals at the Johnson County Humane Society below, and get more info on how you can help now on their website at http://hsjc.org/!

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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