Joyce presents workshops on first aid for dogs, dog agility, preparing pets for disasters and evacuation, and school presentations on dog safety.


  • 1985-1990:"Animal Cop" with Wetzel County (West Virginia) Animal Rescue, domestic, wild, medical triage, wildlife educator, canine training and adoptions.

  • 1991-1997: Educational training under Ian Dunbar and Cheryl Smith, PR Dog Inc, American Pet Dog Trainer.

  • 1995-1997: Educational training under Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, who later became trainer for "White House dog" Bo Obama. (Dawn lived with and trained Bo before knowing who his intended owners were!)

  • 2000-2004, Wolf rescuer and caretaker, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Divide, CO.

  • 1991-present; Presenting classes on wolf conservation; International Wolf Center, Ely, MN

  • 1995, Certified trainer for "Good Canine Citizen Test" administered through American Kennel Club. (Renewed 2004)

  • 2004, certified search and rescue dog trainer, Illinois-Missouri Search and Rescue.

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NATURE has her temperamental days resulting in disasters - everything from flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, fire, and blizzards. On top of that are the manmade disasters like terrorism, wars, nuclear accidents, and chemical and oil spills. Whether man-made or natural, disasters can devastate and ravage our lives. Being prepared for evacuation for you, your family and animals in the wake of disasters will mitigate the impact and havoc disasters create.
   The most important aspect in this preparation is to include your animals and avoid leaving them stranded in the event of any disaster or evacuation. Do not wait until it is too late!
   Many times people are forced to leave their homes on short notice, for either a few days or for weeks at a time. Even gas leaks and flooding can keep owners from returning to tending to animals for an extended period of time. Avoid leaving your animals behind and stranded; instead, prepare to take your animals to safety, too. It is better to be overly cautious during any disaster warning then to be caught off guard. We can prepare ahead of time so that we can leave quickly if needed, and this preparation must include the whole family, including the animals.
   Become familiar with the types of possible disasters that can affect your location, and do not forget hazardous materials spills that can occur on any rail line or highway.
Plan to be prepared for any possible disruption of your services for any extended period of time and this can include electric, land-line and cell phones, food, water, heating and fuel for your vehicle.