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Joyce Brandon

by Joyce Brandon


A recent discussion amongst friends focused on a story of faith in the Bible. The story featured a woman with a physical affliction, who, after failing to find relief through conventional means, grabbed the hem of Jesus’ robe and was healed. We were batting about thoughts and insights regarding the healing of this woman. I began to wonder: was this an extraordinary woman of faith or was this an ordinary woman who had an extraordinary moment of faith? Did she reject conventional wisdom which had failed her, for the unconventional? By now I’m sure you are asking yourself, “What does this have to do with animal rescue?” I’m getting there.

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by Joyce Brandon


Our Reedley Homeless Pets project has been wonderfully successful. In just a little over a month we have been able to save 38 dogs and cats from going to the Central California SPCA for disposition.

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Hunger Games: Movie Review

IN THE March 27 ISSUE

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by Joyce Brandon



I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games trilogy so when asked to review the movie, of course, I was excited to do so. My enthusiasm waned; however, after realizing that I was less then enthralled with the Hollywood version of the book.

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by Joyce Brandon



Our Central Valley has a black eye with its high animal kill rates; but, there are some exciting things happening with our small communities and change is just around the corner.

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by Joyce Brandon


I was slightly uncomfortable to admit to everyone I had read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The idea that I was reading a “young adult” book shook my pride just a little but I soon overcame that insecurity when adult after adult told me how much they enjoyed the book. Yes, it is written for young adults and is; therefore, an easy read, but that doesn’t detract from the story. The plot is creative and the story hooked me right from the beginning.

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Love is in the Air: Another Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE February 18 ISSUE

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by Joyce Brandon


In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share two of my favorite foster love stories. In the rescue world we face a lot of heartbreak and often see the dark side of humanity so those glimpses of love and the angels that come along side and take our broken little ones home, make our journey worthwhile.

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Fostering: Another Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE January 28 ISSUE

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by Joyce Brandon


We receive e-mails from time to time from adopters who like to give helpful advice to our foster families. Just recently we received an e-mail advising one of our foster moms not to allow puppies to kiss her face, according to our adoptive mom; it is a terribly disturbing behavior when it is carried forward into their permanent home. A while back, a foster mom was chastised for not teaching her foster kitty to forego the very problematic habit of counter surfing. Obviously, the foster mom lacked discipline as this very curious kitty was jumping on the kitchen counters in her new home.

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by Joyce Brandon


The Grinch is a fictional character created by author Dr. Seuss in 1957. This funny looking green goblin was featured in the children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas and has become a symbol for anti-holiday sentiments and also is used to describe someone with an unforgiving and greedy attitude. Oddly enough, even the Grinch had a dog. His only companion is Max, a Coonhound who stands faithfully by his master.

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Rescue 911: An Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE November 26 ISSUE

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andHelping Hands,
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by Joyce Brandon


Ninety-nine percent of rescue work is consumed with taking pets that for one reason or another have lost their home and need a new one. The drill is pretty much the same, assess, vet, foster, and find that happily ever after. It is fabulous work, and is a job we take very seriously. Most of the animals in our care were facing death sentences: they either came from a shelter or were on their way there. We love saving lives!

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Golden Girls: An Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE October 15 ISSUE

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by Joyce Brandon


We see the beauty in the eyes of a senior dog that is not readily apparent to everyone. The clouded eyes emit truth and wisdom of a long life that cannot be otherwise shared. Seniors are usually calm and quiet and easy to have around yet we are always thrilled to see the occasional blast of youth that sends them running through the room, or throwing a toy in the air.

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Seven Little Words

IN THE September 24 ISSUE

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by Joyce Brandon



Recently I was reading an article on exercising your brain (not that I think I’m losing mine or anything) and ran across a little game where you try to tell a story in just seven words. I thought this might be a fun little thing to run by our ACT Facebook friends so I asked them to tell us their rescue story in just seven words. I expected a few to respond but never expected close to seventy!

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by Joyce Brandon


I was honored this past weekend to speak at our Women’s Ministry breakfast. I prepared faithfully. My PowerPoint was loaded with great photos, my narration was polished, and the technology was all checked the night before. All systems were go.
I was honored this past weekend to speak at our Women’s Ministry breakfast. I prepared faithfully. My PowerPoint was loaded with great photos, my narration was polished, and the technology was all checked the night before. All systems were go.

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by Joyce Brandon



Welcome to a glimpse of my world. Welcome to the world of anyone who is involved in animal rescue. We have to cope with a constant roller coaster ride of emotions. One minute you can conquer the world and with just a tick of the clock or the ring of a phone you come crashing back to earth with a resounding thud. This morning the phone conversation, condensed above, changed the momentum of my day.

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by Joyce Brandon



Good thing it is not illegal to be this cute! When you meet Raphi you know in an instant there is something special about this miniscule guy. At just five pounds, this little white wonder captures your heart in an instant. I am a huge Chihuahua fan, known as the Chihuahua whisperer to my co-rescuers, and I love them all; but I have to admit that Raphi has that “x” factor, that special bit of charisma that can steal your heart away in a flash. Thanks to Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater in Fresno, you will have the opportunity to experience that “x” factor for yourself. Raphi has been selected to play the role of Bruiser in the upcoming production of Legally Blond

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You’ve Been Renned

IN THE May 21 ISSUE

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by Joyce Brandon



I have been involved in animal rescue for four or five years now. I have fostered hundreds of dogs and cats, young and old, small and large, sweet and not so sweet; but, this is the first time I’ve fostered a dog worthy of his own verb. You’ve been renned is a phrase I’ve started using and anyone who knows my foster dog Ren knows exactly what I mean. I am convinced the term renned will be to calamity as Google is to search.

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The One That Got Away

IN THE April 23 ISSUE

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by Joyce Brandon




When you are involved in animal rescue, very often if feels as if you are fighting a losing battle. Too many animal owners are oblivious to the fact that their actions or inactions, as it may be, have long reaching and long lasting effects. The story of our little mountain puppies demonstrates this so clearly

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Animal Compassion Team of California

IN THE January 22 ISSUE

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andHelping Hands,
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by Joyce Brandon



Animal Compassion Team of California (ACT) is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in August of 2009. ACT fulfills the vision of several good friends who were both volunteers and employees of the Central California SPCA.

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