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  • September 1, 2006

    Assessing Stress: Animal Workers and the Emotional Toll of Euthanasia

    A recent study explores euthanasia-related stress, including the variables that enable certain people to remain in the field for years while others burn out quickly.

  • September 1, 2005

    Signs of Progress

    Pet overpopulation problem may be improving, according to this report from two Michigan State University researchers.

  • January 1, 2004

    Taking the Public Inside

    Former shelter workers harness the power of the personal to show the public the world behind the statistics of animal homelessness'and help them understand how they can change it.

  • November 1, 2003

    What Helps People Cope?

    A new study investigates the ups and downs of euthanasia work in animal shelters.

  • September 1, 2002

    Letting Go of Genie

    The work, time, and love the San Diego Humane Society's volunteers and trainers put into saving Genie -- a pit bull with a sweet nature but a tendency to bite when overstimulated -- made it all the more difficult to let her go.

  • September 1, 2002

    Owners Requesting Euthanasia Usually Have History of Commitment

    Study finds reasons for requests most often related to age and illness.

  • September 1, 2002

    ShelterSpeak: Public Inquiries about Animal Disposition

    How does your organization handle inquiries from the public about animal disposition? Do you reveal whether an animal has been adopted or euthanized? Why or why not?

  • September 1, 2001

    What a Difference a Little Color Makes

    With a few cans of paint and a lot of self-expression, a Michigan shelter transforms its euthanasia room. 

  • September 1, 2001

    When Compassion Is in Crisis

    A psychologist and a counselor pair up to offer a traveling workshop that addresses the phenomenon of compassion fatigue and burnout. 

  • March 1, 2001

    The Four Phases

    A consultant and former shelter director explains the four phases of our emotional responses to sheltering work???and helps us understand how going through the phases makes us better activists and better people.

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