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  • May 1, 2008

    The Behavior Department: Burning Out on Behavior

    While shelter work can provide trainers great personal satisfaction and a sense of purpose, it can also be a huge source of stress.

  • January 1, 2008

    Support Your Local Euthanasia Technician

    A recent study gathers stress-reduction ideas from those in the most difficult jobs.

  • November 1, 2007

    Take This Job and ... Improve It

    A recent study examines the effects of euthanasia and human resource practices on employee turnover in animal shelters.

  • September 1, 2007

    Judgment Calls

    Interactions between the adoption counselor and the potential adopter are always charged with uncertainty. We present essays from both sides of the counter.

  • September 1, 2007

    How Healthy Is Your Shelter?

    Giving your shelter a "checkup" using the Shelter Diagnostic System can lead to improved organizational health and, ultimately, better care for the animals in your charge.

  • September 1, 2007

    Coffee Break: Does Your Job Follow You Everywhere?

    In your space, you talk about how your phone is practically glued to your ear and how your job even follows you on vacation.

  • May 1, 2007

    Coffee Break: How Do You Cope with Burnout?

    When your work becomes overwhelming and you start to burn out, how do you regain a positive attitude and find the strength to continue? That's the question we asked, and you responded with all sorts of mood-improving methods'from seeing friends to reading a good book to spending time with animals.

  • January 1, 2007

    Shelter Medicine: A Blend of Science and Art

    Dr. Lila Miller outlines what you should know about veterinary care in the shelter setting'and what you can and can't do to make it better.

  • 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.

  • July 1, 2006

    Avian Flu: Making a Plan

    News about avian flu and other potential pandemic diseases have whole governments worried about what long-term absenteeism might do to businesses and to the global economy. But for workplaces like police departments, hospitals, and animal shelters, where people provide care and vital services to living creatures, finding answers to the questions is even more critical.

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