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  • November 1, 2009

    People Care Starts with You

    Shelter staff experience a stressor that those in other helping professions do not: Some are asked to end the lives of the very creatures they have saved and nurtured. It's little wonder that the stress can reach a boiling point'but there are ways to cope.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 2005

    What’s the Diagnosis?

    New evaluation program aims to help shelters improve staff retention and morale.

  • March 1, 2005

    This Card Can Be a Lifesaver

    Animal care and control officers who receive membership cards when they join the Kansas Animal Control Association will find more than simple proof that they're members'those cards contain information that could possibly save a life.

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