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  • January 1, 2010

    Dealing with Death

    A survey of animal shelter employees from 62 shelters in the United States identified coping strategies that euthanasia technicians recommend for dealing with euthanasia-related strain.

  • 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.

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