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  • 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.

  • January 1, 2005

    Slowing the Revolving Door: Strategies for Improving Staff Retention, Part 2

    This second of two articles on staff retention investigates the benefits of ensuring a support network for staff and the importance of providing training and opportunities for advancement.

  • November 1, 2003

    ShelterSpeak: Motivating Staff and Preventing Burnout

    Members of The HSUS's National Companion Animal Advisory Group discuss how they keep their staff motivated and prevent burnout.

  • November 1, 2003

    When the Wick is Short

    The HSUS's Martha C. Armstrong offers her perspective on the problem of burnout in the field of animal protection.

  • November 1, 2003

    What Helps People Cope?

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

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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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