Keeping your cool, coping with burnout. Find out how to manage the unique stresses of a compassionate career.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
While shelter work can provide trainers great personal satisfaction and a sense of purpose, it can also be a huge source of stress.
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.
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.
Many wonderful people open their homes to the victimized pets made famous by media reports, but close their hearts to the other animals in the shelter.
Policies & Programs
Find the Employee Assistance Programs in your state.
This site helps you deal with job-related stress. Here, you will find self-help and support to overcome stress in a range of situations. Most of the resources are free.
PetSmart Charities offers free webinars on a variety of topics. View this recorded webinar to learn how to recognize and manage burnout in your organization.