Dealing with Death
Study identifies coping strategies for staff stress related to euthanasia
Vent your feelings. Alter your emotional attachment level. Know that euthanasia is sometimes the best option.
In a survey of animal shelter employees from 62 shelters in the United States, these are among the many coping strategies that euthanasia technicians recommend for dealing with euthanasia-related strain.
The survey, recently published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), sought to identify and evaluate coping strategies advocated by experienced shelter workers who directly participate in euthanasia. Experts from The Humane Society of the United States helped the authors identify 88 shelters across the country where euthanasia is performed; staff at 62 shelters agreed to participate in the survey.