Germany bans animal shelter adoptions in the run-up to Christmas

Promoting adoptions at Christmas from animal shelters

Arguably other countries should follow Germany’s example in banning adoptions from animal shelters in the run-up to Christmas to stop unwanted dogs and cats being dumped after the holidays. Is this a good idea? I think it is but others … please continue reading

Volunteer choked up about euthanizing all the cats at animal shelter

Sullivan County Animal Shelter cats now dead

All the cats (up to 60) have been euthanised at the Sullivan County Animal Shelter because a kitten adopted from the shelter was diagnosed with feline panleukopenia (feline distemper or parvo). The other cats were evaluated and the decision to … please continue reading

Allegations against Bartow County AC include killing animals who have rescues coming for them

According to an October 24 investigative report by CBS46 News, Bartow County Animal Control in Cartersville, Georgia is putting down animals who have rescues coming for them. This article will cover some but not all of the allegations made against … please continue reading

Whether intentionally abused or injured during trapping, NC cat will need a forever home

Update! Transferred to a northern rescue in partnership with Humane Society of Concord & Greater Cabarrus County, Thank you rescues! Whether this sweet Cabarrus County, North Carolina kitty was intentionally abused or injured during trapping, she will need a forever … please continue reading

Animal shelter workers provide 26 coping strategies for those dealing with euthanasia

At risk of euthanasia

In this article I discuss 26 coping strategies for animal shelter workers who are involved with euthanizing animals at shelters. The advice comes from 242 experienced workers who were or are directly responsible for euthanasia of animals at shelters. They … please continue reading

The thoughts of a shelter worker on euthanasia and coping emotionally


These are the thoughts of Shannon Phillips. She is an animal shelter worker. Her job title is “Cattery Coordinator”. She has responsibilities and she is authorised and certified to euthanize animals. Making animal euthanasia more meaningful Euthanizing shelter animals is … please continue reading

Cat euthanasia in shelters a big factor in stress for shelter employees

Animal shelter employee

“Only compassionate, empathic, loving and caring people suffer from compassion fatigue; the very people who are so vital to the animal-care field” – Charles Figley, 2006 Book: Compassion Fatigue in the Animal Care Community. “Compassion fatigue in animal-related professions is … please continue reading

Animal rescuer found dead of apparent suicide. No one knew how helpless she was feeling

A well-known animal rescuer was found dead of an apparent suicide Wednesday night. No one knew how helpless she was feeling. Manhattan clinical psychologist and author was found hanging in the bathroom of her fifth floor Sutton Place apartment. Stacey … please continue reading