How to help animal rescue workers get over compassion fatigue and occupational stress

Animal care work can be particularly stressful

Occupational stress and compassion fatigue is not uncommon in animal rescue workers. One of the most visited pages on this website concerns the high suicide rate among American animal rescue workers. In fact they have the highest suicide rate among all American workers and same level as police officers and firefighters. This begs the …

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Shelter euthanasia is taking a mental toll: Animal rescuer sounds off in Facebook viral video

Heather Skow

This video comes from Zach Skow and is one that every animal lover should see. Zach gave the intro back in April on his Facebook page as his wife Heather gives us an idea of the torment shelter staff, volunteers and those in rescue face on a daily basis. It’s been viewed more than …

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Did Facebook cyberbullying play a role in the suicide of several animal advocates over the past few years?

I’ve seen the afterthoughts of Facebook users commenting on how cyberbullying played a role in the suicide of several animal advocates over the past few years. I’d like to address that issue in this article and hope you’ll give your opinion in the comment section. One suicide I read about was from the horse …

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

Stacey Radin

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 Radin, 52, was discovered by her husband, and law enforcement said she was pronounced …

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