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ANIMAL SHELTERING

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You’re working and working, and animals keep coming and coming, and that light at the end of the tunnel never seems to appear. So how do you recharge? In a field full of empathetic, dedicated people who regularly bear witness to animal suffering, compassion fatigue and burnout can be serious issues. Shelter executives and managers can play a role in addressing their workers’ stress by embracing supportive measures; agencies that ignore their staffs’ needs run the risk of morale problems that affect job performance and ultimately undermine the organization’s mission.

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