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The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the problem of compassion fatigue in the helping professions, including animal welfare.
While many shelters and clinics never completely closed during the strictest phases of COVID precautions, they’re all facing the challenge of relaxing those restrictions while the virus is still spreading.
Animal shelters and rescue groups – like the veterinary profession – have long lacked diversity in leadership, staff, and volunteers, who are overwhelmingly white, female, and prosperous. There is ample evidence that this lack of inclusivity prevents shelters from fully serving the needs of their community.
Florida’s animal shelters collectively pushed dog and cat lifesaving to a new milestone in 2019.