Frightened kitten in the hands of a volunteer in a shelter for homeless animals

Now more than ever, animal welfare workers need strategies for compassion fatigue

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the problem of compassion fatigue in the helping professions, including animal welfare.

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COVID-19: How shelters can open safely for staff and the public

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.

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What we’re reading about diversity and equity in animal welfare

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.

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Florida animal shelters set lifesaving record in 2019

Florida’s animal shelters collectively pushed dog and cat lifesaving to a new milestone in 2019.

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