Compassion Fatigue in the Animal Care Field

Compassion Fatigue or secondary traumatic stress disorder-is the natural consequence of stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized or suffering people or animals. Our one-day Compassion Fatigue workshop specifically addresses the impact on animal professionals who themselves experience feelings of fear, pain, and suffering as a result of caretaking and being exposed to traumatized animals. Compassion fatigue occurs in humane advocacy professionals, especially those who must participate in euthanasia of animals. Animal advocates experience countless first- and second-hand accounts of animal abuse and neglect as well.