Pet Loss Grief Support Animals in our Hearts  Animal Communication Teresa Wagner
  • Animal welfare professionals have the most emotionally complex and morally challenging role of any trauma worker in our society.

Compassion Fatigue of Animal Care Work

Compassion Fatigue Resources

Workshops on Compassion Fatigue:

Preventing and Healing Compassion Fatigue: The Inevitable Stress of Exposure to Others' Pain, Stress and Grief

Coping With and Healing Overwhelming Feelings Inherent in Animal Welfare and Activism


Books and Other Resources  on Compassion Fatigue, Post Traumatic Stress, & Burnout

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Compassion Fatigue consulting for individuals and organizations in the veterinary field

Julie Squires, B.A.
Compassion Fatigue Specialist
Founder & Principal of Rekindle LLC

Book-PTSD Workbook

The PTSD Workbook, Simple Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms
Mary Beth Williams, Soili Poijula
A highly practical book to help the reader understand PTS and work through healing


I Can't Get over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors
Aphrodite Matsakis
Guides the reader through the healing process of recovering from PTS one step at a time



Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them
Aphroditek Matsakis
Comprehensive and invaluable


The Highly Sensitive Person's Survival Guide
Ted Zeff and Elain N. Aron
Extremely helpful, practical guide for anyone who is easily depleted from the intensity of animal care work.


Transforming the Pain
Karen Saakvitne and Laurie Anne Pearlman
A workbook of healing information and exercises for those suffering from compassion fatigue


The Resilient Practitioner, Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies
Thomas M. Skovholt


Managing Traumatic Stress through Art: Drawing from the Center
Barry Cohen et al.


The Way of the Journal: A Journal Therapy Workbook for Healing
Kathleen Adams

Books on Understanding Shelters and Shelter Work
. . .which can be very affirming and comforting to those
who work in shelters and do rescue work

(also great books to give as gifts to help educate friends and family about what you do, and the plight of homeless animals)


Circles of Compassion A Collection of Humane Words and Work


Lost and Found, Everyday Heroes At a Country Animal Shelter
Elizabeth Hess


One at a Time, A Week in an American Animal Shelter
Diane Leigh and Marilee Geyer HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


Bridging the Bond: The Cultural Construction of the Shelter Pet
Tami L. Harbolt

Books About the Impact of Early Animal Protection Laws

"These books are a fascinating read about how early animal protection laws were first employed to help a severely abused child (in the 1800’s) before there were child protection laws on the books. It's a story that most people are not aware of, but many shelter workers can take pride in our early beginnings to see how our work can have positive effects on people as well as animals."

~Lisa Hoefler, Director of Operations, SPCA of Monterey County, CA


Out of the Darkness: The Story of Mary Ellen Wilson
Eric A. Shelman & Stephen Lazoritz, M.D.
c1999, Dolphin Moon Publishing


The Mary Ellen Wilson Child Abuse Case and the Beginning of Children's Rights in 19th Century America
Eric A. Shelman & Stephen Lazoritz, M.D.
c2005, McFarland


COPYRIGHT AND AUTHORSHIP NOTICE:  The information contained in this Compassion Fatigue section of my site was originally written in 1994, has been updated several times and has been copyrighted since its inception. In July 2015, Judy Scheffel used the material on these pages as if it was her own, violating copyright law and a written agreement to use it only with attribution, for a webinar organized by Lisa Levinson and sponsored by In Defense of Animals. A video of the webinar, in which Scheffel plagiarized thousands of words from this site and deceptively presented the models in these pages as if they were her own original concepts, appeared on the In Defense of Animals web site and on YouTube until August 20, 2016.
If you participated in this webinar or viewed it on YouTube, please be advised that authorship of approximately 80% of the webinar content includes material copyrighted by Teresa Wagner and was used fraudulently by Judy Scheffel.