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  • Writer's pictureLeona Black

Compassion fatigue in animal welfare

As animal lovers, it can be hard to see animals who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned. But for those who work in animal welfare, dealing with these situations on a daily basis can take a toll on their mental and emotional well-being.

Compassion fatigue is a term used to describe the emotional exhaustion and diminished empathy that can occur when animal welfare workers are repeatedly exposed to the trauma and suffering of animals. It's a natural response to a challenging and emotionally demanding job, but it can be supported.

Animal welfare workers may experience chronic fatigue, insomnia, feelings of hopelessness, or decreased empathy towards animals. It's important to recognise these symptoms and take steps to prevent and manage compassion fatigue.

To prevent and manage compassion fatigue, it's essential to practice self-care, seek support, set boundaries, take breaks, and engage in self-reflection. These may seem like small steps, but they can make a big difference in the health and well-being of animal welfare workers. I can help with this.

Remember, compassion fatigue is not a sign of weakness or failure. It's a natural response to a challenging job that requires a lot of empathy and compassion.

By taking care of yourselves, animal welfare workers can continue to make a positive impact in the lives of animals and promote animal welfare.

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