Do you work in the animal care field? A veterinary office, animal shelter or pet rescue? Are you burnt out or approaching burnout? You're not alone. There is a new awareness growing among people whose work is caring for animals and it is called Compassion Fatigue.

The Cost of Caring
An insightful video to help understand Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue is common for anyone working in a veterinary office, an animal shelter, animal control or any type of rescue organization. The sheer volume of animals that you work with who need love, care and compassion can be overwhelming. From exposure to euthanasias to animal abuse and animal abandonment, it can all just become too much.

For a more in depth explanation and signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue, read this article


Would you like to bring Compassion Fatigue support services into your practice for your staff?

Patricia Smith is the Founder of theCompassion Fatigue Awareness Project© 

As a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist with more than 20 years of training experience, she writes, speaks and facilitates workshops in service of those who care for others in all caregiving professions.  As training and development manager for the Humane Society Silicon Valley, she created and implemented a critical shelter-wide compassion fatigue project. Her work in this field led to presenting workshops nationwide as a consultant for American Humane, a national organization advocating children and animal rights. 

Patricia has authored two training manuals, a presenter's guide, and a student workbook:

Compassion Fatigue

A Service dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Compassion Fatigue and Pet Loss Support.

Animals in Our Hearts

Teresa Wagner provides a wealth of information, compassion and resources on her website for those looking for support with compassion fatigue

Joyful Heart Foundation 

Founded By Mariska Hargitay this foundation works to heal many societal issues, but they also offer healing techniques and support for Vicarious Trauma


an article that addresses WHAT TO DO ABOUT COMPASSION FATIGUE that might be helpful: