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Compassion fatigue is a term that describes the physical, emotional, and psychological effect of helping others in times of need. Stressful or traumatic experiences can trigger compassion fatigue, especially after the action of giving care or treatment to something only for it to fail expectations of recovery. Compassion fatigue is often compared to burnout, however, burnout is related to occupational stress and being overworked, while compassion fatigue comes from working with victims of trauma. Animal shelter workers consistently deal with animals who need care or treatment, causing compassion fatigue to become statistically higher in these individuals.

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Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Worth its Weight in Gold: Compassion Fatigue in Kentucky Animal Shelter Workers



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