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Compassion Fatigue Help for People Who Work With Animals

Compassion in Balance, my online compassion fatigue course for people who work with animals, begins on June 6th, 2016!


If you’re a dog walker, dog trainer, shelter pro, rescue volunteer, vet tech, ACO, or any combination of the above, I hope you’ll join us this summer as we tackle compassion fatigue in animal welfare work. You can learn how to better care of yourself, while you care for the world.

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  • Are you wondering what healthy boundaries are and how to create them at work and at home?
  • Are you struggling to set limits on how much you give, so you can take time for yourself (without feeling guilty)?
  • Do the challenges and sorrows of your work with animals leave you feeling isolated, angry, or helpless?
  • Are you unsure if you have compassion fatigue, but want to find out?
  • Could you use a few stress reduction practices to help you become less reactive?
  • Are you so exhausted that you’re not sure what to do, but know you can’t keep going without making a change? 


This class can help.


Heather, a volunteer with a pit bull rescue, shared how CiB has changed her life:

“The class helped so much! I learned so many simple, helpful things and decided to form small new habits that have ended up making a huge impact on my mental state. Now I take breaks to breathe, eat, walk and play with my dogs. No matter what is going on, I take breaks now. And I am learning to say NO without feeling terrible (sometimes I say “no” and I feel joy welling up as I say it!) and I feel proud of myself afterward. I’ve also stopped working until 3am because I need boundaries and sleep! These are just a handful of the ways the class has helped me. There are many more!”

And guess what? Heather didn’t even finish the whole class! She got that out of doing about half of the course modules. Pretty neat, huh?


Metis, founder and volunteer of a 501c3 animal welfare non-profit had this to say about her experience with CiB:

“Compassion in Balance is the first compassion fatigue class I really “got”. I have taken workshops and seminars about the topic before, but Jessica’s experience in animal welfare and her easy going, humorous writing style really helped me understand compassion fatigue and how to address it in my life.

I suggest this course to anyone and everyone in a caring profession who wants to sustain a long and healthy career. Compassion fatigue might not seem like an issue to you yet – if not, consider the class preventative. If your feeling burned out, spend some time learning coping skills and strategies that will help you learn how to be happy while doing the work you love.”


If that sounds good to you, then I hope you’ll give yourself this class as a gift.

You really can make simple, yet powerful changes that will allow you to be well, while you do good work.

And I’ll be there every week for 8 weeks, guiding the way.

Compassion in Balance can be a game changer.

You can read more about the class and what other students had to say about it over here. 

Ready to sign up? Here’s the link. 

I hope you’ll join us this summer – class starts in just a few weeks!



  1. Wooftastic! These are valuable skills to have. We shared your post on our Facebook page.
    ❤ nose nudges ❤

    May 17, 2016

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