Compassion Fatigue

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A recent study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals that animal rescue workers have a suicide rate of 5.3 in 1 million workers. This is the highest suicide rate among American workers; a rate shared only by firefighters and police officers. The national suicide average for American workers is 1.5 per 1 million. Read more at


Test your level of Compassion Fatigue

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Steps to Survival

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Free Confidential Helpline

Have you seen some of your amazing volunteers get burnt out, or suffer compassion fatigue?

There is a confidential helpline that’s available to all animal activists, shelter workers, and anyone else who’s helping animals.

Whenever someone calls or emails the helpline, they get a compassionate response from a fellow advocate who is trained in nonviolent communication.

Now there’s a convenient way to be listened to, and given great emotional support from an outside person who really “gets it,” and without having to pay any money.

The number to call is 1-800-705-0425. The email is

Here is a page with more info. Along with the Helpline, there are some other free “sustainable activism” resources including a monthly support group that’s open to all activists.

As both a volunteer counselor and a caller who uses the helpline, I want more activists to know of this wonderful freebie that’s available to them!

– Phoenix H.

Seek out a therapist or a support group for further help.

6 thoughts on “Compassion Fatigue”

  1. Enjoyed this course very much. It was very interesting to learn what it takes to be a volunteer at BCR. I had a lot of respect for them before, now I have even more. I wish the sound quality of some of the videos could have been better, or helped with closed captioning, but this is a minor complaint. Thank you for offering this very educational and fun course!

  2. I learned so much from this course! I especially enjoyed Manager level 5, but all was very informative. Thank you for the time it took to create this course! I will be recommending to others. I wish I lived nearby and could use this information at the sanctuary to become a partner/keeper, but until that is possible, I will use what I learned to educate others online when the opportunity arises.
    ~Deb Q.

  3. I had a lot of fun and had a lot to learn. I enjoyed learning about the these animals and I wish more people could see the beauty of these animals or all animals at that manner. But, thank you for sharing these interesting tips and information. I encourage anyone seeking to enter a field to take this course for the experience and knowledge it gives. Thank you!

  4. I learned so very much from this course. I certainly agree with Deb Quimby when she said that she wishes she lived near Big Cat Rescue to put her skills learned to greater use at the sanctuary! I enjoyed taking Zoo College and have greater appreciation to the work Big Cat Rescue does having gone through this!

  5. Samantha Arocho-Maneggio

    The Dealing with Opponents and Cyber Security modules are so well done. Obviously the entire curriculum is amazing to the point that once I started I could not stop (*phew* has it really been 16 hours???), but as former law enforcement I cannot believe that you offer a more cohesive, modern, and colloquial module on cyber security than the east coast state government I worked for. This is a wonderful program. I love how you treat big cats with the respect they deserve. Thank you for offering this curriculum to the general public. THANK YOU!!!

  6. Dr. Rebecca Michael

    The models of cyber security listed here were amazing. The models were easy to follow and well presented. The security and models for this curriculum. I enjoyed the models and the videos with the documentation to read was excellent. This program was outstanding and I am in the Zoo field. I have worked with wild animals and rehabilitation for the past 14 years. Thank you Big Cat Rescue for all you do.

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