The Best Friends Podcast - Episode 7
The work in animal welfare, municipal sheltering, and field services can be emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing. The emotional peaks and valleys affect us all differently but over time, the impact of them must be acknowledged. The evolution of our profession has spurred a heightened recognition of the need to care for ourselves and each other so that we can continue our lifesaving work.
This is the first in a series of episodes that will focus on wellness.
The conversations and discussions can be triggering or difficult, but we must care for ourselves and each other in the most authentic and compassionate way. This week we hear from Amanda Paris, a shelter manager who is realizing the impact ten years in the field has left on her, and Jessica Dolce shares her expertise on how you can practice "compassionate badassery."
Guests this week:
- Amanda Paris, Shelter Director, Southern Pines Animal Shelter
- Jessica Dolce, Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator
RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
- Animal Caretaker Burnout
- Jessica Dolce's Compassion in Balance year-long resistance building online course.
- Jessica Dolce's Coping with Stress during COVID-19 resources and webinar.
- Healing the Wounded Healer, Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline), MA. (Best Friends National Conference, 2013)
- Dr. Linda Harper, Ph.D. & Faith Maloney Mindful Lifesaving
- Self Inventory Screening for Animal Advocates