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What shelters can do about euthanasia-related stress: an examination of recommendations from those on the front line

By S. G. Rogelberg, N. Digiacomo, C. L. Reeve, C. Spitzmuller, O. L. Clark, L. Teeter, A. G. Walker, N. T. Carter, P. G. Starling

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Shelter employees with euthanasia responsibilities are an at-risk population for a variety of psychological and emotional ailments. This study surveyed 305 employees from 62 shelters throughout the United States to gather first-hand perspectives on what should be done to assist shelter workers in dealing with euthanasia-related stress. Researchers conducted a qualitative analysis of 359 improvement suggestions to identify broad common themes and sorted the suggestions into 26 thematic categories. The most common participant suggestion concerned management supportiveness (13.17% of participants). Some other issues raised involved providing counseling, job rotation, assistance or more help, breaks and time off, support groups and meetings, better communication, skills-based training, stress and coping seminars, and employee appreciation and morale-boosting initiatives.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 10
Issue 4
Pages 331-347
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700701353865
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology and Organizational Science, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001, USA.sgrogelb@email.uncc.edu
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Employees
  4. Euthanasia
  5. peer-reviewed
  6. personnel
  7. Practice and service
  8. Qualitative Research
  9. staff
  10. Stress
  11. Techniques
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