Compassionate Fatigue can hit at any given moment as wolf & Wildlife activists sift through social media posts filled with extreme cases of animal abuse. It can make us feel as if “it’s all useless” and hopeless. There’s hundreds, if not thousands of action alerts, petitions to sign, posts to share, and it seems to never end.

Please remember to take care of yourself! And to recognize the symptoms of Compassionate Fatigue from Compassionate Fatigue Project.

Compassionate Fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper.” 

While the effects of Compassion Fatigue can cause pain and suffering, learning to recognize and manage its symptoms is the first step toward healing. The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project© is dedicated to educating caregivers about authentic, sustainable self-care and aiding organizations in their goal of providing healthy, compassionate care to those whom they serve.

This site has numerous resources we have found for caregivers working in many professions. The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project© also offers original training materials, workbooks, and texts through our parent organization, Healthy Caregiving LLC. Please visit the site at:

If there are any other services or materials you would like to see available on either site, please Contact Us!

Featured image from ASPCApro

More articles and resources to help:

Empathy Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Among Animal Rescuers by Marc Bekoff Blog on Psychology Today

One thought on “Compassionate Fatigue Project: Awareness & Healing Tips…

  1. This is a new term for me, and it’s good to turn the attention to those who are doling compassion out on others. A few weeks ago I worked with a group of people who come from various troubled homes, and I realized when the day was finished – that I was exhausted.. depleted… Normally I’d think that I didn’t have my guard up/that someone had ‘sucked me dry’ – yet this helps to realize that the fatigue comes from a different source…
    Then yesterday I spent half an hour with an injured/dying seagull. It seemed wrong to let it die alone,etc…

    Empath and Compassionate Fatigue pair well together; this post is very timely – thank you!


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