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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and the Zoological Field - New York City AAZK by Mary Cummins Animal Advocates

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
New York City AAZK hosted an event titled "Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and the Zoological Field" on Zoom October 26, 2021. It was a very informative event which I heard about through my wildlife rehabilitator groups, pages and friends. The event was about recognizing the causes and symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout and how to treat it. I was a few minutes late because of technical issues but I heard all the speakers. It was videotaped so I'll post the link to the video when it's online. 

Here's the video link. It's one hour and 11 minutes.


The event was targeted for zookeepers but wildlife rehabilitators, domestic animal rescuers and private home based pet rescuers can easily relate. Things may be even more stressful for us because not only do we not get paid but we have to pay to house, feed and give veterinary care to the animals not to mention licenses and permits. Some of us have to run a non profit organization on top of that trying to find funds or just paying for the organization out of our own pockets. I personally paid all the bills for Animal Advocates since it was founded in 2002. I stopped counting at $250,000 over ten years ago. I can no longer afford to pay Animal Advocates bills so fewer animals can be rescued today. 

About the event: "In the past year during the pandemic, many keepers have experienced either compassion fatigue, burnout, or both. Both of these issues can impact zookeepers, their facilities and the animals in their care. Join us to learn more about these topics, things you can do to mitigate them, and hear from experts on how to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout at your facility."


Panelists:

Amanda Young: Amanda started her brand while working in the Animal Training field and focused on sharing about her career and love of animals. In 2019, she was laid off from her dream job working with killer whales, due to a company-wide restructuring – that’s when she started really struggling with her (already spiraling) mental health. Instead of hiding it, she chose to share her journey online and began building a like-minded community. She chose to take this moment of hurt and loss with her chin up and chest out – turning this into an opportunity to pivot from working with marine mammals to elephants and other terrestrial mammals.

At the end of 2020, Amanda made one of the hardest decisions to date and walked away from a career she’d spent her entire life working to achieve. She was experiencing unimaginable levels of burnout, compassion fatigue and was barely surviving… it broke her heart, but she knew that she had to prioritize herself and her own mental health if she wanted to be a better human, friend, wife, daughter or sister… let alone run a developing brand she’d created, full-time. It has been FAR from the “picture perfect” life she thought she had planned… but Amanda has come to realize that maybe all her setbacks were actually just setUPs to step into her true potential.

Cassie Len: Cassie, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist who is dedicated to working with children and families of all backgrounds. Cassie attended Fordham University where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and then worked briefly in the field before returning to graduate school. She completed her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy which focused on understanding how an individual's relationship to their system impacts their daily lives. Cassie began as an intern at a small group collaborative working with couples and families and has since supported clients both within in-home and outpatient practices. Although she enjoys working with all children/adolescents, Cassie has found her passion in helping to support families to navigate various life phases such as age transitions, moves, family changes, etc.  In her free time Cassie enjoys spending time with her dog, watching Boston sports, and trying new recipes in the kitchen.

Sarah Newcomer: From animal trainer to therapist! Sarah worked in the animal care and training field for more than a decade. She has worked with the Miami Seaquarium, US Navy, Moss Landing Marine Labs, and the Milwaukee County Zoo working with bottlenose dolphins, seals, sea lions, and a killer whale. She was a former lead keeper at Tanganyika Wildlife park caring for education animals and a mob of kangaroos, one of which she trained a kangaroo to paint. 

She obtained her psychology degree with a specialization in animal cognition from The Ohio State University. Her love of connecting people with animals while working at the zoo led her to continue her schooling and obtain her MS in Family Therapy at Friends University in Wichita, KS. 
She is an Independently Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who currently works in private practice at Reconnecting Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in working with relationships of all shapes and sizes with a focus in repairing sexual intimacy.

The Presentation. Introduction and then slides from Cassie then Sarah. 

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress


Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress



Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress
Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Two more slides from the website.

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and the Zoological Field, New York City AAZK, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation, Mary Cummins, Los Angeles, California, non-profit organization, real estate appraisal, lawsuit, wildlife, rescue, zoo, animals, stress




Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Animal Advocates supports July 4th fireworks cancellation near sea lion pups

Seal and sea lion pups in La Jolla Cove rookery, July 4th fireworks, San Diego, California, APRL, Bryan Pease, PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, Animal Advocates, Mary Cummins
Seal and sea lion pups in La Jolla Cove rookery, July 4th fireworks, San Diego, California, APRL, Bryan Pease, PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, Animal Advocates, Mary Cummins


Animal Advocates supports July 4th fireworks cancellation near sea lion pups

LOS ANGELES, CA (AAPR) July 3, 2021 - The City of San Diego, California will not allow Fourth of July fireworks in La Jolla Cove near the sea lion and seal pup rookery because the event organizers never obtained a required permit from the State Coastal Commission.

The Animal Protection Rescue League (APRL) filed a lawsuit (Case #37-2021-00021842-CU-BT-CTL ) May 17, 2021 in San Diego County to stop the event because fireworks violate the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Coastal Commission Act and other related city, state and federal wildlife and environment regulations.

“Defendants’ plans are certain to disturb the sea lion pups at Point La Jolla, as well as the harbor seal pups" "at Children’s Pool Beach, in violation of the MMPA and San Diego Municipal Codes,” stated APRL in the suit. “Blasting fireworks off over La Jolla Cove, a marine protected area, will also result in pollution of the air and water with chemicals from the fireworks, damaging sensitive marine life in the area."

“Harmful byproducts of fireworks including perchlorate, dioxins, and metals that are considered persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. These chemicals may adversely impact marine mammal and human health and the environment.”

“Fireworks are just a horrible thing generally, but to do it right there in a sensitive marine habitat is completely thoughtless and selfish,” said Pease a California attorney, who filed the most recent lawsuit. “It’s disrespectful to nature and wildlife, but also to people who want to peacefully enjoy nature and wildlife.”

Ingrid Newkirk of PETA stated "By letting the Fourth of July fireworks fizzle, La Jolla has given a little liberty and justice to seals and sea lions, who will now be free from the booms and blasts that could have panicked mothers into abandoning their pups. This is a happy day for the PETA members, for the kind San Diegans and Animal Protection and Rescue League members who fought this thoughtless display every step of the way, and for every animal, wild or domestic, who calls the La Jolla Cove home."

"We're happy to see the City of San Diego enforce the legal regulations for marine mammals and the environment" stated Mary Cummins of Los Angeles based Animal Advocates a wildlife rescue organization.

A Coastal Commission notice issued to Deborah Marengo, director of the La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation, says that “due to the ongoing harassment of sea lions at Point La Jolla, the current presence of pupping activity and the proposed location of the fireworks show immediately adjacent to them, commission staff has been meeting with the city and in contact with other resource agencies to identify measures to avoid further harassment.”
The commission told the city of San Diego that “the fireworks show should be relocated to an alternative site … further away from Point La Jolla in order to avoid or minimize adverse impacts to the sea lions and their pups.”

Back in May, the Animal Protection and Rescue League filed a legal complaint to block Deborah Marengo and her group, the La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation, from launching fireworks. APRL said it intends to continue its lawsuit in order to ensure event organizers do not attempt to shoot off fireworks in any similarly sensitive habitat area this year or in future years.

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Contact:

The Animal Protection and Rescue League Inc. (APRL) is a California nonprofit organization founded in 2003 that works to protect the rights and habitats of all animals. Bryan Pease of the Law Office of Bryan W. Pease (https://www.BryanPease.com) is a California attorney and Board member of APRL.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is a Virginia non-profit Animal Rights organization founded in 1971. Ingrid Newkirk is a British Animal Welfarist and the President of PETA.

Animal Advocates, Animal Advocates Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AASPCA) is a non-profit wildlife rescue and education organization in Los Angeles, California that rescues ill, injured and orphaned native wildlife for release back to the wild. Animal Advocates also offers wildlife and animal education. Mary Cummins (http://www.MaryCummins.com) founded Animal Advocates in 2002 as a wildlife rehabilitator. Cummins is also a licensed and certified real estate appraiser.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Neiman Marcus will go fur free by 2023! Animal Advocates, Mary Cummins in Los Angeles, California AnimalAdvocates.us

Animal Advocates, Mary Cummins, furfreealliance, furfree, fur, Neiman Marcus, animal fur, AnimalAdvocates.us



Neiman Marcus Group will end fur in early 2023! "We are elated that Neiman Marcus brands will discontinue selling any items made with animal fur. We're glad they are acting according to their Animal Welfare policy which aligns with the Fur Free Alliance" stated Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates in Los Angeles, California.  


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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