How Animal Lovers Avoid Getting Totally Depressed

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Source: the Dodo By Sarah V Schweig, July 9, 2015

Anyone who works to help the less fortunate does incredibly hard work. But when the less fortunate are so unfortunate they aren’t even considered by many to be part of society, the toil can feel unbearable.
“It is hard to grieve for animals that others see as food,” Susie Coston, national shelter director of Farm Sanctuary, said in a recent Ask Me Anything interview on Reddit.

Coston was replying to this question, from a fellow animal advocate:

“Given all the horrible things you must encounter on a somewhat regular basis, how do you maintain mental health and optimism? Is daily life with all the ‘happy ending’ animals enough, or is depression a constant thing you have to resist? That’s often my biggest challenge, dealing with the dark world in which so many animals are living.”

Coston answered frankly that burnout…

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