Survey of Occupational Stress in Animal Shelters
My name is Marg Schneider, and I’m a professor at the University of Toronto. One of
my research interests is the human-animal bond. My students and I have done research
on topics including grief following the loss of a companion animal, the mental health
benefits of a therapeutic riding program, and whether the presence of a dog increases
the likeability of therapists. One of the topics that interests me and my students that has
received very little attention is occupational stress among people who work in animal
shelters. Working in an animal shelter can be both rewarding and stressful. I’d like to know about
your experience. Therefore, we are looking for people like yourself who work in animal shelters
to help us understand your experience of stress on the job.
We ask that you complete this online survey about you and about your experiences working in a shelter. The
survey will take about 45 minutes and will explore your personal experience of work-
related stress. We are interested in learning about what aspects of the job are most stressful, how you deal with stress and how factors in the workplace such as your relationship with colleagues and with the animals can affect stress. Once complete, we will send you a summary of the results – probably sometime toward the end of the year.
As an animal shelter employee your insight will be of great value in this emerging field of study. Thank you very much for your time and support. Please start with the survey now by clicking on the Continue button below.
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