Hello, I'm Jessica Dolce.


I've worked with and for companion animals for more than 20 years. Like many others, I struggled to stay healthy while doing the intense work of animal sheltering and pet owner support services.


Everything changed when I learned about compassion fatigue and the strategies that can help humans stay well, while they make an impact. 


Here's what I know for sure: animal welfare and worker wellbeing are inextricably linked. That's why I teach the skills I wish I'd had at the start of my career. It's an honor to be your corner!

The Compassion In Balance Program® is ultimately all about:


Helping the helpers to feel more connected, calm, courageous, and confident in their role as caregivers to people, pets, and our planet. 

Compassion in Balance (CiB) provides practical, animal welfare-specific educational tools to increase staff wellbeing by building core resilience skills.


Through a mix of live webinars, on-demand classes, and coaching services CiB works with employees, volunteers, and leaders to reduce stress and empathic distress (aka compassion fatigue) and build career-sustaining compassion satisfaction. 


Launched in 2014, Compassion in Balance has been utilized by nearly 100 animal care and welfare organizations and thousands of individuals across four continents. 

Jessica Dolce, Founder of Compassion in Balance, is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator (CCFE) via The Green Cross, obtaining her training through the Figley Institute, Tend Academy, and the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

She hold a Masters in Adult and Higher Education and certificates in specialties such as: QPR Suicide Gatekeeper Training, mindfulness facilitation via Mindfulness Without Borders, positive psychology coaching, and Mental Health First Aid.  

An instructor at the University of Florida’s Shelter Medicine Program, Jessica has worked with hundreds of animal shelters across North America and organizations around the world such as the ASPCA, HSUS, Best Friends, The Academy of Dog Trainers, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Animals Asia, National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, and Two Green Threads.  

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“Jessica has a unique ability to combine evidenced-based practices and important theoretical frameworks with the front-line needs of employees and management. She infused everything she does with a sense of curiosity, empathy, and expertise.


The value she added to our organization has made her one of the most respected experts in the field of workplace stress, compassion fatigue, and self-care. She is my go to resource.”

― Nathan Brisby, ASPCA Learning & Development


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