Hello, I'm Jessica Dolce.
I've worked with and for companion animals for 20 years, but I struggled to stay healthy while I did the intense work of animal sheltering and pet owner support.
Everything changed when I learned about compassion fatigue and the strategies that can help humans stay well, while they make an impact.
Now I teach others everything I wish I had known. It's an honor being in your corner!
Everything I do is ultimately all about:
Helping people feel less isolated, more courageous, and better supported in their role as caregivers to people, pets, and our planet.
I’ve spent almost 20 years working with companion animals in a variety of ways including: managing social media for national animal welfare organizations, caring for animals and doing adoptions at my local animal shelter, running a pit bull advocacy and pet owner support group, and hustling with my own dog walking company.
Over time I witnessed the negative effects of Compassion Fatigue on my clients, friends, volunteers, and coworkers. And I experienced it myself. Compassion fatigue and burnout nearly took me out of the animal welfare game completely.
I made it my mission to create practical tools to help animal care and welfare folks be well, while they do good work in the world.
Today I’m a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator (CCFE) via The Green Cross. I obtained my training through the Figley Institute, Tend Academy, and the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
I have a Masters in Adult and Higher Education and certificates in mindfulness facilitation, positive psychology coaching, and stress management.
I'm an adjunct faculty member at the University of Florida’s Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program and have worked with organizations such as ASPCA, Humane Canada, Best Friends, The Academy of Dog Trainers, HSUS, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Michigan State University’s Veterinary Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, and The New England Dog Training Club.
“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