by Sondy Kaska, animal communicator
In addition to being a member of the Johnson County Humane Society, Sondy is also a Reiki I & Reiki II Practitioner; Energy Healing I & Energy Healing II Practitioner; Flower Essences Therapist; Light Language Practitioner; and Quantum Healing Practitioner, who follows the Code of Ethics for Interspecies Telepathic Communicators formulated by Penelope Smith (1990).
Can a Consultation Help?
• Addressing behavioral problems—Understanding
your animal companion’s reason for a particular behavior
can help you arrive at a resolution satisfactory to both of you.
Excessive barking, failure to use the litter box, fighting between
animals in a household, jealousy, over-protectiveness, and a multitude
of other behavioral issues can be addressed.
• Helping animals
adjust to a new home, human, or animal companion—Although
changes such as these are exciting, even positive changes can
be great stress producers.
Whether it is bringing home an animal
rescued from a shelter, adding a human baby to the family, moving
to a new house, or any of the many variations on these themes,
communicating with your animal companions (those new to the family
as well as those established) about their fears, concerns, and
past experiences will aid in a smoother transition for all.
• Helping animal
companions understand the death of a beloved human or animal—Because
we humans are so often consumed by our own grief when loss occurs,
we often fail to realize how the sudden absence of loved ones
also affects the animals with whom the loved ones shared their
Animals have a perception of death that differs from that
of many humans. Explaining to animals what has happened, particularly
in situations of sudden loss, and allowing them an opportunity
to have questions addressed and to express their grief, can prove
• Managing health concerns affecting your animal companion—It
can often prove helpful to learn from your animal companion how
he or she is feeling, where a pain is actually located, whether
your animal companion feels that a particular course of treatment
is being helpful, and how urgent your companion believes the situation
to be. It is also often helpful to explain veterinary procedures
in advance. NOTE: animal communication is not a substitute for
good veterinary care.
• Exploring how changes in your life will affect your animal
your animal companions come to rely on the routines you have established,
it is courteous and often comforting to them to be told of upcoming
These changes could include a change in work schedule,
a divorce or end of a relationship, a weekend away, an extended
vacation during which your animal companion will have a sitter
or go to a kennel, or a significant change in your animal companion’s
diet caused by a medical condition.
Enhancing the bond between you and your animal companion—Animal
communication allows you to learn specifically about your animal
companion’s likes and dislikes, such as favorite activities,
parts of his or her routine, foods, and toys.
It allows animal
companions an opportunity to explain how they feel about a particular
sitter or vet, share something that is causing them sadness or
happiness, and gives you and your animal companion a chance to
express your feelings for one another.
• Exploring alternative therapies—There
are a number of alternative or non-traditional therapies that
may help your animal companion deal with any of the situations
described above and/or enhance conventional treatments or diminish
their negative side effects. These include the use of Bach and
other Flower Essences, energy healing, and Reike (which can include
• Preparing for and working through your animal companion’s
end of life experience—Making
a decision to cease a particular medical treatment or to euthanize
an animal companion is the most painful aspect of sharing our
lives with those companions.
Animals frequently have strong feelings
and opinions about whether or not it is time to cross over and
knowing this can bring great peace of mind to the humans in their
Animal companions, who often feel great responsibility
for their human caregivers, find peace in knowing their humans
give them permission to go when they are ready, in having the
process of euthanasia explained, and expressing any last wishes
• Communicating with animal companions who have died—It
can bring great comfort to have an opportunity to communicate
with your beloved animal companions who have died.
may include exchanges of messages of love, reassurance from your
animal companions about the efforts you made on their behalf,
or wisdom that those companions wish to impart. These messages
have the potential to ease long-held hurts carried since the loss
of a beloved animal companion.
Not to Expect from a Consultation
communication is not a substitute for good veterinary and/or chiropractic
care, a healthy diet, exercise, and loving care and companionship.
I am not a veterinarian and do not diagnosis diseases or prescribe
treatments for them.
When your animal is ill or injured, animal
communication can be helpful in describing the location and type
of pain and other symptoms. It also provides feedback as to the
effectiveness of a treatment.
Being an animal communicator allows me to “translate”
your animal companion’s thoughts, viewpoints, emotions,
and wisdom as conveyed to me at the present time. I am able to
speak with animals who are alive and animals who have died. However,
I am not an animal psychic nor do I do channeling. Therefore,
I do not predict the future.
Animal communication is not mind control. Rather, it will help
you understand the reason for a behavior or belief held by your
animal companion and provide help in reaching a solution or compromise.
Animals, like humans, are individuals and often have habits and
beliefs that are long-standing. Such habits can be difficult to
Don’t worry that your animal companion will reveal
your deepest, darkest secrets or embarrassing information about
you. Animal companions are very loyal to their humans.
for a Consultation
you’ve set an appointment for an animal communication consultation,
prepare a list of questions or topics that you’d like to
discuss with your animal companion.
• The more specific and concise your questions, the more helpful
your animal companion is able to be in response. You may also
want to prioritize your questions as sometimes one query leads
to others that you did not originally anticipate.
• At the time of your appointment, be in a quiet and relaxing place
in your home. Let your animal companion choose where she or he
would prefer to be. Communication and healing are not impacted
by distance. The majority of consultations are by telephone.
• As the consultation begins, I will first become quiet and connect
with your animal companion. Initially, I generally receive a sense
of your animal companion’s personality and he or she often
has something to say. In households or settings where there are
several animals, I may check with you to be sure that I have connected
with the intended animal, as often others are eager to speak as
well. Then we will begin with the questions you have for your
animal companion, and talk back and forth as I receive responses.
It is helpful to keep an open mind during the consultation as
this allows thoughts to flow more smoothly and your animal companion
to communicate more freely. I welcome your feedback and input
during the consultation as this enables you to be a more active
participant and adds your positive energy to the process.
Schedule a Free JCHS Getting to Know You Consultation
Call 319-354-7428 and leave a message clearly indicating your
name, your telephone number, and that you have just adopted an
animal from the Johnson County Humane Society.
I generally return calls within 4 hours.
All Other Consultations
319-354-7428 and leave a message clearly indicating:
• your name;
• your telephone number;
• your e-mail address; and
• the length of consultation
you desire (e.g., half-hour; full hour).
weekdays, I generally return calls within 4 hours. Emergencies
will be accommodated whenever possible.
Once an appointment has been scheduled, please send a recent photograph
of your animal companion that I may keep, and your payment to
me. Include your name, mailing address, and telephone number as
well as the name/s of your animal companion/s.
Allow sufficient time to insure that I receive this information
several days before your scheduled appointment.
An audiotape of the session will be mailed to you
following your scheduled appointment.
Payment in the form of cashier’s check, money order, or
check is accepted. Please do not send cash through the mail.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your consultation, 24 hours’
notice is required. You are responsible for the entire fee for
missed appointments, late rescheduling, or cancellations with
less than 24 hours’ notice. Please keep this in mind as
you make or change an appointment.
fee is charged for the 30-minute Johnson County Humane Society
Getting to Know You Consultation.
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