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Animal Communication?

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).

How Consultations Help    •    What Not to Expect    •    Preparing for a Consultation    •    Schedule a Free JCHS Consultation    •    Animal Communication Links   


How Can a Consultation Help?

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• Addressing behavioral problemsUnderstanding 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 companionAlthough 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 animalBecause 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 lives.

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 extremely beneficial.

• Managing health concerns affecting your animal companionIt 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 companionBecause 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 changes.

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 companionAnimal 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.

Photoi: Dagney the cockatoo
Photo: Sam the cat saying goodbye to his friend Cryer who is in his coffin

• Exploring alternative therapiesThere 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 absentia healing).

• Preparing for and working through your animal companion’s end of life experienceMaking 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 lives.

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 or feelings.

• Communicating with animal companions who have diedIt can bring great comfort to have an opportunity to communicate with your beloved animal companions who have died.

The communications 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.

What Not to Expect from a Consultation

Animal 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 break.

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.

Photo: Hissy Chin the cat

Preparing for a Consultation

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Once 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.

During weekdays, I generally return calls within 4 hours.

Scheduling All Other Consultations

Call 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).

Photo: Bug the cat
Photo:  Khaki the cat with the reflection of a prism

During 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.

*No fee is charged for the 30-minute Johnson County Humane Society Getting to Know You Consultation.

Animal Communication Links

Animal Communicators

Penelope Smith Animal Talk

Sharon Callahan Anaflora

Anaflora Essences

Carol Gurney The Gurney Institute

Karen Craft Animal Shaman

Dawn Hayman Spring Farm CARES

Anita Curtis

Photo: Hissy Chin the cat
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JCHS Booklists

Animal Communication

Feline Behavior

Last update: 04/18/18


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JCHS  •  P.O. BOX 2775  •  IOWA CITY, IA  52244-2775

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