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Communicating with Animals in Spirit

Many people ask me if animal communication works with animals who have passed on. The short answer is “yes” but of course, there is a longer, more detailed answer as well. As an animal communicator, my experience is that most animals remain available, willing, ready, and even anxious to communicate with their humans. Occasionally this is not the case, but I can think of only about four animals who have passed away with which I have not able to connect at all.

There are a variety of reasons we might want to communicate with our beloved animals in spirit. First and foremost, a communication session offers an opportunity for closure, especially if the animal passed unexpectedly. Even with animals whom we expect to pass, or whom we assist to pass, closure a few weeks after their passing has proven to be extremely valuable for many clients. I have received a number of follow-up emails and voice mails from clients stating that they were suddenly able to let go of guilt, or move through their grief more gracefully after having the opportunity to talk with their deceased companions.

So closure is at the top of the list of reasons for communicating with our pets in spirit. Other reasons on the list are varied and individual.

  • Some clients wish to know if their beloved animal companion intends to return to them – reincarnate – in the future. If so, sometimes the deceased animal can provide signals or clues on how and when to find them.
  • Often a family intends to eventually bring a new pet in to the home, and they request assistance from their animal in spirit to help them find the pet that is waiting for them.
  • Animals who have passed can provide wonderfully profound wisdom and guidance for their humans as they continue on in their lives.
  • Clients sometimes request assistance from their beloved and trusted animal in spirit to help those who are readying themselves to pass. This was extremely comforting to me, personally, knowing that my deceased dog, Pugsley, was available at my request to assist my beloved Valentino as he passed from this life to his new life.

Communicating with our animals who have passed away is not something that is right for everyone. Many do find great comfort and relief, however, in having an opportunity to check in with their beloved companion once, or regularly after their passing.

36 comments to Communicating with Animals in Spirit

  • Christine

    I lost one of my cats 2 days ago. Patrick was with me since his birth 12 years ago. Something suddenly happened to him that required emergency surgery by an emergency vet. He could not recover from the surgery abd was in pain and bleeding from his bum. He had been fine until whatever it was caused him pain which somehow twisted his stomach causing a blockage and surgery to fix it.
    I keep thinking there had to have been something different I could have done. I feel like I failed him.
    Before he passed I asked him to have his spirit stay with me because we need him with us. His energy lit up the house. It’s quiet without him
    I’m still talking to him because I feel he is here. I believe the other cats are seeing him too. When I get very upset or are talking to him I find a bit of his fur. It appears out of nowhere so I’m hoping it’s a sign from him.

    I hope I’m right. I will keep talking to him always but I’d love to see him again.

  • Lee Ann

    My cat, Trouble, went out on Monday night and hasn’t returned. She was always home first thing in the morning. We fear that coyotes may have gotten her but the unknown is breaking our hearts. How do I communicate with her to see if she is somewhere injured or if she has crossed over. My husband is trying to be strong but I’m a basket case and can’t stop crying. This is the first cat that my husband has absolutely loved. She acted more like a dog than a cat. My neighbor claims to speak to animal spirits but has not been able to contact Trouble but Trouble never really cared for my neighbor. Please help, I’m in a major state of depression.

  • Wai Hills

    I lost my 2 beloved dogs 8 weeks ago now and I still am in so much pain over it they were only baby’s aged 1 and 2, they were shot by my neighbor for worrying his sheep. They had gone missing the day before we were beside ourselves looking for them till 1am in the morning. My husband and myself miss them the most as they use to go everywhere with us, I use to look forward in coming home expecting them to be waiting for me. I had to move house couldn’t bear living where they were ripped away from me. I throught by getting them cremated and having them home would feel like having them here but it doesn’t.

  • mary

    We lost our little chi a few days ago. I was so overwhelmed with grief. I was sitting in bed the next night crying and I asked her (Deliah) to please give me a sign that she is ok and suddenly I seen an image of her when she was younger. It was like she was right there in front of me. I felt such piece then. Is this possible, or was I imagining it?

  • Simon

    My beloved staffie duke sadly put to sleep on 18 04 2017 wish i could see him or feel him but know he is here in spirit

  • Emily

    hi kelly.
    i lost my dog yesterday morning. i was not with him he was temporarily with my uncle for a few days and he passed. i had expected it to happen soon because he is a dachshund and he was 12 with diabetes. i just wish i was there while he passed or sometime before so he knew he was around people he knew very well and was loved deeply. i just want to know if he is ok, and to know that i will never forget about him.

    • My heart is with you, Emily, and all of you posting who have had a recent passing of your beloved pet. It is such a heartbreak every time. I encourage you all to simply hold your feelings of love and gratitude for your pet in your heart and know that when you think of them, they know it. Many Blessings.

  • Nichole

    I feel the same way as another post I read. I felt my cats presence shortly after she passed away but have not since. I want to know she is here. When a pet passes, is there only a certain time period when they are with you before they move on and if so, where do they then go. Will I be with her when I pass?

  • Debra

    Hi Kelly
    I lost my best fur friend just over 7 weeks ago. I keep asking for her to let me know she is there with me and hoping she is with my other little man passed 7 years ago. Im completely shattered. She was my world. I cant feel her around me and its breaking my heart. I keep saying Im sorry. She would have been 19 on March 13. I just need to know she is at peace and doesnt hate me for the way she went.

    • Nichole

      Debra,

      I’m feeling the exact same way and it’s comforting knowing that I’m not alone and someone else feels the same way.I wish the same thing. I just want to know my cat who passed is here with me. Just need to know. I pray that she does something so I know she is here with me or feel her presence. Just feel it would help me so much.

      • Debra

        HI Nichole
        My heart goes out to you. Yes I feel the exact same. I hope your cat lets you know she is ok and at peace. It truly is gut wrenching and heartbreaking to lose our fur children. They show us so much unconditional love. You cant get that from humans. Huge hugs to you.

  • Helen

    I had to have my dog Molly out to sleep. She didn’t want to die. She was only eight, but her legs had stopped working. I’m really struggling with the guilt. She knew what was going to happen as it was the only time I had ever known her to growl at a person, like she growled at the vet. She was my soul mate. I rescued her when she was two and we had been inseparable since. A few days after her death I felt her presence at the side of the bed. I spoke to her in my mind, but couldn’t see her, and out it down to me being fanciful. However, when her ashes came back to me, the day I felt her presence was the day she was cremated. I had no way of knowing it would be on this day as they had given me a three week timescale. I now feel even more guilty that I didn’t trust my instincts, and that I didn’t verbalise out loud so she could hear me telling her how sorry I was, and how much I loved her, I’m beating myself up every day, and the guilt is unbearable. I miss her so much. I wish I could explain to her that I was only trying to take her pain away. I have not felt her presence since and I’m worried that’s I won’t again.

  • Julie

    Hi my daughter left her cat with me to look after and after being chased by a dog he disappeared christmas night and has still not come home. Can you p,ease tell me if he is ok or has he passed.

  • Alan

    Hi Kelly,
    I lost my 1 year old cat this Christmas from a hit and run, how would I go about contacting her. To make sure she is ok, to see if she didn’t suffer and that I will never forget her ect.
    I’m soo devastated as she was the sweetest cat and loved by many
    Thank you

  • Sarah

    Thank you for this. I had to let go of my 20-year-old ‘soulmate’ cat on Wednesday, and thanks to this blog, I was able to give her as positive a transition as possible under the circumstances (at least, I hope). I spent a full two days thanking her and preparing her, and I borrowed money for the vet to come to my apartment, so she could be in familiar surroundings, in my arms. I think she really wanted to die naturally, and that’s what I’d wanted, too, but her body gave out beyond my ability to give her proper palliative support. I felt terrible about that. The day before she died, I was meditating and kept getting a clear image of a 6- to 8-week old male kitten looking at me with piercing emerald eyes and memorable (if common) tabby-tuxie markings. I later got a name and was able to see more of a full-body image, so I could see the fur patterns on his left side. I wondered if she was showing me either her next incarnation, or maybe my next cat? (I’ve always preferred female black cats, so this was different…) There was no emotion attached to it, no story, just this vivid image. I told a friend about it, and she said the same thing had happened just before her soulmate cat died (she now has the cat who appeared to her then). Does this sound plausible, or might the kitten have had different symbolism? Thank you, and thank you for this blog.

  • Brittany

    Hi,
    My cat passed away a couple months ago at the age of two. Someone in my neighborhood shot him. We have his brother still and they looked similar. His death was really hard on me so a month later I spoke to a medium and he did come through in the end but I was still skeptical of this lady. I do know that my cats spirit is still very present. I have heard his meow a couple times, I’ve seen glimpse of his shadow running in my yard. A couple days ago it was about 6pm at night I saw him run into my kitchen and out my back door. At first I thought it was his brother until I realized my back door was closed.

    Could it have been him or am I just losing my mind?

  • Rebecca

    How can we tell if our fur babies spirit is still with us? Are there any real signs or things to look for rather than “just a feeling”? I would to love to have something definite, I’ve read you should take photos and look for energy? I very much want to have a consultation with you kelly as soon as I can afford it xx

    • What you list here, Rebecca, are valid ways of knowing our beloved animal companions are with us. I personally and some of my clients have had more obvious, tactile signs like smelling them, or hearing their special vocalizations. I personally used to feel my pug laying on my feet at night just as she used to while still in her body. Be open for ANY signals and signs, and don’t be afraid to invite your beloved companion to come visit and make it obvious that they are there! I look forward to working with you to help you connect with your animal friend when the time is right.

  • Shreya

    Can we communicate with my passed away pet and know if hes coming back to us in an other form of canine . If we can then how and what steps have to be taken .do help me with this .

  • Courtney

    Hi Kelly,
    My beloved 12 year old family dog, Dusty, passed away somewhat unexpectedly on Wednesday morning and I am absolutely shattered and completely heartbroken. We found out she had a mass around her liver on Friday (her stomach was protruding and she was losing weight elsewhere she was otherwise fine) but went downhill on Tuesday and passed Wednesday morning. I didn’t make it to my parents house in time but lay with her for an hour before she was taken to be cremated. I am usually quite in tune with human spirits and can get comfort out of a prescence or a sign but I have never felt so empty and I think part of that is because I don’t know where she is and I don’t know how to feel her around me. I would really like to know if there are any particular signs to look out for or anything I can do to feel that she is still around us. I am devastated to say the least and need to know she is okay 🙁

    Thank you,
    Courtney

    • Courtney –
      My heart is with you as you remember Dusty. I encourage you to invite Dusty to visit you when she is ready. My experience is that it takes some time (every animal’s timing is different) to transition. Feeling her presence can start happening at any time so don’t assume that you won’t feel her presence in the future just because you haven’t felt her yet. Signs of presence vary so just keep your heart open and gently invite her to visit.
      Blessings,
      Kelly

  • Angad

    Hey I lost my dog today I can’t get over it and I really wanna know is she around me and I hope she is not suffering?

    • USTI

      This is for Angad. I’m here too, today. I’ve just read your post and am so, so sorry for your loss. I know exactly what you are going through. My dog died this past Saturday and I feel completely OFF because of it. He was a 16 year old Yellow Lab, the sweetest and feistiest guy. Although he was old, it was an unexpected and abrupt ending. He showed no signs of any real health problems except age and getting fat and slowing down but on Sat. evening he suddenly began breathing rapidly and panting and it went from there. We both suffered but I am grateful I could be there with him to help him as much as I could – but I can tell you I feel traumatized by it because I just wish I could have done more. WE were inseparable. Where I went, he went too. I work from home and we are always together. What I want to tell you is this: It’s been a few days of going in and out of feeling numb, sad, or crying and then out of habit of his and my routine realizing he’s not here anymore. Give yourself and this event time. At quiet moments in a couple days, you may want to start looking at her pictures, her food/water bowls and her toys and bedding. Take moments in the coming days to visualize her presence around your house if you are comfortable with doing so – I know this is giving me some comfort at the moment. Now, I’ve had a particularly bad day today and have asked God to please allow me to see him at least one last time in some way. That I feel horrible about how it all happened so quickly and that I know if he was allowed, he could come to me. Well, I began listening to some meditational exercises on youtube which I do a lot anyway and during them, my heart was breaking even more. I haven’t slept much since it happened and began falling asleep. I then saw my dog. He came to me in brief dreams, looking even younger than he had when he was alive! When I awoke I began looking for him but felt him the strongest I have ever had since his passing. I feel a little better right now. I feel a little more hopeful and know it’s likely there is more to come to where perhaps God will allow more visitation and communication. God bless you Angad ~ I hope you find some small comfort in reading this today.

      • Blessings to you, Usti, and thank you for your comforting words to Angad. Our animals are around us after they pass, and often do come to us in dreams or day dreams. I’m happy that you’ve had this experience!

    • My heart is with you, Angad. My experience in working with animals who have passed is that they are NOT suffering once they are released from their physical body. I hope this brings you some comfort.

      • USTI

        Thank you Kelly. I appreciate that. I hope Angad comes back and reads it. Thank you for your site and given us the opportunity to express ourselves during such a difficult time. I am hoping that I can have more experiences such as I had today, once I drifted away from the grief into a dream state. For me, it will prove therapeutic if I can manage it. 🙂

  • katlyn

    My name is katlyn I had lost my beloved dog to cancer while pregnant with my son he left us a week before my son was born.I am looking for closure I feel it was my fault we didn’t know he was sick and couldn’t be saved vets say it was to late to do chemo that it wouldn’t even help it was to far to save him.to here that was so devastating I had him since 6 grade and never knew my baby was sick. I need to know he is safe and here with me and watching over my son and to let him know he will never be replaced that his paw Mark he left is forever imprinted in my heart RIP SCOUT FOREVER LOVED AND DEARLY MISSED

    • Katlyn –
      My heart is with you as you process the passing of Scout. You have given him a lovely tribute here. It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved animal companion. Be gentle with yourself, and let your memories of Scout support you at this time.

  • judy

    My daughter just put down her beloved pet of 18 years old she just hung for my daughter was very sick, She even fought death just before she died she cried i guess i need to know she is ok.
    And secondly had to put my cat down and he also did the samething it was awful losing two pets in such a short time

  • anita

    is the class one on one per phone

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