Animal Communication for Shelter & Rescue Workers

July 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Rescued Animals


What the Animals Teach Us

blogging with Nancy Windheart


I have learned many things from the animals I have worked with who have been in rescue and shelter situations. They have taught me on every level, from their spiritual purposes, to what they think and feel about humans, to how best to help them both heal from past experiences.  They have also shown me what their desires, intentions, and needs are for their lives.

What about you? What have been YOUR experiences with rescued animals?

I’d enjoy hearing about your experiences. 

Please also ask any questions you may have about working telepathically with rescued animals.

Thank you,


9 Responses to “Animal Communication for Shelter & Rescue Workers”
  1. Hi there!
    One of the most profound, life changing things that I was told by a total stranger after they found out that I was volunteering in the CACC shelters in NYC.
    He said “Maybe you should try not to “save” or “fix” every single situation there for every single animal, but I instead be a shelf for some of them to rest upon, if only for a few moments in their journey in this life”
    Those words from that stranger were just what I needed to hear, from then on every time I went into NYC Shelter to take photos of the animals, I would only ask to be a shelf that some would rest upon for a while but that others would rest upon for only a few moment but that every single one I came in contact with would know that I loved them as fellow beings. I find some a home? YES did I find them all a home and could I NO but they all felt appreciation and love from me.
    I truly believe to this day that showing those beings that I loved them unconditionally, and acknowledged their existence as fellow beings, helped them tremendously, brief as it might have been.
    I know personally I grew SO much during that volunteer time in the kill shelters in NYC, and I KNOW it I’m a better Animal Communicator because of it.
    So THANK you Nancy for reminding me how rich those animals and that time made my life.

    • nancy windheart says:

      I apologize for the late response–I didn’t realize that the blog was still open for comments.

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience. This kind of presence with the animals, acknowledging them as fellow beings and having that conscious, loving contact with them, is such a profound experience, both for the animals and for the people who are able to be with them in this way. The long term results of this kind of presence are profound, and create ripples of love and peace into the world that ultimately benefit all beings.

      Thank you so much for your perspective, and I wish you the best in your animal communication practice.

    • clake3879 says:

      Wow, that absolutely puts it into perspective for me. I know that I can’t save the world, and just saving one means the world to them. I think that I struggle with seeing animals as my responsibility as ‘Mom’ to know what’s best for them. I’m just now coming to realize that I cannot be responsible for an animal’s life experience, because it’s their journey, not mine, and I need to trust and respect that the animal will know what’s best for them; so your comments above came at just the right moment. Thank you for sharing! Many Blessings!

  2. clake3879 says:

    Hi Nancy, thank you so much for sharing your experience and knowledge! I have a couple of questions, but first a little info…I was a cat/kitten foster home for about 3 years for a rescue group that kept most of their cats in foster care. We would have monthly adoption shows where we would all bring our fosters in, talk with potential adopters and hopefully get them adopted. I did all of my own adoptions, because I needed to make sure they went to the very best possible home. Eventually, I became so physically and emotionally exhausted from the whole foster/adoption process that I decided to leave the group. I felt so bad seeing how scared my foster kitties were when I had to take them to the vet or a show, that I would be exhausted when I got home; and just talking to the potential adopters wore me out.

    The other issue was that I became to emotionally attached to ALL of my foster cats and even today (2 years later) I still miss many of them. Most of them, (except for the small kittens) lived out in the house with my family and my own kitties, and were treated as if they were my own.

    So my first question is, how can I protect my energy so that I don’t feel so exhausted and still do volunteer work?

    And secondly, what can I do to lesson the emotional pain of their absence?

    Thank you so much!!!


    • nancy windheart says:

      Dear Christine,
      I apologize for the late response to your post–I didn’t realize that the blog was still open. Thanks for writing about your experience with doing foster care. The situation you describe is familiar to me as I did a lot of foster care at one point in my life, and had many of the same feelings at you describe. Many of my current cat family started out as “fosters”, as well, so I wasn’t the greatest about “letting go” either! 🙂

      To help to protect your own energy, it is really important to know what is right for you and what is not, and to honor yourself and what you need. There is nothing wrong with bowing out of a situation that is too difficult for you emotionally or energetically. The more you know your own limits and what you need to do to take care of yourself, the better you will be able to serve the animals. Once you are clear about that, then you may be able to find ways to help that don’t drain you and still allow you to be of service. What that looks like will be different for each individual, and also change over time. So often I find that people in rescue work tend to neglect their own needs, and ultimately that leads to burn out. If you take care of yourself first, and only do those things where you feel that you can be truly helpful, you will ultimately be of more help to the animals.

      Regarding letting go and missing the cats, it is important to honor your own feelings about that, too. Being able to love so many so deeply is a great gift, and when you realize that love doesn’t end, you can honor it in whatever way feels right for you. Some people keep photos, make a small altar or garden, or create other ways to remember the foster animals who have graced their lives. I have one client who has a whole wall in her house dedicated to photos of the foster animals she has had and who are now in good homes. It is her way of honoring their relationship and also realizing what a gift of service she gave to both the animals and their new families.

      I wish you will in your journey, and trust that you will be able to find a way to volunteer that feels wonderful for you.

  3. Pam Moore says:


    Thank you for sharing. I have a question. I took an animal communication class 4 years ago and have been using AC ever since. I have been working with a friend who runs a cat rescue and have had good results. Two years ago I took Healing Touch for Animals and also use it almost daily on my animals or the rescued cats, again with good results. Is it appropriate for me to now offer to volunteer my student-like abilities to another rescue group working with raptors? I have been dealing with several wild birds in our yard and recently sent a bird to this rescue center. I believe I am ready with good student-like skills to offer my help. Any thoughts?



    • nancy windheart says:

      Hi Pam,
      Thanks for your post, and it is wonderful that you are working with both your animal communication skills and your Healing Touch skills in volunteering with rescue organizations. Since I don’t know you or your work personally, I can’t say definitively what is appropriate for you, but if you are getting some good results in your practice cases, and are honest with the rescue about being a student, it sounds like a wonderful opportunity to do some more learning, and also to work with the animals. When the time is right for you, I would also encourage you to continue your animal communication studies with a qualified teacher and continue to practice going deeper. It can also be helpful to work with a teacher/mentor on your practice cases and get some feedback.

      Best wishes to you and your animal friends as you continue this wonderful journey!

  4. jnarr says:

    Your story about the strays in third-world countries touched me. What has prevented me from working with animals in shelters is my own emotions. How do you deal with the fact that so many shelter animals will be euthanized? How do they feel about their situation and the fact that they might not be adopted? This is a hard topic.

    • nancy windheart says:

      Yes, I agree that it is a hard topic. Regarding euthanasia, the animals have taught me many things over the years about how they view death. In our current (western) human culture, we often treat death as something to be avoided at all costs, both for ourselves and for our animals. Many animals have a very different perspective on leaving their bodies, and an awareness of themselves as eternal souls apart from their physical forms. Understanding that can help with handling our human responses of grief and sadness. Many animals also may have completed their work in this lifetime. It is also important to remember that each animal is an individual, and will have different responses to the fact that their lives may be ended through euthanasia. All beings have their own soul journeys with experiences like this, and some of them can be difficult. For more on this topic, I highly recommend Penelope Smith’s book, “Animals in Spirit”.

      However, all of that said, I can tell you that I never worked in a high-kill shelter, which brings me to a point that is important for all of us to remember: only go where you can be truly helpful. If you feel that it would be too hard on you to work in a high-kill shelter situation, it is important to honor that and take care of yourself in that way. There are many other ways that you can help rescued animals. If you are guided to work in a high-kill shelter, as many beautiful people are, then it is important to take care of yourself and make sure that you have the support that you need on all levels for you to do that work.

      Thank you so much for your response, and I wish you all the best.