The key to telepathy with your furry friend: ‘You just have to trust your imagination’
Shira Plotzker did not set out to become a pet psychic. It just sort of happened. She was sitting at home in Nyack, New York, watching the animal communicator Sonya Fitzpatrick on TV.
Suddenly, the dog that was talking to Fitzpatrick started talking to her. “He told me he thought it was a lot of fun to be on TV! And he was very proud of himself for doing so good.”
Realizing she had abruptly developed the ability to communicate with animals, Plotzker expanded her existing psychic business to cater to pets.
Fifteen or so years later, business is booming, Plotzker tells me. Dogs and cats make up the bulk of her clientele, but she’s spoken to snakes, horses, wolves and the elephants at Tampa zoo. She was also invited to speak to some police dogs, but, she says, the police aren’t allowed to endorse her.
She charges $100 for a half-hour session and has no shortage of customers. People seek her help to find lost animals, fix behavioural problems, diagnose illnesses, and communicate with pets who have passed away. (Yes, she also speaks to dead animals.)
You might think very few people are blessed with supernatural interspecies communication abilities, but those looking for an animal communicator are spoiled for choice. These services typically don’t come cheap, however. Laura Stinchfield, a California-based pet psychic, charges $150 for a 30-minute phone session – and $200 if it’s an “emergency session”. Lisa Greene, in Houston, charges $260 an hour for an in-home reading. Hilary Renaissance, a psychic who specializes in locating lost pets, charges $115 for help finding your furry friend.
Reader, I am no clairvoyant. However, I think I can sense what you are thinking. You are thinking: nonsense. Nobody can psychically communicate with animals.
Marjie Alonso, executive director of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), would tend to agree. “The IAABC is an evidence-based organization promoting best practices in animal behavior and training. While we understand that belief-based practices inspire passion and conviction in some people, there is no scientifically verified evidence that these methods are based on anything more than faith.”
Further, Alonso notes, pet psychics may seem harmless, but “belief-based practices can lead clients and practitioners to see change and improvement where there is none, potentially causing harm to the animal”.