Nikki Vasconez, a former lawyer, started working as an animal communicator four years ago.

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Nikki Vasconez, a former lawyer, started working as an animal communicator four years ago. Early in her career, a video she made about a session with a dog named Albie went viral. The dog told her he didn’t like his nickname. She says he didn’t specify what it was, only that it made people think he was large and overweight.⁠

“Those were his exact words,” she says. “I later found out his nickname was Big Al.”⁠

Vasconez, 34, says during phone sessions with clients she has connected with hundreds of house pets including dogs, cats and turtles, in addition to horses, cows and pigs (a camel and a bearded dragon were one-offs).⁠

More people are seeking out pet psychics, who can earn hundreds of dollars an hour. Those who tell others about their experiences with animal communicators say they are more likely to be asked for referrals than be mocked.⁠

It is perhaps a natural progression in a world where guinea pig spa services exist. About half of U.S. pet owners think of their pets as much a part of the family as a human member, according to Pew Research Center. ⁠

People book sessions with animal communicators to unravel behavioral issues, to learn about preferences for end-of-life care, and when the time comes, to make sure their pets are enjoying the afterlife. But increasingly, pet psychics say the questions are as simple as, is the cat happy? What more can we do?⁠

Owners come away from sessions with a little less sadness, a stronger sense of connection and an easing of anxiety.⁠

Read more at the link in our bio.⁠

Photo: Nikki Vasconez



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