Animal Communicator Founding Pioneer

Communicating with animals telepathically throughout her life, Penelope Smith discovered in 1971 that animals could be relieved of emotional traumas and other problems through the same counseling techniques that helped humans. The training and experience that have contributed to her success are her educational background, with bachelor's and master's degrees in the social sciences; years of training and experience in human counseling, nutrition, and holistic body energy balancing methods; research into animal nutrition, anatomy, behavior, and care; plus the firsthand education from the thousands of animals she has contacted.

Since the 1970s, Penelope has been the founding pioneer for the field whose name she originated,
interspecies telepathic communication. Author of the popular classic books in the field, Animal Talk, When Animals Speak, Animals in Spirit, many audio recordings, and editor of Species Link magazine, Penelope has held the hub of the growing community of animal communicators world wide for decades.

Penelope's visionary work has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles, numerous books, and on radio and television, in the United States and abroad. She has developed tried-and-true telepathic communication techniques, which complement current scientific knowledge and traditional methods. Her methods foster people's ability to understand and communicate with animals on many levels - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. As a world-renowned teacher of basic and advanced interspecies telepathic communication, she has helped launch the careers of numerous professional animal communicators.

Penelope feels that the sacred connection we make through telepathic communication with other species is essential for human wholeness. She believes that everyone is born with the power to communicate with other species, and that, although it is long lost for most people, it can be regained for the benefit of all beings on Earth. 


Interview with Penelope

As an Animal Communication Specialist, what do you do?
I give lectures, courses, and consultations and have books, audio and video recordings, and a quarterly magazine to increase people's ability to understand and communicate directly with animals. I have communicated with and counseled thousands of animals and their people during consultations (in-person or by telephone) to assist them toward a more ideal relationship. We have successfully worked together to resolve misunderstandings, behavior problems, and the psychosomatic aspects of illnesses or injuries that do not respond well to veterinary care. My writing and speaking commitments preclude scheduling private consultations now; therefore, for personal help with animal companions, I often refer people to our network of animal communicators.           

How do you communicate with animals? Is it psychic ability? Psychic comes from the Greek word "psyche," meaning soul or spirit. Yes, I communicate to the individual animal, who is a spiritual being with a particular type of animal body, just as humans are spiritual beings with human animal bodies. This awareness of animals as intelligent beings with a spiritual essence is central to the ease in which animals communicate with me and increases their willingness to understand and change in positive directions. With or without physical contact, I communicate with animals telepathically, with feelings, intentions, thoughts, concepts or mental pictures. They communicate back to me in the same ways, and I translate their thoughts into words for human understanding. Animals can also understand the meaning of words when humans clearly transmit what they wish to communicate. Animals pick up the intentions, images, and feelings behind what people verbalize. Some animals even relay words mentally, especially those animals who are very close to people and so have learned the meaning of words or who have had past life experience in human form.      

What do animals say to you? They give their viewpoint on what is happening with them and what they have wanted to communicate to their people. Most animals are willing to answer any question about what they think and want, although they don't have the same priorities as people do. They have varying experience and interests due to their body types and their particular environments. They have different sense organs and functions, and therefore cannot be expected to talk about human activities that are not applicable to them, like golf or the stock market. When asked the right questions, they usually can recall their early experiences and even past lives. As with humans, their experience often has relevance to current behavior. Non-humans are individuals and communicate in different ways according to their awareness, intelligence, ability, and experience, as do humans.  

How do you know you are getting across to animals and receiving their communication? While I know that we understand each other, it is also evident to others because of the response of the animals or the results. Behavior problems often disappear, animals visibly become brighter, more active, relaxed, or cooperative. Illnesses lessen or the animal improves dramatically or gradually after a consultation.

What is your purpose in communicating with animals? To help all species co-exist in greater understanding, co-operation, and happiness. I love helping people and animals appreciate and learn from each other more, and I hope that this in turn will increase the health and harmony of all life on the planet.

How did you become an Animal Communication Specialist? I have always loved animals and have been talking with them and developing mutual trust since I was a child. I was able to use my ability to communicate with them more effectively when I became a counselor for humans. I discovered that the techniques that worked with people to help them sort out problems and relieve emotional traumas worked as well and usually more rapidly with animals. As I helped my own animal companions, and then those of friends and acquaintances, the word spread, until I finally decided to hang out a shingle and charge for my services.

What are some examples of your work? One racehorse, who had been a winner but then did not do well, made consistent placing in races after I helped her handle the mental trauma affecting her from some of her past injuries. Another horse that I counseled revived a past-life purpose and achievement as a race horse and did so well in her next race that she had to be tested for drugs (which, of course, were not used), as she was such a long shot to win.

I counseled a dog with a broken leg who would not keep his cast on, and the vet said he would be lame the rest of his life. When I arrived, he was dragging the leg. After a half-hour session together, he was running on it, and he subsequently healed normally.

For television, radio, or other public appearances, I often demonstrate communicating with animals and relay answers to questions posed to them. To minimize distractions, a consultation for handling problems is best done in the animal's home environment, but even public demonstrations can provide therapeutic insight and relief for those involved.

Can other people do what you do or be shown how? Yes, if they love animals, they can be taught to increase their abilities to be receptive and communicate with other species. Some people are more sensitive and open than others and learn faster. Willingness to listen and realize that animals are fellow spiritual beings from whom you can learn a great deal is a major factor in opening up receptivity. My books, tapes, journal, lectures, and courses are aids in increasing telepathic communication ability. As in developing any skill, it takes patience, practice, and determination.

What training and experience enabled you to become an Animal Communication Specialist? My educational background, with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Sociology and an M.A.T. in Social Studies, plus years of training and experience in human counseling and spiritual studies have increased my understanding and capacity to help human and non-human animals alike. Besides practical experience in communicating with animals since childhood, I've had excellent results in applying human counseling techniques to animals since l971. Since becoming a professional animal communication specialist, I have worked successfully with thousands of animals using mental, spiritual, and physical communication techniques. Years of study and work in human nutrition and holistic body energy balancing methods, as well as research into animal nutrition, anatomy, behavior, and care have also increased my ability to help animals. Besides asking animals if they have any pain or where it hurts, I can perceive inside their bodies for areas of distress or blocked energy and help locate what needs veterinary attention. Telepathic communication functions successfully both in person and at a distance. I can focus on and contact animals telepathically through their connection with their people along with a physical description of them.

What about animal diet — what do you recommend? As do many holistic veterinarians, I advise preparation of a diet as close to natural as possible, i.e., for cats and dogs — raw or lightly cooked meat, eggs, cooked whole grains, fresh vegetables, some fruit, nuts, dairy products — free of synthetic additives and chemical preservatives. Degenerative disease and behavioral or emotional problems in animals, as in people, can stem from poor nutrition. Such items as processed, low-grade meat by-products with doubtful additives found in most commercial dog and cat food can create toxic residues in the body, leading to illness. Some manufacturers specialize in more wholesome fare, which can be used by those who cannot prepare homemade food. Focusing on nutritional needs has often helped to resolve disorders and create happier, healthier animals.

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Have your discoveries in animal communication been published?
Yes, in numerous books, newspaper and magazine articles, and in my books, Animal Talk: Interspecies Telepathic Communication (originally published in 1978; latest edition published by Beyond Words Publishing, Inc./Simon and Schuster) and When Animals Speak (Beyond Words Publishing, Inc./Simon and Schuster; (originally published as Animals...Our Return to Wholeness in 1993). I have also produced a series of audio recordings, Animal Communication Mastery Series, (CDs individually titled: How to Communicate with Animals; Animal Intelligence and Awareness; Understanding Animals' Viewpoints; Healing and Counseling with Animals); The Basic Course: How to Communicate with Animals; Animal Healing Power, and Animal Spirit Call. We also have published a quarterly journal called Species Link.

Penelope Smith hugging Buddha Boy Afghan hound
What else do you like to do? I love being with my own animal family, creating works of art, gardening, and contemplating in Divine Communion with all of life.

I don't know if you have any idea of the magnitude of light you hold for so many and the help, hope and love you give to all who know you and also those who don't. I think sometimes the work must be overwhelming for you, but I hope you can gain strength from this knowledge when you need it. You are a truly incredible being and I am honored to know you. G.C.

Watch Beyond Words Presents webinar interview, Q&A, and live consultations with Penelope

I just watched your video and I thought it was warm, wonderful and so wise and informative! A.O.

Video excerpt from a Wildlife Communication Retreat Penelope teaches at Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and part of Wild Animals Speak DVD

Penelope Speaks with Mother Earth
In this age of ecological emergency, Penelope Smith, founding animal communicator, communicates with Mother Earth and several representative species about humankind’s role on the Earth. What comes forth is a powerful message about our roles as Earth Protectors.  

Penelope's YouTube Channel

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Responses to the Coast to Coast Art Bell Radio Show
On January 17, 2002, I was interviewed on the Coast to Coast radio show with Art Bell, one of the top rated radio talk shows in the country, broadcasting then on over 500 radio stations nationwide to an audience of 10-50 million listeners nightly.
The three-hour interview (from 11 P.M.-2 A.M.) was a great experience. Art is a very intelligent interviewer and passionate about animals and getting to know how they think and communicate. Out of the flood of e-mail responses, I'd like to share some that show a range in public attitude.

Last night I listened to you on the Art Bell show and I never heard of anything as ridiculous as your trying to say animals were rational beings. If that was so and they were capable of reason, do you think a herd of cattle would go to slaughter without a battle? Why wouldn't all the animals in the wilds organize against humankind? Do you think a herd of elephants would turn and run from a hunter? I don't think so. Get real.

Penelope's e-mail response:  Thank you for writing. Food for thought: Substitute "humans" for cattle and elephants, "people" for animals, and "oppressors" for mankind, and think of examples. What is rational? Different people have different definitions. We all have emotions, fears, and different ways of looking at things and responding. It's wonderful to listen to different individuals of different cultures or species and learn how many different ways there are to view situations. Blessings with all life on Earth.

I really enjoyed your conversation last Thursday, Jan. 17, on the Art Bell, "Coast to Coast A.M." program and wanted to share with you the reaction my cat had to you. Here is the first letter I sent Art: Thursday night when you were interviewing Penelope Smith, the animal communicator, my cat, Mike-y, was fast asleep in an adjoining room. Approximately twenty minutes into the discussion, he came trotting into my room, jumped up onto my bed, and lay next to me, as if listening to the show. At 5:00 A.M. when the show ended, I turned off the radio, and he left for a drink of water to return to the room where he'd originally been. Quite amusing and thought provoking.

Second letter to Art:
I was listening to your show Friday evening via 840 WHAS (Kentuckyanna). They broadcast the last hour of previous show, which happened to be with Penelope Smith. Amazingly, after only a minute or so, here came my cat into the room and he jumped onto the bed, seemingly the better to hear! Maybe this was not so unusual given his like behavior during Thursday's initial show with her. Of course, he only stayed that particular hour. When her segment was over, he was gone!

There was a definite perception that he gravitated to her voice. Can the same actions TWICE be a fluke? I think not!

You may or may not remember Baron or me but I feel I must write to you as again you have helped me and don't even know it. While I was at a clinic of Robyn Hood's in Vernon, BC, my chow Teddy got out of the gate while he was being cared for at home in Alberta and was killed on the highway. My other chow named Xi-Xi (pronounced She-She) was devastated at the loss of her best friend and refused to eat. It took me several days to return home and on the way I picked up a six-month old male chow named Baron. He was more than a handful and was going to be put down if I didn't give him a chance. He tried to kill everything in sight. He and I had more than a few SERIOUS disagreements. I spoke with you one night as he lay in the back porch sleeping and you assured me that he would be okay, that he needed lots of remedial work and that he would be with me "for many years". Well, he was and just recently passed on. One night recently I couldn't sleep and asked for a more concrete sign that Baron is okay in his new surroundings. I got out of bed in the wee hours of the morning and turned on the radio and there you were on Art Bell's program. I knew immediately that my 'sign' had been delivered.  

I heard you about a week ago on the "Art Bell show" and never in my life have I been so spellbound to a conversation/discussion. I am a hardworking, middle-class, conservative Bronx New Yorker and must praise you on your breakthroughs in your field. May God bless you and keep you strong to continue to go down the road you've started and to spread the word of your breakthroughs to other people.


WTBS - Superstation (cable): “Nature”
CBS Television
(NYC): Video clip shown on The Late Show with David Letterman
Watchmaker Productions
(London): The Clive James Show
(San Francisco) (NBC): “The Daybreak Show” with Henry Tannenbaum
(San Francisco) (CBS): Mac & Mutley; People are Talking
KOVR (CBS) News Special
Lifetime Cable Television: “Attitudes”
The Wisdom Channel Cable Television “Omega Presents”
FOX channel news

and more

Close Up Television and Radio with Jim Masters
The Art Bell Show "Coast to Coast"
Good Day Program
(Boston, MA)
The Doug Stephan Show

Talk Radio Network (San Francisco, CA)
The Hollywood Pets Radio Show
(Baltimore, MD):
21st Century Radio with Dr. Bob Hieronimus
KCMX (Medford, OR): Bob White's “Heart to Heart”
CFRB (Toronto): “The Pet Doctor Show” and “The John Oakley Show”
(Lincoln, NE): “Exploring Unexplained Phenomena”
KVI-AM (Seattle, WA): “The Laura Lee Show”
Chicago, IL)
KKMG (Colorado Springs, CO)
CFRO (Vancouver, Canada) "Animal Voices”
NPR Weekend America
WLRN Morning Edition “The Rich Roffman Show” (South Florida’s NPR station)
Take 5/Channel 155/XM Satellite Radio "The Pet Hour" (Bala Cynwyd, PA)

and more

Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (Rhinebeck, New York)
Interface Foundation (Boston, Massachusetts)
Kripalu Center (Lenox, Massachusetts)
(Cortez Island, British Columbia, Canada)
Infinity Foundation (Highland Park, IL)
Los Angeles Whole Life Expo
San Francisco Whole Life Expo
Whisker’s Natural Pet Care Expo (New York, NY)
Conference on Animal Rights (San Francisco State University)
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Conference
International Environmental Exposition (San Jose, California)
Animal Communicator and Healer Summit
Circle of Twelve Healing Wednesday with Lee Carroll
International Multispecies Methods Research Symposium
Conversations with Nature Symposium
International Communication with Animals Symposium
International Llama Association Conference

and more

The Wall Street Journal
San Francisco Chronicle
Pacific Sun
Chicago Tribune

New York Daily News
The New York Times
The Toronto Star
The Los Angeles Times
Woman’s World
Alternative Medicine
Vegetarian Times
Animal Wellness

Cat Fancy
Whole Cat Journal
Natural Home
Horse Illustrated

Bird Talk
Natural Pet
ASPCA Animal Watch
Psychic Reader
What is Enlightenment
Heart Dance

Encounters (UK)
Intuition Magazine
Present Moment
Utne Reader
Alaska Wellness
Horse & Rider
Paint Horse Journal

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Quoted or Featured in these BOOKS

Life Song: In Harmony with All Creation by Bill Schul; Stillpoint Publishing, 1994
The 100 Top Psychics in America by Paulette Cooper and Paul Noble; Pocket Books, 1996
Psychic Horoscopes – The Birthcharts and Biographies of Famous Psychics and Sensitives by Thomas Csere; Empyreal Press, 1996
Animals as Teachers and Healers – True Stories and Reflections by Susan Chernak McElroy; NewSage Press, 1996
Man and Dog by Brad Steiger; Viking, 1995
Woman’s Best Friend – A Celebration of Dogs and Their Women by Barbara Cohen and Louise Taylor; Little, Brown & Co., 1996
Animal Wisdom – Communications with Animals by Anita Curtis; Anita Curtis Publications, 1996
Whole Kitty Catalog by Reed Huegel; The Crown Publishing Group, 1996
Communicating with Animals: The Spiritual Connection with Animals by Arthur Myers; Contemporary Press, 1997
I Feel the Soul of Animals Kosmos, German Edition 1997 and Kinship With the Animals English Edition, by Kathryn Solisti Mattelon & Michael Tobias; Beyond Words Publishing, Inc. 1998
The Voice of the Infinite in the Small by Joanne Elizabeth Lauck, Swan Raven & Co., 1998
Living with HorsePower! and Winning with HorsePower! by Rebekah Ferran Witter, Trafalgar Square Publishing, 1998; 1999
Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home by Rupert Sheldrake, Random House, 1999
You Can Talk to Your Animals by Janine Adams, Howell Book House, 2000
What Your Animals Tell Me by Dr. Monica Diedrich, Two Paws Up Press, 2001
The Daisy Sutra: Conversations with my Dog by Helen Weaver, Buddha Rock Press, 2001.
Animal Voices: Telepathic Communication In The Web Of Life by Dawn Baumann Brunke, Bear & Company, 2002
Bless the Beasts: Children’s Prayers and Poems about Animals by June Cotner, Sea Star, 2002
Sacred Link: Joining Forces with the Unknown by Kay Cordell Whitaker; A World In Balance, 2003; 2017
Pets Have Feelings, Too by Dr. Monica Diedrich, Two Paws Up Press, 2005
Communicating with Orcas by Mary Getten; Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 2006
Hear All Creatures: An Animal Communicator’s Journey by Karen Anderson; New River Press, 2008
Shapeshifting with Our Animal Companions: Connecting with the Spiritual Awareness of All by Dawn Brunke; Inner Traditions/Bear and Company, 2008
Regal: An Intimate View of One Magnificent Feline by Linda Fortune; CatAcumen Press, 2008
New Age Encyclopedia of the Divine, the Spiritual and the Occult, 2008
Animal Voices, Animal Guides by Dawn Brunke; Bear and Company, 2009
Wagging Tales by Tim Link; Emerald Book Company, 2009
Spirit of the Horse by Carole Devereux; Windhorse Press, 2010
Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth by Catriona MacGregor; Beyond Words Publishing, 2010
Star Origins and Wisdom of Animals by Jacquelin Smith; AuthorHouse 2010
Animal Communication through Telepathy by Michelle Lannan; Create Space, 2014
Dreaming with Polar Bears by Dawn Brunke: Bear & Company, 2014
Because of You, I Am by Mary Ann Bumbera; Turning Stone Press, 2014
Dolphins & Whales Forever Vol. I Debbie Takara Shelor; Dancing Seas Media, 2014
Talking with Dogs and Cats by Tim Link; New World Library, 2015
Becoming Nature: Learning the Language of Wild Animals and Plants by Tamarack Song; Bear and Company, 2016
Dances of the Heart: Connecting with Animals by Sally A Morgan PT; Thirty Six Paws Press, 2016
We Walk Beside You: Animal Messages for an Awakening World by Sandra Mendelson; Little Black Paws Publishing, 2017
Entering the Secret World of Nature by Michael Roads; Six Degrees Publishing Group, 2018
Loving Animals: Conversations with an Animal Communicator
by Jeannie Lindheim; Bowker, 2020
Bark, Neigh, Meow: Awaken to the Transformative Wisdom of Your Companion Animal to Activate Your Soul’s Highest Calling by Lynn McKenzie; Llewellyn Publications, 2021
A Dog's World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World without Humans by Marc Beckoff, 2021
Animal Whisperer, Wild Conversations by Suzan Vaughn: Medium Masters, 2022
Animal Wayshowers by Tammy Billups; Bear & Company, 2022

I want to say a big THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, for all that you taught me, about love for all life and connection. You are my inspiration, always! S.W.

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