Monday, April 30, 2012

Energy Therapy for Animals

Allie Phillips, performing energy therapy on her cat, Oscar.

Today we are talking with Allie Phillips, attorney turned energy healer.  She's a long-time volunteer at King Street Cats, a nationally-recognized author, attorney, advocate and trainer on animal protection issues. And now the founder of Manifested Harmony, a business focusing on energy healing (for people and pets) and Universal Law coaching. She has been providing energy healing to homeless, abused, neglected and traumatized pets since 2008, including many of the feline residents at King Street Cats. 

 KSC: Describe Energy Therapy and the different modalities used, as it pertains to animals. 

AP: Energy therapy (or energy healing) involves being attuned to a higher source of energy that is channeled through me to benefit the client. Through my training classes, I am able to provide these attunements to others. I am Certified as a Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) Master-Instructor and Crystal Healer. The entire Multi-verse is comprised of energy ... you are energy, your pet is energy, your computer is energy, and so on. Energy vibrates at different rates and humans and pets have vibratory rates that adjust according to our environment or stress level. If a pet is in a stressful environment, that can impact their energy field and result in physical or emotional issues. Energy therapy helps to balance energy and remove energy blocks before they manifest into a physical issue. When energy therapy is channeled to a pet, that pet will soak in the energy and (in most cases) feel immediate relaxation. When the body is relaxed, that is when the body will allow the energy to move through it, release blocks, and heal itself. Energy therapy is transmitted through my hands by lightly touching or hovering above the pet. Energy can even be sent from a distance (across the globe) and even to events in the past and future. I will frequently send energy therapy to a pet in a distant location as I sit comfortably in my home. How is that? Energy knows no time or space boundaries, so it can be sent anywhere. In IET, we learn that sometimes a family pet will take on a physical ailment of their person so that the person does not have to deal with the full effects of it. So whenever I encounter a pet with a physical ailment, I offer energy therapy to the person, too. With crystals, the vibratory rate of crystals is set and does not change like it does for people and pets. So when a pet comes into contact with a crystal, the pet's vibration will begin to sync to positive healing energy of the crystal. It is fascinating to see that science and research is now supporting the healing benefits of energy therapy. 

KSC: Describe what kind of animals need this kind of therapy? What issues are you most commonly dealing with in your practice? 

AP: Any animal can benefit from energy therapy. A pet who is physically and emotionally well can maintain that state of well-being with consistent energy therapy sessions. A pet who has been abused or neglected would certainly benefit to help them release the negative energy of their experiences so that it does not manifest into a physical issue. Pets who have been abandoned, become homeless, or been surrendered to an animal shelter also benefit from energy therapy. I have found that older cats (over the age of 5) tend to become depressed when they lose their home. And while the set up at King Street Cats is comfortable and homey, the change can be traumatic for a cat. So I have spent much time providing energy therapy to those cats who are having trouble adjusting. If the cat just arrived and is in a comfortable cage while they adjust, I may stand just outside of the cage and channel energy to them. If they give permission, I will move closer and lightly touch them to send the energy. Recently, I have started incorporating crystals into our cat orphanage. There are healing crystals hanging in each room, and individual bags of healing crystals on cages of cats who need extra help. A few of our residents are also receiving the special gift of crystal charms on their collars so that the energy is very close to them all day. Some issues that I have been working on recently involve several cats who are having trouble expelling their energy or anger in a positive way and have sadly attacked the people that love them (and that they love). There is a reason behind every behavior and it is important that we take the time to figure it out. So I am working with a few cats in particular to get to the root issue (along with a cat behaviorist). Another fairly consistent issue that I work on are cats who are ill and have poor immunity. Energy therapy does not necessarily work on its own; it works in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine, behavioral training, and so on. Energy therapy supports other modalities, and vice versa.
 Tully, a King Street Cats rescue, with her crystal collar, to ease depression and boost immunity.

KSC: Do you provide energy therapy on your own pets? 

AP: Absolutely, they sometimes demand it. My cat Sammy began the slow decline of kidney failure about 3 years ago. He passed away on February 24, 2012. In addition to switching him to an all-natural diet (high quality food is critical to a pet having good health), I immediately started giving him Reiki and IET. In his final months and up until his final moment, I also surrounded him with crystals to help him with a peaceful passing. I truly believe that the energy therapy extended his life and provided for a higher-quality of life much longer than I expected. I still have two cats: Lucy is 13-1/2 years old and healthy, and she loves having her chakras (energy centers) balanced with crystals and being "combed" with crystals. Oscar is also 13-1/2 years old and for a year has been struggling with uncontrolled diabetes caused by acromegly. Because there is no treatment for acromegly and he is on very high doses of insulin, Oscar craves energy therapy to help ease his symptoms. He will lay on top of me in the evening so that I can give him Reiki. He also loves to have his chakras balanced with crystals and to be combed with crystals. I have videos demonstrating how this works here.
Allie's cats, Lucy and Oscar, receiving chakra balancing with crystals.

KSC: Share one of your favorite success stories from implementing energy therapy? 

AP: I think the success of my cat Sammy was one of the most amazing because I really did not expect him to live as long as he did (and with the high quality of life that he enjoyed). And when he would come to me for healing, he would either bury his head in my arm or fall asleep snoring on top of me. It doesn't get much more precious than that. Another occurred with a KSC foster cat that I had about 18 months ago. Isis had come from St. Croix and had undergone abdominal exploratory surgery (the vets thought she had a blockage) and came to me to heal up. She was a tiny girl (maybe 6 pounds) and had a 5 inch incision on her abdomen. Every evening, she would lay in my lap and I would hover my hands over the incision. The incision healed at rapid speed and she was running around within days (a lot sooner than I was comfortable with). And most recently, Tommy (who is still with us) was quite nervous about coming out of his cage in our intake room. We wanted to move him out to the main free-roaming room. He seemed interested but lacked the courage. So I gave him a bag of crystals to help with courage (Aquarmarine and Clear Quartz). Within a week, he was moved to the main room and has acclimated nicely. He seems to have much more courage now.
Tommy, hesitant to come out of his cage (top), and now he is in KSC's main room, 
happily mingling with people and other cats (bottom)!

KSC: Where can our readers find out more about this service you offer? 

 AP: Visit my webpage, join my Facebook and Twitter pages, and even check out videos on my YouTube page. I offer healing sessions for pets and for people and make home visits (have healing table and crystals ... will travel).  I teach classes on Integrated Energy Therapy for Pets (IET for Pets is scheduled for June 17 and the prerequisite IET Basic is on June 3). And August 18 will launch a new training on Crystal Healing for Pets. If you volunteer for King Street Cats (or work/volunteer with animals elsewhere) or have adopted from King Street Cats, you can receive a special rate for IET Basic and Pet classes at a 25% discount. Go to my website to learn more.

My mission is to help people and their pets find physical and emotional well-being, as well as to help homeless, abused and neglected pets to recover from their trauma and find new loving homes. I can think of no better way to do this than with energy therapy. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Consider Fostering Homeless or Acclimating Animals!

Kitten season is upon us, and that means 
the need for foster homes escalates rapidly.  
King Street Cats had a local shelter contact us re. fostering 
5 (FIVE) different sets of mamas and their babies this past week!  
I came across a great article the other day 
that I thought I would share with you.
To see the entire article, click here.

After reading this article, if you are interested in fostering, 
or have more questions,
please don't hesitate to drop us a note at
If you have fostered, share your experience(s) 
in the comments section below!

Why consider fostering, at a glance:

  • Most shelters and rescues across the country have a need for pet foster families willing to temporarily house and care for homeless animals.
  • Foster homes are needed for many different reasons, including overcrowded shelters, for pets with special needs (including medical), for kittens and puppies too young for adoption, for pets with a very low tolerance for shelter life, and for animals with little or no experience living in a home or with people.
  • Pets do better in foster homes than shelters. They are less stressed and less likely to develop fear-based behavior problems. Their foster family can more easily evaluate their true temperament. They often receive help to improve physical, emotional or behavioral issues. They can be socialized to a wide range of home situations involving children and other pets. Animals who’ve been abused can learn to trust people again.
  • What you can expect if you foster a pet will depend to a great extent on the type of pet you help and the circumstances the animal has lived in up to the point he enters your home. Some animals require a minimum of time and energy, while others will need a lot of time and attention to help them improve their chances for adoption.
  • The easiest, fastest way to get connected to a pet fostering program is to contact your local animal shelter or breed rescue group.
By Dr. Becker
If you're interested in making a real hands-on difference in the lives of homeless pets, there are many ways to help, depending on your time, resources and talents.
Many people volunteer at their local animal shelter for a certain number of hours each week or month.
Other people have pets in need come to them, instead, by serving as foster families for animals awaiting adoption.
The need for pet foster parents varies by location.
Pets are fostered for lots of different reasons, including:
·       An overflowing shelter
·       An animal with special needs – she might be pregnant or nursing, or recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery
·       A kitten or puppy still too young to be adopted
·       A pet showing significant stress-related behavior (pacing or hiding, for instance)
·       An animal who has never lived in a home or had much contact with people who needs to be socialized to a home environment
Breed rescue organizations also often have extensive networks of foster families willing to temporarily house a dog or cat awaiting a new forever home.
Fostering sets off a positive domino effect.
The more people willing to open their homes to foster pets, the more pets local shelters can accommodate -- and for longer periods.
This gives each animal the best shot at finding a new home.
Fostering is Better for Pets
Living in a home with a family better prepares pets for adoption than institutional living. It's also much less stressful for the animal. Fostered pets are much less likely to develop fear or anxiety-related behavior problems than animals who spend time in a shelter environment.
Foster families are better able to assess a pet's true temperament because they can observe the animal extensively in a home environment. Brief visits with an anxious or fearful shelter resident are often not adequate to learn the pet's true nature.
Also, many foster parents spend time working with their furry charges to help overcome physical or emotional challenges or training deficits – for example, house soiling.
Fostering in a home in which there are children and other pets provides an animal the chance to be socialized to a wider range of family configurations. This opens up his possibilities for adoption to a greater number of families. Or … if the foster pet can't be adequately socialized to small children, for example, the shelter or rescue will know this particular animal must be adopted to a family with no young kids.
If an animal has been rescued from an abusive situation, her foster family can build a bridge from her past (where humans were scary), to a hopeful future full of people who are caring and loving.
What to Expect If You Decide to Foster
This will depend a great deal on what type of pet you agree to foster, and the circumstances of the animal's life up to that point.
General pet rules apply, of course. Dogs require more time and energy than cats. Puppies need more attention than almost any other type of pet.
If your foster cat is recuperating from an illness or injury, she might need nursing care or extra TLC. If the dog you took in has no manners, he'll need your help to learn basic obedience commands like Sit, Stay and Down.
A healthy kitten will need appropriate nutrition, a litter box, a few toys, lots of gentle handling, and your watchful eye to keep him from getting into anything around your home that might harm him.
By contrast, a large breed adult dog who has lived up till now banished to a backyard and ignored, will need all the basics including daily walks and exercise. Plus she'll need to be house trained, leash trained, obedience trained, socialized … and there may also be behavior problems to address.
Obviously, many more people can conveniently take in a healthy kitten or cat than a large, untrained adult dog.
Both situations will be rewarding for the foster families who help these animals. But if you have the time and resources necessary to turn a rather unmanageable, large breed shelter dog into a balanced, mostly well-behaved pet, not only will you feel tremendous gratification … you will also very likely save the life of that dog by dramatically improving the likelihood she'll be adopted.
So both the effort and reward of fostering depends on the type of pet you agree to help.
Perhaps you're not sure what type of pet you want to foster. Keep in mind the animals who languish the longest in shelters are older pets, those with medical problems, dogs suffering from breed prejudice, shy pets, those who need to be the only animal in the home, large dogs, black dogs, and pets with special needs.
In terms of who would benefit most from your help, an animal in any of those groups would certainly qualify.  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Top 100 Cat Names

So, to follow on the heels of the "Naming a Litter" posting, 
I came across a link to the Top 100 Cat Names. 
Know what #1 is?  



Like that involved ANY creativity?  
But, then again, don't you often wonder 
if they really care what we call them 
as long as we don't call them late to dinner?  

At first glance, I didn't see any of my kitties' names on the list, but I choose to think that is because they are incredibly special and not worthy of the more common names?

Are you looking for the purrfect name for a new kitty, 
or did your current kitty's name make the list?

Have you ever heard of a really unique name 
that you'd like to share?
Post it/them in the comments section below!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Purrfect Information re. Kitty

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If you're reading this blog, 
you more than likely are a lover of cats.  
Or know someone who is.

Cats are low-maintenance companions, 
but sometimes questions arise.  
Questions about traveling with Kitty, 
litter box questions, 
introducing Kitty to your new baby.  
Why is it a bad idea to declaw Kitty?

The King Street Cats webpage 
has some valuable information available.

Have an question about Kitty that you don't see addressed?
Post it in the comments below.
Maybe one of our readers has some advice!

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Art of Naming a Litter

Well, the fostering saga continues even though I SWORE that I wouldn't foster for another 6 months after the tree kittens left my bathroom. Anyone really shocked that there is now a momma cat tucked away in my postage sized bathroom about to give birth? Yeah, me either. This girl is about the cutest snuggle bug that ever laid peepers on me. She waddles over to drape herself all over my cramped legs and presents her pregnant belly as if to say, "Aren't they adorable? Please rub them to keep them from squirming!" I have already run home from work to see how she's doing once this week.

So in great anticipation of her soon to arrive litter, the naming game begins. Her name is Shady, Nightshade to be exact, so to keep with the family trait, her babies are going to have herb/toxic flower names! Sweet, eh? Now, keep in mind, these names must fit the criteria for a rescue organization; 1) easy to pronounce, 2) catchy, 3) memorable and 4) unique. I cannot tell you how many similar names we've had in just the 2 short years I've been around King Street Cats and all the records/references get all kinds of mixed up! So, keeping with the vegetable tradition (that's one killer marketing ploy, we're still talking about those cats) we are going out on a limb! My enthusiastic friend and I have been bantering back and forth with their names (knowing full well when they are adopted, the names will change once again) all to find the BEST NICKNAME EVER! So, the contenders are Stinkweed (Stinky), Ziziphus (LOVE IT - ZiZi), Krapta (uhm, no), Wolfberry (Wolfie), Belladonna (Belle), Mandrake (Mannie), Sunberry, and Gooseberry (Goosie!).

So, with the naming fun in full swing, all Shady has to do is give birth to lovely, healthy, sweet cuddle monsters just like her... anyone want to lay bets that it will happen in the middle of the night so I can be dragging the next day at work? I will do so happily and cheerfully.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

King Street Cats in Their New Homes

Meet Silver and Nickel!  

We received a lovely letter recently from Silver & Nickel, which reads in part:

Things are working out SWELL with our new Mom and we thank you SO MUCH for finding us our forever home. Mom was SO HAPPY she found us! We spent our first night in her bedroom and were jumping all over her…she calls us “little purr balls” and tells her friends on the phone “they act more like little puppies than kittens” because we cuddle with her so much. She also tells them that our foster parents “did an ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL job rearing us” but we already knew that. 

We are trying to train Mom into some routines, for example, to wake up at 4a.m. to play; to put something in our food dish every time she walks into the kitchen; to let us saunter across her computer keyboard when she’s using it…but alas we haven’t had much success. Mom plays with us a lot…she’s trying to teach us “baseball” which means she wants us to jump up and catch the toy mouse when she throws it in the air towards us (see…she thinks we’re puppies!!) and our English vocabulary is getting bigger…we know what “Time to get up?”, “Where’s the ball?”, “Want some din-din?” mean. If only we could hear “din-din” like, maybe…once an hour? 

Love Silver & Nickel.

Have you been rescued by a King Street Cat 
(or 2, or 3)?
We would love to hear all about 
your new life together
(either they can tell us, or you can)!

Drop us an e-mail and pictures at
and we would be happy to share your story!
Already sent us a story?
That's ok-updates are welcomed too!

Monday, April 2, 2012

King Street Cats in Their New Homes

Doogie (now Selene) and Valerie (now Jennie)

We LOVE it when our "rescued" humans give us 
updates on their new kitties.  
Here is a great story about Doogie and Valerie.

Doogie (now called Selene after the Greek moon goddess)
and Valerie (now called Jennie after the feline heroine of Paul Gallico’s
The Abandoned) have been with us for nearly two weeks. 
They are doing great. 
 It only took a few days before they got the lay of the land and took over.  
They are both good eaters and love to play. 
One of their favorites is the “dot” game.  They love to chase the red laser dot from one end of the house to the other. 
“Why can’t we ever get that darned dot?” 
They also love to bird watch especially when the window is open and they get a close-up view of the bird feeder and bird bath,
not to mention the squirrels. 
They make quick work of sheets of tissue paper
and like to rearrange the scatter rugs. 
Both are pretty good about using their scratching posts and pads. 
Jennie was a natural at this and Selene learned from her.
Selene was a love bug from the start whereas Jennie was shy and reserved, but she has become less and less afraid. 
She is now quite friendly and seeks attention.

It’s been a bit of an adjustment for us as we have had older cats
for many years and things were mostly quiet around the house. 
Needless to say, the activity level has ramped up substantially. 
There’s seldom a dull moment unless the girls are asleep. 
They are having lots of fun keeping us on our toes. 
We are very happy that they have joined us and 
grateful that you gave them a second chance. 
We hope you like the pictures of them enjoying 
some of their favorite activities.