Claire Fitzgerald – Animal Communicator

Meet Claire Fitzgerald: Animal Communicator extraordinaire

I eventually pinned down a chat with lovely (and busy) Claire. She’s been talking to animals her whole life and has now made a career of it. 

Is Animal Communication based on a feeling?

Consider the five senses: touch, taste, sight, smell and sound. If something can be perceived through these tangible channels, it must be real, right?


What about the intangible energies, the sixth senses: clairvoyance (a mind picture), clairaudience (a mind sound), claircognisance (a hunch or a gut feeling) or clairsentience (recognition of feelings—a sense of direction or a sense of well-being? What about déjà vu?


Oxford Languages1 defines ‘scientific method’ as: a method of procedure that has characterised natural science since the 17th century, consisting of systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.


This means that for a thing to be real, the outcome of its repeated measurement in the same environment must be the same. Every time. Feelings don’t quite work that way. Situations and circumstances in daily life differ from person to person (and from animal to animal). Environments are affected by numerous factors, both physical and energetic. Also, the sixth sense is not strictly necessary for survival today and has therefore become dormant (not dead) in most humans. It’s not everyone who cancels the flight that crashes, right? It’s not everyone who can access their sixth sense either. The reason that ‘Science’ often rejects intangible energy is that it cannot be measured and tested according to the currently accepted scientific method. I have always believed that when ‘Science’ develops instruments that are sensitive and complex enough to measure a million synchronisations between intangible energies, the world will begin to accept that they are valid.


I admit that this preamble may seem like a justification but my lovely guest today doesn’t need the world to believe that her feelings are valid. Her services are booked up months in advance and she has admitted that her best clients are the sceptics.

Meet Claire: Animal Communicator extraordinaire.

It has required some patience on my part but I eventually have the opportunity to talk to the lovely Claire Fitzgerald. It’s her day off and we are not pushed by Father Time. She relaxes on my big red couch and tells me of her journey to the Now.


I love stories that begin with parental inspiration. It just seems right that heroes are regular people and not latex-clad Marvel characters. 


Her father — who kept a huge aviary and surrounded Claire with birds, dogs and bunnies ever since she can remember — inspired her love for animals. Naturally, she wanted nothing more than to be a vet. 


At 14, she was introduced to horses. It wasn’t a foregone conclusion that she would fall in love with them immediately: Claire was used to tiny creatures and these enormous animals scared her. But it was a foregone conclusion after all because, at the end of the day, size doesn’t matter. At 16, the besotted Claire was working at the stables, feeding and grooming horses, cleaning tack and teaching kids how to ride. Then she met Jack – a 6-year-old bay gelding. 


Claire’s eyes take on a glassy sheen; she talks about Jack as though he were a god. Being a teenager comes with some inner turmoil and Jack turned out to be her guru. He taught Claire about trust and freedom. He showed her that animals have choices and don’t need to be coerced to please humans. He was a master. Darn it, my eyes are getting glassy too! I am reminded of my beautiful horse, Speedy Flight, who stood patiently by this stupid teenage girl and showed her that animals are sentient beings too. I wrote about him in my memoire—the day I learnt to love animals with all my soul.


When Claire finished high school, she could not bear the thought of being away from her home and animals and so —being rather artistic —explored the possibility of studying fine art in the Cape. Social anthropology was a module in her first year and after two, she was still not feeling comfortable with her choice. The anthropology interested her though and she completed her Bachelor of Social Anthropology and did her Honours degree in 2013 and Master’s degree in 2014. 

Meanwhile, Jack was ill. Something was off and Claire was worried. A friend had used the services of Diane Budd – Animal Communicator and Zoopharmacognosist (being guided by the herbs that animals choose as their medication). Claire was sceptical but something drew her to approach Diane.


The consultation with Jack brought up a few health issues: stomach parasites, kidney trouble, knee problems and painful tooth. Claire said that Diane told her things about Jack that nobody would know, not just related to health. Diane talked about Jack and Claire’s relationship and confirmed that he was looking after her and teaching her valuable life skills. 

Claire was impressed. But even more than that, she was inspired. She wanted to learn more. So seriously she quit her Master’s and signed up for Diane’s Zoopharmacognosy and Animal Communication (AC) workshops. She bought every book on the subject and started growing herbs to learn about the medicinal qualities that animals seek when choosing to eat different plants. 

The AC course is not unlike a Reiki course (which Claire also undertook). It seeks to ground the learner and place more focus on right-brain functions like imagination, feelings, visualisation and intuition. These energies, when harnessed, feed the learner with images, colours, emotions and mental pictures that allow them to form an idea of what animals are trying to communicate. Daily meditation and continued exposure to cases are key to successful animal communication. To still the mind is indeed a skill in these turbulent times and receiving messages from animals needs time and practice. 


Claire did just that and a lot of it, honing her skills but realising that in some way, she recognised the training and had been communicating with animals all her life. The course merely focussed her attention on the feelings and energies that were important and that also facilitated her innate skills as a communicator. She approached animal rescue organisations, friends and family members to practice on their pets. One of her first cases was a traumatised rescue dog —a pit bull who was urinating in the house. At the session, the dog indicated that he didn’t understand the boundaries of a house, having never lived in one. He was also fearful because the owners kept threatening to take him back to the shelter. Claire communicated the inside/outside concept to the dog but mostly educated the owners about communicating with the dog directly. Animals are more than capable of understanding us but we don’t believe it because they do not use spoken language to respond. 


By 2019, Claire began her business in earnest and started charging for her sessions. She works nearly every day and sees about 4-5 clients per day. Home visits are possible within 30 km of her home (near Canal Walk in Cape Town) but she also offers online consultations and now has a client base worldwide.


In 2020, Claire found that her skills were in high demand. COVID-19 affected many pets negatively. Apart from the grief of losing family members to the disease, pets were exposed to the energies of fear and insecurity due to the loss of jobs and income in many homes. Like people, pets were locked down and unable to move around freely. All of these problems meant that Claire’s services were sought out. It was a great boost for her career and reputation.


A year later she had to stop working at the stables because of her business workload. Claire feels settled on her path now, believing that this is her destiny and raison d’etre. Her skills increase with every case; she’s found her direction and couldn’t be happier.

There is another side to Claire’s work— one that requires a careful approach. The field of energy work is not exclusively for the living or animals. Claire is often confronted with humans and animals that have passed over and need to communicate with her clients. She says that they are just as talkative as living pets and they often have valuable messages for their living owners. Claire has to tread lightly, ensuring that she focuses on the issues that the clients wish to resolve, avoiding unnecessary information. But her skills are holistic and problems are usually multi-factorial. However, Claire insists she is first and foremost an animal communicator and healer with her primary focus on the best possible life that a pet can have with its family.


So getting back to scientific method then! Our burgeoning techno era promises to make communication effortless. No more pen and paper, just tell Alexa or Siri to do it. Artificial Intelligence has taken hold and yet, looking at the way the world is going, we have never been so bad at communicating with each other. Animals don’t fully subscribe to technology (yet) and they still communicate in the old-fashioned way. It is we who have lost sight of how to listen but Claire is keeping the channels open and the world is a better place for her amazing and valuable work. 




  1. Oxford Languages.


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