A few weeks ago I wrote about how my cat Lefty went missing. I had spoken to my neighbor Jill Lauri about his disappearance. Jill is an animal communicator and her words truly comforted me, easing my anxiety throughout the ordeal. After speaking with Jill, she went home and connected with Lefty. She took the time without being asked, and wrote me these beautiful words… “Lefty says that he is fine and exploring. He is not far away and plans to return home. Lefty says that initially a noise startled him and he took off. He does not want you to worry about him, as he says that he is more resilient than you think. Lefty wants you to know that he Loves you and that there is nothing to feel guilty about  He asks that you create something beautiful/wonderful and know that he will be with you as you do so. Use the time you carve out to connect/feel the Love you share with him. That is what will bring him back to you, when the time is right.”

Jill was right. Lefty did return home unharmed. It was an enlightening experience, and I want to share with you a bit about Jill’s animal healing and communication practice. I also want to tell you about an exciting event Jill is organizing in Rockaway – ANIMAL ROCK 2017.

But first some background. Jill Lauri is a native New Yorker, raised in Canarsie. She lived in Manhattan before deciding in 2008 that Rockaway was the place she was destined to be. She was drawn to Rockaway because of the ocean and its connections to nature and animals. Jill earned her MBA from Columbia Business School and has a MSW from Hunter College. Her social work, spiritual coaching and unique relationship with animals have led to her true calling, healing with animals. On Jill’s website, she writes in detail about specific relationships with animals that have helped cultivate her unique communication skills. Her dog Misty who was diagnosed with cancer, her cat Jessy who was born in her home, a shark rescue here in Rockaway and a mouse that needed healing and love in his last hours, are just a few of the beings Jill has worked with. “Over the years I’ve continually come in contact with animals that needed healing and I’ve learned from each one of them, different lessons.” Jill explains.

I asked Jill how she begins communication with animals. “It’s actually easier when I’m not physically present with the animals because there are less distractions. So, I’m communicating telepathically. Animals are usually more relaxed than we think.  They take things in stride and that’s why they have so much to teach us and to help us heal. They are wise.”

The true turning point came for Jill after the trauma of Hurricane Sandy. “It made me take a step back and evaluate what’s really important and why I’m here. I didn’t want fear to determine my life and I didn’t want fear to determine where I wanted to live. Not everyone gets that I connect with animals and that’s ok! Living through the storm and its aftermath helped me find my voice and I can speak my truth about animal healing and communication.”

Jill’s been working diligently to organize ANIMAL ROCK 2017. The event will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Beach 94/95 St & Shore Front Pkwy, 10am to 6pm. The gathering is a celebration of our relationship with animals. “I’m hoping people will come out and celebrate and look at our relationship with animals and wildlife in a new light, exposing people to new ideas.”

The event will have information tables, reiki healing, and a memorial service for our animals that have passed over. Cathy Browne, guest speaker will discuss feral cats and TNR (trap, neuter, release). Nicole Valenti from the Riverhead Foundation will speak about what to do if you encounter stranded or injured sea animals. Boarders Surf Shop, Burn Fitness, Cuisine by Claudette, Thai Rock, Uncle Louie G and Zingara Vintage have donated raffle prizes! If you’re looking for a new companion, Animal Care and Control will have a mobile adoption truck on site. Donations are very much welcome and all proceeds will be gifted to the animals at the Animal Care Centers of NYC. Contact Jill at Jill[at]HealingWithAnimals.com212-289-3540 if you’re interested in donating or volunteering at this exciting event. Please visit to learn more about the days schedule and additional information. I will be there, and I hope to see you there too. Please come out and celebrate our relationship with animals!


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