Tigers for Tomorrow, an exotic animal park and rescue preserve, will have its first UNTAMED Nature Fest in Attalla, featuring McGillivray, a renowned animal psychic and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pet Psychic Communication.”
Guests can expect to learn from McGillivray, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., what their furry friends are thinking and why they may behave a certain way.
In McGillivray’s 30-minute presentation, she will go through her routine of animal communication, a process she has been doing for almost 15 years. “I really stumbled upon it,” she said. “It felt like my life’s purpose to help animals be understood and heard.”
McGillivray’s first sign of her life’s pursuit came during an encounter with a goat.
“(The goat) just looked at me funny one day, and he said something different that I know didn’t come from me,” she said. “It was validation that I didn’t make these voices and images up.”
She uses her special talent to help others gain some insight about their own animals or wildlife in general.
“It’s a great feeling helping people become more aware of their animals’ vast emotions and the environment. I truly believe it’s beneficial,” McGillivray said.
If guests of Tigers for Tomorrow still have questions after McGillivray’s presentation, she will also give 10-minute private consultations. Although pets are not allowed, visitors can bring in pictures of their pets and ask McGillivray questions about the animal, even if the pet is no longer living.
Due to the limited number of consultations available, Susan Steffens, executive director at Tigers for Tomorrow, recommends calling ahead to make an appointment.
But the festivities don’t stop there. From 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., there will be several animal talks throughout the park. For adults, Reiki, a Japanese stress reduction technique, as well as hypnotherapy presentations and treatments will be provided at different sessions. Kids can treat themselves to face painting and craft projects like making animal masks and Native American craftwork.
“We’re here to educate people on the animals and the environment,” Steffens said. “We wanted Debbie to be a part of this event because we’ve had workshops with her before, and we got a lot of people requesting her and wanting to know when she would be back.”
McGillivray teaches workshops for pet owners and professionals to learn how to communicate with their animals, to figure out behavioral issues or to solve baffling medical problems. McGillivray’s recent workshops have mostly been in the N.C. area, but there are opportunities for clients anywhere to host McGillivray at their homes, educational institutions or barns. Most of her private consultations are via phone. “It’s just less distracting and it gives me a chance to clear my mind for the visuals,” she said.
Through talking with the pet owner or professional handling the animal, McGillivray connects to the animal. She asks the animals questions and the animal translates through pictures, emotions and other various ways, she said.
McGillivray said she sometimes receives feelings, images and spots, thoughts and even aches or pains in her body that correspond directly to the animal’s pain on his or her body.
“Just like people, all animals communicate in different ways,” she said. “(Animals) want to talk to us. They already talk to us through regular noises like barking, but they also communicate through their body language and with each other telepathically.”
Communicating with animals, McGillivray insists, sounds more difficult than it really is, and she suggests anyone can learn how to do it.
“Telepathy is like a muscle — the more you use it the stronger it becomes.”
When: Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Where: Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain, 708 County Road 345, Attalla
Cost: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-11 and includes parking. Private consultations with McGillivary are $25, Reiki treatments are $25, and hypnotherapy appointments are $100 for one hour.