Friends Of Baxter

Friends Of Baxter Animal Care (previously Friends Of Baxter) is a good cause organisation devoted to improving the lives of animals using holistic therapies. We invite animal lovers to be part of our exciting venture to change the face of animal care in the UK through our natural and holistic complementary therapy work, and future planned holistic animal rescue centre and hospital venture. We intend to become a registered Charity as soon as possible.

Sue Malcolm - Founder

Covid19 and our work

Due to covid19, Friends Of Baxter Animal Care is currently unable to offer any in-person animal therapy training/workshops or in-person treatments.

Distant treatments are available and Reiki training (required prior to Animal Reiki training) is being commenced online in live interactive training. For certificates to be issued however, the training must be completed with a short in-person session.

Sadly we are also having to delay the introduction of our rehoming service until a date at which home checks are permitted again, however we still need and much appreciate any funds to support our work.

We provide a regular Reiki service to benefit distressed and suffering animals in rescue centres and sanctuaries at no cost to the centres. We are  working with cats, dogs, birds, donkeys and horses although we happily help any animal type.
The results have been delightfully rewarding for all and we look forward to expanding this service to help more animal centres. 

Our training courses, workshops and other activities help to fund our voluntary free therapy service for rescue animals, as do contributions from the services and products we offer via our website and at various events.
The funding we raise also goes towards our planned rehoming activities and the creation of our own rescue centre, with holistic therapy training facility. 

We offer a small but growing range of natural and holistic complementary therapies for any animals within travelling distance of our Practitioners, additionally distant Reiki can be offered to animals anywhere. Therapies include: Animal Reiki, Canine Massage, Canine Bowen and Equine Muscle Release Therapy. Animal Communication is available to help animals in rescue centres and TTouch will be available soon.  

On BBC Radio Leeds

Friends Of Baxter Animal Care was featured on BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show, talking about Animal Reiki & TTouch, after offering our therapies to a couple of lovely dogs🐶🐕 .
Knowing how popular complementary therapies are becoming for people it is wonderful that through this feature BBC Radio is helping to raise awareness of  them for animals too.  To listen to the discussions click on the photo and zoom forward to 1hr 47:57

Our thanks to the lovely Beth Parsons  and Richard Stead on the Breakfast Show

Request our Newsletter

Each month we issue a free one-page electronic newsletter keeping you up to date with our progress, and other information such as forthcoming events/ activities, training courses and workshops, animal care advice, vacancies/ volunteering opportunities and, now and again, what’s Baxter’s been up to.

If you would like to register click on the box below. Your details are not shared and you can unsubscribe at any time.


New: Canine Massage and Canine TTouch workshops. Also Animal Reiki level 1 training

We now also run Canine Massage & Mindfulness, and Canine  TTouch workshops with more workshops to follow. Animal Reiki level 1 training is also up and running . Next training dates are:-

  •  April 8th & 9th or May 20th & 21st:  Animal Reiki Level 1 (Reiki is required to be taught first and Animal Reiki follows this)
  • April 18 & 19 or May 2 & 3: (Introductory) Reiki Level 1: 9.30am – 4.30pm  for 2 days £150. Run by The Reiki Experience
  • April 4 & 5, April 16 & 17 or June 20 & 21: Reiki Level 2 (Practitioner level): 9.30am – 4.30pm for 2 days £175. Run by The Reiki Experience
  • Canine TTouch Workshop: 10.30am – 1.30pm £35. Next date being planned
  • Canine Massage and Mindfulness introductory Workshop: 10am – 12.15pm £30. Next date being planned

Learn the basics of giving Reiki to family and friends (including your own pets) in a weekend, or in 2-3 hours spend enjoyable time out with your dog learning and practising simple relaxing techniques that you can do at home, and which can also strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
Feedback from our events has always been extremely positive.
Pre-booking is essential and classes typically fill up so we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment. For more details see our Therapy training page 

Animal Rehoming coming soon - Foster Carers wanted

We are getting ready to introduce phase 2 of of our work – to start rescuing and rehoming animals.
We are therefore very excited to announce that we are now looking for Foster Carers. We will soon (later in March 2020) be providing details of animals (cats initially) that are available for adoption and desperately in need of a new loving and caring forever home.
Once established, we intend to expand to rehome dogs and other small animals that may make their way to us too.

More details  

Free Distant Healing for Australian Bushfire Animals

Thank you to our Distant healing group.
Our hearts continue to go out to the tragic loss of hundreds of millions of Australian wildlife and both the emotional trauma and physical suffering of many more as a result of the  Bushfires. This February our free month of co-ordinated Sunday evening ‘group distant healing’ went out to the affected animals with our deepest love. Thank you to everyone who  joined in this activity. 

To find out more about Reiki treatments and training please email or go to our Contact page. Our free month of distant Reiki on Sunday evenings for all nominated animals will next take place again in August.

Therapy Sessions Given To Rescue Animals