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

COVID-19 and our work

Due to COVID-19, Friends Of Baxter Animal Care is currently unable to offer any in-person animal therapy training/workshops or in-person treatments. 

Distant Reiki treatments are available as usual. Live interactive online Reiki training has also been introduced, with great feedback, and at a special offer price of only £99 for level 1. Level 1 Reiki training is a necessity before any Animal Reiki 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 this work.

Free Distant Healing for Animals in Rescue Centres​


Each Thursday we send voluntary distant healing from 8pm to 8.30pm to animals in rescue centres, sanctuaries and similar care centres. A group of our volunteers send Reiki to a variety of nominated animals on a weekly basis to benefit them mentally, emotionally and physically whilst we can’t go out to visit them in lockdown.
If you wish to nominate animals in such centres (approval from centre manager required) or to join in our distant healing sessions please get in touch. Reiki can be sent from wherever you are in your own way or you can meet us online and join our zoom group sessions. 

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.

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

 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.

Our Animal Reiki training and workshops are on hold due to  COVID-19 restrictions, however Reiki training is being run regularly in live interactive online classes. For our next training dates see our Therapy Training page. 

Animal Rehoming coming soon - Foster Carers wanted

Our plans to introduce phase 2 of of our work, rehoming animals, e will be progressed as soon as social distancing restrictions are no longer in place. We will provide details of animals (cats initially) that are available for adoption and desperately in need of a new loving and caring forever home on our website. Please let us know if you may be interested in adopting a cat. We are also looking for Foster Carers.  

Once established, we intend to expand to rehome dogs and other small animals that may make their way to us too.
More details  

Therapy Sessions Given To Rescue Animals