Friends Of Baxter

Friends Of Baxter Animal Care is a good cause organisation devoted to improving the lives of animals using gentle yet effective holistic therapies, that animals clearly enjoy and appreciate. Our goal, driven by the work of our Founder, is to change the face of animal care in the UK and to see all animals being given the opportunity to receive natural and holistic complementary therapies - this means quality training to produce excellent Practitioners who deliver treatments with love, respect and professionalism.
COVID-19 has impacted upon our work, but when viable, we will progress rehoming work in 'our' way, this includes complementary care and rehabilitation. We invite animal lovers and therapy practitioners to be part of our exciting venture. Training, therapy sessions, animal care and 'making a difference' is what we are about. Charity registration is another aim.

Sue Malcolm - Founder

NEW Understanding Animals training (via Zoom)

Our new online events launched April 2021 have received wonderful feedback and will offered on a regular basis: 
– Understanding Animals training for Reiki Students and Practitioners 
– Understanding dogs workshop (for anyone who wishes to know more about dogs they work with or care for)

For details, and to book, see our Therapy Training page.  

Friends Of Baxter Animal Care has been unable to offer in-person animal therapy training/workshops during covid – we hope to offer training including  animal in rescues centres soon. 
Therapy sessions are up and running both in-person and distantly

Free Distant Reiki 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. Our work has seen us benefit cats, dogs, birds, horses, goats, donkeys and even hedgehogs. 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 funds we raise also go towards our planned rehoming activities and the creation of a rescue, rehabilitation  and holistic therapy training centre. 

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.  

Understanding Animals: A working Guide for Reiki Practitioners

‘Understanding Animals’ is a vital part of any animal therapy work. Always keen to improve knowledge for high standards of training and therapy practice, our founder, Sue, as part of a national project has co-authored a 44 -page publication Understanding Animals: A working guide for Reiki Practitioners. This publication supports our informative, educational and interesting ‘Understanding Animals for Reiki Practitioners  and Students’ 1 day  workshop (on zoom). 

Although developed for Reiki Practitioners and Reiki/ Animal Reiki students, it provides useful knowledge for anyone who works with or wishes to better understand their, and/or other people’s, animals. 

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Our free electronic newsletter keeps you up to date with our progress, exciting news 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. We are reviewing the format and timescale to make it more engaging and deliver what interests you most. If you have any feedback it is most welcome. 

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Currently events are restricted due to COVID -19, but our online Reiki is proving popular

 Learn the basics of giving Reiki to family and friends in a weekend – it is highly likely that if your animals are interested they will zone in and take Reiki from you too. Pre-booking is essential. 

Our Animal Reiki training and workshops are on hold due to  COVID-19 restrictions, however Reiki training is currently being run regularly in live interactive online classes with practical sessions to follow as soon as is viable. For the next training dates see our Therapy Training page. 
We plan to re-introduce other training workshops when possible.

Animal Rehoming

Our plans to introduce phase 2 of our work, rehoming animals, is temporarily on hold but when it is progressed we will need new loving and caring forever homes. It is likely that foster carers will enable us to help more animals too, so please let us know if you may be interested in becoming a foster carer. 

Once established, we intend to take in a range of animals.

Therapy Sessions Given To Rescue Animals