We respect the feelings and ideas of others and work for inter-species understanding, not pitting one side against another, but walking with compassion for all. We acknowledge the things that we cannot change and continue where our work can be most effective.
We respect the privacy of people and animal companions we work with, and honor their desire for confidentiality.
While doing our best to help, we allow others their own dignity and help them to help their animal companions. We cultivate understanding and ability in others, rather than dependence on our own ability. We offer people ways to be involved in understanding and growth with their fellow beings of other species.
We acknowledge our limitations, seeking help from other professionals as needed. It is not our job to name and treat diseases, and we may refer people to veterinarians for diagnosis of physical illness. We may relay animals’ ideas, feelings, pain, symptoms, as they describe them or as we perceive them, and this may be helpful to veterinary health professionals. We may also assist through handling of stresses, counseling, and other gentle healing methods. We let clients decide for themselves how to work with healing their animal companions; distress, disease, or injury, given all the information available.
The goal of any consultation, lecture, workshop, or inter-species experience is more communication, balance, compassion, understanding and communion among all beings. We follow our heart, honoring the spirit and life of all beings as One.’ … Penelope Smith.