A lawyer who quit her $75,000-a-year job after teaching herself to speak to animals is now making $350 an hour as a pet psychic.
Nikki Vasconez, 33, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was as a full-time property lawyer when she started researching how to communicate with animals in September 2020.
‘I started out practicing on family and friend’s pets and some stranger’s animals for free,’ she said. ‘But as soon as I created social media accounts, I began to gain a steady following, and it wasn’t long before requests started pouring in.’
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Nikki Vasconez, 33, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, went from a full-time property lawyer to a pet psychic in just one year
She started researching how to speak with animals in September 2020, and exactly a year later, she launched her business, Nikki Vasconez Animal Communication, on social media
Nikki explained that she was ‘so miserable as an attorney,’ but she was initially too scared to change careers.
‘My days were long because I was commuting 90 minutes each way,’ she recalled. ‘I would leave my house at 6 am in the morning and not get home until 6.30 pm at night.
‘I was even getting into car accidents because I was so physically and mentally drained. I had a lot of student loans, so I was initially reluctant to leave the law firm, but I decided to take a leap of faith, and I’m so glad I did.
‘I couldn’t be happy now doing what I love most.’
In September 2021, a year after she discovered her passion for speaking with animals, she launched her business, Nikki Vasconez Animal Communication, on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
‘When I set up my TikTok account, I gained 175,000 followers within months, and by January 2022, I had to stop taking bookings because I was so inundated,’ she said.
‘The business just took off. I was working on orders, which were backed up for months. I couldn’t believe it. I had to set up a waitlist, which had a total of 4,000 people on it requesting me to speak with their animals.’
Nikki charges $350 for a one-hour session and restricts her communications to two per day to ensure the best quality readings.
In order to perform a reading, she needs a photo of the animal where she can see its eyes. The only details she likes to know about the pet are its name, gender, and the names of the people in its home.
She explained she doesn’t want to know too much about the animal because she doesn’t want her ‘human brain’ to interfere with the messages she is getting.
During a typical reading, she will sit in a quiet room at her home and study a photograph of the animal while telepathically asking it a series of questions.
She records her questions and the animal’s ‘responses’ on her phone so that owners can listen back to the full exchange.
Nikki, who speaks to both living and deceased animals, telepathically asks them questions and records their ‘responses’ on her phone
The majority of the animals Nikki works with are household pets such as dogs and cats, but she has also done readings with horses, cows, pigs, and birds
‘When I’m communicating with the animals, sometimes I see images flash across my eyes or I’ll hear particular phrases,’ she said. ‘I don’t hear their accents or tone of voice, but I can always sense their personality.’
Nikki lives with her husband Michael, 34, a personal evolution coach, and their two teacup poodles Donald, seven, and Merlin, eight.
She also offers services to speak with animals who have passed away, which makes up around half of her requests.
‘Of the animals I’ve spoken to that have passed, they are never upset, angry, or hold a grudge,’ she said. ‘In my experience, they’ve only ever been happy and free and talk about how parts of their body have been restored and ailments that have gone away.
‘I spoke to a cat who talked about being able to see after not having sight while living. I speak with animals who have passed who comment on the lives of humans who are still living. I’m convinced they go where we go.
‘It’s changed my entire perspective of death because it’s a shift, a transition,’ she added. ‘I’ve never had a single animal that is sad.’
Nikki charges $350 for a one-hour session and restricts her communications to two per day to ensure the best quality reading
‘When I set up my TikTok account, I gained 175,000 followers within months, and by January 2022, I had to stop taking bookings because I was so inundated,’ she said
The majority of the animals Nikki works with are household pets such as dogs and cats, but she has also done readings with geckos, bearded dragons, horses, cows, pigs, several different birds, and donkeys.
Her clients include people wanting to communicate with their pets, as well as barn owners and rescue owners who want to understand what is causing their animals pain or suffering.
Around 98 percent of the pet owners who have approached Nikki are women.
‘In my experience husbands have been much more skeptical, but after they get the recording from my communication with their pet, they are amazed,’ she said.
‘I was speaking with one dog, Peter, who told me about a door in his family’s kitchen, which kept sticking and was driving the mother mad.
‘When they later played the recording back, her husband’s jaw dropped to the floor because it was completely accurate. It’s so fun when that happens!’
Nikki also offers services to speak with animals who have passed away, which makes up around half of her requests
The pet psychic said that talking to owners’ late pets has changed her entire perspective of death because she’s ‘never had a single animal that is sad’
During another successful reading, she spoke with a cat, Finnegan, who was experiencing tooth path.
‘The owner had asked for my help when they couldn’t work out what was wrong with him because he was just lying in his owner’s bed, unable to do anything,’ she recalled.
‘Vets had ruled out any teeth issues because the X-ray showed no signs of a problem, but I just kept getting this pain in my own mouth while speaking with him, so I believed he was telling me he had pain in his lower jaw .
‘It turned out the X-ray revealed he had an abscess and needed a tooth pulled out.’
In another instance, she heard a dog, Odie, repeat the phrase, “You’re the best thing in the world.’
‘When I told the owner this, she laughed and said, “That’s what I tell him every morning,”‘ she explained.
Nikki also spoke with a horse, Cruse, who told her she did not like her owner’s boyfriend, but the feeling was mutual
‘Cruse told me not to worry though because the boyfriend doesn’t like him either,’ she recalled. ‘I told the owner this and she laughed saying that was all true.
In addition to readings, Nicki offers workshops to train others how to speak with their pets and answers pet owners’ questions on TikTok
‘Animal communication is not a gift,’ she insisted. ‘It’s a skill and a muscle that needs to be developed. We are all innately psychic beings so it just requires practice’
‘From my conversations, I’ve definitely learned that our animals have opinions just like we do. It’s really funny!’
In addition to readings, Nicki offers workshops to train others how to speak with their pets because she feels anyone can develop this skill.
‘Everyone can do this,’ she insisted. ‘I 100 percent believe this. I didn’t start out being able to do this but I learned to do it.
‘Animal communication is not a gift. It’s a skill and a muscle that needs to be developed. We are all innately psychic beings so it just requires practice.’
While many have taken interest in her services, Nikki also receives criticism online from TikTok users who are suspicious of her claims.
‘There are a lot of people who are very skeptical and say that I’m a fraud,’ she said. ‘I understand it can be confusing as we are raised to believe that interspecies communication isn’t the norm.
‘The criticism initially bothered me, but I no longer care.’