Danielle Answers: Why Do Animals Suffer & What Can I Do About It? Do Animals Have a Soul Contract to Suffer?

Danielle Answers: Why Do Animals Suffer & What Can I Do About It? Do Animals Have a Soul Contract to Suffer?

Picture YouTube: Eldad Hagar

Picture YouTube: Eldad Hagar

Many people have asked me about animals – their pain and suffering and what it all means in terms of Soul Contracts and until now I’ve avoided answering these questions. It wasn’t because I didn’t have an answer or because I wanted to keep it a secret – it was because that topic is so loaded and difficult to address in a simple website page or Facebook post. Even just a peek at the suffering that animals go through can be devastating for many to handle and so I have been very reluctant to touch on this topic – until now.  I’m now feeling it’s time to reach out and help you all understand what is going on.

There are the two main levels at which animals function: First, we have the Physical Level. At the physical level, animals feel pain, cold, hot, they become upset, they have emotions, needs, they hurt, they love, they poop and they pee. This is commonly accepted viewpoint about pets and wild animals. This is also the level where most animal communicators focus – helping people to understand the physical needs of pets. It’s a very important level – but it’s only part of the picture.

Second, we have the Spiritual Level – connected via the soul/heart – in which animals understand the big picture, are aware of their soul contract with each human (to help him or her evolve as a soul) as well with as the human race (which is to help the human race master unconditional love) and they demonstrate here their own mastery of unconditional love. This level, much less understood, yields so much more information, guidance and assistance and is where you’ll find many of your answers when you’re dealing with any animal.

When you see an animal in pain – you are absolutely right to feel moved to want to do something about it, and to feel badly for that animal. At the Physical Level, many animals are hurting, suffering, being mistreated and abused. At the Physical Level, animals get lost, sick, separated from their packs and more. But in the real world, you don’t want to forget to take into account the Spiritual Level. In this higher vibrating space the animal is very aware of what he is doing and experiencing and of how this will affect you and the other humans he comes into contact with.  This is because all animals (having already mastered unconditional love themselves) have determined to help us (struggling humans) learn unconditional love.

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Our Pets Are Working to Save Us

Yep, you read that right. Animals are sacrificing themselves and allowing themselves into physically and emotionally difficult, painful situations – in order to help the human race evolve. And by evolve, I mean more of a heart evolution. When we, as a people, begin to make decisions through our heart, rather than through our negative emotions (ie fears) we will have the evolution necessary to relieve all suffering – of animals and of people. And THIS is how animals are helping- by inspiring us to be the best people we can be.

There is a wonderful video on YouTube in which a dog runs out into the middle of the highway, risking his life, in order to save another dog injured and trapped there. There is another video in which a mother duck’s babies are trapped in a storm drain and a police officer helps her retrieve the babies and go to a nearby pond. There is another video where a dog is so excited to play with a baby who can’t crawl yet, and every crazy move this dog makes creates contagious laughter in the baby… I could go on but you get the picture. Animals are inspiring within us the opportunity to the our best selves. Perhaps you’ll feel what I mean when you watch this video about a dog being rescued. Notice your smile by the end of the video…

And here’s the really interesting thing about all of this: yes, on the physical level animals are depend on us and many cannot survive without us – but that is not because they are below humans (I think by now you realize they are certainly not!) – it is because they understand the big picture behind what we’re all doing here – and they are doing everything they can to stimulate, push, and educate us into growing and living through our hearts.

This doesn’t mean that when I see an animal suffering, I do nothing or I don’t get upset just because I know what the big picture is. Not at all! I get just as upset for that animal as I’m sure all of you do. It does mean, however that when I see a dog who is best friends with a deer or when I see a bird taking a bath in a puddle on my driveway that I allow myself to take in the love of that moment and feel grateful to every animal out there as they work so hard to help us. I still help all animals, birds, and insects whenever I can – but I feel comforted at the same time knowing the big picture reason and that any assistance, love or gratitude that I feel for the animals will contribute greatly to the greater good – helping the human race move toward finally getting this lesson of unconditional love.

Danielle MacKinnon has been named an expert TV psychic medium, intuitive, animal communicator, and foremost expert on soul contracts. She has appeared on numerous radio shows, tv and taught along side some of the world’s most renowned psychics, mediums, healers and TV experts.

46 Comments
  1. Claudette September 15, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Very interesting. Thank you. I’ve never looked at the bigger picture but I do know that one exists.

  2. susanne September 15, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Thank you for the greater Picture, and i can feelin my bones..:-) that it is the truth, and yes the animals are such great and loving theachers..i have been very greatful for my 2 horses and my 2 dogs and for the unconditional love they gave me..and the insights..they surely opend my Heart..thankyou to them and to you for your gift..bless you

    • Danielle January 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      I’m glad it helped Susanne. <3

  3. Karen September 15, 2013 at 7:51 am

    What a wonderful article – and thank you for confirming and articulating that which I’ve already come to feel within my soul. I lost my first (I just can’t call them “dogs” – always “pups”) in 2010 but she was with me for 13 1/2 years – (american eskie)- she came to me at a time of despair and fear and made it possible to get back out in the world and live on my own again (after a horrible attack). Then I thought she was lonely, got her 1/2 brother, Aleksi, who was always in the background while Sasha was here – she was my heart, we were so in-tune. However, Aleksi has really stepped up to the plate and after a year of total mourning (even lost my job of 10 yrs) – I’m still at home, unemployed, but so thankful for Aleksi (he’s now 15 1/2) – and though he doesn’t snuggle as much as Sasha would – we’re definitely inseparable (I fear the day when I’m left – however I know Sasha (and Lexi) will be waiting for me as soon as I cross over into the spirit world. Thank goodness for animal communicators and people like Dr. Brian Weiss and Dr. Michael Newton. Their theories have saved me from severe depression! I love the saying that “DOG” is “GOD” spelled in reverse.
    Thanks for all that you do – I look forward to the day I can work w/you on soul contracts AND checking in on the loves of my life – Sasha and Aleksi.

  4. Mandy September 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Thank you for taking the time telling us this!!! You can see the love in the animals eyes. <3 xxx

  5. John September 15, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Interesting and thought provoking post – thanks for sharing.

  6. elana September 15, 2013 at 8:50 am

    thank you, their open hearts engulf all of us in such a wondrous way.

  7. Jaime September 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

    What about creepy predatory animals like hyenas?

    • Amanda September 15, 2013 at 11:59 am

      I’ve worked with hyenas in captivity, and they are like giant smelly dogs. They are affectionate, funny, timid, and beautiful! If you do a little research you’ll find they are quite important in the food chain and not as creapy as they have been made out to be.

  8. Peggie September 15, 2013 at 9:55 am

    This reminds me of a very clear message I received about 6 years ago. It was after the Kentucky Derby when that beautiful horse was injured and had to be put down. I was in my kitchen, doing dishes and weeping about what I believed was the idiocy of “the sport of kings” and that horse came to me clear as day and said, “Don’t worry about me, it’s for the humans.” I looked around, stunned, and said, “WHAT?!” and that horse managed to let me know that they had willingly gone down to help the humans become more aware of our interconnectedness. It was one of the most humbling and profound moments of my life and I am forever grateful for that lesson. Thank you Danielle for your work and for sharing the message.

    • Marion September 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Peggie, thank you for sharing that story. In past years my family has made a trip to Saratoga Race track every summer. I don’t like to go, but I make it bearable by going and praying for the horses, sending them love. I too was deeply saddened by the story you told of the horse they put down at the derby, and I loved hearing your story. It lifted my heart, and helps to know they are helping us recognize our interconnectedness in their own way.

    • Danielle MacKinnon January 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Peggie – thank you for sharing! I know your story will help others!

  9. Claudia September 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Thank you so much! Clearly we need to learn from all the animals!

  10. petra gerda paul September 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Thank you so very much Danielle for all you are and do. I watched you on the interview with Bob Olson and told every body about you, for you speak from my heart.
    I recently was inspired to write a little book: “Letters to my Immortal Beloved:My Journey From Heaven on Earth Through Alzheimer’s and Back”. In my little book I share my experience with Wilbur Alexander Paul, my Catfriend for 17 years and what he taught me, even years after he had left his body. At one time he told me, ” I am a Being that is always with you, and for a time I took on the form of a cat to be with you in this lifetime……

  11. Genene September 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Beautifully stated! When I began communicating with furbabies a few years ago, I entered an amazing world where these highly evolved beings have taught me so many lessons. I must have a lot more to learn since I’m surrounded by a herd of beautiful doggies. Thank you, Danielle, for putting the message of these furry angels into human words.

  12. Ann Chisholm Hart September 15, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Who is going to feed Zoey? I was going to jump over 23 floors, and it occured to me who would feed my siamese? She saved my life….I sobered up, got my life together, I becoming spiritual, ,,, and am enjoying my life. Thankyou, for your educational and loving article. Namaste Ann.

    • Safena September 16, 2013 at 1:39 am

      Glad you are still here. We need more souls like you.

    • Danielle MacKinnon January 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Ann – so glad your cat saved you! I hear stories like that all the time. Thank you for sharing! <3

  13. Safena September 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you Danielle. the article does bring comfort. I actually met the officer who rescued the duck babies. His name is Ray and he died a week after i met him. He also loved dogs and that’s what got us chatting on a walk that day in my neighborhood. He told me about a friendship he had with a racoon who used to go by his ground level condo and tap on his door and Ray in the middle of the night would feed her pancakes (her favourite) and would watch tv together. I did go to his funeral in the park where we both lived. He touched alot of people. Ray also started a “missing child department” at the Vancouver Police and saved many many children. He was an amazing man and on that special day of his funeral I experienced the biggest heart opening I have ever had. It was a miracle in itself how profound it felt. I believe Ray changed my life that day.

  14. Moni September 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Interesting, but I have a question: Penelope Smith often mentions people reincarnating as animals at times… do you think that means they have evolved? And what about animals who are people at times? What do they do, go back and forth in awareness?

    I usually really like your take on things but this one is bugging me because it reminds me of when we thought the sun and everything else revolved around us.

    I think our spiritual paths are more like a whole lot of circles and dirt and mash-ups rather than anything resembling a line.

    • admin September 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Hi Moni –
      In my experience, animals do not reincarnate as humans nor do humans reincarnate at animals. The animals have said very clearly to me that they have no need to live lives as humans because they’ve already learned the main lessons that humans are working on – unconditional love.

      I understand that this differs from what some other people and religions have said and that’s OK. For me, I go by my experience, and by what the animals have shown me. <3

  15. Sally September 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I love this!!! Thank you so very much, Danielle! I’ve read it a couple of times already, it touhes my heart.

  16. Kari Samuels September 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Oh Danielle, I love this article so much. Thank you.

    I miss you BTW!

  17. Diane Sylvain September 16, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Thank you so Danielle for this teaching. It is a blessing. I am SO connected to all animals (my pets, wild animals, insects in my house…ALL animals). Your article has helped me with the anger and sadness I feel when I see any animal suffering. It literally crushes me with pain. I will now take in your teaching that their suffering is an offering….a sacred offering to help me and other humans evolve. This will help ease my pain at seeing any animal in pain or suffering. Namaste. Diane

    • Christine September 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Seeing animals suffer is so, so difficullt for me, as well (it led me to become vegan 6 yrs ago). I feel such sadness, that it can last for days. Knowing that, on a higher level, they have chosen this path for us, makes me love them all the more.

  18. Michael Vintean September 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Thanks Danielle for this wonderful article. It gives comfort that animals are truly sentient, loving and survive into the next phase of existence. Being an untrained empathy and I mean one who is coming into the realization of who and what I am but in chaos sometimes, grieve tremendously on a daily basis that my dog Louisa will be cross over and I will be left alone and its painful. I dream frequently that she and I cross over together, and even when I dream or astral project into other realms where ET’s or some invisible force is trying to scare me, she is there when I cry out for help. Its frightening but beautiful.

  19. Mary Helen September 16, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Beautifully expressed. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to express these ideas to people when connecting them with their animal companions. They do such a wonderful job of showing/teaching us about unconditional love. I have a different experience with the reincarnation to human idea but a sign of a good teacher is to be true to ones self and be open to others experiences. Bless you.

  20. Jessica September 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I love that we are having this discussion. But, what about all the beautiful sentient animals that are raised so that humans can eat them? Animal farming is such a cruel and wasteful industry where precious cows, pigs, chickens, lambs etc are suffering horrific abuse and suffering- yet many animal lovers continue to support this suffering by continuing to eat meat because the atrocities are largely hidden from public view. I’ve seen and heard the pain, grief and fear of these millions of animals and it breaks my heart apart. Cows in the dairy industry also suffer not only physical abuse that would make your skin crawl but also terrible emotional pain as their babys, still wet with amniotic fluid are torn from their mothers. Its so wrong. So very very wrong on every level. What about these animals? Why and how can people love their pets so much and yet eat other animals that have been gravely abused and murdered? I just don’t understand. If they agree to come to this earth to suffer such atrocities it is very heartbreaking indeed – these souls are so much more evolved than humanity. When will humanity have compassion for ALL animals? And not just those culturally accepted as pets?

    • Danielle MacKinnon January 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      We have animals and humans working on this. The best thing you can do is continue to put your heart (not anger or fear) into it. Thank you for the work you do! <3

  21. Patricia September 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Thankyou so much Danielle for all your articles. I lost my precious little man in a fur coat on May 21st and am having a very difficult time dealing with him being gone. That’s when I found you. I can’t even begin to tell you how much your articles and web cast’s have helped me. However…there is one thing I do not understand. 4 times since his passing he has woke me up from a sound sleep crying. What is he trying to tell me? I see him in every butterfly, bird, etc. that acts unusual. Thankyou so much….

  22. aparna September 17, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Just a sincere”Thank you”” for sharin your wisdom and helpin us (animal lovers)see the bigger plcture

  23. HK September 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Wow, thank you Danielle, so beautiful!!

    Wise words indeed… =)

  24. Cindie Davis September 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Danielle,

    I have been saying this and getting blasted for it, for a while now. So much so that I have backed off doing readings. I was finding that people do not want to know about the soul contract and how that animal is helping them grow. They want to know which color ball the dog likes better. I know that the animals are here to teach us so much and they are, I can see it not so much with my physical eyes but I can see it.

    • Susan September 25, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Cindie Davis – Your work is so important, I hope you don’t back off on doing readings too much. Although you cannot force someone to take in all of the information about how the animal helps them, just giving them a tiny bit of insight will be something they ponder over long after a reading, which will hopefully cause them to ask more questions and want to know more later on down the road. Don’t take it personally against your practice if they are just not ready to learn or understand. Keep up the wonderful work!

  25. Anne September 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

    yes I believe this is true, my parents dog got diabetes and went blind because of it [and then had a stroke and passed], I am 100% sure he was trying to prevent the same fate for my dad, but unfortunately my dad did not ‘see’ what was happening. He started off controlling his diabetes with food, then went to pills and now has to inject himself and he is slowly losing his eye sight ….

  26. Lisa pastor September 29, 2013 at 7:27 am

    When my sir bentley died I mourned for a month.
    I still cry a bit every day. I learned to love unconditionally
    I was blessed

  27. Colleen September 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Danielle: There is not a better way to learn unconditional love than by animals agreeing to suffer? And if so, why has their suffering only increased with time and the so-called evolution of civilized society? It would seem to me that their suffering is for naught. Yes, there may be an instance here or there where something good comes out of a bad sitaution, but I am not a believer that people or animals have to suffer in order to evolve. And I do believe the posting regarding the eating of animals is right on mark. It all seems futile and it makes us as humans and the need for us to “learn” supercedes the animals right to live an existence free from pain. I’d rather remain unevolved and have the animals live free from pain.

  28. Karen October 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thank You Danielle for this. It truly helps with the loss of our “fuzzy angel” Reba., a beautiful Corgi. She came to us shortly after the loss of Our 29 year daughter. She gave us all so much unconditional love and healing. She was with us only a mere 5 years before she developed a very aggressive cancer. We had decided when things got difficult we would ” humanly” put her down. It did not go well, the vet had a difficult time finding vein and the process took far too long. Reba was afraid of so many things in her life.. it was awful to have it end in this way.
    She “saved us ” and it felt so like we let her down.

  29. Lindsay October 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

    You seem to be refering mostly to domestic animals….but what about the animals we eat?? Factory farmed animals, etc? Surely you know what goes on in those situations, and if not, please do look into it and let me know how to live in and accept a world that is so so so very cruel to these poor innocent animals. and to SO MANY. The numbers are overwhelming. And then we are literally ingesting all of that meat/energy, etc. All that pain fear and suffering for something that simply tastes good? How can violent murder taste so good. I still eat meat, so I cannot help but think I must be the worst kind of evil, truly, and yet I still struggle to quit this “habit” perhaps because it is so “normal” and acceptable/difficult to avoid. But then isn’t that really just a weak excuse/cop out. I have difficulty living in this world at times and above all, living with/loving/accepting myself. How do I fix this?? The answer seems so simple: Stop eating meat! But then why is it so difficult to do, and why aren’t more people doing/encouraging it? Why do so few care??? And why don’t more people feel the tremendous overwhelming pain that comes with this knowledge?? And worst of all, if I am so aware then why the heck don’t I immediately and easily stop, regardless of outer influences or what other people are doing?? I think the whole situation is sickening. Including my own internal struggles and my need to somehow justify it rathering than simply refusing to partake.

    • Alexandra November 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Lindsay,

      I can feel the pain and conflict in what you are saying, and I totally understand — I’ve been there, and struggled with the same questions for years. Believe me when I say that there ARE people who care deeply about the animals killed to be eaten, and those who are victimized by humans in so many other ways. You can find communities of like-minded people online and through websites such as Meetup.com. You might also want to check out the wonderful work of Colleen Patrick Goudreau. She is the one who helped me to transition to an animal-friendly lifestyle, and I’m sure you would find her work very helpful as well. You can find her website at: compassionatecook.com

  30. tracy November 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    So what about food animals? Factory Farmed animals live the most terrible lives only to be slaughtered by the billions for food. Are you saying they are teaching us something? They are supposed to suffer for our glutenous needs? I totally disagree.

  31. Monique November 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Dear Danielle,

    I have this article bookmarked and it lifts me up so much each time I read about animal suffering. Thank you for the work that you do. Blessings, Monique

  32. Rakhee January 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Danielle, I found this blog post or rather this blog post found me just a few days after I lost a beloved animal companion. I get soul contracts but there are times don’t get what it could be, for instance, when an animal chooses a painful way to die. Do animals also have personal karma other than their soul contracts with their human companions? I often wonder about this. Why would an animal choose a painful death, like from an accident? Why would an animal choose a painful accident at a younger age, just all of a sudden? I wonder.

    • Danielle MacKinnon January 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Rakhee – In my experience, animals don’t have karma in the way you are thinking. They have contracted to help us humans learn unconditional love – and they are throwing their all into it. So, yes – this includes factory farmed animals, animals that are abused, animals that are eaten… It also includes animals doing funny things in Youtube videos, the squirrel running by your window and the ants trying to get into your house. This is the way of the world – and animals are partaking. They have a lesson to teach us in every single action (seemingly positive or negative).

      Animals are always working toward the big picture. That is their main concern. As humans, when we stop and understand the big picture, it makes the nitty gritty of life much more bearable. Just imagine being connected to it like animals are! The work the animals are doing will one day allow all of us to experience connection like we never have before.

      About the difficult you’re referring to: have you ever noticed how just before something really shifts, the resistance is the greatest? That is where we are right now – the resistance is the biggest it has ever been which tells me – things are changing. For the better.

      I don’t know if that helps, but I hope so!

  33. Rakhee January 22, 2014 at 12:52 am

    No Danielle, it doesn’t help as I still don’t get it but thanks so much for responding to what I wrote here. Right now I am in intense pain and I don’t get the big picture why a dog so full of life even after having lived one traumatic experience after another, who when things were starting to look better, why would he suddenly choose to live through an extremely bad accident. I don’t get what was the lesson here for me. It has been for the past 2 years, for me, one ending after another, one loss after another. But loss of a loved one by death, and that too in such a painful way, is beyond me. I am in pain. I am angry. May be someday I will get the lesson here. Sometimes don’t understand how God’s way works. Thanks so much again Danielle for reading my comment here and responding to it even though you could have easily ignored it. Thanks. Your response, even when I don’t understand it, means a great deal to me.

  34. Maria K March 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Danielle, thanks so much for your post about this, it answered several questions I’ve always had. Humane treatement of animals has always been very important to me and I’ve recently started allotting time every week to signing animal welfare petitions on the HSUS, ASPCA, TakeCare and Change.org sites. Unfortunately, I’m often overwhelmed with grief and pain reading about the horrors these animals are going through so much so that it somewhat paralyzes me.

    I won’t stop with the petitions, but my upset is so great I know it lowers my vibration and in some ways this renders me less effective in the fight for them.

    Any thoughts?

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