Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association


The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) is a non-profit organization that teaches and promotes Animal Reiki through meditation practices. Our goal is to ensure better healing practices for shelter and sanctuary animals. We work closely with caregivers, veterinarians, and volunteers to help create a positive healing space for all animals.

Introduction to Reiki

How It Helps Animals

“Reiki” means “spiritual energy” and refers to the energy that makes up all things in the universe. As a system of practice, Reiki was designed to further spiritual development by its creator, Mikao Usui. The modern-day practice of Reiki focuses on energetic healing, utilizing Japanese meditative practices and breathing techniques. The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) has taken the practice of Reiki and applied it as holistic support of an animal's wellness program. Through mindful meditation practices, Reiki practitioners form an energetic “healing bridge,” providing animals with a support system for relaxation, self-healing and re-balance.

With the use of Animal Reiki, practitioners are able to provide a support system for animals. Providing a positive space where they can relax, self-heal and re-balance.

Meet Dakota

Our Inspiration

SARA is dedicated to the memory of Dakota, Kathleen Prasad's beloved dog, and the inspiration for Kathleen's work in the field of animal Reiki.

Adopted by Kathleen from Sacramento County Animal Control in 1992, Dakota spent 16 and 1/2 years at Kathleen's side, even assisting in her early animal Reiki classes. Although Kathleen initially thought that she was rescuing Dakota, when looking at how using Reiki with animals changed the course of Kathleen's life, one may wonder: who rescued who?

Adopt an animal from your local shelter: perhaps the perfect animal is just waiting to rescue YOU too!



SARA offers a variety of classes that will help you understand how to use Reiki

to not only benefit yourself but also improve your animal's quality of life.


A “Chants” for Zahra

Like most rescues, Zahra’s story is not fully known. A gentle, sweet mutt with upright pointy ears and a noble square muzzle, she appears to be part Great Dane, part Australian Cattle Dog.  Zahra was adopted from a shelter in New Mexico.  Her new family, Kirby, and her partner Alex

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My First Animal Reiki Teacher Training Class

“Basking in the Radiant Light of Two Hearts Connected.” ~ Rachel Gene
The practice of reiki has been my spiritual foundation since the year 2001 when I met a Japanese teacher who literally changed my life path when he placed his hands around my hands and I felt an energetic

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Animal Reiki the SARA Way

What reaction do you get from people when you mention Animal Reiki?  Do people assume that you were born with a gift to heal and communicate with animals? Do people immediately think woo-woo, angels, or crystals? Many people believe that Reiki is a mystical, whacky thing that hippies or witches

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