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.


Reflections on My BrightHaven Animal Reiki Training

I recently had the privilege of reveling in the presence of animals and healing at Brighthaven Sanctuary, studying Animal Reiki with Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source! What got me there was a series of “coincidences” and life experiences that all merged to remind me that this lifetime animal enthusiasm

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Lesson of the Blue Heron: Animal Reiki Ethics and Photography

I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember.  At some point during my childhood, I assumed the role of family photographer — beginning with Brownie Instamatic and Polaroid cameras.  I mainly took pictures of my family growing up, but in adulthood I branched out to street life,

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Meditating with Animals

I love meditating with animals! I say this with great joy and enthusiasm because in the past, I had a teacher who told her students that animals will draw energy away from you and disrupt your mediation if they are in the same room. Well, this teacher also says that

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