Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Our Mission

The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) is a non-profit organization that teaches and promotes Animal Reiki through mindful 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
by offering a positive space where they can relax, self-heal and re-balance.

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Our Foundation

SARA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose goal is to provide the tools necessary to implement Animal Reiki programs in shelters and sanctuaries all over the world.
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Who We Are

Anyone who has a desire to better the lives of shelter and sanctuary animals can be a member of SARA. Members of our organization come from a variety of backgrounds and interests. From veterinarians to shelter volunteers and animal lovers, SARA members span the globe. Learn how to become a member today!

Meet Our Inspiration - Dakota!

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  1/2 years at Kathleen's side, even assisting in her early Animal Reiki classes. Although Kathleen initially thought that she was rescuing Dakota, given the way that using Reiki with animals changed the course of Kathleen's life, one may wonder: Who rescued who?

Adopt an animal from your local shelter. The perfect animal may just be waiting to rescue YOU, too!


2017 SARA Animal Reiki Retreat

Animals as Healers and Teachers

Animals have the power to help us reduce stress, improve focus and find balance in our chaotic lives. They also have an innate ability to open our minds and hearts to our inner healing potential. At this retreat, you will learn the secret to becoming more receptive to their healing wisdom. 


Reiki With the Elephants

A dream come true on our recent SARA trip to India was to share reiki with the elephants of Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Agra. The charity recently in the spotlight when it rescued Raju from 50 years of enslavement, a brutal life of captivity and cruelty

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SARA India Trip 2016

2016 was a great year for my Animal Reiki practice. As well as a growing client list at home I was, with the support of SARA, able to plan a trip to my beloved Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA) in Rajasthan, India with friend and fellow SARA colleague, Kelly

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Chanting at the Animal Shelter

I have been a volunteer at The Buddy Foundation in Arlington Heights, IL since April 24, 2016.  By this time, I completed 3 levels of human Reiki classes from January to March 2016.  I had not yet taken the Level IV human Reiki class, Kathleen Prasad’s Animal Reiki Workshop Core

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