Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association


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


The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) is a non-profit organization that teaches and promotes the Let Animals Lead® method which uses meditation practices to bring peace and wellness to shelter animals. Our goal is to create a calm, healing environment within shelters and other animal care settings. We work closely with staff and volunteers of shelter/rescues, veterinarians, and service organizations to help create a positive healing space for all.


Reiki literally means “spiritual energy” - rei meaning spirit and Ki meaning energy. Reiki is, in essence, YOU – your inner light and the purest expression of your essence and self.

Reiki is also a system of meditative techniques. Reiki meditation helps us let go of anger, worry, fear and stress to uncover our best self – one that is peaceful, grateful, compassionate and in harmony with others. Kathleen Prasad, the world’s renowned expert on Animal Reiki, created the Let Animals Lead® approach, which incorporates these meditative techniques. Animals respond positively when we are peaceful through meditation. This shared peacefulness has profoundly impacted the lives of both animals their caregivers around the globe.

Kathleen Prasad’s Let Animals Lead® method offers the world’s most ethical, powerful and safe approach to offering Reiki to animals. Many practitioners who offer Animal Reiki use a system that is hands-on and human directed, but SARA members all practice using the Let Animals Lead® method which is hands-off, meditation based and where animals choose. This ensures that no matter where you are in the world, the treatments and classes being offered by SARA members all follow the same ethics, approach and professionalism.

SARA members belong to the Usui Reiki Ryoho lineage via Kathleen Prasad and Leah D’Ambrosio.


We are a group of Reiki practitioner and teacher volunteers committed to supporting rescued animals and their caregivers with the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki. With the use of Let Animals Lead® method, practitioners are able to offer a support system for animals and their caregivers by providing a positive space where they can relax, self-heal and re-balance. Our experience has shown that the Let Animals Lead® method can help animals become more adoptable, help their caretakers stay strong and calm in even the most difficult situations and support all aspects of healing.


Want to become a part of our amazing community? If you’ve taken any of the following classes by Kathleen Prasad, Leah D'Ambrosio or any other SARA Teacher, you’re eligible to join SARA:

Not a student? No problem! You can take the Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners class taught by SARA VP, Leah D’Ambrosio (available as a teleclass or an ongoing “go at your own pace” audio class).

You might be asking why you have to take these classes in order to join. It’s really simple – we want all of our practitioners practicing the Let Animals Lead® approach. Our methodology is unique and very different from other Reiki practices. Students who study the Let Animals Lead® method experience a profound shift in their understanding of sharing Reiki with animals. We know after taking these classes you will not only be prepared to share Reiki in an ethical and positive way with animals and their caregivers, but you will also be inspired to serve your community with these teachings.


Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners Class

Are you interested in bringing animals into your Reiki practice? Have you tried human Reiki with animals and are not getting results? If so, this class is for you!

Prerequisite: at least Reiki 1 certification in any lineage
Cost: $275



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Level 1 Animal Reiki Online Certification Class

Whether you want to deepen your own spiritual journey with animals or to begin a professional journey towards Animal Reiki Teacher certification, this class is for you!

Prerequisite: None




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!

The SARA Way


We believe our greatest healing power lies in compassionate service, and therefore we give back to our animal rescue community through Reiki treatments and training programs using the Let Animals Lead® method.

In the tradition and teaching lineage of Animal Reiki expert, Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source, our Reiki practice is meditation based and we let animals direct all healing sessions.

In order to always honor animals' preferences, we do not approach Animal Reiki in the same way as human Reiki. For this reason, we do not rely on physical touch, do not teach a prescribed set of hand positions, and never use energetic techniques which focus on what's "wrong."

To heal ourselves, support others, protect animals and model the highest ethics of Animal Reiki in the community, we follow the Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics.

To honor the wisdom and journey of each unique animal, we do not consider ourselves healers, but rather practitioners and/or teachers of a mindfulness healing practice. The peace and harmony of our meditation practice radiates out to help the animals around us.

Please read Healing Virtues for a detailed look at The SARA Way.

"Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. when you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul." -Rachel Naomi Remen



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.


Recognizing Differences Between Animal Communication and Animal Reiki

Many animal communicators are trained in the system of Reiki and find the two go hand-in-hand, but too often the lines get blurred. What is the difference between an Animal Communication (AC) session and an Animal Reiki (AR) session, and why does this matter in a professional context?
AC and

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My Year of Discovery after Becoming a SARA Teacher

September 2019 is here and I’m ready to put down my thoughts, feelings and examples of personal growth I experienced attending Kathleen’s Reiki Level III and Animal Reiki Teachers Certification course in Sacramento, CA, in October 2018 and want to share my insights with you. It was a profound experience,

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That Chicken Is Choking!

Distraction can make us miss beautiful moments. We find peace and feel grounded when we take time to listen to animals and the sounds of nature. If we don’t devote quiet time with ourselves and animals, we won’t hear their lessons of loyalty, acceptance, or love. By being too busy,

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