Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association



Our field-tested techniques have consistently supported stress management in the shelter environment and thus increase the chances for adoption. Our meditation based techniques create peace and calm for animals who may be stressed and/or have difficulty acclimating.


The unique work that shelter staff do can take its toll, and you may find you lose the best staff all too frequently. Our members can train your staff in easy to use, powerful techniques that combat compassion fatigue. The best part is that training only takes a couple of hours but the effects are transformative.


Our teachers, who are experienced in shelter environments and are certified in the Let Animals Lead® method of meditation, provide team building workshops. Give your staff an extra tool in their toolbox to help animals as well as a way to support each other with our proprietary methods!


SARA consistently donates over $100,000 USD per year in volunteer hours, classes and monetary donations to sanctuaries, shelters and rescue centers. Your organization can benefit too!


SARA has a worldwide network of members who are effectively using our methods for the comfort of animals in shelters, sanctuaries and rescue centers. We are happy to provide references from some of these organizations upon request.


We are a worldwide grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of rescued animals and their caregivers.

At the heart of our work is the proprietary Let Animals Lead® method of meditation that relieves stress in rescued animals. Our method teaches people how to hold space for animals in an open compassionate way that inspires peace and trust in the animals they care for. Since our inception in 2008, our highly trained members have brought peace and calm to thousands of animals in hundreds of shelters, sanctuaries and rescues around the world.

It is our vision that peace is possible in every moment, and we bring this peace into being through our unique and specialized meditation practice, tailored to be gentle enough for every animal, no matter their species, background or sensitivity.


Snow Leopard Baby Reaches Out For Reiki

Despite the rain and the chill one late April morning, my husband and I headed over to our city zoo so I could meditate with the animals for the first time using the Let Animals Lead® Method of Animal Reiki. What’s a little rain? I’m a newbie to LAL and

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SARA Featured in Redfin Article: “Adopting a Shelter Pet: Expert Advice to Prepare Your Home for Your New Furry Friend”

Adopting a shelter pet is an exciting and fulfilling experience. Not only will you be helping an animal in need of a loving home, you’ll be gaining a new family member. However, it’s important to pet-proof your home, get their space set up with the essentials, and do a little

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The Offer of a Paw – The Ultimate Show of Trust

It was our final Reiki meditation of the day and a storm was brewing. Gretchen and I settled in, offering Reiki to both her dogs. Bindi wandered around a bit, stopped, and offered Gretchen her front paw. It was beautiful to see Bindi stand there with her paw in Gretchen’s

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