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. Our goal is to create a peaceful, 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. Over 20 years ago, 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 Leadmethod 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 Leadmethod 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 Leadmethod, 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? We invite all students who have taken a Level 1, 2 and/or 3 in person with Kathleen Prasad, Leah D’Ambrosio or any other SARA Teacher or graduates of Kathleen’s new Level 1 Animal Reiki Online Certification Course to join us. Not a student? No problem! You can take BOTH the Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners class taught by SARA VP, Leah D’Ambrosio (available as a live teleclass three times a year and as an ongoing “go at your own pace” audio class) and the Animal Reiki Workshop: Core Curriculum Class, taught by world renowned Animal Reiki expert, Kathleen Prasad.

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!

This unique class is an overview of Animal Reiki levels I and II classes. With lessons from the world’s foremost Animal Reiki expert, Kathleen Prasad, and support from SARA co-founder and course instructor Leah D’Ambrosio, you will be able to create a powerful and effective Animal Reiki practice.

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




Animal Reiki Workshop: Core Curriculum Class

Kathleen Prasad has distilled 20 years of Animal Reiki experience into 5 weeks of tried and true lessons that will uplift your practice from doing Reiki to animals, to being Reiki with them. You’ll be amazed at the successful healing responses Kathleen’s unique approach will create (even for those animals who may be shy, traumatized or abused).  If you’re serious about discovering the profound difference Reiki can make in the health and wellbeing of the animals you love, this class is for you.

Prerequisite: at least Reiki 1 certification in any lineage
Cost: $247



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 Leadmethod.

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.


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