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 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.


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.


We are a group of Reiki practitioner and teacher volunteers committed to supporting rescued animals and their caregivers with the healing benefits of Reiki meditation. Reiki can help animals become more adoptable, and help their caretakers stay strong and calm in even the most difficult situations. Reiki meditation can support all aspects of healing.


Want to become a part of our amazing community? We invite all students of Kathleen Prasad, Leah D’Ambrosio or any other SARA Teacher to join us. Not a student? No problem! You can take either 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) or the Animal Reiki Workshop: Core Curriculum Class.


Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners Class

Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioner Class

Want to build a new awareness of how you practice Reiki with both people and animals?

Lessons from the world’s foremost Animal Reiki expert, Kathleen Prasad, and support from SARA co-founder and course instructor Leah D’Ambrosio, are designed to enhance your Reiki practice.

This course includes Animal Reiki treatments in every course lesson and assignment. Through this hands on approach, you will develop a deeper, personal connection with animals, as well as with your fellow students!

Cost: $350 includes practitioner membership




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.

In the tradition and teaching lineage of Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source, our Reiki practice is meditation based and we Let Animals Lead 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.



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.


Getting the Resources to Start Teaching

I first started with human Reiki a while back, and after reading Kathleen’s first book, I immediately fell in love. I finally found a path that I could take to pursue deeper connections with animals, and that was because of Kathleen’s book. One thing led to another, and when I

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Reflection on the Animal Reiki Code of Ethics

The Animal Reiki Code of Ethics was written in 2008 by Animal Reiki Source founder and Shelter Animal Reiki Association president Kathleen Prasad.  I was introduced to the Code of Ethics in Shinpiden class with Kathleen after studying Animal Reiki with another teacher.  I did my best to follow the

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We Can Be the Beams of Hope that Shelters Need

It’s really coming from a place of privilege and honor that I’m a part of the SARA organization. I remember back in 2013 when I became a SARA teacher after going to many retreats, meeting Kathleen in 2009, and then Leah. We as SARA practitioners and members and teachers are

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