Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Earning Respect Using the SARA Way

SARA’s mission is important because it gives credibility to what we are accomplishing, not just in our communities, but around the globe. We are making a difference in our shelters and sanctuaries, giving a voice where there is none. The code of ethics, the teachings, the spiritual practice, and support we receive as a group and as individuals from Kathleen and Leah is something that is one of a kind, and I’m honored to be a part of.

I have been a SARA member for three years, and the Grass Valley Animal Control Shelter where I volunteer has recently joined SARA. It was important for me to have them become a member, but I also felt I had to earn my stripes. In the beginning, I wasn’t really wanted or understood, and it was a long road with a lot of dedication ahead, but now I’m coming up on my third year.

The proof was in the results from practicing the SARA way. I had to educate animal control that Animal Reiki is different from people Reiki and what sets us apart is that it’s not a hands-on practice. They see the results, and know now there’s a difference in what we’re trying to accomplish, and what I’m trying to accomplish every time I walk in the door at Grass Valley Animal Control.

I feel like the mission of SARA and practicing the SARA way has earned me a level of respect from the animal control officers who I now call friends. I’ll be writing an article for their Facebook page about SARA and the work I’ve been doing with the animals. My life has forever changed since walking through those doors three years ago.

It was a learning curve, but it has become my passion. I feel so blessed to be able to be a part of the animal’s journey and sharing with them. Watching them find their forever home is a beautiful thing and icing on the cake.

Maureen Petras
SARA Practitioner

Leah D'Ambrosio

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