Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association

a brown and white dog named Bruno sitting in a car

From Growls to Belly Rubs – Reiki to the Rescue

Bruno is loving walks and belly rubs these days. And he took his freedom ride to his foster home this past weekend! For months, Bruno cowered in the back of his kennel at the shelter, growling at staff. He had been there almost six months, surrendered for killing a chicken and a goat. Terrified, he would not let anyone touch him and it was difficult to clean his run. Leah, a shelter worker, knew they couldn’t keep him much longer if he couldn’t be handled, cleaned up and vetted. In a last-ditch effort, she reached out to me to share Reiki with him. I also asked Animal Reiki Source’s Animal Reiki Healing Circle to share Reiki with Bruno.

A few days later, I got a tearful call from Leah – tears of joy – Bruno let her pet him! He even gave her a kiss! A few more sessions and Leah could leash and take Bruno for a walk. Leah attended my Level I Reiki & Animal Reiki class shortly after this. The next week, she shared Reiki with Bruno and he gave her his belly – the ultimate show of trust!

Bruno continues to progress with Leah and is fostering with her in hopes of finding his forever family. Were it not for Leah and Reiki, the outcome for Bruno would have been very different. Thank you, Leah, for not giving up on this boy and thank to all who shared Reiki with him. His story is changed forever because of the healing energy of Reiki.

By SARA Teacher Laura Thomas

Leah D'Ambrosio

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