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About the Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Reiki is a holistic Japanese energy healing modality that promotes stress reduction and relaxation. SARA was founded in May 2008 to support the growing number of Reiki practitioners who wish to establish programs in their local shelters. SARA’s goals are to: Teach and foster an understanding of energy healing; provide a standardized approach to implementing professional animal Reiki programs for shelters, sanctuaries and other facilities that assist animals in need; document the effects of animal Reiki on individual animals and the possible effects on shelter and rescue statistics as a whole; serve as a worldwide information and referral resource for Reiki practitioners, shelters, sanctuaries and other facilities that assist animals in need that wish to incorporate an animal Reiki program; and educate the public, shelters, sanctuaries and other facilities that assist animals in need on the benefits animal Reiki can provide to animals in need and their human caretakers.

Hospice For My Horse

She was 21 when I adopted her from the rescue. I found her online, a Google search. I typed in white Arabian mare and she was the first to appear. I knew immediately she was the one.

She was angry when she arrived to her new home. And wary and untrusting….locked in a world of grief and fear. We gave her space and consistency and most of all love.

We spent our evenings sitting in the barn with her. Sipping tea. Just being together. Slowly, she started to warm up to us. Ever so slowly.

Over the next six years, we grew very close. I could see the barn from my kitchen window and it seemed that we were always together. Always chatting.

Then, one day, from the kitchen window, I saw her eating dirt. Mouthfuls. I went out to distract her and she started to graze. But   Continue reading…

Shelter Reiki – “Never Give Up”

I have had the most amazing, beautiful experiences with the dogs at my local shelter where I volunteer Animal Reiki. Those little Buddhas with fur have opened my heart, brought in the “light” and have shown me the way to compassion, love, peace and joy on deep levels. The whole idea of sharing Reiki with animals at shelters was a very scary one for me at my first Animal Reiki class with Kathleen Prasad, and at the time, I thought to myself, “I never could do that”! The animals had other plans. Once I began devoting to my Daily Meditation practice as instructed by Kathleen, I felt a pull in that direction and have never looked back.

In the beginning months of sharing a Reiki space with the dogs at the shelter, it was pretty awesome to watch them welcome me and the Reiki meditation that I was offering. I   Continue reading…

White Tiger Reiki

Some years ago, we visited Houston, Texas. I went to the Downtown Aquarium, which housed animals as well. I wanted to offer Reiki to whomever wanted it.

To my horror, I came upon a large room with a floor-to-ceiling window behind which was an enormous white, blue-eyed tiger, pacing. He was at least ten feet long. The floor of the tiger’s room was marble, and in the center was a large stone tub filled with water. Crowds of people took photos, posed in front of him, and teased him. He seemed very distressed, and roared and lunged at the people who came near the glass. They laughed at him.

I sat down on a bench and silently offered the tiger Reiki, saying, “Hi, I’m Ellen. Would you like Reiki? Please feel free to take as much or as little as you want. It’s up to you.”

The tiger stopped   Continue reading…

Association for the Protection of Abandoned Dogs

I have been an Animal Reiki Volunteer in a Dog Shelter in Portugal, APCA-Association for the Protection of Abandoned Dogs, for two and a half years, on a weekly base

During this time, I had many fantastic experiences which allowed me to conclude that these animals are very gentle and they love Reiki.

Some of these dogs live in the same space, therefore, when I am giving Reiki to a dog, immediately the rest of them join us, lying down and absorbing that harmonious energy.

In this place, it would be rather difficult to take the dogs out of their “homes” to give them Reiki, so the session is made with our knees on the ground or on the place they sleep. Sometimes, with another animal hanged in our back.

However, despite these conditions, it is the most beautiful experience, where the hearts of two different species are connected with   Continue reading…

Reiki for a Newly Hatched Hawk

I went to the vet for the periodical vaccination for Kira. I could see that my vet was particularly tired, so I asked him if he was having a bad day and if there were any urgent cases he had to deal with. He said no, that he had a sleepless night as one of the hawks had just hatched and had no life signs.

Hawk newly hatched

My vet adores hawks and was very preoccupied as he didn’t know what to do. The hawk wasn’t eating nor drinking. So I asked him to send me the photo and said that I would work with Reiki for him.

My vet is still skeptical about Reiki, but the great thing about him is that he sent me the photo. I said I would start at 8pm, and I would contact him once I had finished. I connected with my guides, with   Continue reading…

Cleo’s Mutley Crew

Cleo’s Mutley Crew in Scotland is the latest member organisation of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. Founder Lynsey Murray, a Reiki practitioner and behaviourist, has been taking animal Reiki classes with me to learn some of the methods we use to offer Reiki to shelter animals and give much needed support to volunteers. In my role as a SARA Reiki teacher I offer charities and their staff free training in Reiki and meditation techniques to help support them in the amazing and selfless work that they do.

Cleo’s charity rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes dogs from across the UK, literally taking dogs from death row, a problem that is spiraling out of control with 3000 per month sentenced to death through no fault of their own. These intelligent beautiful animals are being euthanized simply for being born in the wrong circumstances – knowledge that Lynsey and her team (and of course   Continue reading…

Reiki and Animals Passing

Over the past couple of months I have been able to share the compassion of Reiki with animals and their guardians during the final stages of their life, each animal and situation was of course unique but they were all connected through their love for one another and the lives they had lived and shared together.

I am thankful that my heart was open as I remember very clearly how I felt at the passing of Lucky, our elderly rescue dog, who we were blessed to have in our lives for 6 amazing, truly happy and fun filled months and who made his journey over the bridge at the age of 14 in September 2013.

I am eternally grateful to Lucky for the laughter, joy and tears, he was a very special teacher giving me many gifts and enabling me to support other animals and their guardians with love and   Continue reading…

Offering Reiki to an Orang-utan on World Animal Reiki Day

On World Animal Reiki Day, I wanted to spend time with my son and to also offer Reiki to animals at Colchester Zoo in Essex UK. I arrived at the zoo on a cold wet windy day and in honesty it felt very bleak, the ground was very muddy and I thought that it was not such a good day to be outside in the elements. My son wanted to see everything, even at the age of 23, I could see how amazed he was at the wonderful collection of beautiful animals. Colchester Zoo spend a lot of time making sure that their animals are well looked after and cater for them to the highest standards. Each cage was immaculate, each run was clean and there were loads of zoo keepers milling around in the back ground. Mothers and toddlers gazed googly eyed at the animals through the glass and   Continue reading…

Demystifying Reiki at Animal Shelters – Why You Should Volunteer Today!

One of the most common responses I receive when mentioning I volunteer Animal Reiki at shelters is “I could never volunteer at a shelter, I would just feel too sad for all the animals.” Can you relate?

I hope to shift this perspective by providing a new one for you to consider. A viewpoint infused with gratitude and compassion for all those who make shelter operation possible, and of course for the precious animals who find themselves in a shelter through no fault of their own.

After 18 months of volunteering Reiki weekly at Cat Haven (in Perth, Western Australia) I now view shelters as beautiful havens for the rejuvenation and recovery of animals.

Just like you and I animals are all different. Where we find ourselves at this point in our life is unique to us, just like it is for each animal in a shelter.

Carolyn with   Continue reading…

Being ‘Present’ with Binky

Being Present

I have been very blessed to have been able to spend 5 days in Kathleen Prasad’s presence; her energy is so serene and grounded. I attended the 3 day workshop ‘Everything Animal Reiki’ and also the ‘Equine workshop’ at the beautiful Remus Horse Sanctuary in Essex UK. It was the most incredible experience, where I too was able to truly heal myself and to let go of some of my own issues. This was definitely an unexpected bonus and brought into my life much peace. Each time I have attended Kathleen’s class, I have always learnt something new. Each time I have learnt something that has strengthened my own Animal Reiki Practice. This time I learnt the lesson about ‘being present’.

Being ‘present’ seems such an easy thing to do but actually our brains are hot wired to process lots of information and often find it very difficult   Continue reading…