Welcome to the Shelter Animal Reiki Association Community Blog

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.

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…

All You Need Is Reiki … and A Little Dog Food

Two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers were wandering (scared and unapproachable) in my friend’s (Lynne’s) neighborhood for over ten days. She had been trying to befriend and catch them. Someone had obviously dumped them. One was dragging a leash and the other was dragging a short chain. Lynne had been leaving them food & water. They were pretty much staying in an elderly lady’s yard at the end of her dead end road and would run if you approached them.

Lynne called me Saturday, wanting to know if a stray-dog Reiki session would help catch them. I went over there Saturday evening and was sitting in the road “Being Reiki”. The one dog (later named Opal) started to act like she wanted to get closer to me. When I saw that Opal was responding to me, I also used some dog food to coax her. She didn’t get close enough that night.

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Moon Mama and Her Openness To True Healing

One of the incredibly brave and beauty full dogs at TOLFA, was Moon Mama, she had obviously had many litters of puppies and didn’t look very old herself, she was at TOLFA with wounds on her head, face and around one of her eyes and was being treated by the medical team. When I first saw her I had to take a deep breath and gently bring the precepts to mind.

Moon was a very shy girl and quiet and she would generally stay at the back of the kennel when we were working in her area, there was almost a sense that she wanted to disappear and not be seen at all. The inner pain she carried was easy to feel when I looked into her eyes and from that point I focused on her true beauty in every moment, seeing and sensing her being completely healed inside and   Continue reading…

The Presence of Life: Lessons from Magnificent Moses

Moses the mule, 39 years old, was strong and determined to carry on no matter what. But on June 30 Moses surrendered –it was time. His body was weak and tired, and ready to let go.

Moses was rescued four years ago by Suzi Cloutier, director of Zeb’s Wish Equine Sanctuary in Sandy, Oregon and brought to live at the sanctuary. There was much evidence that his life before the sanctuary had been really hard, and that he had suffered from years of abuse and neglect. His terror of being touched was enough to make him fall over shaking if there was no escape. During the past few months, as his body declined, his heart grew in strength, and this boy that lived so many years on sheer force of will, finally began to trust the people that loved him so much.

His transition was gentle and beautiful and he   Continue reading…

Offering Reiki to Cows

Chilli Recognising me after 2 years

It is impossible to sugar coat the lives of cows as they have one of the most difficult life spans to come to terms with. Either bred for meat or spending most of their adult life pregnant so they can produce milk for the nation. Then having their babies taken away from them not long after they are born, it is pretty heart breaking, I have to say. Their evolutionary path has been one of service to mankind and yet they get little reward for all that they do. Having worked with my twin sisters cows for a few years, I am very touched by their gentleness and openness in allowing me to offer Reiki to them.

This story starts a couple of years ago and shows that cows love Reiki and that they also do remember people. Two years ago my   Continue reading…