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.

13 comments to Welcome to the Shelter Animal Reiki Association Community Blog

  • Gumi Bear

    Wonderful group! I do Reiki all my rescue doggies and kitties : )

    Thank you !

  • Thanks for starting this blog — I for one could sure use some more regular communication and encouragement on this subject. I’m looking forward to keeping up with the posts!

  • Dear SARA Team,

    Thanks for creating such a wonderful blog and support for people who are interested in looking after animals! Can’t wait to read all the blogs…



  • Christina Ishtar

    How wonderful to have a place to share our shelter experiences! It is so beneficial to feel connected to the energy of others doing this work. Thank you.

  • Ruth Janes-Allen

    So happy to have an outlet to share Reiki stories!! Thanks Kathleen!
    I volunteer at a local horse rescue, http://www.equinerescueassociation.org. They home approx 30 horses, I’ve been working with a couple of the most neglected horses that they have. Last week while working with one, he has had numerous knee surgeries and is in discomfort most days. It was a rainy day, so all the horses were in their stalls. Ringo accepted the Reiki energy so much, that when I was finished, he looked up at me and had a strand of drool about 10″ long hanging from his mouth!! Kind of amusing, but he was a very relaxed horse…I’d never seen a horse drool before!

    I will be working on a Belgian stallion tomorrow, the owner does logging with his team of Belgians. This is a new horse for him and he is in need of lots of training. I’ll post with the results.

    Have a blessed day!

  • I am so glad I found this blog. I think you have to experience working with shelter animals to understand how much Reiki can help them. Reiki helps with the adjustment to shelter life, working through illness and injuries and helping animals peacefully prepare to let go during the last stage of their lives. Last week was a difficult one at the shelter. Three of our cats that were terminally ill had to be euthanized. I was called to the shelter to help these sweet cats peacefully let go at the end of their lives. Working at the shelter can be an emotional roller coaster, and it’s not for everyone, but being able to give Reiki to the most deserving animals is a blessing.
    All the Best,

  • Nancy Kida

    I just had my first experience offering Reiki to horses at an equine rescue farm. It was amazing how they were attracted to me when I began flowing the Reiki. Some of them just hung around me soaking up whatever energy they could and others came and went. When they all had had their fill of the energy, they trotted off to romp in the pasture. I know that I received just as much as I gave. Can’t wait to go back!

  • Lynne Crowton

    This is wonderful Kathleen thanks so much for the support and information. I look forward to partnering with a shelter that would like to launch a formalized Reiki program.

    Until then…..I continue to go into the shelters and “just do my thing”…with the animals. They sure know what Reiki is, and I get such joy working with them :o)

  • Carole Baker, CRM

    The article in the Spring Reiki News sent me to SARA’s website. I celebrate the growing impact of your work. I plan to offer my services to the local humane shelter.

    I wanted to order the handbook from your site, but got a “Harmful Site” warning that the website you use has had harmful activities connected with its use.

  • Shanti

    Despite my life long devotion to animal rights I have never even thought it would have been possible to share the level of deep spiritual connection that I have experienced offering Reiki to shelter Animals. The stories are miraculous. I feel I am communicating trough Soul connection, merging in the species unity in harmony and joy. The little Creatures are so grateful for the healing and their love is the biggest gift I could receive. It is truly the most fulfilling experience in my life!

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  • Albert Butler

    we support for people who are interested in looking after animals! …Love Workshop are given by us Water Programming

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