Shelter Reiki


Sheryl is one of the founding members of the
Shelter Animal Reiki Association (S.A.R.A.).
This organization is dedicated to supporting
Reiki practitioners to initiate and implement
professional, effective and ethical Animal Reiki
programs in their local shelters.

This was the second time I visited the shelter to teach a Reiki 1 and Reiki For Animals class and I was greatly looking forward to this return trip. It had been two and a half years since my first trip there.

There were a total of nine students, two who are already Reiki Practitioners, but were re-taking the class. The others were all eager to learn Reiki, certainly for self-healing benefits, but more significantly, for working with the shelter animals. The staff and the volunteers at the Warwick Humane are all dedicated, caring people and it is wonderful that they are open to the holistic system of Reiki.

Since my last class, Reiki HAS been used in the shelter, but now, with additional people taking the class, the reach of this beautiful healing modality will be expanded.

The highlight of the day was when Suzyn, the President of the Humane Society came in with a list of very specific needy animals who could greatly benefit from the afternoon Reiki sessions and encouraged everyone to choose an animals or group of animals with which to work. This would be the first time that most would be offering Reiki to an animals.  So we all spread out through the shelter, letting the Reiki flow for the cats, dogs, bunnies and even a rooster and a duck!

I myself worked with a row of four dogs who were in indoor/outdoor kennels. I sat outdoors, on a nearby ledge outside their kennels. Though they were howling, breathing anxiously and running back and forth when I first met them, within 15 minutes of Reiki all of them were laying down, relaxed and three were actually taking peaceful naps.

When I went inside the cat area, I found a similar scene greeted me. There were four practitioners there, in varied enclosures with different cat populations, but the scene had gone from busy, anxious and pacing to calm and peacefulness with many kitties curled up fast asleep as they enjoyed the Reiki. 

After the sessions were over, we re-grouped and discussed everyone's experiences with the animals. All were so pleased and amazed at how well the sessions went and how well the animals responded to the offering of Reiki.

It was a wonderful day all around and it was very fulfilling to teach a SARA class at the shelter. I do know that many animals will greatly benefit as a result of this class and the newly-trained practitioners!


Reiki Training At An Animal Shelter

Warwick Valley Humane Society, August 2013

Reiki at Forgotten Friends of Long Island Animal Rescue

Sheryl is a Reiki volunteer with a local no-kill animal shelter who rescues some of the neediest cats and dogs, ones who may be overlooked by other rescues. That is because they may be injured, ill or very senior and need special care. Forgotten Friends gets them medical help and rehabilitates them, then finds loving homes for them.

Reiki with Blossom who chose to curl up in the lap for her session.

The shelter is filled with so many young ones during “kitten season.” Some kittens just like to sit in Sheryl’s lap and soak up the energy. Others like it from a distance.

Sheryl worked with Rocky for several months. He was rescued from a busy street by a the Dog Coordinator of Forgotten Friends and was brought to the rescue. It turned out that he was FELV positive so was kept in the Forgotten Friends office room, yet given much attention and love from volunteers. He enjoyed Sheryl’s Reiki visits immensely! He was adopted by a young couple who are volunteers for the rescue as they had fallen in love with him. He lived out the last few months of his life with so much love and affection in a home of his own!

The photo to the right is Rocky on his bed, very peaceful and relaxed toward the end of one of his sessions.

Jameson accepting some
hands-on energy.

Radar waiting for his Reiki session, curious about the energy.

Radar curling up, very peaceful after his session. He has since been adopted!