About Animal Reiki

As subtle as the Reiki energy is, animals will quickly notice Reiki energy if it’s nearby.


About Animal Reiki

What About Animals and Reiki?

As subtle as the Reiki energy is, animals are highly sensitive to their surroundings and they’ll quickly notice Reiki energy if it’s nearby.

Reiki is best offered, not given, so an animal may choose whether to accept this energy. We can show animals the same courtesy we people expect — to accept a Reiki session (or not).

Animals notice energy more easily than we do. We let them take charge of their own healing. Practitioners “ask” permission of an animal each time a session begins, and then a healing space is created by inducing the Reiki to flow. That’s it. That’s all we need to do during a treatment session.

And we don’t start off using hand positions with animals. We just sit or stand (in a dog kennel with a dog who likes to bounce, or in a pasture), and the animal can come up to us and let us know if they want hands-on (often they do). They are in charge of their treatment session, however they want it. They know better than we do what they need.

Does your pet want to snuggle during a treatment session? Or perhaps relax a few feet away? Under the sofa? The next room? At the other end of the pasture? How much Reiki is enough for your animal at any given time? 30 minutes? An hour? Your animal will take what she needs.


Lucky just got adopted! Here’s his first Reiki session.

Animal Reiki can also be offered over a distance. It works wonderfully for many shy or hesitant animals or when a personal visit isn’t possible. Often Reiki is offered to animals in a series of 3 or 4 treatment sessions, whether once a day or perhaps over a week’s time. When receiving a treatment over a distance,  animals may respond the same way  as an “in-person” session: relaxing, maybe falling asleep, getting up and moving around, all in the same session.

However the treatment session happens, the result is a more rested, more balanced animal, in mind, body, and spirit.


What About Reiki in Animal Shelters?

Oh, good, I’m glad you asked. This is a favorite topic of mine. Animal rescues and shelters are wonderful places to accept Reiki support, in person or from a distance. The practice of offering Reiki to shelter animals in a safe and noninvasive manner is catching on, one volunteer, one shelter at a time.

I volunteer each week at the Ulster County SPCA in Kingston, NY (all breeds of dogs and cats, plus bunnies and farm animals), and also occasionally at Animal Farm Foundation (pit bulls) in Dutchess County. Both shelters are located in upstate New York.

At AFF I usually sat with the dogs in their rooms if they (and the staff) are okay with that, or for shy or reactive dogs I sat on the other side of their kennel. Sometimes I sat 10 feet or more feet away, in a room full of kenneled dogs, all of whom receive the energy in the room. If they are open to a session with me in a their kennel (with staff permission always) I’ll sit, or sometimes stand, braced against the wall, since pit bulls are energetic and love to bounce!

When they settle down on their blankets or beds, they often doze off. If a dog is not interested in Reiki that day, no problem — same as for any person, “No Thanks” means “No Thanks.”

For a roomful of kenneled dogs, we’d begin the Reiki flow and then simply ask in our minds to the dogs, “Would you like some?” and we are quietly off and flowing together.

For cats in shelters, the setting could be an open adoption room with cats hanging out freely, or a room with cats in cages, and sometimes both.

The following photos are from the UCSPCA, and all were taken by Justin Schmidt.

The practitioner sits in meditation and the energy flows and fills the room. The cats are in charge of their treatment, and choose where they want to relax. They might take a short or long nap, and later maybe wake up and move around during the session. That’s perfectly normal; we call it “ebb and flow.” It does look different from the Reiki treatment sessions we people have, where we often lie on our backs on a table. With animals we get the energy flowing, and turn the whole session over to them. They know what they need.

Offering Reiki while on my lap, and to the caged cat next to me, in an adoption room.

Offering Reiki while on my lap, and to the caged cat next to me, in an adoption room.

Also I volunteer in the back rooms, such as the sick room at the UCSPCA. Here I don’t handle the cats so much, and they remain caged.

Reiki is completely hands-off in the Sick Room. Sometimes I am told a certain cat can be handled. In that case I put gloves on, and use the same cleanliness protocols as the staff.

Reiki is completely hands-off in the Sick Room. Sometimes I am told a certain cat can be handled. In that case I put gloves on, and use the same cleanliness protocols as the staff.

Reiki Training Rates

You can learn the basics of Reiki healing in a 1-day class. Be empowered to offer Reiki to anyone in your circle of family, friends and animals.

Animal Reiki follows the traditional Usui lineage and the principles established by Kathleen Prasad.
I teach Reiki Levels 1 and 2 (Level 3 is taught by Kathleen Prasad).
The certificates of completion for my classes are by the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA).

Animal Reiki class Level 1: $175
Animal Reiki class Level 2: $200

All prices include course manual and certificate.

Note to shelters, sanctuaries and rescues: All Reiki instruction is offered free of charge to staff. There may be a small fee requested to cover the cost of the manual.

Reiki Treatment Rates for Animals and/or People

Reiki treatment long distance 30 minutes: $40
Reiki treatment in person 60 minutes: $70
In-person rates exclusive of travel expenses.