How it all began

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is a private, charitable 501(c)(3) organization that provides “heaven on earth” for farm animals that have nowhere else to turn. Indraloka informs, inspires, and empowers the community, especially children, on how to better care for themselves and the environment while helping animals in need. The organization advocates for a compassionate lifestyle that protects animals, the earth and our own health.

Founded in 2005 by Indra Lahiri, Indraloka moved from its original 30 acres in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania to nearly 100 acres in Dalton, PA (conveniently located two-hours from both Philadelphia and New York, and only 15-minutes from Scranton) in the spring of 2020. Indraloka rescues and provides lifetime care for the most at-risk animals in the world – farm animals facing abuse, neglect, hoarding, and worse.

Indraloka, which means “Heaven for the Gods” in Sanskrit (an ancient Indian language), is accredited by both the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), earned in 2016, and the American Sanctuary Association (ASA), earned in 2018.  Indraloka also holds Guidestar’s coveted Platinum Seal for its commitment to financial integrity and transparency.

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is creating a kinder, more compassionate world through four key strategies:

  • Farm animal rescue, care, placement, and protection –  Indraloka has saved the lives of thousands of farm animals in dire need. Today, nearly 300 animals of 14 different species are thrilled to call Indraloka home.
  • Advocacy – Through art, stories, films, education, and speaking engagements, the sanctuary tells the animals’ stories and helps people to understand and respect them as individuals who matter. Indraloka reaches hundreds of thousands of people around the globe each year through events, education, speaking engagements, storytelling, and videos. The organization has garnered worldwide recognition, with followers on every continent and in over 100 countries.
  • Global Coalition of Farm Sanctuaries – Indraloka leads a global network of sanctuaries and offers support to help new or struggling sanctuaries succeed.
  • Hopeful Heroes Initiative – The sanctuary offers innovative and engaging educational opportunities for thousands of marginalized children and youth. Indraloka’s Hopeful Heroes Initiative provides learning opportunities in four focus areas.