Media Kit | Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Media Kit

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Dalton, PA, USA.

The information below is intended for members of the media.

Sanctuary Fact Sheet

  • Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Indra Lahiri, Ph.D., in 2005. It provides lifelong care for the animals it rescues, rehabilitates and houses.
  • Indraloka focuses on helping animals who are in the most dire of circumstances—animals suffering from abuse, neglect, debilitating injuries and serious illness. 
  • Indraloka pioneers educational programs for children that integrate STEAM-based learning with teaching respect, compassion and acceptance of themselves and others. Classes also help children make the connection between their own health and wellbeing and that of the environment and animals. Children learn to work cooperatively and autonomously, which builds confidence and self-esteem.
  • As an ecological organization, Indraloka composts approximately 90% of its waste and recycles or reuses all other refuse.
  • As of April 2022, Indraloka is home to approximately 200 cows, horses, mules, alpacas, goats, sheep, farm pigs, mini-pigs, bunnies, cats, peafowl, guineafowl, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks and quail. Indraloka is a global leader in sanctuary practices.
  • 12 miles from downtown Scranton, PA, Indraloka spreads across 100 acres of bucolic meadows and wooded lands. It’s ecosystem includes ponds, streams and local fauna and flora.
  • Indraloka’s ongoing events include public tours, meet and greets with the animals, meditation and nature walks, plant-based lunches/dinners, movie nights, art for all ages classes, summer camps, family days and more. 
  • Indraloka employees 14 full-time and 4 part-time staff members.


  • Indraloka is 100% funded by the generosity of its donors. Donations range from $1 to hundreds of thousands of dollars from a single donor, and every amount makes an impact. Indraloka’s cause-marketing programs partner with various local businesses.
  • Indraloka’s annual budget is $1,300,000.


  • Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS)

The only globally-recognized organization that identifies and recognizes sanctuaries that meet rigorous standards for providing humane and responsible animal care, operations, administration and veterinary care.

  • Animal Sanctuary Association (ASA)

Accreditation given only to sanctuaries that achieve the highest ethical standards.

  • GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency


  • 333 Oak Drive, Dalton, PA 18414

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Indra Lahiri, PhD, Founder

Indra has rescued thousands of animals from dire circumstances around the world. She tells their stories in her writing and speaking and lives amongst them between her travels. In the course of her decades of learning from the animals, Indra founded Indraloka Animal Sanctuary (2005) and since 2014 has volunteered her time as a consultant, helping other sanctuaries succeed. She teaches, mentors, coaches and delivers keynote addresses to tens of thousands of people on a range of topics that are always, at their core, based on ethical leadership and compassion for all. Indra has keynote addressed numerous conferences globally. 

Indra’s award-winning blog chronicling sacred moments with rescued animals is followed by tens of thousands of readers on every continent. Indra is grateful to have the opportunity to dedicate her life to helping traumatized animals rediscover joy, love and trust.

Before devoting herself full-time to animal rescue, as the founder of Global Inclusion Strategies, Indra provided expert coaching and consulting on communicating across differences. She is the author of an academic book chapter, a critically-acclaimed manager’s guidebook, several research reports and numerous articles on cultural competence and leadership.

The sanctuary is not named after Indra, but rather she is named after the Hindu God Indra who created Indraloka (Sanskrit name for the heaven for the Gods).

Johnny Braz, Creative Director

Johnny is a documentary filmmaker, farm animal artist and yogi. He is also a visionary who helped design Indraloka’s current animal enclosures and every aspect of the sanctuary’s physical appearance. As Creative Director, Johnny creates film and still portraits that reveal his reverence for all life and the earth herself, telling the story of Indraloka’s many rescues through his photography and films, while overseeing the sanctuary’s aesthetics and functionality.

Johnny began his filmmaking career in 1996 working as a camera operator with Clint Eastwood on “The Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years.” In 2016, he completed “Truckin’; the Story of Eddie Traffic,” an uplifting glimpse into the unique bliss experienced by a pig named Eddie, who was rescued just hours before his slaughter. Other recent films include “Peace, Love & Animals,” a documentary that has been called “a lyrical message of hope,” premiering to rave reviews at the International Animal Rights Conference 2013 in Luxembourg and in Scranton. Johnny produces numerous short animal rescue films that have garnered a worldwide audience. He has also directed episodes of “Yoga Journeys,” a children’s program on PBS TV station WVIA.

Johnny holds a deep reverence for the earth. His years of experience designing and installing alternative energy systems for homes and businesses culminated in touring twice with Bonnie Raitt as her environmental spokesperson. As Indraloka’s Creative Director, Johnny is a teacher at heart. All of his work, whether mucking stalls, filming a rescue, feeding a once-traumatized chicken by hand or teaching others how to meditate, is mindful, kind and filled with lessons through example. Johnny is honored to put his skills to work raising awareness about animal sentience worldwide.

Robin Olson, Director of Development

Robin joined Indraloka in July of 2020. She has been raising funds professionally for 18 years. Prior to working at Indraloka, Robin has worked for several children’s charities including Junior Achievement and Make-A-Wish. She holds an Executive MBA from St. Joseph’s University, and two bachelor’s degrees from Saint Louis University as well as a certificate of Fundraising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Sarah Thornton, Director of Education

Sarah has been an Indraloka volunteer since 2014 and has served as Director of Education since 2018. As an educator, Sarah taught instrumental music to students in grades 5 through 12 and general music for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade, for a combined 20 years in the Sullivan County School District. She has also served as a youth sports instructor, a basketball coach for elementary school-aged students and junior high school girls, youth and adult running club coach, and a camp counselor and counselor supervisor. Sarah holds a BM in Music Education from Susquehanna University and an MM in Music Education from Ithaca College. Sarah is a free-spirit dedicated to instilling joy and kindness in those around her through mindful listening, energy healing, music and the power of unconditional love.

Leslie Interlandi, DVM, Director of Veterinary Care

Leslie joins Indraloka in June 2022 to spearhead the sanctuary’s new veterinary clinic. As a Shelter Medicine specialist, Leslie brings the ideal skillset to diagnose, treat and care for problems specific to shelter animals as well as experience in general veterinary medicine. Leslie also holds Fear Free Veterinary Certification, a methodology that enables vets to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in animal patients, making vet care safer and more enjoyable for all involved.

Leslie has performed a wide range of surgeries and procedures, including spays and neutering, hernia repairs, tooth extractions and limb amputations. She has experience in treating diverse pathologies and has worked with numerous species, including equines, cows, goats, sheep, fowl, pigs, dogs and cats. After more than 25 years in her first career as  a health analytics and marketing consultant, Leslie is now in a position to pursue her passion. Through practicing Shelter Medicine, Leslie is treating animals who have been abused, abandoned, injured and neglected—the animals who need her most.

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Meet the Animals


Snuffleupagus (Gus for short) is a Scottish Highlander who was part of a nearby herd, and she was about to be slaughtered. The farmer had gotten a gas lease, so he decided to get out of the farming business and send his whole herd off. We were able to negotiate to save just one cow from the whole herd, and we are quite grateful to have her.

When Gus first arrived at Indraloka several years ago, the farmer told us he had never touched her. She had been born on pasture and remained there with the herd, having little contact with humans. She was standoffish with us at first, but after about six months she began to relax and soon began coming to us for affection and attention.

Gus watches everything at the sanctuary underneath her shaggy bangs. She especially loves cats and spends quite a bit of time with two cats named Boo and Jinx.


Moksha, nicknamed “Mookie,” came to Indraloka after he was unknowingly born at a farm. He was found in a field after his mother had been sold to slaughter, so he was motherless, tiny, and very weak. Mookie was extremely thin and he was covered in bugs and sores along his spine. There was manure encrusted on Mookie’s behind, his skin was dry, and he had spots of missing fur. The farmers waited too long to start giving him a bottle of calf formula, so he wasn’t eating and was very malnourished.

Luckily, a concerned family member found out about Mookie’s condition just in time and she called for our help in making Mookie’s life better. After many phone calls, we finally convinced her that the best thing to do for Mookie would be to give him to us. 

He was taken under his wing by the resident matriarch at the time, Penny, who had a miraculous story of her own surrounding Mookie’s arrival! You can read more about their special relationship on Indraloka’s blog or by watching his rescue video below.

Mookie came out of his shell thanks to the love of Penny along with his dear goat friend, Lief, both of whom have since passed. Sometimes a fellow being’s purpose in life is to help you shine, and boy does Mookie shine!


Fancy was rescued from a “kill sale”– an auction where horses are sold for meat. At the time, she suffered chronic lameness and was extremely thin. Completely sound now, Fancy enjoys her retirement years lolling in the pasture, enjoying the sun and the sky and the stars. Fancy loves carrots and being scratched on the back, and she insists on licking the hands of her caretakers before she goes out into her pasture for the day. In her golden years, she has become a gentle, mellow horse and especially enjoys spending time with children. At 32, Fancy is the oldest animal at Indraloka for which we have with a documented age. She has been with Indraloka founder, Dr. Indra Lahiri, since 2003.


Mazor Ner Tamid (Hebrew for Healing Eternal Light), or “Mazzie” for short, was rescued from an extreme case of cruelty and neglect by Humane Law Enforcement. He was brought to Indraloka with six other animals- four turkeys and two goats, all of whom had been living in deplorable conditions: unsafe, unsanitary, and without proper medical care. It appeared that Mazzie had suffered some sort of trauma to his back that left his spine deformed, causing partial paralysis. Because of this, he was only able to move on three legs and was barely able to move around on his own. At the time of his rescue, he couldn’t even evacuate waste without our help.

We kept a close eye on him. We nursed him to health as he slowly came to trust us, and with proper medication, physical therapy, and a whole lot of love, he began to improve immensely. He was offered a wheelchair, however, he eventually gained so much strength that he was able to move around more easily without it!

These days, Mazzie spends his days with his best friend Chandra, and he spends most of his days rooting in the sun, and yes, walking around on his own!


Beautiful Sunita escaped from a dire situation and was on the run for many weeks fighting for survival.

A local Humane Law Enforcement Officer worked tirelessly to gain her trust so that she could live a peaceful life here at the sanctuary and after many weeks of Sunita living on the side of the interstate and fending for herself, the officer was able to bring this clever and determined girl to the sanctuary.

Sunita was, understandably, very nervous when she arrived, but she quickly learned that we are her friends and that she is safe here. Sunita loves finding cozy, warm places to sleep, and enjoys fresh produce treats.

Patricia Marie

Patricia Marie joined the Indraloka family in November of 2019. She was rescued with her two sisters LaVerne and Maxene from a hoarding situation. The three were named after the Andrews Sisters of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” fame.

When they were first rescued and brought home to Indraloka, they were very sick with a respiratory infection. They were also underweight and malnourished. But with a lot of loving care and delicious, healthy food, they made a full recovery and were finally able to live their lives comfortably, happily, and at peace.

Patricia is a beautiful turkey. She is also brave, inquisitive, and loyal to her friends. You will find her the first to investigate any work being done or treats being handed out! Patricia and all her feathered friends can’t wait to see the new place in Dalton!


In a last-ditch effort, Dominic escaped from slaughter transport and evaded the humans around him to hide himself, trembling, in a pile of hay. He was found by a kind woman from Omega Horse Rescue, who begged the “kill buyer” to spare his life. Dominic was granted 24 hours grace in which his rescuer must find him sanctuary.

After many calls to several sanctuaries, and with a team of compassionate humans from New York to Canada working to find him safety, Dominic found his home at Indraloka. When Dominic arrived, he leaped from the transport truck yet again and rushed into his quarantine stall. He enjoyed a fresh salad and greeted everyone with a sniff and a smile.

Dominic now lives with Miss Lily Pie, Eddie Traffic and Jeremiah. A truly a silly pig, he has learned a few bad manners from Lily, namely screaming for his breakfast and dinner with no apologies. However, his very favorite time is when he receives treats and produce. Dominic loves to grab his favorite foods from the pile and take them around in his mouth, with his head tilted upwards, making sure he shows everyone what he has!

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Why Do Farm Animals Need Sanctuary?

  • Most animals reach Indraloka via Humane Police Officers who have seized them through court orders after the animals have experienced abuse or extreme neglect.
  • Some animals are rescued from hoarding situations when the guardians have neither the space, nor the mental health, nor the experience to care for farm animals.
  • Some animals escape live markets or fall or jump from trucks headed to slaughter.
  • Some animals escape from factory farms and are found wandering country roads or hiding in the woods.
  • Rescues and shelters for dogs and cats abound throughout the US. Farmed animals in need are often left for dead or euthanized because there is nowhere for them to go.
  • 99% of farm animals in the US are raised in factory farms.
  • Approximately 25 million farm animals are slaughtered each day in the US.
  • Studies show that farming and ranching are responsible for 68% of all species endangerment in the US.
  • About 9%—more than 850 million—of the animals reared for food in the US each year never make it to slaughter because they have already died from a stress-induced disease or injury.
  • Nearly 10 billion farm animals were slaughtered in the US in 2021.
  • Most animals reared for meat on factory farms are slaughtered while less than one year old.
  • 94% of Americans agree that animals raised for food deserve to live free from abuse and cruelty. Yet 99% of the nearly 10 billion land-based animals, plus countless more aquatic animals, farmed for food each year in the U.S. live in unacceptable conditions that do not align with consumers’ stated values.
  • Improperly maintained farms can be breeding grounds for Salmonella, E. coli and other pathogens that can be passed to humans through meat, dairy and eggs, and through person-to-person contact.
  • Farm animals are typically fed large doses of antibiotics to offset disease. But bacteria is constantly adapting and evolving. Misuse, overuse and dependence on antibiotics in the food system creates the potential for dangerous, drug-resistant strains of bacteria to develop and spread among people and animals.
  • Waste from factory farms pollutes the water, land and air in neighboring communities, compromising both human health and environmental integrity. 
  • Factory farms consume massive quantities of finite resources, including water and fossil fuels, while releasing a number of harmful emissions.
  • Industrial animal agriculture generates more greenhouse gasses than all the world’s transportation combined and emits more than 400 types of toxic gas.

Source: ASPCA, “The Problem with Factory Farming”

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Animal Care Costs

Annual Cost of Care* by Species

Cats: $2,530
Chickens & Turkeys: $1,705
Cows: $5,070
Ducks: $600
Geese: $870
Sheep & Goats: $4,995
Equines: $11,450
Pigs: $4,820
Peafowl & Quail: $760

*Additional expenses outside the scope of ordinary care include cost of rescue, emergency care for illness/injury, palliative care and euthanasia when necessary for compassionate end of life. Those costs are not included here.

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Hopeful Heroes

Onsite and Remote
Offering innovative and engaging educational opportunities for children and teens of all ages and abilities.. The Hopeful Heroes Initiative provides learning opportunities in 4 focus areas:
Academics Outside the Classroom. STEAM learning in a fun and engaging setting helps children relax, acquire skills faster and improve academic performance.
Life Skills & Special Needs. Many youth visitors have special needs and/or could benefit from additional support in developing life skills. We offer a variety of customizable opportunities for students who need a little extra care and a more personal approach to learning.
Emotional Support. Partnering with child psychologists and emotional care organizations, this program offers therapists the opportunity to bring their clients to the sanctuary and spend time with the animals as part of the healing journey. Therapists report that children open up better and are able to begin healing more readily when they are around rescued animals with whom they often identify.
At-Risk Populations. Hopeful Heroes presents opportunities to low income and at-risk teens, many of whom are homeless, in the areas of art, music, technology and physical activity—subjects that have been reduced or entirely removed from their schools. The inclusive setting also teaches compassion, kindness and self-awareness.

Literacy Initiative

Onsite and Remote

  • First Saturday of the month. Participants bring a book to read to an animal or participate by listening to stories and/or bringing a book for someone else to read.
  • Second Saturday of the month. Age- and reading level-appropriate activities, including practicing the alphabet, writing letters, poetry, self-reflection/journaling, story writing and storytelling.

Customized Programs, Sanctuary Tours, Virtual Field Trips

Onsite, Offsite and Remote

Certified teacher volunteers work with the Director of Education and parents of students—from elementary through college levels—and educators to create curricula that can be completed with the animals. For example, learning math by using formulas to calculate animals’ body weights.

  • Particularly effective in reaching students with learning disabilities or other special needs and helping build their confidence.
  • Student groups and clubs with members ranging from ages 12-17 work on volunteer projects with their ecology, animal welfare, girl scout, boy scout and other student clubs.
  • Workshops for how to deal with bullying, nutrition, self-care, organic gardening, building self-esteem and more. 
  • School visits to share sanctuary and animal stories and help teach about environmental issues are also available.
  • Field Trips and Virtual Field Trips.
  • Particularly effective in reaching students with learning disabilities or other special needs and helping build their confidence.
  • Student groups and clubs with members ranging from ages 12-17 work on volunteer projects with their ecology, animal welfare, girl scout, boy scout and other student clubs.
  • Workshops for how to deal with bullying, nutrition, self-care, organic gardening, building self-esteem and more. 
  • School visits to share sanctuary and animal stories and help teach about environmental issues are also available.
  • Field Trips and Virtual Field Trips.

Indraloka’s Education Philosophy

  • Relationships with rescued animals help students develop empathy and compassion.
  • Reading with and to the animals reinforces literacy.
  • Exploring creative writing, visual arts, singing and musical instruments, both alone and with peers, in a safe and nurturing environment promotes critical thinking and enhances creativity.
  • Working with others at the sanctuary develops healthy forms of self-expression, creative outlets and coping strategies.
  • Exploring STEAM-related subject matter in a relaxed environment develops better problem-solving skills, enhancing ingenuity and encouraging hands-on active learning.
  • Physical activity and social sciences are imperative for a healthy child.
  • Technology is a great gift when used appropriately and creatively.
  • Students who take ownership of their academics experience greater learning satisfaction through opportunities for student-driven research.
  • Hands-on cooperative learning teaches children how to work with others and negotiate differences with kindness and healthy boundaries.

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Selected Sanctuary-Sponsored Events

Throughout the year, Indraloka sponsors fun, educational and restorative events for children and adults. Events are added frequently. Please visit our Events page for more information.


Indraloka’s largest fundraising event of the year. Guests enjoy a heartwarming ceremony where they surprise the turkeys and other birds of Indraloka with a Thanksgiving feast—cranberries, raw pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, spinach salad, blueberries and other healthy and delicious treats—created especially for them. Afterwards, guests enjoy a catered scrumptious, seasonal, plant-based meal, live music, raffles, silent auction and more.

Drop-In Days

These events take place on school holidays and offer an alternative for parents who are looking for a wonderful way for their children to spend the day.

Nurture & Nourish Series

Events held throughout the year—Sheep Shnugglin, Grateful Goats, Pumpkins for Pigs—that allow for a personal experience of the animals. 

Earth Camps 

5-day summer camps for kids ages 5-14 to enjoy a full days of outdoor adventures, time with the animals, music, storytelling, art, crafts, puzzles, games and so much more creative, playful, nature- and compassion-based fun. Themes include “Hopeful Heroes are Superheroes”; “Rock Stars Moo-vin’ and Groovin’” (music of every genre, rock art, drum circles, freeze dance, live guest performers, lip sync battles and a recital for the animals); and “Mystery, or Is It My Story” (games of mystery and the art of storytelling). Themed weeks provide structure and activities tailored to each theme. No music or storytelling experience necessary.

Public Tours

90-minute tour of the sanctuary and introductions to the beloved animals.

Intuitive Arts Classes

For children and adults of all ages, these 60-minute fun classes are held at the Art Barn. Each session is geared towards a specific area in the arts and includes a mix of structured and unstructured activities.

April Earth Day Events

Indraloka celebrates the natural beauty of Northeast Pennsylvania with annual Earth Day public events.

Halloween Event 

Knock on all the barn doors and hand out treats on this sanctuary tour that also features a scenic hayride. Costumes encouraged but not required.

Caroling and Cow Birthday Bash

Participants serenade the animals with secular winter carols while touring the sanctuary, decorate cow “birthday cakes,” and sing Happy Birthday to the four birthday cows who turn 5 in December of 2022. This non-religious event also features decorating a Gratitude Tree.

Cow Contemplation

Photograph, draw, write and/or sculpt, drawing upon the cows for inspiration.

From Mud to Lotus

Held annually, this day is dedicated to exploring creativity and inspiration through a variety of fun and spirituality-based activities.

Equinox and Solstice Celebration Events

Intention setting, meditative walks, time with the animals. Each new season is celebrated for its gifts. 

Children’s Acting and Theatre Creation

Two-part class focused on learning about acting and playmaking through theatre games, improvisation, storytelling, character creation and more.

Gebiya Sacred Drum Circle

Drumming can help release tension, dispel stress and aggressive feelings and restore energy, while helping forge a deeper connection to Mother Earth. 

Reiki for Animals Level 1&2 Certification Program

Reiki is a spiritual practice that promotes healing on many levels, and also helps with stress reduction and relaxation.

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Indraloka partners with community organizations, educators, health care providers and other nonprofits to present programs and events that serve children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Michaela Moore

Presenting theater workshops for special needs children, ages 6-12. Children learn and create in a safe environment, free of judgment and competition, and perform for supportive audiences of educators and farm animals.

Catholic Social Services and the University of Scranton

Participants tour the sanctuary, visit with the animals and learn about the environment.

NEPA Youth Shelter

For teens, ages 14 through high school graduation. STEAM learning classes and safe-space bonding experiences designed to empower young people who are affected by homelessness.

Christopher Gebiya

Creating drum circles that help create community within the natural beauty of the sanctuary.

The Wright Center for Community Health

Hosting events that help health care workers enjoy a fun and relaxing environment.

Anthony Wojnar

Presenting Reiki classes to help harness the body’s natural ability to support its own healing processes.

Pennsylvania Distance Learning

Virtual field trips and classroom activities.

Ryan’s Case for Smiles

Bringing virtual visits from the sanctuary’s farm animals to children who are hospitalized for cancer treatment and other life-changing illness.

Nativity Miguel School

Hosting field trips.

Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)

Providing healing space for the therapists and support staff of CAC to help in dealing with intense workloads that often address abuse and other difficult topics. Engaging the animals to work with youth clients, many of whom exhibit anger, to teach them ways to be gentle and kind to others and themselves while processing their their distressing circumstances.

Count-Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)

Providing safe, fun space for youth and their advocates to bond, learn and heal in the company of rescued farm animals who have also overcome abuse and learned to trust again.

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Media Kit

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October 24, 2023

Party like a Flock Star with Indraloka Animal Sanctuary!

There’ll Be MOO-sic Everywhere on ThanksLiving, Nov. 4, 2023, 11 am–4 pm

Dalton, Penn. — One of NEPA’s most popular autumn events — ThanksLiving — will be held at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton, PA, on Saturday, November 4th. Kicking off at 11 am, the festivities include live music by The Hot Club of Scranton, fine dining catered by Parlor City Vegan, sanctuary tour, auctions, raffles and more. The highlight of the day is the Feast for the Birds, when the sanctuary’s flocks of turkeys, chickens and ducks — surrounded by hay bales where children and adults of all ages perch — enjoy a banquet of their favorite foods. 

Hosted by media personalities Mark Hiller, Paola Giangiacomo and Lucy Noland, ThanksLiving celebrates wholesome fun and the beauty of life. 

“ThanksLiving is in its 11th year and this year is the biggest celebration yet. Because of the increased interest, we’ve added a new $15,000 sponsorship opportunity for

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October 18, 2023

Fall Fun: Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Announces Autumn Events

Dalton, Penn. — Autumn events at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton, PA, offer an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of Northeast Pennsylvania while getting to know some of the wonderful beloved animals who call Indraloka home.

On Saturday, October 21st, join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Pumpkins for Pigs!

One of our most popular shindigs of the year for both humans and pigs, this event includes a plant-based meal and tour of the sanctuary with plenty of time smashing pumpkins for . . . you guessed it — the pigs! Cost is $30 per person.

October Youth Art takes place on Tuesday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to noon.

Designed to offer freedom of expression, this $5-per-person art studio helps children — and adults — connect to their inner artist.

Halloween Storytime with the Animals

includes Halloween music and dancing. Costumes are encouraged! Join Sandy the alpaca, Marble the sheep, Eve the pig, and all of their friends for a spooky (but fun!) read-aloud-storytime circle. Storytime takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on October 27th and October 31st. Cost is $5 per person.

On Saturday, November 4th, Indraloka hosts its 12th Annual ThanksLiving Celebration!

This spectacular sell-out event, which honors life, has just a few seats still available. Join us for the “Feast for the Birds,” live music, sanctuary tour featuring time with the animals, a lavish plant-based Thanksgiving meal catered by Parlor City Vegan, auction, raffles, and so much more! Music is by The Hot Club of Scranton.

“We host a wide range of events year round. There really is something for everyone at Indraloka,” Indra Lahiri, PhD, founder of Indraloka, says. “We invite everyone in our kind and beautiful NEPA community to…

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October 9, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary and Scranton Area Community Foundation Present Round Table & Breakfast: Building a Trauma-Informed and Resilient Culture

Dalton, Penn. — Organizational Psychologist and Indraloka Animal Sanctuary founder Indra Lahiri, PhD, and the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence are hosting round table sessions focused on “Building a Trauma-Informed and Resilient Culture” to address mental health issues in the workplace. There are two opportunities to participate in this important discussion. A virtual version will be held on October 11th, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. And an in-person version at the Sanctuary (336 Oak Drive, Dalton, PA) will take place on October 18th from 8 to 10 a.m. and include a continental breakfast. There is no cost to attend.

Capping off the event is a tour of the sanctuary with time for pampering Indraloka’s precious pigs and snuggling with the sanctuary’s sweet goats.

This special event features an interactive cooking demonstration and brunch by Donna Vannan, owner of Maximum Zen in Clarks Summit and a chance to meet with resident physicians from The Wright Center.

“Being trauma-informed means understanding the signs and symptoms of trauma in staff, clients, stakeholders, and others. As organization leaders, once we understand, we can then actively resist retraumatizing others, while actively encouraging healthy self care. We can also develop policies, practices, and procedures that fully integrate knowledge about trauma, how to address it, and how to build resilience,” Dr. Lahiri says.

During the round tables, organizational leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities they face in building…

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September 27, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Teams with Wright Center and Abington Community Library for
“Fall Into Your Healthiest Self” on Saturday, October 7th

Dalton, Penn. — Autumn in Northeastern Pennsylvania is beautiful and even more so when it’s spent outdoors amid the greenery changing to gold and amber, auburn and burgundy. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton is the ideal setting for experiencing autumn’s sublime majesty and there is no better reason to gather than to celebrate healthy living. Join Indraloka, The Wright
Center for Graduate Medical Education and the Abington Community Library for “Fall Into Your Healthiest Self” on Saturday, October 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $30 per person. Space is limited and scholarships are available at the Abington Community Library.

This special event features an interactive cooking demonstration and brunch by Donna Vannan, owner of Maximum Zen in Clarks Summit and a chance to meet with resident physicians from The Wright Center.

Capping off the event is a tour of the sanctuary with time for pampering Indraloka’s precious pigs and snuggling with the sanctuary’s sweet goats.

“We get many requests for cooking tips and recipes for healthy, plant-based meals, so we’ve wanted to host this kind of event for a long time,” Indraloka founder Indra Lahiri, PhD, says. “The Wright Center and the Abington Community Library are the perfect partners for creating an event
that focuses not only on food, but other healthy practices. The timing could not be better.”

The Old Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a seasonably cold and snowy winter for…

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August 10, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton Sponsoring Goat Games Event

Saturday, August 12th, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Dalton, Penn. — Goat Games 2023 is a family-friendly event offering children and adults of all ages a chance to connect with the beauty of nature and bond with Indraloka’s herd of adorable,
friendly, gentle goats from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 12th.

Seventeen animal sanctuaries across the country participate in Goat Games.

The FUNdraiser receives matching gifts from organizations and generous donors dedicated to helping save all
animals from cruelty, neglect and illness.

Indraloka’s goal of raising $15,000 will go towards the $85,000 annual cost of caring for the sanctuary’s goats.

This year, Indraloka is hosting an onsite event. Attendees will receive a swag bag worth $20 and get to spend plenty of time cuddling, feeding and running with Indraloka’s gorgeous goats. For every $25 donated, people are automatically entered into a raffle drawing for a piece of original
goat-themed art created by local artists.

“This is a really unique event—different from anything else we’ve done. While most of our tours and events offer visitors the opportunity to enter the animals’ enclosures, this event will be the reverse. Our most outgoing (and well-behaved) goats will be invited to roam the sanctuary with visitors. This interaction will be our most intimate yet.” Indraloka founder Indra Lahiri says. “Goats are extremely social animals. They love…

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August 8, 2023

Indraloka Joins Animal Sanctuaries Nationwide in Goat Games FUNd-raiser!

Onsite event in Dalton on Saturday, August 12th, with virtual events throughout the week

Dalton, Penn. — Michael. LeBron. Serena. Oreo. The GOAT needs no last name. At Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton, PA, a whole herd of GOATS—including Oreo, team captain Ramona and Captain Emeriti Franklin and Mira—is taking part in the greatest athletic event of the year (for farmed animal sanctuaries). Think Olympics, World Cup and Super Bowl rolled into one! Except with goats. Also, tee-shirts, gift bags and plenty of time to enjoy the natural beauty of Northeast Pennsylvania. We’re talking Goat Games 2023

“How to describe Goat Games? How can anyone put into words the most exciting week in sports for goats? Let’s just say it’s a lot of fun and an opportunity for everyone to get involved with helping save animals’ lives,” Indraloka founder Indra Lahiri, PhD, says.

Seventeen animal sanctuaries across the country participate in Goat Games.

The FUNdraiser receives matching gifts from organizations and generous donors dedicated to helping save all animals from cruelty, neglect and illness. Indraloka’s goal of raising $15,000 will go towards the $85,000 annual cost of caring for the sanctuary’s goats.

The weeklong event launches on Monday, August 7, and ends on Sunday, August 13, with an onsite event at the Sanctuary on Saturday, August 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The first 40 people to register for the in person event will receive a swag bag worth $20. Attendees will get to spend plenty of time cuddling, feeding and running with Indraloka’s gentle goats. For every $25 donated…

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July 28, 2023

Scranton Area Community Foundation Grant Funds Low Cost Day Camps at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Dalton, Penn. — When Indraloka Animal Sanctuary founder Indra Lahiri, PhD, hired full-time Director of Education, Sarah Thornton, it was an act of faith. The Sanctuary had expanded from 35 acres in Mehoopany to 100 acres in Dalton and had begun welcoming children’s groups to its programs that incorporate farmed animals in a new context, by combining kindness and compassion with outdoor activity that is free of electronics. Then the pandemic hit. Indraloka pivoted to virtual field trips; children worldwide “visited” the sanctuary. But the healthy goodness and beauty of Indraloka are best experienced in person.

And thanks to a generous Community Needs grant from the Scranton Area Community Foundation, more children than ever are enjoying weeklong summer camps, daylong events, storytelling, art and music making, and fun educational activities at Indraloka.

“It’s extremely rewarding to see the vision we’ve held for Indraloka gain momentum. We’ve been able to increase the amount of programs, camps, tours, and events we host every year. Because of the generous support of the Scranton Area Community Foundation, our dream of offering every child who wants to come to Indraloka the opportunity to attend camp is becoming a reality,” Dr. Lahiri says.

An $8,000 Community Needs grant from the Foundation is helping keep registration fees low for upcoming events, including August’s “Earth Camp: Water Week,” which will take place from August 7 through August 11. Cost for the entire week, which includes a delicious, healthy lunch and snacks, is $150. Scholarships are available based on need. On August 15th, the daylong “Happy, Healthy, Hopeful Heroes,” which is geared for middle school-aged kids, will focus on human-animal connections, social and emotional wellness, and healthy self-expression. The cost is $30.

“My son LOVED camp at Indraloka.  He came home happy and was excited to go each morning.  It was a great week!”  one parent said…

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July 13, 2023

Scranton Area Community Foundation Grant Funds Security System at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Cameras and Perimeter Fencing Help Stop Animal Abandonment and Keep Animals Safe

Dalton, Penn. — Last May, the staff of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary arrived at the sanctuary’s onsite vet clinic and found two baby chicks who had been left in a box overnight. It was not the first time Indraloka founder Indra Lahiri, PhD, discovered animals abandoned at the sanctuary. Over the years, people have dropped off dozens of cats, kittens, bunnies, and other small animals. But thanks to a new security system purchased with a $7,000 Critical Needs grant from the Scranton Area Community Foundation, this time cameras caught the culprits abandoning the tiny defenseless birds.

“Dumping animals is illegal. Not only that, it’s dangerous. It was still cold in early May and the little chicks were left outside, exposed to the elements. Also, any bird could be carrying avian flu, which would put the lives of all of our other birds at risk,” Dr. Lahiri explains.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation grant enabled Indraloka to install cameras that monitor the sanctuary grounds 24/7.

Indraloka also increased perimeter fencing, which helps keep the animals safe from wildlife and other potential threats. Signage at the sanctuary’s entrance and a page on the website (insert link) helps people who need to relinquish an animal—scanning a QR code leads to information on how to surrender animals safely and legally.

“We do our best to help place every animal in the right sanctuary or rescue,” Dr. Lahiri says. Anyone who wants to get involved in caring for farm animals or is considering…

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June 8, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Founder Indra Lahiri to Present at Philly VegFest this Saturday

Dalton, Penn. — Bucks County native Indra Lahiri, PhD, a trailblazer in the farmed animal sanctuary field, will speak at Philly VegFest this Saturday, June 10th.

In addition to establishing Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in 2005, Dr. Lahiri has 20 years of experience practicing organizational psychology. At Indraloka, Dr. Lahiri draws on her own background— professionally and personally—to spearhead programs that help people heal from the trauma of abuse and neglect.

“When people visit Indraloka and hear the stories of our beloved animals’ suffering before their rescue—we’re never graphic, but we do tell the truth—they learn something about themselves. Perhaps they’ve suffered abuse or perhaps they’ve been an abuser. When they see the animals overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds and thriving, they start to believe that grace is possible for them too,” Dr. Lahiri explains. “The animals teach us that trauma is not the end of the story. It’s just the middle or, maybe, the beginning. We are more than our scars.”

EPhiladelphia VegFest, a celebration of life and the vegan lifestyle, promotes compassionate, sustainable, healthy living.

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June 1, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary’s Offers FREE Open Tours for NEPA Gives

Dalton, Penn. — Goats and sheep and cows! Oh my! Indraloka Animal Sanctuary of Dalton, PA, one of the most respected farm animal sanctuaries in the country, is open for free self-guided tours on NEPA Gives Day, June 2nd from noon. to 5 p.m.

Everyone is invited to come out and meet our beautiful, gentle farm animals.

A guided tour led by the sanctuary’s founder and including lots of behind the scenes glimpses of the animals’ lives begins at 10 a.m. on June 2nd costs $15, and requires advance registration on the website. Please wear waterproof shoes or boots to the sanctuary.

“The animals love NEPA Gives days. We hold a lot of events year-round and most of the animal-people are used to being with human-people and, of course, they love visitors. And, they are especially excited to meet new friends!” says Indraloka founder Indra Lahiri, PhD.

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May 10, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary’s Affordable Summer Camps — Animals, Arts & Outdoor Fun for Children & Teens of All Ages

Dalton, PA — Indraloka’s affordable summer camps are ideal for kids who enjoy spending time with animals, making music and art, singing, dancing, romping and relaxing in a beautiful setting. Weeklong camps are tailored by age group and interests. Every activity is grounded in Indraloka’s guiding principles of compassion, empathy, kindness and love.

Weeklong camps cost $150. Indraloka offers need-based scholarships.

Spaces are limited and filling up quickly. Camp dates and themes are on the Indraloka website under Events. Each camp was designed by Indraloka’s Director of Education Sarah Thornton, MM, whose career includes…

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May 4, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Rescues 12 Birds from Cockfighting Ring and Backyard Breeders

Dalton, Penn. — When Dr. Leslie Interlandi, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary’s full-time veterinarian and head of the NEPA Rescue Animal Clinic, arrived for work before dawn on May 1st, she noticed the plastic container in front of the clinic’s door. Her first thought was that a generous donor dropped off cat food (Indraloka is home to nearly 40 cats). But as she approached, she heard peeps coming through holes punched in the container and realized what had happened.

Someone had abandoned tiny chicks.

It was not yet 6 a.m. and already it had been a busy day. Ryan Wenck, Indraloka’s Animal Caregiver Manager, was on his way back from picking up six hens and three roosters rescued from a cockfighting ring and a lone turkey abandoned after his backyard breeder moved.

In ONE DAY, Indraloka took in 12 birds, all of whom require serious medical attention. The cost of caring for these precious birds will amount to $10,000 each over the next five years.

“So many of our rescues are the result of well-intentioned people getting in over their heads,” Indra Lahiri, PhD, Indraloka founder, says. “They think caring for farm animals is not much different than caring for their dogs or cats. But farm animals have been selectively bred with the intention of sending them to slaughter when they are still young. Because of this they need…

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April 10, 2023

HBO’s “Succession” Star James Cromwell Helps Place Rescued Piglet at
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Dalton, Penn. — Indraloka Animal Sanctuary of Dalton, PA, just deepened NEPA’s Hollywood connection. HBO Succession star James Cromwell, who is a devoted animal advocate, has placed a newborn piglet he helped rescue with NEPA’s Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. Cromwell, who also starred in the film Babe, has named the newborn — what else! — Babe!

“Witnessing and experiencing pigs’ intelligence and inquisitive personalities while filming Babe changed my life and way of eating. I jumped at the chance to save this real-life Babe,” Cromwell said in a statement.

Cromwell says he’s looking forward to meeting Babe and all the other animals at Indraloka.

Newborn pigs, like all infants, need round-the-clock care. For the first few weeks after Babe’s arrival, he will live with Indraloka founder Indra Lahiri, PhD, where he will be bottle-fed and tended to 24/7…

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March 23, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Introduces
March Gladness Events!

Everyone’s a winner during March Gladness at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton, PA. There is no better place in Northeast Pennsylvania to celebrate the joy of spring than at a beautiful farm sanctuary amid nearly 200 wonderful, gentle animals.

Our family-friendly, fun events are held throughout the week during March and April:

  • Grover’s Bunny Games,
  • Music Mondays,
  • Youth Volunteer Days
  • Storytime with the Animals
  • Reading to the Animals

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March 1, 2023

NEPA Rescue Vet Clinic to Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

At Indraloka Animal Sanctuary on Thursday, March 2nd, at 5 p.m.

Funded in part by  $190,000 in total grants from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, the NEPA Rescue Veterinary Clinic at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by officers of the Scranton Area Foundation on Thursday, March 2nd, at 5:00 p.m.

This event, which is open to all members of the media, offers journalists the opportunity to tour the new facility and to learn more about this groundbreaking vet clinic, the only one of its kind in the area. This is a story of hope and healing.

Spearheaded by Leslie Interlandi, DVM, a rescue medicine specialist and resident veterinarian at Indraloka, the NEPA Rescue Veterinary Clinic provides low-cost vet services to animals under the care of shelters that are part of the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative, including Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Northeast PA Pet Fund and Rescue, Adopt a Boxer, Quigley’s Shelter Pets and others. While the clinic is not open to the public, it will reduce the burden on all local veterinary practices. Several dogs and cats rescued by Griffin Pond Animal Shelter and Adopt a Boxer have already been treated at the clinic and Dr. Interlandi visits Griffin Pond Animal Shelter weekly to provide vet care.

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February 27, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Offering Summer Camp Scholarships for Its 2023 Weeklong and 1-Day Programs

Summer camps provide far more than fun for children. Camps can help kids develop independence and life skills necessary for becoming successful adults. At camp, kids discover the joys of unplugging from technology. Studies show that kids who attend summer camp are happier and healthier than those who don’t.

To help make its three weeklong and three one-day summer camps available to all area children and teens, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary of Dalton, PA, is offering scholarships for families who need help with the cost of camp.

“No child should miss out on summer camp fun because of financial hardship,” says Indra Lahiri, PhD, founder of Indraloka.

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February 24, 2023

Rescued Sheep at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Make Desperate Plea:

Can Ewe Help Us Out?

Ordinarily sheepish, two ewes at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Northeastern Pennsylvania are creating quite a stir. Rescued by humane police and removed from deplorable conditions, the emaciated, pregnant sheep arrived at Indraloka where they were immediately accepted into the flock and able to enjoy unlimited hay, squash, carrots and other goodies. Things took a bad turn, however, when the ewes realized they are the only sanctuary animals who do not have names.

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February 8, 2023

Everyone Has a Valentine at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Join Us on February 14th to Celebrate Love with the Animals

Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. It’s a day for all to celebrate the gift of giving and receiving love. The animals of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, 336 Oak Drive in Dalton, PA, invite everyone to their February 14th Happy Heart celebration. Because of the mild temperatures forecasted for next week, the animals are looking forward to their best Valentine’s Day yet! Warm winter weather and farm animals go together like horses and hay, like goats and playfulness, like strawberries and chocolate.

This Happy Heart event is for singles, couples, families and friends—anyone who wants to celebrate the day of love surrounded by loving, gentle, beautiful animals. It includes touring the sanctuary, tucking the beloved animals into bed, and gathering in the Art Barn for traditional Valentine’s Day goodies and will take place on February 14th from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per person.

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February 1, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Invites the Community to Celebrate the New Year of the Trees (TU B’SHEVAT)

Universally revered in every culture throughout history, trees hold a special place in our lives. As children, we climb them, pluck their fruit, build forts and watch with wonder as birds and squirrels construct their nests. As adults we come to understand that trees are metaphors for our lives. Their roots dig deep, while their branches stretch skyward. Trees produce not only food and shelter but breath itself. Without the oxygen they create, we would struggle just to survive. To celebrate the majesty of trees, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton, PA, invites the community to a special evening of food and nature—The New Year of the Trees—on Monday, February 27, 2023, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those interested in touring the sanctuary should arrive by 4 p.m.

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January 27, 2023


Summer is coming! And so are opportunities to work with children and animals in a world-renowned farmed animal sanctuary in bucolic Dalton, PA. Mere minutes from Clarks Summit and Scranton, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is conveniently located just off Route 307 and is hiring summer staff and interns to work at its children’s camps, events and sanctuary tours and to help with social media, marketing and public relations year round.

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January 25, 2023

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Rescues Pregnant Ewes from Farm Shut Down for Cruelty

When the Pennsylvania SPCA Danville Center investigated reports of cruelty and neglect at a Central PA farm, humane police officers were horrified. They found a small herd of cows and sheep living without adequate food, water and shelter from the harsh winter weather. The animals were emaciated. Some were so weak they could not stand up; they laid covered in filth on the frozen ground. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton, PA, coordinated with the Danville humane officers to assist with the rescue and make sure the animals all would receive the care they need.

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Dec 8, 2022

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary’s Special Holiday Events:
Caroling & Cow Birthday Bash, Solstice Walk & Eve’s Rescue Celebration

Get into the holiday spirit at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, 336 Oak Drive, Dalton. The sanctuary is hosting three special events to celebrate the season of peace, love and joy. The events will also
introduce the community to the Sanctuary’s newest family members — calves Bear and Beau who were rescued from unspeakable cruelty in October and were just released from a 5-week hospitalization to join the herd at their new home in Dalton. Both youngsters are thriving and eager to meet their NEPA community and celebrate this special time of year.

July 21, 2022

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Partners With the Wright Center and Abington Library to Host Educational Camps

Kids and animals go together like summer and camp. Combining them all creates a magical atmosphere for learning while also having fun. To offer this unique educational opportunity to school kids of all ages, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is teaming up with the Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement and the Abington Community Library to host three summer camps — “A Day of Animals, Science and Literature” — at Indraloka’s beautiful sanctuary in Dalton. The camps will run on August 16, 17 and 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Each day hosts a different age group:

July 12, 2022

The Goat Games – for rescued Farmed animals

“Have You Goat What It Takes?” Ask 14 Farmed Animal Sanctuaries Competing in the 2022 Goat Games

Happening August 12-15, The Third Annual Goat Games Inspires Friendly Competition Among 14 Farmed Animal Sanctuaries Nationwide and Their Animal Champions…

June 22, 2022

$40,000 Grant Awarded to Indraloka’s NEPA Rescue Vet
Initiative By Robert H. Spitz Foundation

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Dalton, PA, announces the award of a $40,000 grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation to help fund the NEPA Rescue Veterinary Clinic, the first animal care facility of its kind in Northeast Pennsylvania. Headed by full-time…

May 10, 2022

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary’s Nature & Nourish

Grateful Goats—Saturday, May 14, 2022

Goat facts: Goats know their names and will come when called. Their lifespan is roughly the same as a dog’s. Goats love to…

April 19, 2022

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary’s Educational Programs

Help Children of All Ages, Abilities and Backgrounds

Second-grader TJ couldn’t sleep. Bedtime terrified him; he knew he’d lie awake all night alone with his thoughts. In school the next day, he’d become…

April 15, 2022

Indraloka’s Free Virtual Field Trips

Offer Kids and Teachers Relief from Spring Fever

Giggling fits, ants in the pants, driven to distraction—these are just a few of the symptoms ofSpring Fever, a highly contagious condition that affects…

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