MISSION & HISTORY

MISSION:

Indraloka provides “heaven on earth” for farm animals that have nowhere else to turn. We inform, inspire, and empower the community, especially children, on ways in which we can better care for ourselves and the environment while helping animals in need. We advocate for a kind and compassionate diet that protects animals, the earth, and our own health.

HISTORY:

Founder Indra Lahiri always loved animals and nature. When she was young, she often found and took home injured animals, nursed them back to health, and released them back into the wild. As soon as she was old enough, Indra began volunteering with various rescue groups. Over the years, she saw a recurring problem: certain animals, due to medical or behavioral issues, were often unnecessarily euthanized due to lack of an appropriate home, even when they could have lived a long and happy life. Indra founded the sanctuary for these animals. It soon became clear that the animals in most need were farm animals. There are many places for dogs, cats, and horses to turn, however, what happens to pigs, cows, chickens, or turkeys removed from farms for cruelty? Thus, Indraloka turned its primary focus to farm animals, although we continue to provide a safe haven for animals of all species. Today, Indraloka is one of few farm animal and all species sanctuaries, with nearly 300 animals in our care.

Since being founded in 2005, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary has rescued and cared for over 1,000 animals through their natural lives, while placing thousands more in homes and sanctuaries. We are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, an accomplishment achieved by only five farmed animal sanctuaries in the world. Our accreditation status provides a clear and trusted means for public, donors, and government agencies to recognize Indraloka Animal Sanctuary as an exceptional sanctuary.

While rescuing and providing for the animals is central to our mission, we desire for that to be simply a springboard.  Our ultimate goals are to provide peaceful refuge and an ecologically-minded, kindness-based culture and environment to inspire, enlighten and educate all who visit, with a distinct focus on the future, which is to say, upon the children. To fulfill that need,  Indraloka began offering educational programs for children, helping them to make the connection between their own health and well-being to that of the environment and animals. Countless  children have participated and are now protecting the environment and making educated choices as compassionate, responsible, and healthy citizens.

In addition to our own community, Indraloka’s outreach extends globally by way of events, education, speaking engagements, storytelling, and videos. Indraloka has garnered worldwide recognition, with followers on every continent and in over 100 countries. Our humane education programs, stories, and films reach hundreds of thousands of people around the globe each year.

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is a private, non-profit, charitable (501c3) organization.