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At Indraloka, we take the view that saving animals from a painful end and then giving them a good life and a peaceful death helps us to grow spiritually. We believe every life is sacred, and consider it an honor and joy to be able to serve these wonderful beings.
We do not know of another sanctuary founded for the purpose of supporting other rescue groups by providing lifetime care for animals they would otherwise have to euthanize. In doing this, we not only provide a compassionate alternative for animals, but we also provide much needed support to rescue workers who often suffer “compassion fatigue”, burnout, and serious stress due to their role in euthanizing otherwise healthy animals.
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary offers a compassionate alternative to needless suffering, euthanasia or slaughter of healthy animals. While the purpose of a companion animal sanctuary is more commonly understood, rescuing and offering safe sanctuary to farm animals sometimes causes confusion. The number of farm animals that we have here does not even make a dent in the huge number of animals in need and the fate faced by the rest of their species. However, many farm animals are subjected to inhumane conditions or senseless neglect during their brief lives before slaughter. Each animal that is rescued from factory farming or other cruel treatment is an individual. We believe that all life is sacred, and that every individual animal saved makes our work worthwhile. At least a few farm animals will have the chance to live out their natural lives in peaceful, loving surroundings.
See for yourself.
If you would like to come visit us at the sanctuary we would love to have you. For the safety and well-being of our residents, we do ask that visits and tours be scheduled ahead of time. We love dogs, but some of our others animals do not feel safe around them, so please leave your dogs at home.
We encourage visitors to make a donation of $10 or more per adult and $5 for each child under the age of 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the sanctuarythe sanctuary.
Who we are.
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is named after the Sanskrit “heaven for the gods”, and is based on the principles that all life is sacred and that we are all related. Indra Lahiri founded the sanctuary in 2005 as a place for rescue groups to turn when they are faced with un-adoptable animals that would otherwise have to be euthanized. In 2006, Indra purchased the property where the sanctuary is now located. We are proud to say that visitors are appreciative of the sanctuary’s success in providing a loving, peaceful, and joyful environment where the animals can thrive. The sanctuary attained IRS 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit status in 2007, and is registered as a charitable organization with the states of PA, NJ, and NY. In 2008, we expanded our mission to include farm animals.
Supporting Animal Rescue Groups
Focusing on joy for humans and animals
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary’s guiding principle is that all life is sacred. We emphasize this in everything we do, every day. Volunteers, visitors, and animals alike are treated with compassion, kindness, and solicitude. As a result:
- We have virtually no turnover among volunteers
- Animals who come to us frightened and unapproachable relax and begin to trust again within weeks, and sometimes days, of their arrival
- The sense of tranquility and joy is palpable, causing virtually everyone who visits to comment on it, and to return.
Going beyond safe sanctuary to provide “heaven on earth”
We constantly strive to identify what would make each individual animal happy, and to provide it. Every day, the animals are flooded with attention and healthy treats. In addition we have a team of volunteers that spends a full day each week improving upon facilities—from providing cozy, cushy beds for pigs, to expanding pastures for sheep, from providing fans for cows to building jungle gyms for goats, and more. Every volunteer at the sanctuary has a single-minded purpose of providing love and joy to every individual animal.