INDRALOKA ANIMAL SANCTUARY

Mehoopany, PA   |  www.indraloka.org

Mission

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary 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 and lifestyle that protects animals, the earth, and our own health.

Ruling year info

2013

Founder / Director

Ms. Indra Lahiri Ph.D.

Creative Director

Mr. Johnny Braz

Main address

PO Box 155

Mehoopany, PA 18629 USA

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EIN

20-2855094

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Rescue

We rescue animals that have nowhere else to turn and provide lifetime safe sanctuary.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary’s mission is to educate the community, especially children, on ways in which we can better care for ourselves and the environment while helping animals in need.

The Need
For many years, Indraloka has provided an educational program called Hopeful Heroes, and through it we have done an impressive amount of good work, but it has long been our ambition to evolve the education program and expand upon it. The ideal program we envision and the need it fulfills, is simply put, a cycle of healing from child to animal, and back to child, both of whom often arrive at the sanctuary in desperate need of restorative healing. Programs will especially welcome troubled youth, students with learning disabilities, and children with emotional/behavioral struggles in order to provide a safe haven to heal, learn, and share in the cycle of wellness with the sanctuary residents by their sides.
Research indicates that spending time with animals offers a vast array of benefits, including increased patience and mental energy through observing animals in their natural setting, lowered blood pressure and improved overall health. Taking care of animals also teaches responsibility and stimulates feelings of trust, openness, and companionship, as people not only feel more comfortable being themselves around animals, but they also discover things about themselves.
One of the more recently studied areas is how animals can help our youth with psychological conditions. The National Institute of Mental Health recognizes animal-assisted therapy as a form of psychotherapy for treating depression and other mental disabilities. The benefits of animal interaction are endless, and many studies have shown that the simple and reciprocal act of petting an animal releases endorphins and a variety of other “feel-good” hormones that can help patients dealing with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Caring for animals also takes the focus away from the individual and redirects the attention to the needs of the animal in care. By gaining that responsibility, the individuals find purpose within themselves.
While the benefits of spending time with animals are too plentiful to list in their entirety, the opportunities to do so in a caring, edifying and didactic environment are extraordinarily limited. That limitation only increases by a disturbing degree for at-risk youths. Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is excited to meet this need by evolving and expanding our education programs in an effort to provide humane education to at-risk youth through a series of humane education programs tailored to each grade level.
The benefits of our program would ideally be as far reaching as our imagination would allow. We would ultimately like for any youth in need, of any age, race, creed, or background, from the furthest reaches of the globe, to always be assured of a place at Indraloka. While it may seem ambitious to think that Indraloka can reach a worldwide audience, we feel that if we’re not at least aspiring to that, we’ll surely fall short at helping disadvantaged youth who would greatly benefit from the program. So, the scope of our vision knows no boundaries, but pragmatically, the scope of our focus would start locally and expand.
More immediately we plan to continue building on the local community support we’ve worked years to develop in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas. The degree of growth and understanding we have already cultivated is tremendously encouraging, and has expanded rapidly during the last few years. That momentum is the driving incentive to continue development.
We are also striving to make the sanctuary open and available to groups like The Friendship House, the Children’s Advocacy Center, KidsPeace, and NEPA Youth Center and Shelter. These are dynamic therapy and service organizations that work for children in need of care in public schools and private homes all over the state of Pennsylvania, all year round.
We at Indraloka believe so strongly in community partnerships. We see the potential to engage with and impact many other groups in the community, including the Lackawanna, Wyoming, and Sullivan County Offices of Juvenile Probation, and students from other public and private schools in Lackawanna, Wyoming, and Sullivan Counties and beyond.
Implementation of the Hopeful Heroes Program
We would start implementing more foundational educational pieces immediately upon having access to the resources to do so. We firmly believe that kindness on our plate influences kindness everywhere else. So, our approach will be to not only feed the guests healthy, plant-based meals but we would teach them how to prepare these meals for themselves. The nutrition-based healing won’t stop there, however. The children will also learn how to prepare the meals and treats for the many animals at the sanctuary. We feel that this type of immediate, hands-on guardianship and caregiving promotes a tremendous sense of selflessness, serenity and fulfillment, and there’s nearly nothing as curative as that.
We also plan on including curricula surrounding other recuperative endeavors such as art, music, writing, as well as some therapeutic physical activity. We desire this to be a healing haven, a garden where kindness education propagates for children year-round.
One of the most trusted and conscientious members of the Indraloka family is a teacher with over 20 years experience. Sarah Thornton has a plan in place to model a summer camp with many of her current students. In addition, we have already partnered with a group in Scranton, Pennsylvania, comprised of extremely low-income families and children, several of whom are homeless. The schools nearby have little resources themselves to be any kind of significant, long-term help. Therefore, It is our intention to have these children visit the sanctuary as often as possible, to engage with the animals and to spend time appreciating and learning to understand a more nature-based environment.
Sarah Thornton and Mike Friedlin, both directors of education, will work closely with Katherine Mohr, education and engagement coordinator, and a gifted team of sanctuary staff and volunteers who are ready and able to make impactful changes in the youth of our community and beyond. Mike Friedlin is an environmental science educator with 35 years of teaching experience, currently at the collegiate level. Both Sarah and Mike’s teaching expertise extends to special needs and emotionally traumatized children as well as gifted children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 2016

American Sanctuary Association 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Indraloka rescues animals who have nowhere else to turn.

Number of sheltered animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Indraloka provides lifetime safe sanctuary for animals with nowhere else to turn. We provide food, shelter, medical care, and loving kindness to animals who live out their natural lives with us.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

While Indraloka offers a "forever home" for many farm animals, we also help find placements for animals we are not able to care for at our sanctuary.

Percent of students agreeing that they are motivated to be kinder to animals as a result of their visit/class

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hopeful Heroes Advocacy and Education Initiatives

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We inform, inspire, and empower children on ways in which we can better care for ourselves and the environment while helping animals in need. In 2018, we began surveying participants.

Number of people reached across digital platforms

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hopeful Heroes Advocacy and Education Initiatives

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes the number of people we reached through advocacy across digital platforms (website visitors, social media reach, blog and video views, and advertisements..

Number of individuals reached through both onsite and offsite outreach

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hopeful Heroes Advocacy and Education Initiatives

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes the number of tour and event participants as well as those who attend conferences and festivals where we have a strong presence.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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With your help, Indraloka is poised to expand and grow in four ways:
1) Growing our youth education programs
2) Offering supportive services to children who have experienced trauma or abuse, as well as to their caretakers—licensed therapists will bring their patients to the sanctuary to spend time with the animals and in the gardens as part of their healing process
3) Expanding into a retreat center for adults
4) Increasing our outreach through films, books, and other publications

We are experiencing an unprecendeted demand for our services. As media interest increases and the word spreads, we are receiving more requests than ever for children’s programs, adult programs, retreat options and animal rescue. Today, we do not have the infrastructure necessary to meet these demands. This is an exciting opportunity to advance our mission, providing education on the critical relationship between inner-peace and outer-peace: self-care and wellness, environmental responsibility, compasssion, and kindness while rescuing more animals in need than ever before.

We will further our efficiency and enhance sustainability in multiple ways:
1) Influencing, Educating, Empowering and Inspiring:
- By expanding our programs and outreach, we will encourage more people -- children and adults-- to make better choices regarding self-care and wellness, environmental responsibility, compassion and kindness.
- Through our expanded educational programs, we will address gaps created through budget cuts in the educational system
- Through our expanded outreach efforts for children who have experienced trauma, and their caregivers, we will provide unique services not available anywhere else in our region, in a system where budget cuts have made these services scarce.
- Through optimizing our infrastructure, sharing our learning, and providing more opportunities for people to experience the natural beauty of the sanctuary, we will contribute to protecting and healing the environment.
2) Enhancing animal care:
- By increasing efficiency and revenues, we will save more animals’ lives
- At the same time, infrastructure improvements will enhance animal care and reduce the labor that care requires (for example by having water plumbed to each pasture).
3) Creating a sustainable revenue stream:
- By expanding our programs and outreach, we will create necessary income to cover operating expenses moving forward.
- As our publications and artwork spread, we will build our brand and reputation. This, in turn, will enhance sustainability.
- By converting to alternative energy, we will not only reduce our monthly overhead, but we will create an additional income stream by selling unused energy back to the energy company.
- Through having the necessary tools and resources to for property and grounds maintenance, we will prevent more costly repairs in the future.

With your financial support of the exciting new growth initiative at Indraloka Sanctuary, you can help to solve the problems that plague children-- and animals-- in our community today, you will:
- Fill gaps in our educational systems, teaching a new generation the wonders and necessities of science and art.
- Help children who suffer from bullying, school violence, abuse, and other traumas find peace and healing.
- Safeguard the health and wellbeing of your community by helping to provide more and better education programs for all ages, as well as yoga and wellness retreats for adults.
- Encourage personal responsibility, health and happiness, environmental stewardship, compassion, and kindness to animals.
- Reduce needless suffering of animals at the hands of humans and providing safe haven to countless creatures that have nowhere else to turn.

We will measure and report on progress as we reach specific milestones:

1) Indraloka plans to build infrastructure to advance our mission while also building our own organizational sustainability. Milestones include:
A) Enhancing Animal Care and Increasing Capacity for Rescue:
- Re-wiring all electrical systems for safety and efficiency
- Replacing upper barn ceiling
- Replacing horse and cow housing
- Fencing in additional pastures and installing animal housing in each
- Installing all-weather automatic watering systems in all pastures
- Building a green house and planting orchards to more easily provide fresh, organic vegetables and fruit for the animals

2) Building Infrastructure to Expand Programs
- Converting to a cutting edge, innovative alternative energy system for maximum performance and as an educational model
- Building small, earth-friendly living quarters for on-site on-call staff as well as for retreat participants
- Converting main house to guest quarters / office / meeting space
- Building educational facilities, meditation center / yoga pavilion
- Building/revamping storage facilities and a workshop/tool-room
- Establishing a holistic vet center which will serve the sanctuary and animals in the community
- Creating and expanding beautiful, peaceful gardens and orchards with: water features including ponds and water falls, healthy fruits, vegetable and herbs combined with heart-lifting flowers, plentiful places to sit, reflect, meditate, have quiet conversations, or silently watch the animals enjoy, and walking paths for health and meditation

Financials

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INDRALOKA ANIMAL SANCTUARY

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Craig Lukatch

Lacawac Sanctuary

Sheila Cutler

John Karas

Indra Lahiri

Johnny Braz

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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