From animal rescues to sanctuaries, these are places that help those who cannot help themselves. Now they are trying to make up for lost time and lack of fundraising.
LACKAWANNA COUNTY, PA – Like so many organizations, animal rescues and shelters in our region have suffered a double blow during the pandemic.
Not as many volunteers could come and clean the cages / kennels. And second, the massive fundraisers that many of these nonprofits rely on to keep the lights on came to a screeching halt when COVID-19 hit.
A number of places, including where Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey visited on Friday, are now welcoming visitors, volunteers and even children for upcoming education camps.
Ryan visited the Indraloka Wildlife Sanctuary in its new location just outside of the Clarks Summit.
Ryan shared information on the association’s upcoming events and highlighted how people / students can tour the facility or even book a private hugging tour. Click here for it!
There are even opportunities for young people to form a long-term, more personal relationship with a rescued farm animal by becoming a pen pal. Find out how at this link or refer a new furry friend by clicking here.
Volunteer opportunities can be found here.
Other rescues to volunteer / help
With your help, Ryan has shared dozens of other animal rescues / organizations in our area. They too might need your help. Many also have fundraisers coming up. Head toward Ryan’s Facebook page to be connected to the current post that highlights these other groups shared by our family of Newswatch 16 viewers.
How to verify a nonprofit organization in PA
To confirm whether or not an organization is registered as an official nonprofit organization in the State of Pennsylvania, go to this link.
Facts about Indraloka Animal Sanctuary provided by the association:
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is a private 501 (c) (3) charity that provides a ‘heaven on earth’ for farm animals who have nowhere to turn. Indraloka educates, inspires and empowers the community, especially children, on how to take better care of themselves and the environment while helping animals in need. The organization advocates for a compassionate lifestyle that protects animals, the land and our own health.
Founded in 2005 by Indra Lahiri, Indraloka has grown from its original 30 acres in Mehoopany, Pa., To nearly 100 acres in Dalton, Pa. (Conveniently located two hours from Philadelphia and New York, and just 15 minutes from Scranton). Indraloka saves and provides lifelong care to the world’s most at-risk animals – farm animals facing abuse, neglect, hoarding and worse.
Indraloka, which means “Paradise of the Gods” in Sanskrit (an ancient Indian language), is the only American farm animal sanctuary to have achieved accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), obtained in 2016, and of the American Sanctuary Association. (ASA), obtained in 2018. Indraloka was the third farm animal sanctuary to achieve GFAS accreditation.
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary creates a kinder and more compassionate world through four key strategies:
Rescue, care for farm animals, placement and protection – Indraloka has saved the lives of thousands of farm animals in need. Today, nearly 300 animals of 14 different species are delighted to have taken up residence in Indraloka.
Advocacy – Through art, stories, films, education and speaking engagements, the sanctuary tells the stories of animals and helps people understand and respect them as important individuals. Indraloka reaches hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year through events, trainings, speaking engagements, stories and videos. The organization has gained worldwide recognition, with followers on all continents and in over 100 countries.
Global Coalition agricultural sanctuaries – Indraloka runs a global network of shrines and offers support to help new or struggling shrines succeed.
Hopeful Heroes Initiative – The shrine offers innovative and engaging educational opportunities to thousands of marginalized children and youth.
New house – The newly renovated Indraloka Educational Barn hosts the organization’s Hopeful Heroes events and offerings, while the new animal barns and pastures are designed for scared, hungry and sick animals to recover and enjoy the comfort and comfort of love for the rest of their life. The new location will also benefit the community by potentially offering informational hiking trails, peaceful meditation areas, a beautiful art gallery, comfortable and convenient overnight accommodation, event hosting space and even more. all who visits.
Indraloka founder Indra Lahiri, Ph.D., has saved thousands of animals from dire circumstances across the world. She writes and tells their stories and lives among them between her trips. In 2014, she led the creation of the Global Coalition of Farm Sanctuaries (GCFS). She has also taught, mentored, coached and spoke to tens of thousands of people. His award-winning blog, which chronicles sacred moments with rescued animals, is followed by nearly 25,000 readers on all continents.
Indraloka World Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) accreditation means that it meets the full and rigorous definition of a true sanctuary and provides humane and responsible animal care, and meets the rigorous standards of operation, administration and veterinary care established by the GFAS. The federation is the only globally recognized organization that provides a method to identify legitimate animal sanctuaries, rescues and rehabilitation centers.
Obtaining accreditation from the Animal Sanctuary Association (ASA) means that Indraloka does not breed, buy, sell or trade animals for commercial purposes. The facilities are ASA accredited by members of their own peer group. Six of the seven ASA boards of directors are themselves sanctuary directors.
Both accreditations provide a clear and reliable way for the public, donors and government agencies to recognize Indraloka as an outstanding animal sanctuary.
GuideStar has also recognized Indraloka with its highest level, the Platinum Seal of Transparency.
Six passionate and dedicated board members govern Indraloka. A team of eleven full-time people manage day-to-day operations. From a rotating group of 100 volunteers, around 10 to 20 people regularly volunteer their time.
Indraloka receives all of its funding from generous donations ranging from $ 1 to hundreds of thousands of dollars from a single donor to marketing programs with various companies.
- Call: (570) 763-2908
- Address: PO Box 155, Mehoopany PA 18629
- E-mail: [email protected]
- Website: head here.