22 April 2013

Earth Day is a day to celebrate Mother Earth and recommit to protecting the splendor of our planet

Today is Earth Day 2013, a day to celebrate Mother Earth and recommit to protecting the splendor of our planet and our own little piece of the world.
For Indraloka, Earth Day signals a time of beginnings. After winter’s fallow season, spring brings a myriad of gifts: sunshine and longer days, verdant hills, hummingbirds, tulips, and…a lengthy To Do list.
This year, celebrate Earth Day with Indraloka while helping to make a difference in the lives of more than 170 animals, including horses, cows, mules, pigs, turkeys, chickens, goats, sheep, lambs, dogs, cats, ducks, a very special goose, and a most spectacular peacock.
Here are 10 simple ways to show your support for our planet and our beloved animals:
  1. Plant and tend to the sanctuary’s organic herb and vegetable garden, which will produce nutritious fresh veggies for the animals.
  2. Donate and plant fruit trees on the farm. Our barns and pastures are chock-full of sweet-toothed critters. Animals love fruit.
  3. Put up fencing around the new pastures, which will enable the sanctuary to initiate rotational grazing for better holistic animal and pasture care. We’ll be using fence posts from PasturePro; consider donating a post or two. Each post costs $7. After the long winter, we also need help with repairs to existing fencing and to the barns. Round up a group of friends and make a day of it. It’s a great workout, and we’ll help you keep your energy up with yummy snacks.
  4. Spring Clean the barns! It’s way more fun than it sounds.
  5. Build a pond. Creekside Gardens in Tunkhannock will be installing a brand new goose and duck pond, replete with wetlands and waterfalls. Help out with the installation, or help us purchase materials. Use the Donate button to help give our water-loving birds a new home.
  6. Groom the horses. Everyone enjoys a good spring makeover.
  7. Become a regular volunteer. The sanctuary needs your help. Sign up for a weekly or monthly shift: feeding animals, picking up produce at Wegman’s, helping out at events, cuddling cats, walking dogs, singing to pigs. The animals love your company.  And if you live far away, we have plenty of jobs for virtual volunteers as well!
  8. Sponsor an animal. It’s the next best thing to taking one home.
  9. Donate. 100% of your tax-deductible gift goes directly to caring for the animals.
  10. Spread the word. The more people who know about Indraloka’s important work with animals and sustainability, the better.

Set amid the gently rolling Endless Mountains, next to a wooded creek,  Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery in Pennsylvania. Indraloka is a pioneer of sustainable practices in Pennsylvania. The Sanctuary’s education programs are presented to students of all ages.

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Mehoopany, PA Indra is the founder of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, an all-species safe haven for animals that would otherwise have been euthanized or slaughtered. Indraloka is founded on two principles: 1) the earth itself and all life are sacred and 2) we are all related. Indraloka supports animal rescue groups by providing a lifetime home for animals that are otherwise unadoptable, and also rescues farm animals from cruelty. Indra has dedicated her life to helping previously traumatized animals heal and rediscover joy, love, and trust. In the process, the animals she set out to help have become her greatest healers and teachers. 

Photo credit: Indraloka