Indraloka Animal Sanctuary brings its animals online for people to enjoy


MEHOOPANY, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — While you may not be able to meet the animals at Indraloka animal sanctuary in person, you can still get your daily dose of farm animals online. Indra Lahiri, founder of the sanctuary, says its a blessing to be able to go virtual during this uncertain time.

“This is cool right? So at least we have that opporunity. We’re missing the kids especially,” Lahiri said.

The sanctuary is launching four programs online: the Indraloka liberation meditation series…

“Where you have the opportunity to watch films of the animals in a relaxing way, to hopefully let go of some of the stress of what all of us are facing right now,” Lahiri said.

There will also be a pen pals program where kids can write to an animal and get a response in that animal’s voice. Hopeful heroes online will bring field trips, activities, and interaction with the animals to the screens of children. And sanctuary stories that save us, shares the indraloka animals’ stories.

“They’ll make us laugh and they’ll make us cry, they’ll help us learn from the animals’ wisdom and calm during this time,” Lahiri said.

The sanctuary is a life-sustaining business, which means the staff can still take care of the animals. Lahiri says the virtual programs are in place to take care of humans.

“We know that people need the animals. We’ve had people actually driving by and going slow and going really slow and craining to see the animals,” Lahiri said.

Lahiri says people tell her the animals calm them down.

“We realize we need to give people the opportunity to get away from all of this and relax and what better way to do it than with the loving and peaceful animals,” Lahiri said.

The first episode of the meditation was released this week and the rest of the programs will be released in the weeks to come.

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