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Be Life Café, 639 Northern Boulevard, Clarks Summit, will host a benefit for the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Mehoopany Nov. 24.


Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, one of only a few all-species animal shelters in the United States, is a 501(c) nonprofit organization. The Sanctuary's more than 170 residents include horses, cows, mules, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, dogs, cats and one peacock. The animals have been able to find a home at Indraloka since 2005. Before then, founder, Indra Lahiri had her sanctuary in Bucks County, where she was raised. Her sanctuary required more space, so she moved to northeastern Pa.


People are kind to the animals here and it's a beautiful environment, she said.



Indraloka never euthanizes (except to relieve suffering when death is inevitable), said Lynn Braz, Community Outreach Coordinator for Indraloka Animal Sanctuary.


Indraloka does not adopt out animals, except kittens on occasion. As a sanctuary—rather than a shelter—the animals who find their way to Indraloka have survived some of the worst cases of animal torture imaginable. Indraloka nurses them back to health and gives them permanent refuge and care for the remainder of their lives.


Indraloka in Mehoopany, is less than one hour's drive from Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The pastoral beauty of the Sanctuary draws school groups from around the area for programs created to serve high school ecology clubs, children with special needs and teenagers learning about good stewardship.


She said they are much more than a sanctuary for animals. We provide emotional sanctuary for humans, too. Our volunteers schlep from Scranton, Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Clarks Summit, Abington, New Jersey and New York, just to be with the animals in the peaceful environment Indraloka provides.


The benefit will include a dinner at 6:30 p.m. serving a prix fixe menu. Seating for the dinner is limited and requires reservations.


At 8:30 p.m., the general public is invited to stop by Be Life Café and enjoy live entertainment by local musicians Jason Carlyle and Steve Kurilla, while learning about Indraloka and its important work on behalf of animals and the environment. Barry Kaplan, owner of Everything Natural, Clarks Summit, will be on hand to present Indraloka with a donation check.


There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing for more than $2,500. The public can buy tickets at the event or online at www.indraloka.org/5000-raffle-to-rescue/. You do not have to be present to win. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Indraloka Animal Sanctuary.


We here at Be Life are hosting the event for Indraloka Animal Sanctuary because we believe in supporting the life of these beautiful and loving animals, life that many other people would disregard or overlook, said Rebekah Carlyle, owner of Be Life Café.


Indraloka's work is groundbreaking and the fact that this sanctuary exists right here in NEPA, in our own backyards, is a testament to how wonderful our community is here, said Braz.


For reservations, call 570.926.8045. For information contact Alaina Dietz at 570.687.7432 or Rosewood70@hotmail.com, or Lynn Braz at 415.279.0777 or lynn@lynnbraz.com.


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