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Donate your uncarved pumpkins to hungry pigs at the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Donate your uncarved pumpkins to hungry pigs at the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
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From a press release:

Volunteers at the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Mehoopany have started the Pumpkins for Pigs Project again this year, collecting uncarved decorative pumpkins that have no candle wax or paint on them to feed their rescued pigs.

Eden – A Vegan Cafe (344 Adams Ave., Scranton) will serve as a drop-off point for the project any time during its regular business hours, and The Garden Path, Inc. (1635 Nay Aug Ave., Scranton) will also be accepting pumpkins on Friday, Nov. 13 from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14 from noon-2 p.m. Volunteers will transport them to the sanctuary for all of the animals to enjoy.

If you have pumpkins (or any other fruits and vegetables) of your own or know anyone who does, the peaceful herd would be thrilled to have your non-carved, healthy leftovers. Get in touch with Pumpkins for Pigs Project via Facebook if you would like to help them by contacting local businesses and grocers for their unsold stock.

The project will end on Thanksgiving – Thursday, Nov. 26.

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary provides “heaven on Earth” for farm animals that have nowhere else to turn. Volunteers inform, inspire, and empower the community, especially children, in ways in which people can better care for ourselves and the environment while helping animals in need. They advocate for a kind and compassionate diet and lifestyle that protects animals, the Earth, and our own health.

Founder Indra Lahiri always loved animals and nature. When she was young, she often found and took home injured animals, nursed them back to health, and released them back into the wild. As soon as she was old enough, Indra began volunteering with various rescue groups. Over the years, she saw a recurring problem: certain animals, due to medical or behavioral issues, were often unnecessarily euthanized due to lack of an appropriate home, even when they could have lived long and happy lives. Lahiri founded the sanctuary for these animals in 2005.

It soon became clear that the animals in most need were farm animals. There are many places for dogs, cats, and horses to turn; however, what happens to pigs, cows, chickens, or turkeys removed from farms for cruelty? Thus, Indraloka turned its primary focus to farm animals, although it continues to provide safe haven for animals of all species. Today, Indraloka is one of few farm animal and all-species sanctuaries, and with nearly 200 animals in their care, it is also among the largest.