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Valentines for Felines collects donations through Feb. 16 to care for cats at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Valentines for Felines collects donations through Feb. 16 to care for cats at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
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From a press release:

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary is best known for its work rescuing and advocating for farm animals, but unless you’ve visited the sanctuary yourself in Mehoopany, you may not know how many cats live on the property, providing companionship to the many cows, chickens, sheep, goats, and pigs that have also been rescued and rehabilitated. Like Indraloka’s other animals, the cats all came from dire circumstances and are spayed or neutered.

The friendly felines of Indraloka are much more than companion animals. In many cases, their friendship and presence actually help heal the rescued farm animals as they arrive to recover from their traumas. Jeremiah the pig, for example, was aided in his recovery thanks the the warm bodies of the cats who came to inspect his injuries and stand guard, snuggling with him throughout the nights and days as he healed.

“I couldn’t imagine being at the sanctuary and not having cats. They are a colorful part of the animal landscape and provide an important emotional component,” says Johnny Braz, the sanctuary’s co-director and best friend to the cats.

Whether it’s a cat, dog, sheep, pig, cow, or chicken, Indraloka is a sanctuary for all. This Valentine’s Day, they’re giving back to the friendly felines in gratitude for all that they do for the rescued farm animals. The Valentines for Felines campaign started Feb. 1 and will run through Feb. 16. Donations help to provide food, winter housing, and crucial veterinary care to the nearly 100 cats that reside at Indraloka. Sending a valentine from our online wishlist helps with the much-needed food and supplies that the cats require each month.

Local businesses have generously offered their support to the campaign. Everything Natural in Clarks Summit and Nucleus Raw Foods in Luzerne, along with Miss Rachel’s Pantry and The Humane League in Philadelphia, have all signed on to participate as drop-off locations for any valentines and donations collected locally.

To send a valentine, visit Every single donation is doubled thanks to a generous matching gift.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Indraloka 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.