About Us

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The Lakshmi Cow and Animal Sanctuary

Founded in 2000, by Dr. Sankar Sastri, we currently have 21 cows, 8 cats and 2 roosters. We provide a safe and protected environment to all residents, adequate food and water, attend to health needs and ensure each animal has unlimited access to the outdoors on demand. Our cows are not used for dairy production, many come to us from dairy farms and have required up to 6 months to trust humans again.  The fields and pasture land are maintained, which includes cutting down any inedible plants to increase grassland, removing litter from the fields, removing any large rocks obstructing free roaming between fields.

We have 90 acres of land with 40 acres of pasture and 50 acres of wooded area. Currently we have two barns and a pavilion for the cows. Also, we have a greenhouse to dry the patties, a welcome center to greet the public, and an old farmhouse with seven bedrooms.

Inspiration for the name ‘Lakshmi’

Sri Ramana Maharishi with Lakshmi the cow


Lakshmi, the first cow at the sanctuary










The Sanctuary

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Welcome Center


Chicken coop, thanks to donations in 2013









Founder – Dr. Sankar Sastri (Founder, president and treasurer)

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    Dr. Sankar Sastri received his masters from Columbia University, was a professor of engineering at City University of New York and was acting Dean of CUNY for several years prior to his retirement.  Dr. Sastri was inspired to start Lakshmi Cow and Animal sanctuary upon retiring from his busy life as a professor and dean. He sold his condominium in Brooklyn and purchased 90 acres of land in Reeders, PA.  As a spiritual man, he choose Stroudsburg because of his deep connection with Sharada Mandir and Arsha Vidya Gurukulm (a Hindu ashram in Stroudsburg, about 20 minutes from the sanctuary). Since then, Dr. Sastri has dedicated his life to rescuing and caring for animals.

A special thank you to all those that have been a part of the sanctuary and continue to help in numerous ways.

“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.” 
― Arthur SchopenhauerThe Basis of Morality

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