About Us

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The Lakshmi Cow and Animal Sanctuary

Founded in 2000, by Dr. Sankar Sastri, we currently have 17 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 42 acres of land with 20 acres of pasture and 22 acres of wooded area. Currently we have two barns and pavilion for the cows. The 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 42 acres of land in Bangor, PA.  As a spiritual man, he choose Bangor because of his deep connection with 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.

Executive Operations Committee

Edye Huang, Secretary


Edye has a BS degree in microbiology from University of Maryland. Dedicated member of the Lakshmi Cow and Animal Sanctuary team and volunteers at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam too. Edye has dedicated her time to care for the animals on the sanctuary. She does all her work with love and compassion and is an active member of the team. We are grateful to have her with us.






Professor Diane Wilson

Prof. Diane Wilson is a senior professor in art history at NYC College of Technology for the last 35 years. She gives her time freely to many student activities in the college and is well liked by her students. Professor Wilson has been helping the cow sanctuary in daily operations with her farm experience and her friendly attitude. She was the former colleague of Professor Sastri, the founder of Lakshmi Cow and Animal Sanctuary.



Executive Development Committee

Deepa Patel, MD

Deepa Patel is a pediatric infectious diseases doctor working in New York City. Deepa has been involved with the sanctuary since 2012, she visits whenever possible and enjoys the peaceful atmosphere and getting to know the animals. Deepa’s goals are to help the sanctuary expand in size and variety of animals cared for.  She also hopes to develop public educational programs focused on the health benefits of a vegan/vegetarian diet and compassionate living.



Hemant Wadhwani 

hemantHemant Wadhwani is a social investment entrepreneur from New Jersey and founder of Translation City, a translation services company. Hemant has been visiting and bringing people to the sanctuary for a long time. He strives to build coalitions and grassroots partnerships with the sanctuary. He visits whenever possible and volunteers his time for the development of the sanctuary.






Shuvya Arakali


Shuvya graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College in 2012.  Since then, she has been involved with the sanctuary and has volunteered her time to raise money for the Annual Cow Walks and adopted a cow. Shuvya enjoys visiting the sanctuary to experience the peaceful nature of the surroundings, the sweet and playful animals, and the knowledge that heaven can truly be found on Earth. Shuvya hopes to stay involved with the sanctuary for life and pursue a career in environmental policy.



Sai Santosh Kolluru

Sai Kolluru-SOFSai graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2012. Upon visiting the sanctuary in early 2014, Sai was amazed at the serenity of the sanctuary. He found the compassionate environment and the tremendous love for animals that the sanctuary embodied incredible. Sai makes frequent visits to the sanctuary whenever he gets time and volunteers to help build a better place for all those who visit. Through his involvement, he hopes to make the sanctuary a center for learning and holistic living for all. Among other areas of law, Sai hopes to make a difference in the field of Animal Law/Rights some day.

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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