SHELTER NEWS

Posted: July 4, 2014

Laps of Love and Alumni Day 2014

Perfect weather made for a perfect (purrfect?) day for the Laps of Love and Alumni Day on June 1

One of our largest turnouts, all day, allowed us to see many adopted AID pets and their families, as well as meet new friends. The animals and the people seemed to blend in to one big family, eating the delicious food prepared by our volunteers, participating in the basket social, pet cake walk, and dog contests; in general, a great time was had by all.

Thank you to Anita Bielecki, whose photos of the event really captured the spirit of the day. Looking at these photos, we see example after example of the success of our rescue and rehabilitation work. YOU make these successes possible. YOU are the reason we can continue to do this kind of long-term rehabilitation.

Each animal has its own story. Each adoption touches our hearts. Each rescue lives in our memories. Our hearts hold all of this and overflow on Alumni Day, when so many of our success stories come back, in person, to share the day and say thank you for their lives. There is no better reward for the heart breaking work we do than to see these animals and their loving owners.

One final thank you: our volunteers did another outstanding job getting everything together for the day: they prepared prizes, set up tents and tables, donated baskets for the basket social, made food items, cooked the food, and did countless other tasks. They are amazing, dedicated, and invaluable to our work. Also, many thanks to all who took out listings in the Commemorative Journal so this keepsake book could be memorable and special.

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Posted: May 5, 2014

An enthusiastic crowd of friends and supporters attended the WAEB/AccuWeather Benefit Softball Game on May 4. Dr. Joe Sobel and the AccuWeather group racked up more points than WAEB, but everyone was a winner in our eyes! The total of $2067.10 was raised through raffle ticket and food sales, and donations.

2014 WAEB/AccuWeather Softball Game to Benefit Animals in Distress

Many thanks to Bobby Gunther Walsh and WAEB for hosting the event again, to Dr. Joe and the AccuWeather family for making the long trip, and to all the businesses who donated prizes and food. Allen Audiology again sponsored the event. Southern Lehigh Living Memorial Community Park kindly allowed the game to be played on their softball field, and Bob Trexler made sure everything was ready for the game. Denise Schaffer (medic) was present to make certain everyone had a safe and fun afternoon. Thanks also to Sean Rickoski for singing the National Anthem, to all our volunteers for an incredible effort in preparing and serving food both at the game and at the reception at the shelter after the game, to Bobby’s Race Crew, to the WAEB staff, to the AccuWeather team, and to Jeff Benner and Anton the cat, who threw out the first ball (sort of).

Winner of a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings (worth $1200) donated by Westgate Jewelers was Fred Uelses of Wind Gap. Lucky Caroline George won a $500 man’s watch donated by our friends at Westgate JewelersNancy Mihalko of Coopersburg won the gas grill donated by Lehigh Supply Appliances, and many other attendees won an assortment of prizes, gift certificates, t-shirts and other items.

Many thanks for the support of Coca-Cola Bottling of the Lehigh ValleyYocco’s Hot DogsLink Beverages, and WAEB-790AM.

The food for the cookout after the game was sponsored by Lehigh Valley Acura Honda Hyundai and Phillipsburg Easton Hyundaithe Vinart dealerships – your pet friendly auto dealers – and loving care by our volunteers. By coming to the reception after the game, the players and members of the audience get to see what they were playing for!

Special thanks to all of our staff and volunteers for doing hundreds of tasks to prepare for the event and to set up at the field, cook and serve the food at the game, and coordinate a thousand other details. Our volunteers do so many things throughout the year, giving so generously of their time (and money), and we just could not hold such events without all of them.

A final thank you to all our newsletter readers and to the WAEB listeners who bought raffle tickets, came to the game, and in general, supported this event.

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Posted: April 7, 2014

Nancy calls the numbers at the 2nd Vera Bradley/Longaberger Basket Bingo to benefit Animals In Distress.

Nancy calls the numbers at Bingo.

Our second Vera Bradley/Longaberger Basket Bingo on April 6 was a big success, raising just under $5,000! Since all prizes were underwritten by donations from individuals and businesses, and all food was donated and prepared by our volunteers, and all work was done by volunteers, those proceeds go to the animals 100%!

There is a huge amount of coordinating and organizing that goes into an event like this (actually into all our events), and special thanks should be mentioned to Kelly Hartnett, who did countless tasks. Thanks to the many volunteers – Linda, Stella, Cheryl, Tracy, Nancy, and so many others – for incredible dedication and hard work.

We need the money, everyone had a great time, and the food, raffles, and special games were fun for all. Thanks to all who made this year’s event a winner!

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Posted: February 23, 2014

Mardi Paws was a Good Time for All!

Anton dressed in his Mardi Paws hat and beads

Anton dressed in his Mardi Paws hat and beads

We just had the most AMAZING party to chase away Winter’s gloom! Our volunteers hosted a festive Mardi Gras celebration to raise money and smiles.

The festive decorations, delicious array of hot and cold foods from appetizers to endless desserts ensured that everyone was well fed, and the live Dixieland music by Kevin O’Connell and the Dixieland All-Stars was superb.

Some past AID pets also came to the party with their loving owners. Anton, the scene stealing cat who is pictured here, also came to strut his stuff. One of the really neat things about adoptions is that many adopting families become volunteers at our shelter. Isn’t that neat? They know better than most the value of our rescue work since one (or more than one) of our shelter animals is now living with them, like a daily reminder of all of the animals who are still waiting to find a home.

Anyway, besides the outstanding food, music, and decorations, there was a silent auction of some really great items. Our volunteers set up the auction and did a zillion other things to make the night such a success.

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Posted: December 1, 2013

AID Calendars for 2014 are now available. A joint project with the ITI1 team at Air Products has resulted in a one-of-a-kind. Animals In Distress calendar, with each month featuring special rescues and full color photos.

2014 Animals In Distress Calendar

Each month tells the story of the featured pet(s) we rescued, and dozens of memorable photos are included. You see in February, for example, the pictures of Hero and Theresa, two dogs who lived in a park for over 8 years, barely surviving. Hero even had to chew off his lower leg when he was hit by a car. They are older dogs, not photogenic in the usual sense of that term, but they are devoted to each other: he would die to protect her. We chose this couple to represent February, the month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day and Love. Who better to reflect true Love and Loyalty than these two dogs, dogs who were turned down at 56 other organizations, dogs who were deemed unadoptable and unworthy of being given a second chance. After they had gone through unspeakable fear, pain, and uncertainty for over 8 years, their fate was to be death… imagine a world where no one would save them. Imagine a world where they would not be allowed to spend their remaining days together, in a safe place, in a place of peace and safety. So, we selected them to represent the heart and soul of what Love is all about. Our calendar matches each featured pet’s story with the spirit of that month.

As you can probably tell, this calendar is so much more than dates and pretty pictures. It reflects the heart and soul of our organization. It is truly very special.

We hope you will give these as gifts to everyone on your shopping list: in that way, each “gift” will be appreciated by the recipient AND will help to save lives and care for the shelter residents. We set the price at $12, which is very reasonable considering the cost to print them in full color on heavy, high quality paper. We wish we were able to mail these to everyone for free, as do many of the larger national animal groups; but we need every dollar for the work we do, so we hope you will support this fundraiser and know that your money is being used for animal rescue, not for mass mailings by highly paid marketers creating high pressure promotions.

If you can’t come to the shelter, we are happy to mail calendar orders as well, for a shipping cost of $6.00 (our cost) for one calendar, with $4 extra for each calendar after the first one, all to the same address. We can also mail directly to the recipient, at $6.00 postage for each different address. Contact us to place your order.

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