Tails of Hope: The Newsletter of Animals In Distress, Coopersburg, PA

NEWSLETTER: OCTOBER 2012

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WAEB Radiothon Sets A Record

We have just set another WAEB Radiothon record by raising $125,535 in pledges. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for caring.

In this gloomy economy, so many people have dug deeper and deeper just to pay their basic bills, so we are very touched by how kindly they answered our request for funding to save lives and end suffering.

The sad reality is that we cannot do the work we do without the cold, hard cash it takes to pay bills for medical care, utilities, and all the other things needed to provide quality care for the homeless animals who find sanctuary at Animals In Distress.

Every year, the need for our help increases. The result this year was that we were in the red by close to $160,000 by the end of June!! That deficit was not due to overspending; rather, it is a reflection of the need for our help, and our response to that need. The sad, unthinkable alternative would be to let all those animals suffer and die.

Those who helped through donations, volunteer efforts, and in other ways are the true herous of this year’s WAEB Radiothon. You literally have made the difference between life and death for hundreds of animals, and more to come in the future.

This newsletter contains lots of Radiothon details and thank you’s. We hope it captures the essesnce of this incredible and heartfelt outpouring of love.

For 35+ years, since our founding in 1977, Animals In Distress has relied totally on the kindness of people like you – and not one tax dollar, ever.

May you feel blessed, as you have blessed us. Thank you for your trust, your generosity, and your prayers.

THOUGHTS FROM SPOOK

During the 2012 Radiothon, I worked really hard to keep everything organized. When you’re the spokescat for a charity that relies totally on folks for all its funds, there’s a lot of pressure to explain things so people know that lives are at stake.

Each night before I go to sleep, I pray that Animals In Distress will continue to do its fine work, and that my home here will survive. So many lives here depend on that. We don’t have any place to go if we can’t be here.

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a nightmare: Animals In Distress is gone, and Eli, me, and lots of other so-called “unadoptables” have no place to go, and no one to care about us.

Then I wake up to see that everything is ok after all. I don’t take tomorrow for granted, and I don’t forget to be thankful for today.

All 350+ pets here say thanks for your help and for our lives.

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Love and Licks,

Your Friend Spook

RADIOTHON THANK YOU’S AND WINNERS

Thanks to Our Business Sponsors and Prize Donors

Many thanks to the generous businesses and people who make it possible for almost 100% of the money raised to go directly to the animals.

First is radio station WAEB and Bobby Gunther Walsh for their continuing support. Team Capital Bank again underwrote the event, and Ironton Telephone again provided the phone system.Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market vendors, including Mr. Bill’s and Dan’s BBQ, provided delicious food, and Smokin’ Smitty’s Catering did a first rate job preparing and serving up all that great grub. Thanks also to Giant Food Store Bakery and others who donated food items, to Coca Cola Bottling of the Lehigh Valley, and to Karen Mesch for the table setup help.

Special thank you’s can be sent to: Bobby Gunther Walsh, WAEB 1541 Alta Drive Whitehall, PA 18052 or email: gunther@clearchannel.com

Great prizes were donated by:
And the winners are…
  • Emily Schantz of Quakertown is the prize winner of a gorgeous bracelet from Westgate Jewelers, brunch at the Hotel Bethlehem, and a ride from Adamo Limousine.
  • June Hassell of Alburis won a visit to Oliver’s Salon and Day Spa.
  • Marga McKay of Pennsburg won the Comfort Suites prize.
  • Richard and Marilyn Jacobs of Bethlehem won the R.J. Harwick photoportrait.
  • Kathleen Belinski of Bethlehem will be playing golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.
  • Evelyn Loncar of Bethlehem will not have any car problems, thanks to a visit from Steve’s Roadside Service.
  • Jeff Benner of Bethlehem will get some items from Hager Furniture.
  • Ruth Smith of Allentown will show off her new Joe Mascari rug.

A very special thank you to ResQ1250 and N3 Oceanic for 2 hours of airtime on Sunday, for prizes, and for a challenge hour! Special thanks also to WAEB’s Craig Stevens, Dan Holzman, and intern Josh Dylan.

Businesses sponsoring matching hours were:

 

A very special group of people and businesses donated funds to inspire others to give by “matching” the donated funds. Many thanks to them for their generosity.

A dedicated group of these donors are people who adopted pets from us: the Mory Family in honor of AID cats Smokey, Valencia and Japetto – and Cutie too, Lyn and Anita Hertzog in honor of AID pets Bess, Belle, Jenny and Daisy, Dave and Mary Snyder in honor of AID dog Fletcher, Kelly Hartnett in honor of AID cats Lexi and Hyacinth and in memory of Maryann, Denise Schaffer, Nancy Mihalko, and Joan Miles in honor of AID dogs Allie and Eli, and Wanda and Leo DeLongin memory of beloved dog Cruiser.

Thanks also to Jan and Bob ThomasSteve and Candy Kotran in memory of Mavrik, Lenore Micolochick in memory of Cassie and Lolly, Heidi Maugle in memory of cat Remington, June WeberCarolyn ShawJim MokryAnnette BonnerKathy Koval, and some folks who prefer to remain anonymous.

More Thank You’s

So many people were a part of this Radiothon and helped in so many ways. Our shelter staff and volunteers took several animals to the station, and some people who had adopted from us also visited the station with their AID pet or a shelter pet.

Denny Repsher maintains the digital records of every pledge, while Bev Repsher coordinates the phone answering in the studio, assisted by several volunteers. Evenings and weekend phones are answered by even more volunteers. Rose Yanger coordinated the prizes, callins, and countless other details including sending out thank you’s for all donations.

Mail processing for several weeks was handled by Linda HoffertKelly Hartnett and Nancy Michener. Thanks to Dennis from Mobile Sound Surge DJ for making Sunday extra special with music and laughs!

Coordinating the setup of tables, grills and food at the kennel were Marla Burke and an army of volunteers, including the folks from Smokin’ Smitty’s Catering. Countless volunteers perfermed countless tasks, which would take this whole newsletter to list. And special thanks to Cheryl SchneiderStella PolitLinda HoffertKelly HartnettBob JohnsonJohn Cima and so many others for countless acts of kindness including setting up the auction and basket social displays, picking up tables and chairs and food items and…the list is endless.

Joining Bobby at the Allentown Farmer’s Market on Saturday were another group of volunteers, including Mackenzie Harry, who collected almost $500 in donations by simply asking visitors to donate! Thanks to all who donated items for the fabulous basket social and the Chinese auction, who made baked goods and food items, and who helped in so many other ways.

A very special thanks to Lori Cima, kennel manager, for coordinating the studio visits and doing so many other things to ensure that the shelter animals would be well cared for all year.

HOME SWEET HOME PARTY:

CANCELLED

Saturday, November 17

Due to unexpected events, the Home Sweet Home Party has been cancelled. If you have purchased tickets either in person at the shelter or by mail, your money will be refunded.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

HOLIDAY FUN AND FUNDRAISERS

CHRISTMAS EVENTS AT AID

100% of the proceeds benefit the no-kill sanctuary
Animals In Distress
5075 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Happy Holidays Open House

Dec. 2, 12:00 to 4:00 pm.
At Animals In Distress

Live Music, Craft and Gift Bazaar, Food & Beverages, Basket Social*

Fabulous selection of craft and gift items, baked goods (please deliver donated baked goods to the shelter by noon on December 1), extensive homemade dog biscuit selection in many flavors, and much, much more.This event features the area’s largest selection of items with a cat or dog motif, many one-of-a-kind. All items are reasonably priced.

* Baskets filled with various items are needed and can be brought to the shelter by 3:00 pm on Dec. 1. They should have a value of at least $10 and can be in any theme you choose: chocolate or coffee or tea lover, cat lover, bathroom, dog lover, etc. The baskets we have received in the past have been exceptional, with some worth $75 or more. Drawing of the Basket Social Winners will be at 3:00 pm on Dec. 16.

Pet Photos with Santa Paws

Saturday, December 1, 1:00 to 3:30 pm
Sunday, December 9, 1:00 to 3:30 pm
At Animals In Distress

No appointments needed. People are welcome to pose with the pet. Props (hats, halos, etc. are available, or bring your own.)

 

Happy Holidays Gift Bazaar and Basket Social

Every Tues, Thurs, Sat, and Sun until Dec. 23
1:00 to 4:00 pm
At Animals In Distress

Please stop by and do some last minute shopping, while also enjoying one of the area’s greatest gift selections featuring cats and dogs.  New items are added constantly.

STOP HOLIDAY STRESS

Christmas Wreath at Animals In DistressLet’s be realistic: the holidays are a mixed blessing. Many people become exhausted (and sick) by running around buying gifts and all that goes with them (wrapping, delivering, paying for, returning, etc.). Many people spend too much, eat too much, and have too much. In the process of celebrating the holidays, we sometimes minimize or even forget the meaning of the holidays, which are a time for giving, not getting; a time for being grateful for what we have – our health, our loved ones, our other blessings.

Let’s make a deal: if you consider sharing your holiday celebration with the animals at the shelter, you will receive in return: less stress and work for you, more time for what really matters, tax deductible holiday “spending,” and the knowledge that you have helped those who will not have any holiday at all, without your help.

Further, those who receive your gifts will know that they are being honored in the best way possible: by having good done for others, in their name, in their honor. What better way to honor the memory of a loved one? In this Holiday Fundraising brochure are all sorts of gift ideas. Please consider them as part of your holiday giving. You and the gift recipients will feel great by giving and receiving such gifts, and so will the homeless animals at our shelter.

Remember: 100% of all money donated – and ll money raised through such fundraisers – goes directly to care for the 370+ animals housed at Animals In Distress, over the holidays as well as during the rest of the year.

 

SHARE YOUR GIFT GIVING WITH OUR ANIMALS

Holiday Tributes at Animals in DistressHelp us decorate the shelter for the holidays and so something special as well. In all Tribute categories, the person’s or pet’s name(s) will be printed on velvet ribbons attached to the Holiday Tributes. A personalized announcement of your thoughtful gift will be mailed directly to each recipient you designate on the enclosed form. If you prefer, we will send the announcements to you so you can deliver them personally.

Please consider honoring a family, friend, business, or special pet or person by selecting one or more of these very special donor holiday options:

  • Poinsettia Tribute with Name of Person/Pet Honored – $30
  • Special Ornament with Name Honored – $50
  • Special Wreath with Name(s) Honored – $250

Please designate your instruction on our Holiday Tributes form and mail your instructions to the P.O. Box on the form. The Holiday Tributes will remain on display until after the New Year. Please allow our volunteers adequate time to process your request. Tributes will be processed as soon as possible, and displayed at the shelter immediately after we receive them.

SALLY’S STORY

Sally, rescued by Animals in DistressSally, an older Lab mix, came to us in horrible condition: sores and parasites covered her body. She was a sad, sad case. People didn’t seem to be interested in this sweet senior pup and we thought she would be with us for the remainder of her days.

Unexpectedly, a loving family saw in her a wonderful companion and adopted her. This shows that miracles do happen IF we all work together to make them possible!!

MORE AID NEWS

Nominations for the Board

The Nominating Committee invites members in good standing to nominate candidates for service on the shelter’s Board of Trustees for 2012. Board members are unpaid, are expected to donate an average of 10 hours per week, and participate in various areas of administration and fund raising.

To nominate someone, including yourself, send the candidate’s resume, a letter specifying what area(s) the candidate is prepared to serve in, and a letter from the candidate expressing ability to serve, and mail the nomination to:

  • NOMINATING COMMITTEE
    Animals In Distress
    P.O. Box 609
    Coopersburg, PA 18036

Nominations must be received by November 10.

 

AID Online News

Visit our website to see upcoming event details, pictures of animals available for adoption, a virtual tour of the shelter buildings, and past and current newsletters.

We are now able to take online donations as well. Go to our Donations page to find out how you can donate online.

Visit the website to keep in touch with happenings and changes in events. Things happen quickly and many changes occur between publications of this print newsletter.

Also you can visit us on Facebook by sending Spook Cat a friend request. We carefully screen all requests so please email us at aidpa@enter.net first so we know you are on our mailing list and are asking to be Spook’s Facebook friend.

CALENDAR OF HOLIDAY EVENTS

November

Dog’s Day Out

Saturday, November 10
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
At Action Party Rental
620 Union Blvd.
Allentown, PA

Bring your dog to a fun-filled day of games, food and pet prizes.
Visit our table and play our Shelter Pet Wheel of Fortune

Click here for a map to Action Party Rental.

 

Thirty One Gifts Open House

Sunday, November 11
4:00 to 8:00 pm
At Animals In Distress

Start your holiday shopping early! From totes or purses you can wear while you’re out and about, thermals to help you transport food and drinks to a party, or organizational items to help you keep your house neat and tidy, Thirty-One has a solution!

Join us for a fun shopping experience to benefit Animals In Distress. 25% of sales go to help the animals at the shelter. Snacks will be served.

To view a catalog or place orders online go to:

Click on Place an Order and select the Animals In Distress event so that we get credit for your purchase.

Download a flyer and share it with your family, friends and coworkers. We hope to see you at the party.

 

Home Sweet Home Party

Saturday, November 17
6:30 – 9:30 pm
At Animals In Distress

This special evening is a time to look aback at how very far we’ve come, a time to thank those who had a vision of what animal rescue could be, and a time to connect with friends, old and new, who share that same vision. Come see where we were just 10 years ago and how we came to call our new kennel home sweet home.

Tickets: $35 – that’s just $1 for each year of helping animals

Tickets can be purchased at Animals In Distress in advance or at the door on the night of the event. Or download a ticket order form and purchase your tickets by mail (check or credit card payments). Tickets ordered by mail will be held at the door.

  • Prepaid tickets purchased at the shelter or by mail and postmarked by November 13 include 2 free raffle tickets each.
  • Tickets purchased after November 13 and at the door on Nov. 17 include one raffle ticket each.
  • Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the event.

Admission includes:

  • Dinner catered by Smokin’ Smitty’s Catering
  • Live dinner music and some surprise entertainment
  • Great door prizes, including a $500 designer sterling silver pin of our logo

For additional information, contact Kelly at 610-762-8553.

 

Sip ‘n Shop

Thursday, November 29
5:00 – 9:00 pm
At The Barrister’s Club
1114 W. Walnut Street
Allentown, PA

Visit our table along with various other vendors.
Light refreshments, cash bar, a wide variety of merchandise.

click here for a map to The Barrister’s Club

 

December

Pets and People Photos with Santa

Saturday, December 1
Sunday, December 9 

1:00 – 3:30 pm
At Animals In Distress

No appointments needed. People are welcome to pose with the pet. Props (hats, halos, etc. are available, or bring your own.)

 

Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 2 
1:00 – 4:00 pm
At Animals In Distress

Live Music, Pet Caricatures, Craft and Gift Bazaar, Food & Beverages, Basket Social*

Fabulous selection of craft and gift items, baked goods (please deliver donated baked goods to the shelter by noon on December 1), extensive homemade dog biscuit selection in many flavors, and much, much more. This event features the area’s largest selection of items with a cat or dog motif, many one-of-a-kind. All items are reasonably priced.

* Baskets filled with various items are needed and can be brought to the shelter by 3:00 pm on Dec. 1. They should have a value of at least $10 and can be in any theme you choose: chocolate or coffee or tea lover, cat lover, bathroom, dog lover, etc. The baskets we have received in the past have been exceptional, with some worth $75 or more. Drawing of the Basket Social Winners will be at 3:00 pm on Dec. 16.

 

Holiday Craft and Gift Bazaar

December 2 through December 23
Every Tues., Thurs., Sat., and Sun. 

1:00 – 4:00 pm
At Animals In Distress

Please stop by and do some last minute shopping, while also enjoying one of the area’s greatest gift selections featuring cats and dogs.  New items are added constantly.

 

Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble

Monday, December 17 through Thursday, December 20
6:00 – 10:00 pm
At Barnes & Noble
The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley

Bring your Barnes & Noble purchases along with other gifts to be wrapped by our volunteers.

Click here for a map to Barnes & Noble at The Promenade Shops

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