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

NEWSLETTER: MAY 2015

TABLE OF CONTENTS

38TH ALUMNI DAY CELEBRATION

YOU, YOUR PETS, AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
ARE INVITED TO A

“SHARE YOUR HEART WITH ANIMALS”
PETS AND PEOPLE PARTY

38TH ALUMNI DAY CELEBRATION
OF ANIMALS IN DISTRESS

Sunday, June 7, 2015 from noon to 4 pm

Meet old friends and make new ones!

After the Laps of Love Walkathon
(register at 10am for Laps)

Bring a lawn chair and relax all day at our sanctuary.

ALL AFTERNOON:

 Canine Playground in our Agility Yard 
 Displays • Fabulous Basket Social  Bake Sale 
 Live Music compliments of Donna Fisher and Friends 
• Tours of Purrfect Place (our cat wing) •
 Food and Beverages  Craft & Gift Bazaar 
 Homemade Dog Biscuits  Door Prizes 
• Great Friends – see old ones and make new ones
 Free Copy of Commemorative Journal 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

Pet Cake Walk – 12:45
(walk with our without a pet)

Pet/Owner Lookalike Contest

Visits to the Garden of Heroes

Baskets, bake sale items and homemade dog biscuits are needed. Please deliver by 11am on June 7 but preferably by 3pm on June 6.

All registered participants in the Laps of Love Walkathon will receive
5 free Basket Social tickets just for being there for the Laps!

THE UNWILLING FIGHTER

George Foreman, rescued by Animals In DistressOne of the saddest parts of animal rescue is seeing abandoned pets struggling to survive in a world they don’t understand. One day, they had a home and a family. The next day, they have nothing: no shelter, no one to care about them, no food, no safety – not even their name in most cases since most aren’t wearing name tags.

Trusting people, they may overcome their fear and go up to strangers, thinking humans will help. In some cases, the abandoned animal lucks out and finds a caring person to take it in and love it. Sadly, in too many cases – especially with homeless cats – people chase them away or even sic dogs on them or try to shoot, hit or poison them. At the very least, the poor abandoned animal may find someone who puts food out occasionally, and the animal lives from day to day.

Such was the case with a big black cat we rescued. A nice person was feeding him and several other strays, but that was all she could do. Unfortunately, since the cat was not neutered, he was attacked man, many times by the strays in the ara. Many of those strays are feral, and unapproachable by humans. The cat we rescued was certainly not doing well in these fights: when he came to us as an emergency, his one ear was ripped up so badly that there was more open wound than fur to be seen. We named him George Foreman, after the famous heavyweight boxing champion.

Our hearts broke to hear that when he was abandoned, George kept trying to get inside people’s houses. George kept trying to get inside people’s houses. He sat on their porches and patios, waiting for a door to open so he could come inside. But…No one let him in. So, he resigned himself to living on the streets, fighting every day for enough to eat and for his very life. From time to time, he suffered wounds and injuries: bites, infections, limping, and so on. He so wanted a home. But he was just another stray cat, among countless strays. Being black didn’t help either, since black cats and dogs are the last to be adopted in shelters.

As this newsletter is being written, George is in the veterinary hospital undergoing surgery. He may have to have his injured ear removed. He has tested positive for FIV, which is a feline disease that may weaken his immune system if it becomes active (sort of like a human who tests positive for AIDS but doesn’t have active AIDS). FIV positive cats are usually euthanized by most rescues and shelters, even though the virus is not casually spread. In fact, the only means of transmission is through cat bites (which is why a lot of stray males who get attacked wind up with FIV). We have a whole room of FIV positive cats at our sanctuary, and most of them can live many years – even a normal life span of 15+ years – after becoming FIV positive.

When he has recovered, George will join the crowded FIV room at Animals In Distress. He will greet visitors with his sweet and loving purrsonality. If you want to see how important your donations are – to George and so many other special needs animals like him – stop by and see him and the 350+ cats and dogs now residing with us. They are the best testimony we have to the value of the work that we do, and the importance of YOUR prayers and support.

MORE NEWS

THANKS!

Special thanks to the kind folks at Freeman Jewelers for inventing and running a fundraiser just for us! The fundraiser they had was call the “Diamonds to the Rescue” sale. They sold savings passes for five dollars which gave the buyer up to 25% off items in their store on a designated weekend in April. We received the $5 donation. The total we received was $1500 (that’s a lot of $5 passes!). Their South Mall store raised the largest amount of money. We had a table there all day the Saturday of the sale to sell passes and talk to people to raise awareness of our shelter. They even purchases some sterling silver animal-theme jewelry for the fundraiser and hosted a pet photo contest in keeping with the theme. Susu’s rescue (below) explains the importance of their – and your – support.

 

SUSU

Susu and her kittens at Animals In DistressSusu, a very pregnant young cat, gave birth to a litter shortly after arriving at our shelter. She and the whole litter are doing well, thanks to us saving them just in time. Susu is a Siamese mix who was left behind when her owner moved – pregnant, starving, and desperate for a safe place to give birth. Thanks to our supporters and friends, Susu and her babies were safe. Good wishes alone aren’t enough to pay vet bills, buy medical supplies and prescription food, cover utilities, etc. Please help us continue to help animals like these.

No act of Kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

UPCOMING EVENTS

IRON PIGS NIGHT FOR ANIMALS IN DISTRESS

Thursday, June 2
Coca Cola Park
Allentown

Spend a fun evening at Coca Cola Park and make sure to visit our table and say hi (and make a donation too).

LAPS OF LOVE WALKATHON

Sunday, June 7
Registration: 10:00 am
Walkthon starts at 10:30 am
at Animals In Distress

June 7 will be a lot of fun for you and your dog (or cat). You don’t need a pet to walk. Just come and enjoy the good friends and fun!

Get sponsorships now by using the form in our April newsletter (or download it here and print it). You can also get one by stopping at the shelter.

Also, Team Spook appreciates your support, even if you can’t come. Just mail in your donation for Team Spook, and Spook will get the credit for that in his total. Spook always wanted to do his best for his home and those who saved his life, so please consider honoring his memory by donating to Team Spook.

38TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:
ALUMNI DAY PETS AND PEOPLE PARTY

Sunday, June 7
Noon to 4:00 pm

At Animals In Distress

Set this date aside now. Enjoy live music, games, a basket social and much more.

Baskets, bake sale items and homemade dog biscuits are needed. Please deliver by 11am on June 7 but preferably by 3pm on June 6.

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN DOG TRAINING CLASS

Starting Wednesday, June 10 
6:30 pm
At Animals In Distress

Space is limited so call or email aidpa@enter.net if you are interested. Classes run for 7 weeks.

WAEB 790AM RADIOTHON

July 13 – 19
at Animals In Distress

Donations for Challenge Hours and for incentive prizes are needed now. Please contact us if you can help with either at aidpa@enter.net or 610-966-9383 ex. 8. Donations during the on air portion of the Radiothon are encouraged when people know that they can make every dollar they donate double or triple its value during these Challenge Hours. Even if you can’t do a Challenge Hour, PLEASE consider donating early so we can start with a good amount toward our final total.

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is essential to our ability to continue our work.

 

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