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

NEWSLETTER: SEPTEMBER 2015

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WAEB RADIOTHON SETS A RECORD!

WAEB Radiothon 2015 to benefit Animals In DistressAfter lots of work and prayers, our 2015 WAEB Radiothon – our biggest fundraiser of the year – closed at a record setting $134,856 ($3,000 more than last year). That is wonderful news and an impressive total. It goes without saying that we really needed those funds, since we went into the Radiothon with an operating deficit of over $250,000. That deficit was and is due to the huge number of animals we are called upon to help, and the escalating costs of veterinary services and medicines, special medical diet food, kennel supplies (for example, we go through a mountain of cat litter every month), utilities…well, you know.

The outpouring of love and kindness from so many people is overwhelming and much appreciated. Donors send pledges with the kindest notes; people come to the weekend events with pictures of their pets and warm words of encouragement. Volunteers schedule their vacations around the Radiothon, and some (many) use precious vacation days so they can help out all during Radiothon week.

Several businesses, not the least of which is the WAEB/ClearChannel team, donated services and items for prizes so that 100% of the funds we raise go directly to animal rescue and care.

Dennis Krause of Sound Surge Mobile DJ again provided music and announcements, donating all his services. Our volunteers outdid themselves in countless ways.

Sometimes when the evil and sadness in the world get so overwhelming, we think of the caring and devoted friends of our shelter/sanctuary and are reminded that much good and decency still exist in the world. It is so easy to give up sometimes, but giving up is not an option if we want to continue to care for the lives we have saved, and to save even more lives. Some of these animals have gone through years of pain and desperation, and still they are able to try just one more time; they won’t give up, and neither will we and our many wonderful friends.

Thank you. You have made the light shine in the darkness; made life an option over death; made hope possible, and banished despair.

May you and those you care about be blessed with the knowledge that your kindness and support have made a huge difference in this world, and in the lives of hundreds of animals who call Animals In Distress their sanctuary and their home.

2015 WAEB Radiothon to benefit Animals In Distress

THOUGHTS FROM YOUR FRIEND AND GUARDIAN ANGEL SPOOK

Wow…what a great outcome for the 2015 WAEB Radiothon. I’m so happy here in Heaven that I almost fell off my cloud!!

Bottom line, though, is that the shelter needs the money! Sometimes, I really worry about where my fur buddies would be if anything ever happened to AID. Most places won’t, or can’t, handle all the extra work to care for pets like me. We would be compost.

Since I crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February 2014, I have had a different view of earth and of everything. I can tell you honestly that Animals In Distress is even more wonderful from up here, since it really is Heaven-like in terms of the love and kindness that I see there every day.

Where else would my best buddy Eli be? Eli, who is paralyze and has several inoperable bullets in him? Where would he be? Who would take care of him and so many others?

I pray every night that Animals In Distress will continue to save lives and take care of those abandoned and forgotten by others. I also pray for all the people who make this work possible. I have asked God to keep them on his special list of Angels on Earth, for that is what they truly are.

 

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I love you all,
Your Friend and Guardian Angel,
Spook

 

THANKS TO OUR BUSINESS SPONSORS AND WONDERFUL 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. Ironton Telephone again provided the phone system. Lehigh Valley Acura, Honda, Hyundai & Phillipsburg Easton HyundaiThe Pet Friendly Vinart Dealerships were the underwriting sponsor and supplied Sunday’s delicious food (obviously they are people friendly too!!), and Smokin Smitty’s Catering and our volunteers did a first rate job preparing and serving up all that great grub. Thanks also to those who donated food items.

A very special thank you to Kospia Farms and Vegan Treats for hosting live remotes at their place of business on Saturday. The hospitality and true support for our work, shown by both of these businesses, exceeded all expectations. What a wonderful way to have fun, meet some great people, and raise much needed funds for our work!! Special thanks also to WAEB’s Craig Stevens and Dan Holzman.

Thanks also to the business and individuals who donated for Challenge Hours:

BUSINESSES:

And also thanks to the many individuals who donated in honor or memory of past and present pets or people. Many of these individual donots have also adopted from us, so they know firsthand how important those life saving dollars can be.

Please patronize the businesses who so generously support our work.

 Also, send thank you’s to Bobby at:

Bobby Gunther Walsh
WAEB
1541 Alta Drive
Whitehall, PA 18052

AND THE WINNERS ARE…!

Prize winner of a Fine Jewelry Piece from Westgate JewelersSunday Brunch for 4 at Hotel Bethlehem, with a ride from Adamo Limousine is lucky Jan Buss of Allentown.

Kathy Koval of Allentown won a Room Makeover donated by Hager Furniture and Joe Mascari’s Carpets and Rugs International.

A “Getaway” at Oliver’s Salon and Day Spa was won by Lynne Snyder of Allentown.

Ron Bennett of Bethlehem won the Comfort Suites overnight stay.

Scott Kemmerer of Kutztown will be playing golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.

Donna and Gene Lahouchuc of Allentown will not have any car problems thanks to a visit from Steve’s Roadside Service.

Iron Pigs tickets were won by Malinda Shelly and Marvin and Sylvia Adler, all from Allentown, and by Kathleen Christman of Whitehall.

 

MORE THANK YOUS

So many people were 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 and took in-studio photos of all the animals, while Bev Repsher coordinates the phone answering in the studio, assisted by Barb Groff, Linda Hoffert, Sally Searfass, Anita Patterson, and Meg Leister. Rose Yanger and Denise Schaffer manned the weekend’s phone calls. Rose Yanger coordinates the call-ins and challenge and matching money, as well as the prizes and thank you’s.

Mail processing for several weeks was handled by Lois Gadek, Linda Hoffert, Sally Searfass, and Nancy Michener. Also, Lois Gadek called in to Bobby’s radio show twice hourly to tell stories of the many rescues done since the past Radiothon and wrote the newsletters.

Coordinating the set-up of tables, grills and food at the kennel was an army of volunteers, including the folks from Smokin Smitty’s Catering. Countless volunteers performed countless tasks, which would take this whole newsletter to list. So many performed 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 Kospia Farms and Vegan Treats on Saturday were another group of volunteers and even some of our present shelter animals as well as some that have been adopted. Thanks to all who donated items for the fabulous basket social and the silent auction, who made baked goods and food items, and who helped in so many other ways. Special thanks to Anita Bielecki for taking photos on Sunday at the shelter. A very special thanks to Lori Cima for coordinating the studio visits and to those who took animals from the shelter to the studio, as well as to the families who adopted from us who took their adopted pets to the studio.

Sincere thanks to all who helped in any way. Events like these take a lot of work and countless hours. Because of the generosity of our volunteers and supporters, almost 100% of the money raised goes directly to help animals. Donations are NOT used to pay bills that run into the thousands and thousands of dollars to pay for the helpers, the food and the prizes. Even the airtime and special promotions were donated so that our supporters could be sure that ALL their donation would go to help animals.

Does it matter? Almost 400 cats and dogs now at our sanctuary would say your support means life or death for them and so many others.

Thanks and thanks again for making this event a success… and for saving lives.

UPCOMING EVENTS

LOWER MILFORD TOWNSHIP FALL FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 26
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)

Lower Milford Township Building/Grounds
7607 Chestnut Hill Church Road
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Click here for a map to the event

Animals In Distress will be there. Stop by our table and say hello. The festival is just a few minutes away from our shelter so stop in visit our animals (Saturday shelter hours are 1:00 – 4:00 pm)..

Demonstrations, Non-Profits, Food and Entertainment

Here are some highlights of the day’s events:

  • Crafts
  • Food prepared by Smokin’ Smitty’s Catering
  • Pappy’s Orchard – some of the township’s best baked goods
  • Silent Auction
  • Free carriage rides and hay rides
  • Kiddie Pedal Tractor Races
  • Photo Contest
  • Southern Lehigh Library Book Sale
  • And lots more!

For more event information, visit Lower Milford Township’s web site.

 

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

 

Blessing of the Animals at Animals In Distress - Sunday, October 4, 2015Sunday, October 4
2:30 pm
at Animals In Distress

Our annual Blessing of the Animals Ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 4 at the shelter. This very special day will include a memorable service highlighted by live music and thoughtful readings and reflections on the joy pets bring into our lives. Each pet that is blessed will receive a St. Francis medal. Live music, a craft and gift bazaar, and refreshments will be available from 1:00 to 3:30.

Also, if you can’t attend the Blessing, you may send in the name of your pet(s) on the donation coupon available in our printed newsletter, and those pets will be included in a special blessing at the event.

 

WAG WALK AT LAKE NOCKAMIXON

Saturday, October 10
(Rain date: Sunday, October 11)
Animals In Distress Wag Walk at Lake NockamixonRegistration begins at 10:30 am

Walk begins at 11:30 am
at Lake Nockamixon

Download a registration form here.

You, your pet, your family and friends are invited to a day of fun, food, fresh air and great exercise. The walk is approximately 2.5 miles around beautiful Lake Nockamixon, located off Route 563 in Quakertown. This is a wonderful event in a beautiful fall setting.

Spook Cat has asked to make a special plea on behalf of Team Spook:

SpookOkay, folks, here’s my plea for your support. Most of the time, dogs steal the show at these walks. It is true that more dogs walk around, on leashes, while most of us cats (with the exception of Anton and a few others I know) are too independent to do so. However, we cats do care about helping to support Animals in Distress. So, you cat people: please consider participating even if you don’t have a dog. You will enjoy the day, and we’ll raise more money. Just sign up for Team Spook, and lest’s see if the cats can raise more money than those show-off dogs. Also, if you can’t attend but want to support Team Spook, just send your sponsorship and mark “Team Spook” on the envelope and the check. That way, we felines will show that we can do as well as (or better than) the canine contingent. Really, folks, we need the money, but also we cats need to have something to brag about at the Wag Walk. Yes, I did cross the Rainbow Bridge. Yes, I can’t attend physically. BUT I will be there… and I will be rooting for my team. You know how your heart can be somewhere, even if your body isn’t? Well, that’s how things are for me. I am always at Animals In Distress… you just can’t see me or pet me. But I am there. And I will be at the Wag Walk too. After all, I was rescued around Halloween, which is how I got my name Spook. Plus I was (am? – not sure about the tense here) orange (well, more light orange but let’s not quibble about that) – sort of like a pumpkin? Here in Heaven, color or size or receding hair or wrinkles or handicaps…well, you get the idea – NONE of that matters here in Heaven. All that matters is your heart, whether you have compassion, whether you’re caring and kind. Anyway, please send your support for Team Spook…we cats thank you.

Click here for a map to Nockamixon State Park.

 

LONGWOOD GARDENS CHRISTMAS BUS TRIP

Christmas at Longwood Gardens - Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 bus trip to benefit Animals In DistressSunday, December 6
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: $60 per person

Includes meal allowance, admission, and transportation.

You will never forget the beauty of the lights and plants and flowers in this world class garden. For more information about Longwood Gardens, please visit www.longwoodgardens.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS:
  • Contact Kelly from Animals In Distress at 610-762-8553

NOTE: Our Holiday Open House will be held from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 5 so we can take the bus trip to Longwood Gardens on Sunday, December 6. Mark your calendars. This is the first time our Holiday Open House is being held on a Saturday.

MORE NEWS

ANIMALS IN DISTRESS ONLINE

Visit our website to see upcoming event details, pictures of animals for adoption, a virtual tour of the shelter buildings, past and current newsletters, and make a donation. Things happen quickly and many changes occur between publications of the printed newsletter.

Also, you can visit us on Facebook by sending Spook Cat a friend request. We carefully screen all request 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.

 

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 2015. 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 candiddate is prepared to serve in, and a letter from the candidate expressing ability to serve. Mail the nomination to:

  • Nominating Committee
    Animals In Distress
    P.O. Box 609
    Coopersburg, PA 18036

Nominations must be received by October 12.

 

BELLA

Bella and Eli attend RadiothonThis is Bella, the only survivor of a litter of kittens we rescued. They were covered in maggots, had their umbilical cords hanging and bleeding, and were only a day or two old. In rough shape, starving, dehydrated, dying. After doing what we could to stabilize them, we rushed them to super foster mom Rose Yanger, who nursed them 24/7, keeping them warm and comfortable. Despite her best efforts, each kitten died except for Bella.

This miracle kitten visited the WAEB studio during Radiothon last year and caused those of us who worked on the litter when they first came in to choke back the tears. Knowing that only she survived was bittersweet.

Since last year, Bella grew stronger and was adopted by Denise Schaffer and her AID dog Eli. Here both animals are, sitting on an office chair in our records room during Radiothon Sunday this year! THIS is a miracle YOU made possible.

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