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!


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.


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.


Posted: November 1, 2013

Donna Hosfeld visits with DC, a corgi residing at Animals In Distress

Donna Hosfeld visits with DC, a corgi residing at Animals In Distress

The sweet picture here is of DC, a 14 year old Corgi, being adored by Donna Hosfeld. DC’s owner is a veteran; he lost his job, then his home, and had nowhere to live where he could keep his dog. So he tearfully had to give up his beloved pet. We were the only ones to help, since most rescues and shelters considered a 14 year old dog unadoptable. Donna visited our shelter and fell in love with DC.

Some of you may know Donna, owner of Hosfeld Insurance. She has been active in the community on behalf of many charitable causes, including Animals In Distress. She recently received a major honor from Erie Insurance for her community service. In addition to the award, Donna was presented with a $2500 check from Erie for a charity of her choice, and Animals In Distress was her choice.

The very best thing about Donna and so many of our supporters and volunteers is that she does what she does because she cares: her work is done from the heart, not done for praise and public recognition. Helping is, in itself, enough reason. However, it is still nice to see people like Donna getting a public acknowledgement of their kindness and generosity: they truly deserve that recognition.


Posted: October 22, 2013

Thanks to all who participated in our annual Wag Walk at Lake Nockamixon on October 19. We raised over $11,000 of much needed funds. Fabulous Brenda Bolster was again the leader in soliciting sponsorship money – we don’t know how she does such a great job, year after year, but are sure glad she does! Two new cat kennel volunteers, Chris Shellhammer and Keith Greenleaf, were second and third in amount of sponsorship money collected (they also adopted a cat from us recently and took in a foster kitty from one of our volunteers – great people!). Best of all, the dogs seemed to be having a great time: it was fun for them and their humans too.

Special thanks to the volunteers who did all the work for this event: prize soliciting, set-up of tents and tables, food preparation, registration, bookkeeping… the list goes on and on. Sometimes we stop to reflect on the endless generosity of time and money that our volunteers who. Most of them are at the shelter and see, firsthand, what all their efforts are for; they see the sweet faces of our animals, they pat their heads, they feed them treats, they speak kind words to them: it’s not difficult to understand why they need to do their very best when they know that these and so many other lives depend on them.

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