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




There are times when we think of all of our friends and supporters and say a silent “thank you” to them for allowing us to help some of the most desperate animals. Without their support, we would not have the resources to provide emergency and long-term medical care, shelter, and love to approximately 400 animals at any one time. Our greatest fear is that the necessary resources won’t be there to do the next rescue, or to pay the more than $50,000 it costs to run our shelter each month.

Where would all of our shelter residents go if there were no Animals In Distress? Many, like Spook, would have no chance elsewhere. How sad to think that could ever happen. Well, we make a promise to you: if you provide what you can to help, in the form of money and time and support and prayers, we will put every dollar to use in saving animals who have no hope elsewhere. We have been doing that for almost 36 years, and will continue to do so. Lives, thousands of them, have been saved because we have kept that promise.

Mrs. Cat, rescued by Animals In DistressAn example of the rescues that your support makes possible is Mrs. Cat. This 3 year old stray cat had once been a pet, since she is friendly. However, she was attacked by a pit bull in the neighborhood and was badly mauled. Her front leg was broken in several places, and bones poked through the skin. She was in that condition for 2 weeks. Some kind people were concerned but did not have the money to get her the proper vet care. Imagine: she endured incredible pain and fear for two weeks – how horrible to imagine any creature in that situation – just pain, fear, and hopelessness.

This is where YOU come in! Because you make our work possible, we were able to get this poor cat the medical care she needed. Because of you, she is now residing at our sanctuary, recovering from the amputation of her leg. Sadly, by the time she got to us, her leg had deteriorated to the point where it could not be saved. However, we know that three-legged animals do very well. In fact, some can jump and run as fast as those with four legs in many cases.

We know it takes a special type of person to adopt an animal with special needs. The older animals, those who are diabetic or three-legged or blind or deaf… the list goes on and on. Those animals deserve a chance: first, to live and feel safe and loved, and second, to find a forever home.

Astro at Animals in Distress

It can take a long time to find that home, as is the case with Astro, an older cattle dog who has been with us for quite a while. Although Astro is loving, calm, and very tolerant of other animals, he was overlooked for a couple of years since he is an older dog. People looking to adopt a dog would meet him and say “He is such a nice dog, but… he is older than we wanted.” We certainly understand the heartbreak that people go through when a beloved pet dies, be we also know that we are all getting older, and senior status is NOT a crime. In fact, just the opposite: it is a blessing denied to many who never get the chance to grow old. So, when a kind family expressed interest in adopting Astro, we were delighted. He  found his forever home, and they have found a loyal and loving canine companion.

Buttercup at Animals in DistressAnother special adoption is of a pit bull named Buttercup, who was with us for several years. Placing pits is tricky, since many landlords prohibit them, and many people are intimidated by their negative headlines in the news. However, a wonderful couple met and fell in love with Butter, who was back to visit us during Mardi Paws. You can see her family photo here. She just loves her new family and “smiles” from ear to ear whenever we see her.

Sometimes, we can’t wait to share good news with all of you, for you to make all our work possible. You allow us to give pets like Mrs. Cat, Astro, and Buttercup a chance to be given medical care, love and dignity.

Thanks to the incredibly kind people: who support us, who volunteer for us, who pray for us, who take care of our shelter residents, and who adopt animals from us. The world is a better place because of YOU!

Please participate in our fundraisers and help us raise the funds necessary to continue our work, work that for 35 years has saved thousands of lives and made our community a better and kinder place for pets and people too. Our existence and continued work are a tribute to the love, generosity, and prayers of people who believed that an alternative should exist for animals deemed hopeless and unadoptable, and Animals in Distress has been a shelter and sanctuary for pets like Mrs. Cat, Astro, Butter, and Spook, and so many others. Thanks for caring, and for believing in second chances.



We need your help in updating our database, especially for active volunteers. Kathy Trexler has designed a volunteer database that will allow us to send information on events and needs to those who have expressed an interest in volunteering in vatious ways for us. If you are a volunteer and have moved or changed your email address, please email us at aidpa@enter.net and give us your updated contact information. Most of you will be contacted by email, so it is crucial that we have your most recent mailing and email address.

Visit Our Website at animalsindistress-pa.org

For information on upcoming events, copies of the most recent and past newsletters, and lots of other neat things. In addition, you can now donate online by visiting our website. All information is kept totally secure, and we never share donor or mailing information with anyone.

Have you got a van or SUV that you don’t need?

If so, would you consider donating it to us? The van we now have had almost 160,000 miles on it when it was donated, and is starting to cost a lot to keep functioning. We desperately need a reliable and more cost efficient way of transporting animals to the veterinarian, picking up supplies, and so on. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it needs to be in good running order, since we do not have the funds for costly maintenance and upkeep. If you are interested in making such a donation, please email us at aidpa@enter.net or call 610-966-9383 and leave a phone message. Your donation would be fully tax deductible since we are a 501c3 charity.

Laps of Love Walkathon

Registration starts at 10:00 am on June 2, which is the same day as our Pets and People Party we call Alumni Day. The whole day will be a lot of fun for you and your dog (or cat), plus dozens of prizes. Get sponsorships now and bring them with you when you register. The entry fee is only $10 per person, with 100% of the proceeds going to help the shelter animals. Entrings bringing $50 or more in sponsorships will receive an AID t-shirt. Download an entry form, pick one up at the shelter, or even fill one out the day of the event.

Also, Team Spook appreciates your support, even if you can’t attend. Just mail in your donation marked Team Spook, and Spook will get the credit for that in his total. He wants to win, so he needs everyone’s help to build up his total. Spook wants people to know that cats can raise funds for the shelter as well as the dogs!! In fact, he will be “walking” in the Laps even and wil be showing off his brand new wagon called the SpookMobile, which will be making its public debut at that event.

Entrants will be eligible to win some really neat prizes, but mostly, they will know that they are helping the animals and having a great time as well. You won’t meet a nicer bunch of people (and animals) thatn you will during the Laps of Love and the Alumni Day events that follow.

36th Annual Alumni Day Pets and People Party
Sunday, June 2 from Noon to 4:00 pm

This annual event is like a big family gathering, where people (and their pets) can eat, socialize, play games, enter contests like a Pet Cake Walk or a Pet/Owner Lookalike Contest, catch up with old friends and make new ones… plus win some great items in our always fabulous basket social. (By the way, baskets are needed and can be dropped off by June 1 or brought to the event by noon.)

A memento of the day is our Commemorative Journal. Please consider taking out a listing in it, in honor or memory of a loved one, or as a tribute to someone, or as a way to share a favorite poem or photo. Business listings are especially welcome.

Download a Journal Listing Form and send it in (along with your donation) and indicate your wishes, and we will do the rest. The Journal is also a fundraiser for us, so please help us make this year’s journal one of the best yet.


In keeping with a 26 year tradition, a softball game to benefit our animal sanctuary will be held Sunday, May 19 at the historic Limeport Stadium on Limeport Pike, just a few minutes south of Animals In Distress. Teams playing will be the folks from radio station WAEB 790AM against Dr. Joe Sobel and the folks from AccuWeather in State College. The first pitch will be thrown at 1 pm.

Jeered on by local radio personality Bobby Gunther Walsh, the teams will frolic and joke their way through one of the funniest softball games you will ever attend. The game is again being played in memory of AccuWeather’s Ken Reeves, who was a strong support of this benefit game to raise funds for Animals In Distress.

By the way, we are very appreciative of the hospitality shown to us by the folks at Limeport Stadium, which is just 2 minutes south after you turn right on Limport Pike as you leave our shelter. The stadium, on your left, is like a step back in time and has ample parking as well as covered bleachers so there is no need to bring beach chairs, although you may do so if you wish.

Lunch will be available at noon, including a bake sale, snacks and beverages. A winde range of prizes will be given out. Top prizees are a gorgeous pair of earrings worth $649 donated by Westgate Jewelers and a $500 gas grill donated by Lehigh Supply Appliances. As you can see, since all items are donated – including delicious hot dogs from Yocco’s – 100% of the day’s proceeds will be used to help the animals at our sanctuary. There is no admission fee, although donations are much appreciated.

Founded 36 years ago as a non-euthanizing alternative for homeless and abused pets, Animals In Distress exists totally on donations and receives no state or municipal funding. Ever mindful that it is cheap to take a life, and expensive to save life, the sanctuary keeps every pet admitted, providing food, shelter and veterinary care until just the right home can be found – and will keep the animal forever if it is not adopted.

So let’s meet in Limeport and play ball!!

To be eligible to win the prizes, please download, print and fill out some raffle tickets and return them to us so they arrive by May 18 or bring them to the game. 100% of the raffle proceeds will help our animals, so please buy these tickets and try to sell more. You can call us at 610-966-9383, ext. 8, or stop at the sanctuary, if you would like more tickets. You do not have to be present to win.


You know, there is SO much talk about the bad things going on in the world right now. Believe me, Eli and I hear stuff all the time… that’s one thing about having our command center right in the middle of the cat wing…just ask us – we can tell you all the latest news, and most of it is NOT good! Politicians arguing left and right, nice people who get sick or have accidents or money troubles… it goes on and on. Sometimes it seems like the whole world is just one big sad place.
But then I think how lucky I am to be here at Animals In Distress. We just had the most AMAZING party and I need to tell you all about it. Our volunteers have to be some of the best people on earth. They spent so many hours getting this affair together… and what a night it was! It was called “Mardi Paws” and it was a big giant Mardi Gras celebration to raise money for all of us animals down here.

Some of our fantastic volunteers at AID

Some of our fantastic volunteers at AID

Fabulous food at AID's Mardi Paws celebration

Fabulous food at Mardi Paws

You should have seen how beautiful the Hospitality Center looked. It was all sparkly… full of twinkly lights and pretty decorations. Marla Burke is our super duper volunteer coordinator, and she and her crew sure were busy!

Smokin' Smitty's

Smokin’ Smitty’s

There was all sorts of delicious food, organized by caterer Smokin’ Smitty’s (shown here) in conjunction with several volunteers. Nancy, Brian, and their crew really outdid themselves with a menu of grilled entrees and veggies. Shrimp cocktail, a huge array of hot and cold appetizers and munchies, almost uncountable desserts and goodies… wow! Now, I do have one complaint: I am not allowed to eat any of that good stuff due to my annoying medical problems. However, a lot of effort has gone into keeping me alive, so I guess that is just a limitation that I will have to put up with!

Best of all, from my purrspective, is that we had the largest crowd ever, so more seating was needed for people to eat their meal and just chat. And that is how Cafe Spook was created. Yes… tables and chairs were set up in our cat wing, Purrfect Place, and you should have seen the line-up of my feline buddies who watched from the windows of their social rooms as people chowed down on their food. We all loved the company and extra attention we got.

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 us shelter animals is now living with them, like a daily reminder of all of us who are still waiting to find a home. Some, like me, will probably never get adopted, but that’s ok too, since we are loved and cared for here, at the Kennel of Hope, by our AID “Family.”

Anton in his finest Mardi Paws attire

Anton in his finest attire at AID’s Mardi Paws celebration

Madeline and owner Cheryl looking fabulous

Madeline and owner Cheryl looking fabulous

Anyway… besides the yummy food, there was a silent auction of some really great items. If I had more room in my little playpen here, I would have bid on a few items myself! (I have a few dollars set aside from sales of my catnip muffins.) Our volunteers set up the great items in the auction and did a zillion other things to make the night such a success.

And do you know what else? They even had a live Dixieland band…YEP! And these guys played so great. I will tell you, getting to party with live music is sure something different for us. This is SO unlike me – I am usually quite dignified but I actually allowed myself to dance to the music (sort of, since only 2 of my 4 legs actually work). Thanks to Ronnie, the drummer, for making all the arrangements – and for volunteering to pet all us cats as well. One of our talented volunteers, Anita, is a photographer, and all of her wonderful pictures prove that a great time was had by all.

Kevin O'Connell and the Dixieland All Stars at Mardi Paws

Kevin O’Connell and the Dixieland All Stars

So that’s my update on our shelter’s rocking Mardi Paws party. Thank you to everyone who came to our party, and to those who helped out by donating auction items or food or those who gave monetary donations. Thanks also to the most amazing, wonderful, caring group of volunteers in the whole world! You give so much of your time and talents for all of us animals and we love you for it!

I think when you look at the state of the world in all its craziness, it’s really nice to know that the state of MY world (which is Animals In Distress) is so kind and loving. And that’s because of all of YOU who care so much and give so much love to all of us animals. THANK YOU FOR CARING!


Love and Licks,


Alumni Day – Our 36th Annual Celebration
June 2

at Animals In Distress
12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Our annual Alumni Day “Pets and People Party” will be held on Sunday, June 2 from noon to 4:00 pm. This year celebrates our 36 years of saving animals and living the dream started 36 years ago to honor the life of each pet we rescue, providing care and a home for as long as necessary – for life if a suitable home isn’t found. Presently, we are home to approximately 370 animals who have no place to go if we are not here for them. Our AID logo of a cat and dog sleeping peacefully in each other’s arms, surrounded by a heart thit is the love we all have for them, embodies what we are all about, and the spirit of love and caring is embodied in our annual homecoming Alumni Day celebration. This fun afternoon is made even more memorable by the publication of a Commemorative Journal, which becomes a treasured keepsake of the day.

Please download a form to take out a listing in the 2013 Journal. This is an important fund raiser for us, and all proceeds from the Journal go to help homeless and abused pets. You can use your business card, or make up a message that our printer can typset. Photos can also be included for an extra $10 per photo. Please place your name and address on the back of the photo, and include an special instructions on the form when mailed in.


WAEB 790AM Radiothon to benefit Animals In Distress

at Animals in Distress
July 8 – 14

Donations for Challenge Hours and for incentive prizes are needed now! Please contact us if you can help with either at aid@enter.net or call 610-966-9383, ext. 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. 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
it is essential to our ability to continue our work.

Anton, rescued by Animals In DistressThe cat picture here is Anton, at our veterinarian’s hospital a few days after he had been rescued. He was paralyzed, covered in wounds, thin to the point of starving, and so weak that he could not raise his head. In the Mardi Paws article is a picture showing a very well fed, happy cat wearing a Mardi Paws hat and beads. That is the same cat!

Please help us save the lives of pets like Anton. They are hopeless unless we give them a chance. YOUR dollars make the difference between life and death for pets like Spook, Anton, Mrs. Cat, Buttercup, Astro and so many others.


Please participate in our fundraisers and help us raise the funds necessary to continue to do our work. Our monthly costs are climbing at an alarming rate, and we are deeply concerned about this. All creatures great and small deserve our Love and a second chance. And with your love and support, we can continue to save lives and bring hope to those who are forlorn and afraid.

Our greatest fear is that we will one day lack the resources to help pets like Spook, Mrs. Cat, Astro, and so many others who would have little to no chance elsewhere. We have never taken one dollar of “public” money from local, state, or federal governments, and rely solely on our incredible volunteers, fundraisers, and your donations for everything that we can accomplish.

Every dollar matters. Thank you for 36 years of support and for your faith in a kinder, more loving world.