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




Bobby Gunther Walsh of WAEB 790AM

After a huge amount of work and prayers, our 2013 WAEB Radiothon – our biggest fundraiser of the year – closed its total at a record-setting $129,357! 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 $200,000. 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 supplies, food, kennel supplies (for example, we go through a mountain of cat litter every month), utilities, … well, you know.
What always is so impressive and touching about the Radiothon is the outpouring of love and kindness from so many people. 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, donate 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

One example of extraordinary caring involves our volunteer DJ Dennis Krause of Sound Surge Mobile DJ. Dennis scheduled surgery so that he would be available for the Radiothon. Due to complications, he nearly died! And his only concern was that if he died, he would let us down! He was so worried that he would not be able to help us on Sunday as he has for the past many years! We are so touched by his devotion and that of our friends, who year after year generously step up with their offers of time and money.

Sometimes, when the evil and sadness in the world get so overhwleming, we think of the care 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 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.


Spook at Animals In DistressI just wanted to say something about this year’s Radiothon and all the other events and fundraisers we have throughout the year. Folks, we need the money! I’m not the guy to humble myself too much but sometimes, I really worry about where me and my fur buddies would be if anything ever happened to AID. Now really; where else would people put with all the extra work to care for pets like me? And I will admit that I’m not always all that nice to the people stuck with the job of helping me pee; they have to press my bladder since it is paralyzed along with my hind legs and my intestines. YUK! The reason I work so hard running the cat wing, training puppies, writing this column, and so on, is that I really do appreciate the fact that I’d have been compost long ago if not for this wonderful, caring place.

As I am writing this in my playpen, I am surrounded by the fur friends that you have helped to save: Eli, who is also paralyzed and has several inoperable bullets in him; Marnie, a cute kitten whose eyes are so damaged that they may have to be removed; Moe, who came here as a kitten diagnosed with feline leukemia and who is still doing well – 10 years later – in our special leukemia room for cats; Adrea, a fussy gal who doesn’t care for the rest of us kitties and spend her time in the kitchen where she can be the solo feline in residence! Where would we be without this place… and all of the people who make AID possible. PURRS to all of you. Thank you for loving us and for caring.



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 WAEB790 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 provided delicious food:

  • Please patronize the businesses who so generously support our work.Mr. Bill’s Poultry Market
  • Faigrounds Discount and Dollar Store
  • Fairgrounds Grocery Store
  • Hot Bagel & Deli
  • Fairgrounds Marketplace
  • Adams Salad
  • New York Pickle
  • Amish Village Bake Shop
  • Berghold’s Produce
  • Peters Brothers Meats
  • Johnny’s Fresh Meats
  • Fairgrounds Poultry Market
  • Julia’s Country Kitchen
  • Culinary Experts
  • Dan’s Bar-B-Q

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.

A very special thank you to Res-Q1250/N3 Oceanic for 2 hours of airtime on Sunday, for prizes, and for a challenge hour! And thanks to Dr. Diana Sorrentino of Lehigh Valley Paladin for sharing airtime on Sunday. Special thanks also to WAEB‘s Craig StevensDan Holzman and intern Josh Dylan.

Special thank yous can be sent to:

Bobby Gunther Walsh, WAEB 1541 Alta Drive Whitehall, PA 18052 or email: gunther@clearchannel.com

Thanks also to businesses and individuals who donated for Challenge Hours:

  • Wanda and Leo DeLong
  • The Mory Family
  • Dave and Mary Snyder
  • Lowell Linde
  • Linda Hoffert
  • The Kotran Family
  • Kim Mokry
  • Ron and Judy Moyer
  • Kelly Hartnett
  • Carolyn Shaw
  • Penny Lenore Micolochick
  • Anita Hertzog
  • Christopher Compher
  • Heidi Maugle
  • Daive Fair
  • Bob and Jan Thomas
  • Val Wolfenden
  • and several folks who want to be anonymous

Many of these folks have also adopted from us – and now support us too. The circle of Love and Kindness continues!

Miss Puggy kisses her loving owner during her appearance in the WAEB studio. These two are so obviously devoted to each other.

Miss Puggy kisses her loving owner during her appearance in the WAEB studio. These two are so obviously devoted to each other.

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 Repshercoordinated the phone answering in the studio, assisted by Barb GroffLinda HoffertCindy DeutschSally SearfassKelly HartnettAnita Patterson, and Bobbie Stoddard (evenings), and on the weekend, Cindy, Rose Yanger and Denise SchaeferRose Yanger coordinates the call-ins and challenge hours and matching money, as well as the prizes and thank yous.

Mail processing for several weeks was handled by Lois GadekLinda HoffertKelly Hartnett, and Nancy Michener. Also, Lois called in to Bobby’s show twice hourly to tell stories of the many rescues done since the past Radiothon.

Coordinating the setup 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. And special thanks to Cheryl, Stella, Linda, Kelly, Bob, John and Deb, 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 Farmer’s Market on Saturday were another group of volunteers (Sandy, Andrea, Mackenzie, Kelly, Dan Holzman and others). Thanks to all who donated items for the fabulous basket social and the Chinese auction, and 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, kennel manager, for coordinating the studio visits and doing many other things to ensure that the shelter animals would be well cared for, especially during the busy times before, during and after the Radiothon.

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 – NOT to pay bills that run into the thousands and thousands of dollars because we had 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.


  • Barbara Katz of Allentown, Joel Kleckner of Emmaus and Paula Deal of Nazareth won Lunch with Gunther.
  • Cathleen Kimmerly of Bethlehem, Chester Puri of Phillipsburg, NJ, and Caryolyn Shaw of Kutztown won Allentown Fair Tickets.
  • Wayne and Linda Haluska of Bethlehem are the prize winners of gorgeous jewelry from Westgate Jewelers, brunch at the Hotel Bethlehem, and a ride from Adamo Limo.
  • Mary Ann Broadhurst of Barto won a getaway at Oliver’s Salon & Day Spa.
  • Anita Hertzog of Allentown won the Comfort Suites prize.
  • Betty Lees of Barto won the R.J. Harwick pet portrait.
  • Kathleen Kovacs of Allentown will be playing golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.
  • Scott Detweiler of Allentown will not have any car problems, thanks to Steve’s Roadside Service.
  • Michael Lengel of Wernersville won a recliner from Hager Furniture and a rug from Joe Mascari’s Carpets and Rugs International.
  • Frank Alexander won a camera from Dan’s Camera.



Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 6
2:30 pm
at Animals In Distress

Our annual Blessing of the Animals Ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 6 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 in this newsletter, and those pets will be included in a special blessing at the event.


Wag Walk at Lake Nockamixon

Saturday, October 19
Animals In Distress Wag Walk at Lake NockamixonRegistration begins at 10:30 am

Walk begins at 11:30 am
at Lake Nockamixon

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.

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: pleas 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.

Click here for a map to Nockamixon State Park.



Quilt Raffle

A pretty quilt featuring the pink cancer ribbon design artfully placed in the design on both sides has been donated to us. We are raffling it off and will draw the winner at ourChristmas Open House on Sunday, December 1.

If you are interested in the quilt, please download and print some raffle tickets, and mail them along to us with a $1 donation per raffle ticket. Or stop in and see the quilt on display at the shelter and purchase your raffle tickets here.


Visit our web site 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 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. Please keep in touch with us; there is almost always a new happening every day!



Marnie, rescued by Animals In DistressMarnie and her tiny litter mates were found alone and scared. Marnie’s eyes were badly infected and bluged grotesquely from the sockets. She and her littermates were bottle-fed and given the necessary medical care.

Sadly, her eye condition is leading to pressure build-up, which might necessitate removing one or both eyes. She doesn’t have much sight in them, of course, but still we are saddened to think this sweet little girl has to undergo even more medical procedures. Whatever she needs, however, she will be safe and love at our shelter, thanks to all of you!


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 2013. Board members are unpaid, are expected to donate an average of 10 hours per week, and participate in various ares of administration and fund raising.

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

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