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


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The other night, the news broadcasts were full of murders, rapes, beatings, and, of course, various wars and beheadings around the world. Nothing positive was reported. How very sad it is to think that our daily diet of news is so slanted to what is negative about our world. One wonders if humanity will ever strive toward a positive and humane view of existence if it keeps feasting on all that is evil, violent, and devisive.

As we approach this holiday season, we are very mindful that much in life is sand and not in our control. BUT let us be very thankful for the kindness and good that we can create. If each of us lights one candle, we can create light out of darkness. Together, we can conquer darkness and create enough light to enable us to see the path leading to a better, safer, more humane world.

Thank you for being a candle in the darkness. Over 350 animals at the shelter now (and thousands in homes) are alive and safe today because we refused to give in to the forces of darkness. Thank you for making our work possible – through your prayers, your financial support, your volunteer efforts, and, especially, your belief in a kinder, more humane option for unwanted pets.

SargeThank you for Sarge’s life. Several months ago, we told you about a dog who came to us with open wounds and internal intestinal tract damage. Without help, the dog named Sarge would have died a long and painful death, as the wound spread and deadly infection infiltrated his body. The wound and internal damage had gotten very deep due to years of neglect, and Sarge was in excruciating pain every time he went to defecate. After almost a year of surgeries and recuperation, Sarge has been released by the surgeon from further follow-up visits, since his wounds have completely closed up, finally. This photo was taken as Kelly Hartnett drove him home after the last visit, on Veteran’s Day: he looks so relieved that his painful ordeal is finally at an end. thanks to all who support us, Sarge will have many pain free years ahead of him and will, we hope, find a loving forever home.

DuchessThank you for providing the resources so we could save Duchess and her puppies. Chained to an old trailer in a remote area, Duchess gave birth to a litter of puppies and had to fight other dogs in the area for scraps of food. When we rescued her and her babies, she was a skeleton, suspicious of everyone and very uncomfortable around other dogs. Her puppies have found homes, but she is still waiting for that special family to discover her. She is so different now: she knows that she will have enough to eat, a safe and comfortable place to sleep, and lots of friends to take her on walks and adventures. She is a survivor, with our help.

Thank you for enabling us to help so many animals like Sarge and Duchess, who have nowhere else to go. In the midst of a violent and trouble world, Animals in Distress exists as a humane and compassionate refuge for those without hope. We pray for the day when all animals, everywhere, can receive the compassion that governs everything we do at our shelter, and further hope that all people will also someday be treate with – and treat others with – that same compassion and respect.

May you and those you love enjoy the blessings of this holiday season. Please know that your many kindnesses are appreciated by all of the animals who do not have words to thank you for their lives, for their peace of mind, and for a safe refuge for as long as they need it.


Happy Holidays Open House at Animals In DistressHAPPY HOLIDAYS OPEN HOUSE

December 7
At Animals In Distress
12:00 pm – 4:00 PM


Fabulous selection of craft and gift items, baked goods (please deliver donated baked goods to the shelter by noon on December 6), extensive homemade dog biscuit selection in many flavors, and much, much more.

This event features the are’s largest selection of items with a cat or dog motif, may one-of-a-kind. All items are reasonably priced.

* Baskets filled with various items are needed and can be brought to the shelter by 3 pm on December 6. They should have a value of at least $10 and can be in any theme you choose: chocolate or coffee or tea lover, cat lover, bathroom, dog lover, etc. The baskets we have received in the past have been exceptional, with some worth $75 or more. Drawing of the Basket Social Winners will be at 3 pm on Thursday, December 18.


Santa Paws at Animals In DistressPET PHOTOS WITH SANTA PAWS

Saturday, December 13
Sunday, December 14
Saturday, December 20
At Animals In Distress
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

No appointments needed.
People are welcome to pose with their pet.



Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until December 23
At Animals In Distress
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please stop by and do some last minute shopping, while also enjoying one of the area’s greatest gift selections featuring cats and dogs. New items are added constantly.



Don’t forget to visit our booths at Cottage Crafters on Tilghman Street in Allentown, in the big shopping center next to Josh Early Candies. Over 100 vendors of crafts, gifts, and antiques offer unique items at fair prices. Our booths are located along the left wall after you pass the checkout counter when you enter the front door. Proceeds from our booths go to ur shelter, less a small percentage to Cottage Crafters.

Check our website for latest news, updates, and photos of holiday merchandise and events.

Take a Pet to Dinner: Animals In Distress Fundraising programA HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA

Many people who love animals cannot have one in their homes due to various reasons such as allergies, lease restrictions, space, etc. There are others who already have pets and cannot add to the pet population in their homes or some people live out of the area but have expressed an interest in helping the pets in our shelter.

We have a wonderful program at the shelter entitled “Take a Pet to Dinner.” This program enables a person to sponsor a dog or cat currently living at the kennel and to become that pet’s “special person.” What a wonderful gift idea for a special purrson for this year’s holiday season!! You can chose a 6 month or 12 month holiday sponsorship. The recipient will receive a festive gift announcement package, including a photo and story about their sponsored pet and the giver of that gift (YOU), along with a holiday gift announcement card. Throughout the year, the sponsor will also get periodic updates about the sponsored pet, so this gift keeps giving long after the holidays are a distant memory, keeping alive the true feeling of the holidays!

We do all the work, and you enjoy all the appreciation for such a thoughtful gift!! To give a Holiday Pet Sponsorship, just download and fill out this form. Sponsorships can be from a single person or a group of people, and can be given to one person or a whole family. What a great and yearlong gift for the family who has everything, or for a child who wants a pet but can’t have one due to allergies in the family or rental restrictions!

Click here to download a printable sponsorship form.

Send your form and payment to:

Holiday Sponsorship Gift: Take a Pet to Dinner
Animals In Distress
P.O. Box 609
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Gifts postmarked by December 12 are guaranteed to arrive before December 25.


Speaking of exceptional effort, thanks to all who participated in our annual Wag Walk at Lake Nockamixon. We raised over $7,500 of much needed funds. Longtime super fundraiser Brenda Bolster was again the leader in soliciting sponsorship money, and Chris Shellhammer and Keith Greenleaf followed in the amount of sponsorship money collected (they also adopted several cats from us and have become great friends.) Best of all, the dogs seemed to be having a great time: it was fun for them and their humans too. A highlight was the costume contest; clever and fun outfits added an extra smile to everyone’s faces, and Anton the cat came with Jeff Benner (his chauffeur and wardrobe consultant) in a Yoda outfit (from Star Wars movie fame). Gorgeous weather made the walk fun and comfortable for all concerned.

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 show. 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. Here are a few pictures of this fun and happy event (thanks to Anita Bielecki for these shots of a day well spent).

Animals In Distress Wag Walk 2014

Animals In Distress Wag Walk 2014

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Our Blessing of the Animals was very special. Rev. Mark Swanson‘s warmth and genuine love of animals was much appreciated by all. Music was provided by Sharon O’Connor and Jackie Irwin, from Delaware. A variety of delicious food items helped folks stay comfortable gathered inside the Hospitality Center, donated when the shelter was built by Wanda and Leo DeLong. No matter what the weather, our guests – whether animal or human – have a safe, comfortable place to gather: what a gift to all our friends and visitors.

Gathered were several animals adopted from our shelter, including Anton in his Yoda outfit – seen sleeping during the event in the collage below. A little black kitten named Timothy came to us in terrible condition. His rectum had fallen out of his body and he was critically ill and suffering. Through excellent and dedicated care by the staff at Perkiomen Animal Hospital, and outstanding foster care by Rose Yanger, Timothy beat all odds and survived. On the day of the Blessing, he came to the shelter to stay. He is pictured in the collage, being held by Rose. He was blessed by Rev. Swanson and is one of the many miracles made possible by YOUR prayers and support.

Anyone looking around the Hospitality Center that day could see how much love was manifested between people and their pets. Older pets, energetic young ones, pets from shelters and pets from elsewhere…all were welcome to be part of this celebration of love. Even pets who were not present were included, via photos, prayers, and heartfelt memories. As always, we are so thankful for all of our blessings – our pets, our friends, our personal families and our family at Animals In Distress… and for YOU, who make all this possible. We want you to know how grateful we are for your love and support.

 Animals In Distress Blessing of the Animals 2014Click image to enlarge.


Let’s be realistic: the holidays are a mixed blessing. many people become exhausted (and sick) by running around buying gifts and all that goes with them (wrapping, delivering, paying for, returning, etc.). Many people spend too much, eat too much, and have too much. In the process of celebrating the holidays, we sometimes minimize or even forget the meaning of the holidays, which are a time for giving, not getting; a time for being grateful for what we have – our health, our loved ones, our other blessings.

Let’s make a deal: if you consider sharing your holiday celebration with the animals at the shelter, you will receive in return; less stress and work for you, more time for what really matters, tax deductible holiday “spending,” and the knowledge that you have helped those who will not have any holiday at all, without your help.

Further, those who receive your gifts will know that they are being honored in the best way possible: by having good done for others, in their name, in their honor. What better way to honor the memory of a loved one? In this Holiday Fundraising newsletter are all sorts of gift ideas. Please consider them as part of your holiday giving. You and the gift recipients will feel great by giving and receiving such gifts, and so will the homeless animals at our shelter. Remember: 100% of all money donated – and all money raised through such fundraisers – goes directly to care for the 350+ animals housed at Animals In Distress, over the holidays as well as during the rest of the year.


Help us decorate the shelter for the holidays and do something special as well. In all Holiday Tribute categories, the person’s or pet’s name(s) will be printed on velvet ribbons attached to the Holiday Tributes. The display will be unveiled at the Holiday Open House on December 7 and continue through the New Year. A personalized announcement of your thoughtful gift will be mailed directly to each recipient you designate on the form available for download here. If you refer, we will send the announcements to you so you can deliver them personally.

Please consider honoring family, a friend, business, or special pet or person by selecting one or more of these very special donor holiday options:

Poinsettia Tribute with Name(S) Honored – $30 each
Special Ornament with Name(S) Honored – $50 each
Special Wreath with Name(s) Honored – $250 each

Click here to download a Holiday Tributes form.

Please designate your instructions on the form and mail to:

Holiday Tributes
Animals In Distress
P.O. Box 609
Coopersburg, PA 18036

The Holiday Tributes will be displayed at the Holiday Open House and will remain on display until after the New Year. Please allow our volunteers adequate time to process your request. Tribute requests postmarked by December 10 will be guaranteed to arrive where designated before December 25. Tributes received after that time will be processed as soon as possible, and displayed at the shelter immediately after we receive them.

For more info, contact us through our web site, email aidpa@enter.net, or call 610-966-9383 ext. 8.



Starting in January
At Animals In Distress

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