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


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BobbyLeoWandaAfter a huge amount of work and prayers, our 2014 WAEB Radiothon – our biggest fundraiser of the year – closed its total at a record-setting $132,085. 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.

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 again provided music and announcements, donating all of his services. His son-in-law sang several songs. 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 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.

Click this image to enlarge a collage of images from the day.

2014 Radiothon collage


I 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 my fur buddies would be if anything ever happened to AID. Now really: where else would people put up with all the extra work to care for pets like me?

Since I crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February, 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 paralyzed 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.

This is the first year that I wasn’t there for the Radiothon in 7 years. I felt really bad about that because I always tried to do my best to raise money and show everyone how grateful we shelter animals are. I hope you realize that I would be there if I could. I still miss my home and many friends, my family, at Animals In Distress. Even in Heaven, where all my handicaps are healed, even here with all that is wonderful, I still miss my friends and my home at the Kennel of Hope. My heart is always there.

I love you all,
Your Friend and Guardian Angel,



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. Earl Wenz Monuments underwrote the event, and Ironton Telephone again provided the phone system. Lehigh Valley Acura, Honda, Hyundai & Phillipsburg Easton HyundaiThe Pet Friendly Vinart Dealerships sponsored 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 Weis Bakery and others who donated food items.

A very special thank you to Res-Q 1250/N3 Oceanic – for 2 hours of airtime on Sunday, for prizes, and for a Challenge Hour! Special thanks also to WAEB’s Craig Stevens and Dan Holzman.

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



  • Wanda and Leo DeLong
  • The Mory Family
  • Dave and Mary Snyder
  • John and Eleanor Warsinski
  • Judith Miller
  • Scott Brown
  • Denise Schaffer & Friends
  • Kelly Hartnett and Jeff Benner
  • Lois Gadek
  • Gary Bonfonte
  • Linda Hoffert
  • Candy and Steve Kotran
  • Jim Mokry
  • Ron and Judy Moyer
  • Kelly Hartnett
  • Lenore Micolochick
  • Christopher Compher
  • Carolyn Shaw
  • Heidi Maugle
  • Bob and Jan Thomas
  • Val Wolfenden
  • Bruce and Betty Fassero
  • Chris Shellhammer and Keith Greenleaf
  • Shirley Snodgrass Memorial
  • 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!

Please patronize the businesses who so generously support our work.

 Also, send thank you’s to Bobby at:

Bobby Gunther Walsh
1541 Alta Drive
Whitehall, PA 18052


Cathy Goodwin of Easton won a White Gold & Diamond Pendant from Westgate Jewelers that can be worn to a Sunday Brunch for 4 at Hotel Bethlehem, with transportation in style by Adamo Limousine.

Phil Stimmel of Lehighton won a Room Makeover featuring a 5×8 or 8×11 rug from special remnant section compliments of Joe Mascari’s Carpets and Rugs International and a Vail LazyBoy recliner rocker from Hager Furniture in Palmerton.

Carolyn Miller of Palmerton won a “Getaway” at Oliver’s Salon and Day Spa in Allentown, including a massage, manicure and pedicure.

Katherine Basiure of Breinigsville won an overnight stay in a fabulous suite at Comfort Suites, Allentown.

Denise Schaffer of Coopersburg won a foursome day of golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.

Michael Lalli of Kunkletown won Full maintenance service for his car by Steve’s Roadside Service (Kutztown) including oil & filter, all fluids, check tires, etc. at his home.

Cindy Wenner of Coopersburg won a 16 x 20 pet portrait by R.J. Harwick Photography of Emmaus.

Karen Guzy won a 1 Hour Computer Repair (excludes parts) from ABE Onsite Computer.

Tony Hanna, Ellen Griffin, and Jean Burd, all of Allentown, and Bonnie Hahn of Northampton won Lunch with WAEB’s Bobby Gunther Walsh.

Pat Franklin, Frederick Mihalow, and Christine Saylor, all from Allentown, and Susan Smith from Whitehall won Tickets to various performances at the Great Allentown Fair.



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, Kelly Hartnett, Anita Patterson, and Anita Bielecki. 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, Kelly Hartnett, 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. And special thanks to Sally Searfass, Lori Cima, Linda Hoffert, Bob Johnson, Lowell Linde, Sherry Hillborn, Viviane Heller, and so many others for countless acts of kindness including setting up the auction and basket social displays, picking up tales and chairs and food items and…the list is endless.

Joining Bobby at the Hamilton family Restaurant and Westgate Jewelers on Saturday were another group of volunteers (Sandy Seng, Andrea Harry, Mackenzie Harry, Dan Holzman and others). 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.

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



Saturday, September 27
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
  • Live Music by Just So and Forgotten Mt. Boys
  • 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.




Sunday, October 5
2:30 pm
at Animals In Distress

Our annual Blessing of the Animals Ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 5 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.



Sunday, October 12
7:45 am – 4:45 pm


9/11 Memorial Museum

Cost: $80 per person

Thirteen years after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, the National September 11 Memorial Museum has opened to memorialize those who lost their lives, and to ensure that the world will “never forget.” Join us as we visit this emotionally powerful museum. Located 70 feet below street level, the museum is a tribute to the victims, the survivors, and their loved ones.

For more information about the trip, please visit our events listing.

  • 7:45 am      Depart Animals In Distress
  • 9:45 am      Arrive at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Lower Manhattan
  • 12:45 pm    Lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp in the heart of Times Square
  • 2:30 pm      Depart New York City
  • 4:30 pm      Approximate arrival time back at Animals In Distress
  • Contact Kelly from Animals In Distress at 610-762-8553
  • Visit Animals In Distress
  • Payment: Cash or Check (checks made payable to Kelly Hartnett)

A portion of your ticket will benefit Animals In Distress.



Saturday, October 25
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.

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.



Tilghman Square Shopping Center
4636 Broadway

Allentown, PA

We have set up a retail outlet space for marketing some of the fabulous gifts, collectibles, and antiques that people donate to us. These items deserve to be displayed in a setting that gets enough visitors so that we can maximize the proceeds and find good homes for these items, all of which were given with love, by people who were downsizing, or changing lifestyles, or finding homes for a loved one’s colections.

To find our display, as of October 1 and all through the holidays and New Year, go in the front door, make a left past the counter, and walk down the left aisle for approximately 150 – 200 feet. Then make a left. You will find us along the side wall.

Great items. Great prices. Great cause. We get all proceeds after expenses so SHOP WITHOUT GUILT.

Click here for a map to Cottage Crafters.



Visit our NEW website at animalsindistress-pa.org 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.



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 November 1.



Bella-kitten2This 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 is a miracle kitten in so many ways. Bella visited the WAEB studio during Radiothon 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.

Bella is at the shelter now, looking for a home. Please meet her in purrson. You will understand better than words can say how important and needed are your donations and prayers. Hold her, look into her eyes, and see a miracle: a miracle YOU made possible. Thank you for her life.