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


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kindness-pawhandThe beginning of a new year always brings with it a desire to start over. Many of us make resolutions to exercise more, eat a healthier diet, lose weight, spend less, and so on. And most of us don’t live up to those resolutions. It seems, if we listen to the media and read articles, we are never where we need to be. We aren’t thin enough; our hair isn’t full enough; our clothes aren’t trendy enough; we aren’t sexy enough; we aren’t measuring up in countless other ways. Well, let’s take a different approach to this year. Let’s say that many things we did last year were good enough…even better than good enough.

For example, YOU have been very kind to us in donating your money, time, and prayers to our work. Your encouraging  letters and notes, accompanying your donations, have filled our hearts with inspiration, especially when we are struggling to choke back tears and are wondering if we can continue to do this heartbreaking work. Knowing that you understand what we do and why we do it means everything to us. You help us continue our work. You care about animals that you may never see in person, that you may never hold in your arms…you are compassionate, generous, and supportive. You, to quote a famous song, are “the wind beneath our wings.”

You come in all sizes, and ages, and body types. Some of you are athletic, some are book worms and still read the paper version of books instead of electronic books. Some of you are eligible to collect Social Security, while others are too young to get a driver’s license. The bottom line is this: YOU are good, just as you are. You are special. You are making a difference. Because of you, the world is a better place; and our little corner of the world at Animals in Distress exists because you are who you are–and what you are.

So, let’s resolve that 2015 will be a year of celebrating all the good that we do because of who we are. We may resolve to try harder, to do better, but that resolve does not imply that who we are  isn’t good enough. We need to shut our ears to those who say that we are never enough … that we must embrace a “new” self when there is so much worthwhile about our present selves.

Thank you for your donations and visits and letters and cards. Thank you for being there for us. We pledge to you to continue to do our best for hundreds of the most pathetic and friendless animals. We promise not to give up on them. In return, we ask that you continue to do what you can to make our work possible. Your friendship and support mean everything to us. To quote Mr. Rogers, who to this day comforts children with his kind and gentle television shows: “We love you just the way you are.” Let us all resolve to appreciate what we have, what we have done, and what we can do – just by being who we are. And THAT is a resolution all of us can keep in 2015!


fund-mardi01Mardi Paws is the name of a fun event that we are holding on Saturday, February 28 (bad weather date Sunday, March 1), from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at our sanctuary. This time of year is so drab and dark,  so we thought it would be a great idea to have a festive party. Music, great food,  and great company—with 100% of proceeds going to the animals at our shelter.

Live music to dance, dine, and listen to will be provided by Kevin O’Connell and the Dixieland All-Stars. Another highlight of the evening is a Silent Auction of many high end, exciting items and door prizes all evening. Bring your good luck charm and participate in a game of chance to win cash or prizes.

We hope you and your friends and family will spend this evening with us, as we replace winter doldrums with music, laughter, and good fellowship – surrounded by hundreds of rescued animals to whose welfare all of us are dedicated.

Tickets for the buffet and for the silent auction are only $30 if purchased by February 21 (and $35  if purchased after February 21), which is a huge bargain in these tough economic times. Please purchase your tickets ahead of time so we can estimate how many people will be attending and maximize the money to help our animals.

Tickets will be available at the door as well, so feel free to attend even without advance reservation, but we hope you can purchase them earlier so we can have an accurate count for our caterer, Smokin’ Smitty’s. Menu items include a dinner featuring New Orleans style jambalaya, red beans and rice,  vegetables, salads, assorted hot and cold appetizers, desserts, assorted munchies, and beverages.

Mardi Paws at Animals In DistressYou can get tickets at the shelter from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, or we can hold them at the door for you if you pay for them by mail.

If your payment is postmarked by February 21, $30 is the ticket price. After that date, tickets are $35.


For more info, phone Kelly at 610-762-8553 or email khart70906@aol.com.

Click here to download a flyer to share with your friends, family and coworkers.


spook002This is a special and difficult column for me to write. I have been dead for one year now. I died on January 30, 2014 after a 6 ½ year battle to stay alive. I was blessed to be at Animals in Distress, where Love is unconditional. I would not have survived without all of the people who took care of me, and the people who make the shelter’s work possible. I really miss all of you. I miss my animal friends and my human friends.

Don’t get me wrong: Heaven is a great place. I am no longer crippled and, for once in my life, I can actually move all four of my legs.  So many of your friends and mine are up here with me, so I am not alone. And they are not alone. But I miss being there on earth. I would trade everything to be back there, with you.

Stevie-beforeNow, folks, I am generally a nice guy. Here is Heaven, we are supposed to be nice, and most of the time we are. BUT there are times when I feel angry and want to smack somebody hard for abandoning an old, dying dog like Stevie. Then I remember that folks who do such cruel acts will eventually wind up in a very hot place, forever in eternity, so I calm myself down and focus on the good that can be done. After all, I’m an angel now, and I have to behave myself. No more feisty Spook stuff. It just doesn’t fit the Heavenly Profile, if you catch my meaning!

When Animals in Distress folks saw the terrible condition Stevie was in (see picture at right), they rushed him to the veterinarian. After several days of intense medical care to re-hydrate him, remove most of the teeth in his mouth due to rotting teeth and gums, and treatment for several other problems, Stevie came back to the shelter to recuperate. At 10 to 12 years of age, this sweet dog was not highly adoptable in the eyes of many. But, happily, one of the vet technical staff who cared for Stevie at the hospital decided that he might be able to fit into her household, even though she and her hubby have  several dogs, cats, goats, mini horses, and….well, let’s just say they have a lot of critters!

Stevie-adoptedStevie recently visited the shelter to show off his handsome winter coat. He looked so happy, and so well cared for, and so loved. I shed some heavenly tears – of happiness – for him, and I pray that all the shelter animals find such a loving home. I guess that is what we Guardian Angels are supposed to do: we pray for good things, we make sure those we care for are ok, and we are always there….when you feel us, we are there; when you think of us, we are there; when you shed a tear of remembrance for us, we are there.

I guess I just wanted to tell all of you that I am ok. That I miss you. That I will never forget you, and that I hope you will never forget me. Most important, please don’t forget Animals in Distress and the animals like Stevie. They depend on you, and need your donations, prayers, and support.

With Love and Purrs,
Your Friend and Guardian Angel


aidlogo_redsmallFebruary is the month of love and our logo is a heart with a dog and cat sleeping together. It says share your heart with animals. For the months of February, March, and April, anyone giving a $30 donation can have a heart tribute    hung in our Hospitality Center. It can be in honor of a pet, in memory of a pet, or in memory or honor of a special person.

We will send an acknowledgement of your thoughtfulness.

Just fill out the form below and we’ll do the rest.  These tributes make very nice gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Happy Easter, Happy Spring, even Happy Mother’s Day.

Click here to download a Hearts Tribute form.


We had so much fun last year (and raised a nice amount of money for the animals) that we’re repeating our Vera Bradley/Longaberger Basket Bingo. Get your tickets early – only 125 are available.

The event will be held at Lehigh Valley Active Life (formerly the Lehigh County Senior Center), 1633 Elm Street, Allentown on April 19. Doors open at 5:00 pm and bingo starts at 6:00 pm sharp! Just like last year, we will have a Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, refreshments and lots of fun.

Click here for more event information.

Click here to download a flyer and share it with your friends, family and coworkers.


rednerslogoThanks to all who send their Redner’s cash register receipts to the shelter. We redeem them for cash. You must go to the Customer Service Desk and obtain a Save-A-Tape card that will allow your tapes to participate in the program. Keep those tapes coming! They are providing a nice stream of income, since we receive 1% of the tapes’ totals, excluding sales tax, milk and cigarette items.

Click here for more information about how saving your Redner’s receipts can benefit Animals In Distress.


At the beginning of the year, we not only renew our commitment to a message of hope for all animals. We also renew our membership in the Kennel of Hope.

Members are welcome to all shelter events, receive the newsletter, nominate and vote for Board members, and go on record as supporting our work to preserve the dignity and life of animals forsaken by others.

Please complete and send in the following coupon to indicate which of four membership categories you wish to be listed under, and if your membership is a new one or a renewal. Gift memberships are also available. Provide the necessary information on a separate sheet of paper and we’ll inform the recipient of your thoughtfulness.

Click here to download a Membership Renewal/Enrollment form.



Saturday, February 28 (bad weather date: Sunday, March 1)
At Animals In Distress

Food, Fun, Live Music, Silent Auction, Prizes and Games.

$30 per person prior to February 21
$35 after February 21 and at the door

Click here for more information.

Click here to download an event flyer to share with friends, family and coworkers.


Starting March 15
Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Easter
At Animals In Distress

Come in and shop our large selection of Easter and animal-related merchandise (one of the largest selections around).


Sunday, March 15: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 21: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
At Animals In Distress

This event is always a lot of fun, seeing old friends and new pose with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own props or use some of ours – dogs look great wearing bunny ears!


Vera Bradley & Longaberger Basket Bingo to benefit Animals In Distress - April 19, 2015Sunday, April 19
Doors open at 5:00 pm
Bingo starts at 6:00 pm
At Lehigh Valley Active Life
1533 Elm Street
Allentown, PA

In addition to 20 games of bingo, there will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, Refreshments and fun for all! Come out and have fun while supporting a great cause. All proceeds benefit Animals In Distress.

Click here for more information.

Click here to download a flyer to share with family, friends and coworkers!