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


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Radiothon 2016 with Bobby Gunther Walsh at Animals In DistressAfter lots of work and prayers, our 2016 WAEB Radiothon – our biggest fundraiser of the year – closed at $131,009 ($3,000 less than last year). This is wonderful news and an impressive total considering the fact that several of our major donors to the Radiothon have died or are unable to donate due to illness and other reasons. 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.

The outpouring of love and kindness from so many people is overwhelming and much appreciated. 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 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 his services. 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.

Animals In Distress WAEB Radiothon 2016


Wow…what a great outcome for the 2016 WAEB Radiothon. I’m so happy here in Heaven that I almost fell off my cloud!!

Bottom line, though, is that the shelter needs the money! Sometimes, I really worry about where my fur buddies would be if anything ever happened to AID. Most places won’t, or can’t, handle all the extra work to care for pets like me. We would be compost.

Since I crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February 2014, 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 paralyze 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.

Joshua, rescued by Animals In DistressAt my beloved Animals In Distress, every resident animal is loved and cared for; they get a chance. The little kitten pictured here was just a few weeks old when found unable to walk on his front legs. He was starving since he couldn’t get to his mother, wherever she went. We rescued him and rushed him to the vet who said the kitten was in pain but did not have broken bones or dislocations. However, if this paralysis was due to a genetic condition, the kitten may never walk on its front legs.

Although some people might euthanize the kitten at this point as “unadoptable,” the folks at Animals In Distress never gave up. The kitten – named Joshua – is still in a foster home. He can walk on his front legs fairly well but still has some issues with how the bones and muscles in his front legs line up. However, he is happy, playful, and full of life. What a shame to give up on him, when he hadn’t given up on life (sort of like me and several others at AID).


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. Ironton Telephone again provided the phone system. Lehigh Valley Acura, Honda, Hyundai & Phillipsburg Easton HyundaiThe Pet Friendly Vinart Dealerships were again the underwriting sponsor for 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 those who donated food items.

A very special thank you to Kospia Farms and Neighbors Home and Garden Center for hosting live remotes at their place of business on Saturday and running various fundraisers for us. The hospitality and true support for our work, shown by both of these businesses, exceeded all expectations. What a wonderful way to have fun, meet some great people, and raise much needed funds for our work!! Special thanks also to WAEB’s Craig Stevens and Dan Holzman and to ResQ for generously donating their Sunday air time and products.

Thanks also to the business and individuals who donated for Challenge Hours, to inspire people to give and match the challenge:


And also thanks to the many individuals who donated in honor or memory of past and present pets or people. Many of these individual donots have also adopted from us, so they know firsthand how important those life saving dollars can be. One of the most touching Challenge donations came from Kelly Hartnett in memory of her father, who died one year to the day that the donation was read over the air: “He always said ‘yes’ when we brought home a stray.” and asked ‘Can we keep him?'”

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


Prize winner of a Fine Jewelry Piece from Westgate Jewelers is Fred Germann of Lenhartsville. Sunday Brunch for 4 at Hotel Bethlehem, with a ride from Adamo Limousine is lucky Diane Hvizdos of Emmaus.

Carl Shoemaker of Slatington won a Gift Certificate donated by Hager Furniture, and a Gift Certificate from Joe Mascari’s Carpets and Rugs International was won by Diane Hatcher of Saylorsburg..

A “Getaway” at Oliver’s Salon and Day Spa was won by Dee Bauernschmidt of Allentown.

Mary Brey of Allentown won the Comfort Suites overnight stay.

Michael Darrohn of Allentown will be making delicious food on the gas grill donated by Lehigh Supply Appliances.

Susan Giralico of New Tripoli will be playing golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.

Milton Smith of Wind Gap will not have any car problems thanks to a visit from Steve’s Roadside Service.

Dinner with Gunther was won by Rachel Reifinger of Allentown, Kurt Hurd of Weatherly, and Patricia Baker of Fogelsville.

Allentown Fair Tickets were won by Susan Vitez of Bethlehem, Paul & Gigi Long of Whitehall, and Sandra Sarley of Breinigsville.



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, Cindy Deutsch, Kelly Hartnett, and Meg Leister. Rose Yanger and Denise Schaffer manned the weekend 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, Sharon Werner, 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. So many performed 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 Kospia Farms and Neighbors Home and Garden on Saturday were another group of volunteers and even some of our present shelter animals as well as some that have been adopted. 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.

Does it matter? Almost 400 cats and dogs now at our sanctuary would say your support means life or death for them and so many others.

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



Saturday, September 26
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
  • Iron Pigs Mascot from 12:00 – 1:00
  • Food by Smokin’ Smitty’s and Pappy’s Orchard
  • Silent Auction
  • Free Carriage Rides and Hay Rides
  • Kiddie Pedal Tractor Races with prizes
  • Photo Contest
  • Southern Lehigh Library Book Sale
  • Kids’ Games
  • Live alpacas
  • And much, much more!

For more event information, visit Lower Milford Township’s web site.



Blessing of the Animals at Animals In Distress - Sunday, October 4, 2015Sunday, October 2
2:30 pm
at Animals In Distress

Our annual Blessing of the Animals Ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 4 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.



AKC Caine Good Citizen Classes at Animals In DistressStarts Tuesday, October 4
6:00 pm

Cost: $90 per person

Six weeks of class, and a certified AKC test on the seventh meeting, are included in the $90 donation to the shelter. Scholarships are available for those with financial need. This class is a fun way to teach your dog manners and socialization sckills. Dogs should be 6 months or older, and up to date on basic vaccinations. For more information, or to reserve a space, email aidpa@enter.net or call the shelter at 610-966-9383 ext. 8 and leave a message.



Saturday, October 8
(Rain date: Sunday, October 9)
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. This is a wonderful event in a beautiful fall setting.

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.



Saturday, October 9
at Shepherd Hills Golf Club
Wescosville, PA

10:00 am Shotgun Start
Registration: 9:00 – 9:45 am

Four Person Scramble with 8″ cup

Tournament proceeds benefit Animals In Distress and Wescosville Fire Co. Social Hall

Download registration form here

Entry fee:

  • Payment received by September 20th:
    $70 per golfer or $260 for complete foursome
  • Payment received after September 20th:
    $75 per golfer
  • Payment day of Tournament:
    $80 per golfer

Entry includes:

  • Greens Fees, Carts, Goodies
  • Value Packs, Mulligans, Secret Strong and Pot of Gold available to purchase the day of the tournament.
  • Food, Beer and Games afterward at the Wescosville Fire Co. Social Hall
  • Golf and Raffle prizes, to be awarded afterward at the Wescosville Fire Co. Social Hall

Sponsored By:

Wescosville Fire Co. 2016 Fall Charity Golf Tournament Sponsors









Keep saving those aluminum cans. Sally and Danny Searfass report that a total of $2,115.54 has been raised for our animals so far. That translates into 4,755 pounds of aluminum that has been recycled, thanks to all of you who have been donating the cans you collect. Please keep them coming!



The Nominating Committee invites members in good standing to nominate candidates for service on the shelter’s Board of Trustees for 2016. 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 candidate 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 October 15.



Jack, adopted from Animals In DistressThis is Jack, an elderly poodle adopted from us years ago. Sadly, his owner died, leaving Jack with no place to go. Animals In Distress makes a lifelong commitment to every animal it places – AND to the family who adopts from us. Every animal has a home with us, for its whole life, regardless of its age or other issues. No animal we place will ever again be without a home, a safe and kind place to live and be loved.

Jack didn’t really understand what happened, but he made the best of the situation. We treated him for his heart condition and other age related issues. And he seemed happy enough, but was not attracting any applications due to his age and medical concerns. However, one of our earliest Board Members – Alice Madden – found herself without a dog. She was going through health issues herself but just didn’t want to live without a canine companion. She knew that an older dog was right for her. So, she and Jack have not formed their own little family. He is so well loved and cared for (the groomer comes to the house so he can relax at home!!). This little dog may not have years and years ahead of him, but that doesn’t matter. Life is so much more satisfying when we see with our hearts and celebrate what CAN be rather than worry about what MIGHT NOT be. Old age is a fact of life for those fortunate enough to live to that point. It is a blessing denied to many.