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


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As we celebrate 40 years of saving lives, our 2017 WAEB Radiothon – our biggest fundraiser of the year – closed at a record high of $141,924. Several of our major donors to the Radiothon have died or are unable to donate due to illness and other reasons. We are very appreciative of those kind people who gave generously, 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.

Since its founding 40 years ago, Animals in Distress has existed totally on donations from people who care about those who are most hopeless and in need. 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 all the violence and cruelty 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. The animals don’t give up, and neither will we.


Animals In Distress WAEB Radiothon 2017


timessquarespookFrom here in Heaven, I dreamt that I was on a billboard in Times Square, telling everyone that Animals in Distress is a very special place – for people and for us homeless and abused animals. In my 6 1/2 years there, I saw such kindness, even to those of us (like me) who were sick, paralyzed, scared…and I worry about what would happen to such animals if anything ever happened to AID.

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 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.

ashAt my beloved Animals in Distress, every resident animal is loved and cared for; they get a chance. The little kitten pictured above was just a few weeks old when found alongside his dead mother and two other tiny kittens – one already dead. This kitten, named Ash, had a severe wound to his face that resulted in part of his nose being ripped open. And the other living kitten, whom we named Dusty, had a severe bite wound to his rear leg, making him unable to walk properly. His bone was fractured, and his leg was infected right down to the bone. Both were starving and slowly dying, helpless and afraid. Although some people might euthanize the kittens at this point , the folks at Animals in Distress never gave up. Both kittens have survived and are doing well, after weeks of round-the-clock care by super foster mom Rose Yanger. Folks, YOU choose between life and death for such animals (including me!!). PAWS UP to you for helping all of us.

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 to Gene Dickison for Saturday morning air coverage, 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 donors 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 Peter Schaber of Fairport, NY. Sunday Brunch for 4 at Hotel Bethlehem is lucky Suzanne Blyler of Northampton.

Frank Wetzel of Bethlehem won a Gift Certificate donated by Hager Furniture, and a Gift Certificate from Joe Mascari’s Carpets and Rugs International was won by Sally Bambu of Hellertown.

A “Getaway” at Oliver’s Salon and Day Spa was won by Brenda Dudeck of Boyertown.

Earl Edwards and Jen Housden will be making delicious food on the gas grill donated by Lehigh Supply Appliances.

Dan Roman from Bethlehem of New Tripoli will be playing golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.

Marguerite Carlin of Coopersburg will not have any car problems thanks to a visit from Steve’s Roadside Service.

Iron Pigs tickets were won by Justin Kritzer, Mary Guzy and Joe Ifkovitz, and Susan and Lance Higgins.

Dinner with Gunther was won by Donna Balascak of Coopersburg, John Kessler of Allentown, and Bettemae of Breinigsville.

Allentown Fair Tickets were won by Louella Miller of Bethlehem, Richard Giles of Macungie, Frank and Donna Alexander of Bath, and Barbara Lusas of Perkasie.



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.




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.



Saturday, October 14
(Rain date: Sunday, October 15)
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.



Sunday, October 15
at Shepherd Hills Golf Club
Wescosville, PA

9:00 am Shotgun Start
Registration: 8:00 – 8:45 am

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

Download registration form here and mail it along with a check payable to Bill Liming.
Mail to Bill at 1344 Brassie Street, Wescosville, PA 18106. Call Bill at 610-703-2970 with any questions.

Entry fee:

  • $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 $3,968 has been raised for our animals so far. That translates into 9,398 pounds of aluminum that has been recycled, thanks to all of you who have been donating the cans you collect. Please keep them coming! And please rinse them if you can before dropping them off.



The Nominating Committee invites members in good standing to nominate candidates for service on the shelter’s Board of Trustees for 2017. 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.




This is Tillie, a miniature pinscher who was with us for over three years. She was around 8 years old when we rescued her. She was in rough shape, and had masses all over her chest in the area of her mammary glands. She had never been spayed, which made her a high risk for developing cancer. She underwent a radical mastectomy and was spayed. This poor dog had three scars running down her chest/abdomen area. The biopsy results came back as “pre-cancerous” cells, which meant that we had gotten to her in time. Great news! However, because of all she had gone through for many years, Tillie was slow to warm up to strangers and tended to be shy when we were introducing her to potential adopters. Her age, her health issues, and her lack of an outgoing personality kept people from adopting her. Then, one magical day, a former dog staff person Becky and her husband came in to adopt a dog that “would not get adopted otherwise.”  And, since Becky had taken care of Tillie and some other longtime dog residents, Tillie was excited to see her and almost threw herself into the arms of her family-to-be. Tillie loves her new home, and we pray she will have many years so she knows what it is like to be loved. Your donations made this rescue possible. Your love and prayers allow us to save animals who would not have a chance elsewhere.