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


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Many shelters and rescue organizations, as well as individuals, say that they “rescued” an animal. However, what they mean by the term “rescued” varies dramatically. For example, if the animal is injured, will it get medical help? If it has a behavior issue, will it be rehabilitated or exterminated? If it has tested positive for feline leukemia or FIV, will it be allowed to live in a separate area away from negatively testing cats? If it is a newborn, will it be nursed around the clock for several weeks? If it is elderly, will it be discarded because “no one wants older animals”?

Those of us who have been doing “rescue” for many years/decades, especially at Animals in Distress, understand that some animals go through horrendous things, both physically and mentally debilitating them to such an extent that their lives are in jeopardy. We “rescue” them and have one basic policy: we will do whatever we can to help them heal, both physically and mentally. None are discarded as unworthy of help. No life is considered more or less precious. Once these forlorn and friendless creatures are “rescued” by Animals in Distress, they have a home with us for as long as necessary – for life if we don’t find them a loving, forever home.

Our annual WAEB Radiothon devotes 100% of donations to rescue and rehabilitation of some of the most desperate and friendless cats and dogs – those who would probably not be saved otherwise. Our shelter is full of examples of those who have been “rescued” and helped, despite their limitations – blindness, mobility challenges, diabetes, heart conditions, feline leukemia, seizures, and so on. In this newsletter, we will offer a few of our rescues – but please remember that there are MANY more that we cannot discuss here due to space limitations.

During last year’s Radiothon, a featured rescue was a tiny kitten we named Han Solo. When found, he was the only surviving kitten in the litter, lying there among his dead siblings. As she has done often, Rose Yanger fostered him, and bottle-fed him around the clock.

Han Solo was named because he was the solo survivor of his family, and he was fighting to live as did his Star Wars namesake.

Eventually, Han Solo came to the shelter but his fight to live was not over. Sadly, he was diagnosed with feline leukemia—often a death sentence in shelters and rescues. Because Animals in Distress does its best for every animal, he was integrated into the shelter’s feline leukemia family of cats. He seemed happy, as do all the cats in that room. It’s as if they know that they have been given a very special chance to live. They are always among the sweetest cats. And our oldest leukemia positive cat (Moe) is now 14 years old! He and his brother were also tiny kittens when rescued, and both did quite well. His brother, Winkie (he had no eyes) passed away at age 9 1/2.

Sadly, a few months ago, Han Solo died of cancer. The picture shows foster mom Rose holding Han Solo in her lap as he breathed his last. We did our best. So did he. Thank you for giving him and Moe and so many others, a chance to live – for however long their fates have decided.

The most difficult part of rescue work is trying so hard but still losing the animal. We console ourselves with the thought that everything possible was done, and these animals did not die alone and unloved.

Remember this: as sad as losing a life is, the even sadder option would be not to even try. In reality, most animals who are brought to us with broken bodies and broken spirits can be helped, if we get the right care and allow them the time to heal.

Many of the animals featured in last year’s Radiothon are doing well. Several have gotten homes. And some are ready to be adopted when the right family discovers them! Ash, the kitten with his nose ripped off, is healed up and looking for a home. His sibling Dusty got adopted. Zinka and Mya, two husky type dogs kept outside for many years and plagued with parasites and other problems, both found wonderful homes. The bottom line is this: RESCUE at Animals in Distress is a commitment that we have honored for 41 years. And never forget: YOU make all of that possible.


What kind of person places a mother cat and her two kittens, as well as a cat with mobility issues, in a bird cage and dumps the cage in a back alley?! Luckily, someone was out walking their dog and discovered the cage before the animals died. Without our help, this sad little family would have met a long and horrendous death, literally starving and dying while pressed together in that wire tomb.

When we took the animals out of the cage, we checked them over for wounds and other problems. They were covered in their own bodily fluids, and one, older kitten could not stand up and walk. Instead, he kept falling over and struggled to get up again only to fall back down.

Immediate medical care was provided for the rescued cats, and the one who was falling over was diagnosed with cerebellar hypoplasia, a genetic condition which creates a neurological problem in kittens. Some cases are very mild, and some are severe. With time, some kittens improve as their brain learns to compensate. Some kittens grow into cats who have significant, lifelong imbalance.

Of course, when an animal is “rescued,” we can’t usually know the final outcome of such conditions, or how well a broken bone or a wound will heal. Our definition of “rescue” means that no matter what, that animal will have a home with us – and love – and care – for as long as necessary.

The cerebellar hypoplasia kitten was named Ziggy (for his zig zagging way of walking and tumbling). Ziggy also sometimes loses control of his bowel movements so he needs more bathing and grooming than most other longhaired cats. But all the extra effort on our part is more than balanced by the loving and sweet purrsonality of this little guy.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Ziggy’s purrsonality is his desire to be with other cats. He LOVES to cuddle up with a feline (or human) buddy. In fact, be will climb out of his “playpen” and scoot across the hall to the playpen of another cat, Eli. Eli is paralyzed in the hind quarters and spends his days in “his” playpen, supervising the cat wing.

Ziggy will then climb into Eli’s playpen and cuddle up to Eli as closely as possible. While Eli is less than thrilled about this, Ziggy is so grateful to have a buddy.

If Eli could talk, he would tell Ziggy to back off a little!

Ziggy also tried to buddy up to a very old and frail cat named Archie, who is allowed to roam around freely since moving around helps him with his severe arthritis. Archie, having been through unimaginable trauma in his life way before we rescued him, decided that he was not willing to have Ziggy as his shadow, so poor Eli has to babysit Ziggy. We do limit the time with Ziggy and Eli, however, so Eli doesn’t get stressed.

We hope and pray that Ziggy’s mobility issues will improve so that he can get around with more stability. But even if he stays about the same, he will be loved and cherished at our Kennel of Hope. He is happy, not in pain, and blissfully unaware that there is anything wrong with him. As far as he’s concerned, everyone gets a little tipsy from time to time!

The mother cat Iris, pictured here, and her two babies are doing well now that they have a safe place to live and food and medical a

ttention. From a filthy birdcage, abandoned and scared, to a safe place for as long as they need it – these animals are all at Animals in Distress.

Please stop and meet them. Look in their trusting faces and see, firsthand, how much your support and prayers mean to them and hundreds of others.


Cooler than usual weather made for a comfortable Alumni Day on June 3. For 41 years, on the first Sunday in June, we have been hosting a Homecoming of sorts for our friends, volunteers, supporters, and especially for our adopting families and their pets. One volunteer called the event a Love Fest because of all the positive energy from people and their pets.

Our volunteers, coordinated by Kelly Hartnett, worked tirelessly to provide the food, basket social, fun and games, and hospitality for the day as well as run the Laps of Love Walkathon around our property. Music was again provided by Donna Fisher and Friends, and Denise Schaffer and former Animals in Distress dog Eli, a border collie, demonstrated many of Eli’s competitive agility skills. On display was a huge table featuring many of Eli’s ribbons and other awards.

Special thanks to Dr. Renee Ziegler-Post and hubby Mark from For Cats Only Veterinary Clinic and to Dr. Elizabeth Pulice from Perkiomen Animal Hospital for being available to answer questions. These two hospitals have helped to save the lives of many of the animals adopted by the attendees, and some people told these vets how appreciative they were of their efforts to help our shelter animals – especially the ones they had adopted!


Monday through Friday, July 16 – 20

Listen to our WAEB 790AM Radiothon on the Bobby Gunther Walsh Show, which airs weekdays from 5:00 to 10:00 am. Listen at these times for latest news, prizes, events, and rescue updates. Phoned in pledges can be made all through the show, at the number announced by Bobby. It is crucial that many people call in and support this major fund raising event.

Pledge line in the studio: 610-841-4999

AID President Lois Gadek will be calling in each hour during the week, with stories of rescues and other matters related to why donations are urgently needed. In the studio will be various pets and their handlers (some are people who have adopted from us, and some are people who work with our sanctuary residents and volunteer their efforts in so many ways). Service Electric’s Channel 50 carries Bobby’s show live, so you can actually see the pets in the studio. You can also check Gunther’s website at WAEB.com, and our website at animalsindistress-pa.org for updates.


Over the weekend, July 21 and 22, Bobby will be on air live with appeals and announcements at intervals in the regularly scheduled broadcasts. During the weekend, pledges will be taken by phone at 610-967-4417, from 8 am to 6 pm, as well as in person at our sanctuary.

SAT & SUN 8am-6pM


Continental Breakfast with COFFEE & DONUTS

at Animals In Distress Sanctuary
Saturday, July 21
Starting at 8:00 am

The Basket Social and Silent Auction continue through Sunday at 4:00 pm.
The Craft and Gift Bazaar starts on Saturday morning and continues through Sunday at 4:00 pm.


Basket Social and Silent Auction

at Animals in Distress Sanctuary
July 21 and 22, from 8 am to 4 pm.

Baskets and items should be delivered to the sanctuary by 12 pm on Thursday, July 21.
Phone 610-966-9383, ext. 8, if you have questions or need to make arrangements to get your donations to us before Saturday, July 21.



Saturday, July 21

Neighbor Home & Garden Center
38 Main Street
Hellertown, PA

Stop by, meet Bobby, make a pledge.


Live Broadcast from KOSPIA FARMS

Saturday, July 21
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Kospia Farms
2288 State Street
Alburtis, PA

11:00 am – 5:00 pm   Food & drinks available for purchase from Yellow Springs Catering
11:00 am – 4:30 pm   Live music by Angela Evans Duo and Deer Hill Trio
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm   Live 790/WAEB Broadcast with Bobby Gunther Walsh and Dan Holzman
1:30 pm (ish)              Angel On Wheels ice cream truck will be making a stop
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm     Live bee hive demo by Funny Farm Apiaries

Plus a whole lot more:
• Dunk Tank • Pet Photo Booth • Childrens Photo Booth • Chinese Auction •
• Childrens Activities • Face Painting • 50/50 • Bake Sale • Vendor Booths •
• Gift bags for first 100 guests • Honey Tasting • Watusi Cattle, Tiny Tim & Ruby the Horse •
• Great sales in-store and in the nursery • WAEB News Radio •

Click here for a flyer to print and share.


Continental Breakfast with COFFEE & DONUTS

at Animals In Distress Sanctuary
Saturday, July 21
Starting at 8:00 am

The Basket Social and Silent Auction continue through Sunday at 4:00 pm.
The Craft and Gift Bazaar starts on Saturday morning and continues through Sunday at 4:00 pm.


Delicious Breakfast and Picnic LUNCH

at Animals In Distress Sanctuary
Sunday, July 22, starting at 8:00 am

Breakfast from 8:30 – 11:30
Hot picnic/lunch 12:30 – 3:00

Tune in from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for a 2-hour live broadcast from our shelter, thanks to ResQ products.

The Basket Social and Silent Auction continue until 4:00 pm.

The Craft and Gift Bazaar is open until 6:00 pm.

Special thanks to Ironton Telephone Company for providing the extra lines for the pledges at the station and at our shelter. And thanks to Vinart Pet Friendly Auto Dealerships for sponsoring the Radiothon and the food being served at Sunday’s events. Smokin’ Smitty’s Catering will prepare that food – everything they server is super!


The Power of Challenge Hours

The Power of Your Donation is multiplied when you offer a $500 Challenge Hour

Much of the success of our Radiothon is finding Challenge Hours money. Basically, when someone donates money for a challenge, the understanding is that the listeners are urged to donate an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the challenge, and must do so within the stipulated time. Challenges stimulate calls and provide some important funding.

In addition, Challenge Hours have been subsidized by families who have adopted pets and by people who want a memorial to honor a deceased loved one. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone who has adopted a pet from us over the years would offer a donation (or Challenge Hour money, if you prefer) in honor and/or in memory of their pets? There is no more fitting way to honor a special pet’s gifts of Love and Companionship to us than by helping those who need help, and hope.

To offer a challenge, please contact us by email at aidpa@enter.net, or by phone at 610-966-9383 ext. 8 (someone will return your call as soon as possible), or by mail at:

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

You can also donate to the Radiothon by returning the donation coupon in our printed newsletter.



We know that you donate only to help needy animals. However, due to the generosity of the following business and individuals, we are able to offer these incentive prizes in various categories. This list is not inclusive, since more prizes will be added as the Radiothon progresses.

Donors of $100 or more are eligible for a drawing to
win one of these two fabulous prize packages:

Donors of $50 or more are eligible for a drawing to win one of the following prizes:

  • A “Getaway” at Oliver’s Salon and Day Spa in Allentown, including a massage, manicure and pedicure
  • Sunday Brunch for 4 at the historic Hotel Bethlehem
  • A foursome day of golf at Wedgewood Golf Course
  • Full Car Maintenance by Steve’s Roadside Service (Kutztown) including oil & filter, all fluids, check tires, etc. at your home
  • RayBan Sunglasses
  • Other prizes to be announced

Donors of $25 or more are eligible for a drawing to win one of the following prizes:

To Our Out-of-Town Friends:

You can listen to our WAEB 790AM Radiothon from anywhere in the world
through “streaming” on the WAEB web site, WAEB.COM.
You can tune in to Gunther weekdays from 5:00 to 10:00 am.

The show can also be seen on Service Electric‘s channel 50.

Monday through Friday 5:00 to 10:00 am

Please patronize the businesses that support us. Some of these businesses have been friends of our shelter for more than 28 years, and we deeply appreciate their generosity in allowing us to raise funds that go totally to support the work that we do. Throughout this newsletter, you will see many names of businesses that are making this year’s Radiothon possible. When you visit them, thank them for their support of our Kennel of Hope.

Our upcoming Radiothon is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Its importance cannot be overstated. 100% of the money raised goes directly to animal rescue and rehabilitation. Medical costs are huge in both the human and animal medical fields. Saving lives is a lot more costly and time consuming than killing. The choice to help these friendless creatures is dependent on the donations we receive. What power we all have in writing happy endings to stories that have a very sad beginning. Together, we can save lives. Together, we can make a real difference.

The news continues to be full of tragedy, crime, corruption, and sadness. Many people feel overwhelmed and helpless to correct these huge problems. However, we do have a chance to do something pretty wonderful: we can save the lives of those without hope and friends. We can totally turn a life around with medicine, time, love, and belief in happy endings. WE can choose to allow the stories to end sadly. Or we can choose to write a happy ending….we have the power, if we choose to use it.

Please donate as generously as you can, and we will promise to use every dollar to save lives and relieve suffering. Please visit the shelter and see for yourself all the good being done. Let the animals, whose lives you helped save, thank you for caring.



JULY 18 – 22

Adorned Accessories Boutique
31 Main Street
Hellertown, PA

Adorned Accessories Boutique will donate 15% of ALL sales from July 18 – 22
to Animals In Distress.
Hours: Wed. – Sat. 11-7, Sun. 12 – 4



Saturday, AUGUST 4
3:00 – 5:00 Pm

Sleepy Cat Winery
1840 W. Allen Street
Allentown, PA

Tickets: $35
Only 30 seats are available.

Animals In Distress will get half of the proceeds. Ticket price includes a glass of wine. The special painting has been designed just for Animals In Distress and is inspired by our logo of a cat and dog, sleeping peacefully, and surrounded by a heart. To reserve a spot, go to www.paintandparty.com or call the studio at 610-515-4314. Call Kelly at 610-762-8553 if you have any questions.


Doggie Yappy Hour at Allentown Brew Works to benefit Animals In Distress: Tuesday, August 4, 2015at FEGELY’S BREWWORKS
Starting at 5:30 – 8:30 Pm

Fegely’s BrewWorks
812 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA

Join us for a night of great brews, great food, and great friends (both human and animal)! A percentage of the proceeds will go to Animals In Distress.


Please make sure your best friend plays well with others. Bring proof of dog vaccinations and general vet information. Easy entrance with your pooch on Lumber Street which leads to the Patio.



Yard Sale to benefit Animals In Distressat ANIMALS IN DISTRESS
8:00 AM – 2:00 Pm (RAIN OR SHINE)

Animals In Distress
5075 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg, PA

You may rent a table space for only $10. Please bring your own table and canopy. Contact Kelly at 610-762-8553 with questions or to reserve a space. You really should stop by and take advantage of many great items we will offer, all at reasonable prices.
100% of the money raised will go to help the shelter animals, so you can shop without guilt!! Lunch will be available starting at 11:00 am.



1:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Animals In Distress
5075 Limeport Pike
Coopersburg, PA

Formal blessing is at 2:30 pm. Refreshment and the craft and gift bazaar will be available starting around 1:00 pm. All pets attending will receive a St. Francis of Assisi medal as well as an individual blessing. Music provided by Sharon O’Connor of Delaware.




Look for more details in the next newsletter. Start collecting sponsorship money now. Participants bringing in the most money will receive special prizes. Registration is at the marina at 10:30 am.



SUNday, OCTOBER 21 OR 28

More details coming soon!



A big thank you to Alexa Harry for organizing a Dine-To-Donate event at BJ’s Brewworks on Hamilton Boulevard (over $220 was raised). Also thanks to the Upper Saucon Chamber of Commerce and Quakertown National Bank for hosting a Paws For A Cause event that raised an amazing $1650 for the shelter. Special thanks to the Spring Hills Marriot in the Promenade Shops for their very generous donation toward that final total.