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


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Blessing of the Animals: A Celebration of Gratitude & Love

Our Blessing of the Animals is one of our favorite events. Remembering all the joy and love brought into our lives by our pets reminds us that we are so blessed to have our pets as part of our family and our everyday lives. Shelter events are a chance to see people we haven’t seen in a while, to re-connect with friends, many of whom have adopted pets from our sanctuary. some of those attending had been fighting illness, some had lost a person or pet to such illness, and some were preparing to say goodbye to a loved one. Some brought photos of pets who were too scared or ill to attend, and some brought pets who not be alive by the Blessing next year.

All of this is bittersweet: the sound of the last heartbeat is the saddest sound in the world. But the Blessing isn’t sad: it’a a celebration of Life, Love and Commitment. Making this year’s Blessing special was that Sharon O’Connor, who had come all the way from Delaware for several decades to provide music for our Blessing actually officiated at the Blessing this year, as well as providing music! Sharon is now a pastor and has become an inspiration to those who know (and Love) her, as we do. Rev. Mark Swanson, who has done a wonderful job of officiating for the past several years, has been given a new church to care for and was unable to attend this year. As always, our volunteers did a great job of providing food and baked goods for the event, and most people enjoyed the fact that most of the edibles were homemade with love.

Anyone looking around the Hospitality Center could see how much love was manifested between people and their pets. Older pets, energetic young ones, pets from shelters and pets from elsewhere…all were welcome to be part of this celebration of love. We offer the pictures here to share some of the people and animals who were part of the Blessing. We want those who couldn’t attend – and those who sent in the names of their pets to be blessed – to know that they were included in our prayers and kept in our hearts.



Let’s be realistic: the holidays are a mixed blessing. many people become exhausted (and sick) by running around buying gifts and all that goes with them (wrapping, delivering, paying for, returning, etc.). Many people spend too much, eat too much, and have too much. In the process of celebrating the holidays, we sometimes minimize or even forget the meaning of the holidays, which are a time for giving, not getting; a time for being grateful for what we have – our health, our loved ones, our other blessings.

Let’s make a deal: if you consider sharing your holiday celebration with the animals at the shelter, you will receive in return; less stress and work for you, more time for what really matters, tax deductible holiday “spending,” and the knowledge that you have helped those who will not have any holiday at all, without your help.

Further, those who receive your gifts will know that they are being honored in the best way possible: by having good done for others, in their name, in their honor. What better way to honor the memory of a loved one? In this Holiday Fundraising newsletter are all sorts of gift ideas. Please consider them as part of your holiday giving. You and the gift recipients will feel great by giving and receiving such gifts, and so will the homeless animals at our shelter. Remember: 100% of all money donated – and all money raised through such fundraisers – goes directly to care for the 350+ animals housed at Animals In Distress, over the holidays as well as during the rest of the year.


Holiday Tributes at Animals in DistressHelp us decorate the shelter for the holidays and do something special as well. In all Holiday Tribute categories, the person’s or pet’s name(s) will be printed on velvet ribbons attached to the Holiday Tributes. The display will be unveiled at the Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 4 and continue through the New Year. A personalized announcement of your thoughtful gift will be mailed directly to each recipient you designate on the form available for download here. If you refer, we will send the announcements to you so you can deliver them personally.

Please consider honoring family, a friend, business, or special pet or person by selecting one or more of these very special donor holiday options:

Poinsettia Tribute with Name(S) Honored – $35 each
Special Ornament with Name(S) Honored – $75 each
Special Wreath with Name(s) Honored – $250 each

Click here to download a Holiday Tributes form.

Please designate your instructions on the form and mail to:

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

The Holiday Tributes will be displayed at the Holiday Open House and will remain on display until after the New Year. Please allow our volunteers adequate time to process your request. Tribute requests postmarked by December 12 will be guaranteed to arrive where designated before December 25. Tributes received after that time will be processed as soon as possible, and displayed at the shelter immediately after we receive them.

For more info, contact us through our web site, email aidpa@enter.net, or call 610-966-9383 ext. 8.


Take a Pet to Dinner: Animals In Distress Fundraising programMany people who love animals cannot have one in their homes due to various reasons such as allergies, lease restrictions, space, etc. There are others who already have pets and cannot add to the pet population in their homes or some people live out of the area but have expressed an interest in helping the pets in our shelter.

We have a wonderful program at the shelter entitled “Take a Pet to Dinner.” This program enables a person to sponsor a dog or cat currently living at the kennel and to become that pet’s “special person.” What a wonderful gift idea for a special purrson for this year’s holiday season!! You can chose a 6 month or 12 month holiday sponsorship. The recipient will receive a festive gift announcement package, including a photo and story about their sponsored pet and the giver of that gift (YOU), along with a holiday gift announcement card. Throughout the year, the sponsor will also get periodic updates about the sponsored pet, so this gift keeps giving long after the holidays are a distant memory, keeping alive the true feeling of the holidays!

We do all the work, and you enjoy all the appreciation for such a thoughtful gift!! To give a Holiday Pet Sponsorship, just download and fill out this form. Sponsorships can be from a single person or a group of people, and can be given to one person or a whole family. What a great and yearlong gift for the family who has everything, or for a child who wants a pet but can’t have one due to allergies in the family or rental restrictions!

Click here to download a printable sponsorship form.

Send your form and payment to:

Take a Pet to Dinner
Animals In Distress
P.O. Box 609
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Gifts postmarked by December 10 are guaranteed to arrive before December 25.


Happy Holidays Open House at Animals In DistressHAPPY HOLIDAYS OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, December 2
At Animals In Distress
12:00 pm – 4:00 PM


Fabulous selection of craft and gift items, baked goods (please deliver donated baked goods to the shelter by noon on Saturday, December 2), extensive homemade dog biscuit selection in many flavors, and much, much more.

This event features the area’s largest selection of items with a cat or dog motif, may one-of-a-kind. All items are reasonably priced.

* Baskets filled with various items are needed and can be brought to the shelter by 3 pm on Saturday, December 1. They should have a value of at least $10 and can be in any theme you choose: chocolate or coffee or tea lover, cat lover, bathroom, dog lover, etc. The baskets we have received in the past have been exceptional, with some worth $75 or more. Drawing of the Basket Social Winners will be at 3 pm on Sunday, December 16.


Santa Paws at Animals In DistressPET PHOTOS WITH SANTA PAWS

Saturday, December 8
Sunday, December 16
At Animals In Distress
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

No appointments needed.
People are welcome to pose with their pet.



Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through December 24
At Animals In Distress
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please stop by and do some last minute shopping, while also enjoying one of the area’s greatest gift selections featuring cats and dogs. New items are added constantly.

We have received beautiful items from a gift shop that recently closed in Bucks County, as well as some fabulous collectibles from people who were downsizing their homes. These items are in great or new condition and will be sold at a fraction of their retail value. In addition, there will be selected items eligible for additional price discounts to people who enter a discount drawing at the shelter. Since 100% of every dollar spent in the gift shop goes directly to the animals at our sanctuary, you can shop without guilt and give gifts that give live to homeless and scared animals. To acknowledge the special nature of gifts from our gift show, we will have gift cards available when you purchase something. The cards will say that you (the purchaser) have lovingly helped the shelter animals by selecting a gift from Animals In Distress.

The Sun Was Shining…on the rescheduled Wag Walk date!

Thanks to all who participated in our annual Wag Walk at Lake Nockamixon. We raised $8447 of much needed funds. The event was moved from Saturday to Sunday due to rain, but rescheduling only slightly reduced turnout. Brenda Bolster was again the leader in soliciting sponsorship money; she does such a great job, year after year. Other top fundraiser was Karen Winston. All the pets in attendance had a great time. The weather, beautiful autumn colors at the lake and surrounding woods and marina, and good fellowship among all attending made this a purrfect day.

Special thanks to the volunteers who did all the work for this event: prize soliciting, setup of tents and tables, food preparation, registration, bookkeeping…the list goes on and on. Sometimes we stop to reflect on the endless generosity of time and money that our volunteers show. Most of them are at the shelter and see, firsthand, what all their efforts are for; they see the sweet faces of our animals, they pat their heads, they feed them treats, they speak kind words to them. It’s not difficult to understand why they need to do their very best, for each fundraising event we hold, when they know that show many lives depend on them. Here are a few pictures of t his fun and happy event. Thanks to Lowell Linde for these photo memories of a day well spent.

Spook at Animals In DistressSpecial thanks to those who donated to Team Spook…you donated $3,190 toward the total. It is wonderful to know that so many of my friends have not forgotten me. I am here in Heaven, keeping an eye on my home and family at Animals In Distress. I have never forgotten you, and miss you every day. It is wonderful to know that you have not forgotten me.

Love forever, from your friend and Guardian Angel, Spook


The meaning of commitment – unconditional and forever commitment – is reflected in the traditional marriage vows: for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, ’til death do us part. Life is full of surprises, some good and some devastating; some people and animals are dealt a good hand, and some seem to get dealt hand after hand of grief, pain and betrayal.

The lives of many animals we have rescued are full of pain and betrayal. These pour souls have been abandoned, abused, neglected, and worse – they have never known a place that loved them unconditionally, who nursed them when they were sick, and comforted them when they were afraid.

As the Kennel Of Hope, Animals In Distress makes an unconditional commitment to every animal it rescues. We will do everything in our power to help every rescued animal – and no animal is too old, or too neglected, or too worthless to be loved.

Our last newsletter told the rescue of a senior dachshund named Penny, who came to us with a large mammary mass. The biopsy of the mass when it was removed showed a medium grade cancer. The vet isn’t sure that the cancer will spread or reappear. No one can say for sure. This sweet and loving dog will be safe with us, regardless of her health issues.

Another recent rescue is similar in that we don’t know the outcome yet. Buddy B is a senior beagle who was found wandering in the road. He has a miserable skin infection, partly due to fleas, several cracked and broken teeth, an odd mass dangling from his rear area, and a very large testicle that could be cancerous (or not). He is also anemic. In a few weeks, when he is in better shape, the masses will be removed and biopsied, his painful mouth will be addressed, and he will be neutered. As with Penny, we don’t know the prognosis yet. However, this affectionate and pleasant fellow will have a home with us for as long as he needs it. He deserves better than to die unwanted and abandoned in a slow and agonizing death. Thank YOU for helping us save Buddy B, Penny, and so many others.




Sunday, Dec. 2
12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Food, fabulous basket social and gift items, good company!

Basket social continues through December 18.

New Items from closed gift show and downsized collections.
Great prices and many one-of-a-kind items.


Saturday, Dec. 8
Sunday, Dec. 16

1:00 – 3:30 pm

No appointments needed.
People are welcome to pose with their pet.


Through December 24
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

1:00 – 4:00 pm


Barnes & Noble – Promenade Shops

Fri., Dec. 15 – 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Sat., Dec. 16 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sat., Dec. 16 – 9:00 am – 12:00 noon