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


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Thank you to all who made this achievement possible. We raised $158,314 and set another record for donations. We are very mindful that every donation comes from people who care deeply about those who have no voice and no hope.

Every year, we enter our Radiothon appeal with an operating deficit – this year it was 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 41 years ago, Animals in Distress has existed totally on donations from people who care about those who are most hopeless and in need. YOU are the heroes who make all this possible.

Names of famous and rich people get written up in the newspaper, placed on buildings, and listed in award ceremonies. But the reality is that the largest group of donors are not rich or famous: they are just regular people with modest means who give what they can to help others.

In reality, at Animals in Distress, many good people with generous and caring hearts are the true heroes, every month sending what they can to help save lives. During Radiothon, some extend their kindness and donate to help make each year’s Radiothon a success, knowing that lives truly do depend on the results of the effort. They are our heroes…YOU are our heroes.

In addition, devoted volunteers schedule their vacations around the Radiothon, and some (many) use precious vacation days so they can help during Radiothon week. Our volunteers outdid themselves in countless ways.

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. A list of businesses who helped is on the next page. They too are among the unsung heroes who made our Radiothon, and make our community, a better, kinder place to live – for people and for animals.

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.

Thank you. You have made light shine in the darkness; made life an option over death; made hope possible; and banished despair.

May you and those you care about be blessed with the knowledge that your kindness and support have made a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of animals who call Animals in Distress their sanctuary and their home.


Animals In Distress Radiothon 2018


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 WAEB’s Craig Stevens, Gene Dickison 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. Many of the donors are also volunteers who see and touch the shelter animals whose lives are saved by their loving donation of their money and their time.

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


Dinner with Gunther was won by John and Carmella Ott of Allentown, Dennis and Holly Gambia of Nazareth, Lowell Linde of Zionsville, and Christopher Lancaster of Lansdale.

Prize winner of a Fine Jewelry Piece from Westgate Jewelers is Lori Harmony Thomas of Mertztown.

Sunday Brunch for 4 at Hotel Bethlehem will be enjoyed by lucky Belinda Cook of Bath.

Debra and David Lewis of Hazelton won a $500 Gift Certificate donated by Hager Furniture, and a $500 Gift Certificate from Joe Mascari’s Carpets and Rugs International was won by Jean Burd of Wescosville.

A “Getaway” at Oliver’s Salon and Day Spa was won by Richard Schwartz of New Tripoli.

Jan Danowitz of Easton will be making delicious food on the gas grill donated by Lehigh Supply Appliances.

Anne Hodges from Palm will be playing golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.

Del Christman of Nazareth will not have any car problems thanks to a visit from Steve’s Roadside Service.

Iron Pigs tickets were won by Phyllis Bender of Bethlehem, Dawn Brauchle of Coplay, and Rosanne Minarovick of Bethlehem.

RayBan sunglasses were won by Rose Marie Laposa of Sellersville.



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 Linda Hoffert, Deb Purdy, Linda Lawhorn, 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 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 7 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 13
(Rain date: Sunday, October 14)
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, November 3
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:

  • If paid by October 15:
    $65 per golfer
  • Payment day of Tournament:
    $70 per golfer

Entry includes:

  • Greens Fees, Carts, Goodies
  • Value Packs, Mulligans, Secret String 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 $6,055.88 has been raised for our animals so far. That translates into 9,39814,213 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 2018. 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 14.



This is Penny, a dachshund whose owner died. The spouse did not want her and was going to abandon her on the street. Penny is not spayed, has no proof of vaccinations, and, most alarmingly, has a mass the size of a Navel orange hanging from her abdomen. At this point, we don’t know if that is cancer or a benign tumor. She appears to be about 8 years old. At Animals in Distress, the word “rescue” means unconditional love for every animal. When we take in a sad, sick, or injured animal, we have no way of knowing what the outcome will be. Will it live or die? Will it recover from its physical and psychological abuse?

Your donations literally make the difference between life and death for such animals – for hundreds of animals every year who would have little to no hope without Animals in Distress and the people who support our work.

Please keep Penny in your prayers. We don’t yet know what her future will hold. But from this point forward, she will know unconditional love. We will do our best for her. We don’t see an illness, or injury, or old age as reasons to abandon hope or to provide a reason for not trying to help an animal. Each life deserves a chance. Thank you for allowing us to save desperate animals like Penny. They would thank you if they could talk.