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

NEWSLETTER: September 2019

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Thank you to all who made this achievement possible. We raised $159,110 and set another record for donations. Every donation comes from people who care deeply about giving life and hope to those who have no voice.

As we entered our Radiothon appeal this year, we were again facing a $250,000+ operating deficit. 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 minimum of 8400 pounds of cat litter every month), utilities… and the list goes on and on.

Since its founding in 1977 as one of less than a dozen “no-kill” shelters in the whole United States, Animals in Distress has existed totally on donations from people who care. Not one dollar obtained through taxes has ever gone to us, and never will. We exist because people believe in our mission and our work.

Our largest group of our 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 – our biggest fundraiser, with 100% of money raised going directly to medical and other basic rescue expenses – donors know 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 always extend effort in countless ways. They know what is at stake.

Several businesses, not the least of which is the iHeart Media/WAEB team, donate money, services and 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 make our Radiothon possible, and who make our community, a better, kinder place to live – or people and for animals.

We all need to be 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 – with your help, prayers, and support.

Enjoy this collage of Radiothon 2019 photos.

Click here for a larger printable collage.


Many thanks to the generous businesses and people who make it possible for 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. The 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 Dennis Krauss of Sound Surge for his humor and energy in again being our DJ for the whole day!

Thanks also to Yocco’s, Dan’s Camera City, and the Pines Dinner Theatre.

A very special thank you to The Leader of the Pack Canine Institute and Neighbors Home and Garden Center for hosting live remotes at their places 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, Gene Dickison/MTM Financial, and Dan Holzman and to Res-Q 1250 for generously donating their 1:00-3:00 Sunday air time and products, and to Don Wenner / DLP Realty for donating live radio time from 5:00-6:00 pm plus a very generous challenge…

Please patronize the businesses who so generously support our work.

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

Nestle Purina Pet Care, Perkiomen Animal Hospital, For Cats Only Veterinary Clinic, Enter.Net, Neighbors Home and Garden (owners & patrons), Kiffle Kitchen Bakery, Vinart Auto Dealerships, Leader of the Pack Canine Institute, and many individuals who donated in honor or memory of past and present pets or people.

 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 Melonie Windhorn of Palmerton, Richard Ott of Bethlehem, and Jon Roth of Allentown.

Allentown Fair Tickets were won by Bill Horner of Allentown and Jody Hasik of Emmaus.

Iron Pigs tickets were won by Debra Billowitch, Richard Keiper, Audrey Moser, and Karen Kirchdoerfer.

Ray Ban sunglasses were won by Karen Gotto and Linda Schaffer.

Prize winner of a fine jewelry piece from Westgate Jewelers is Robert Faulkner of Fort Washington.

Sunday brunch at the Hotel Bethlehem will be enjoyed by lucky Susan Ward of Bethlehem.

Jeff Frederick of Allentown 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 The Ligenza Family of Macungie.

A “Get Away” at Oliver’s Salon & Day Spa was won by Susan Smith of Whitehall.

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

Heather Addyson from Quakertown will be playing golf at Wedgewood Golf Course, and Liz and Jim Trinisewski of Macungie will not have any car problems thanks to a visit from Steve’s Roadside Service.

Miranda Lambert Show tickets were won by Mackenzie Harry of Walnutport and Kathleen Crayosky of Northampton. Rose Sherman won the meet & greet.


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, while Bev Repsher coordinates the phone answering in the studio, assisted by Linda Hoffert, Deb Purdy, Linda Lawhorn, Cindy Deutsch, Barb Groff, and Meg Leister. Rose Yanger and Denise Schaffer manned the weekend phone calls. Rose Yanger coordinated 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 and Sharon Werner. Also, Lois called in to Bobby’s 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 Leader of the Pack and Neighbor’s 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, 100% of the money raised goes directly 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 year’s Radiothon a success … and for saving lives.




8:00 am Shotgun Start
Registration 7:00 – 7:45 am
Rain or shine unless the course is closed

Entry fee:
If payment received by September 5th:
$75 per golfer or discounted $280 for complete foursome
If payment received after September 5th:
$80 per golfer
Payment Day of Tournament:
$85 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 Football afterwards at the Wescosville Fire Co. Social Hall
  • Golf and Raffle prizes will be awarded afterwards at the Wescosville Fire Co. Social Hall

Tournament Proceeds benefit Animals In Distress.

Presented by Wescosville Fire Co. Social Hall

Sponsored by:

  • Teecil
  • MyBallStamp
  • Rain Wedge

Download registration form here



1:00 – 3:30 Pm

Our annual Blessing of the Animals Ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 6 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.



Animals In Distress Wag Walk at Lake Nockamixon

(rain date: Sun, Oct 27)
Registration: 10:30

Download a registration form here.

A Spooktacular event in a beautiful fall setting at Lake Nockamixon. Special Halloween Contests and prizes – come in costume with your dog and enter the Pet/Owner Lookalike. Or just dress your dog up and enter contests for the Scariest, Funniest, Fanciest, and much more! Or let your dog come in his original, natural fur and be eligible for some prizes as well.

The event is fun and great exercise, plus it raises much needed funds for our sanctuary. And people can come without pets too. There will be plenty of food, lots of treats and prizes, and only a few tricks!

Click here for a map to Nockamixon State Park.

Help Us Recycle Pets by Recycling Aluminum!

Keep saving those aluminum cans. Sally & Danny Searfass report that a total of $7,728.23 has been raised for our animals so far. That translates into 19,234 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 and remove labels 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 2020. 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, and mail the nomination to:

Nominating Committee
Animals in Distress
P.O. Box 609
Coopersburg, PA 18036

Nominations must be received by Oct. 14.

Brother & Trooper

Every year at the start of the Radiothon, a rescue happens that perfectly embodies the importance of our work. This year, it was two tiny kittens in deplorable shape. One in particular was concerning due to how much infection and swelling was in his eyes. Predictions were that he would probably be blind, IF he and his sibling even survived.

At such times, we can’t sit around debating what to do. If such animals are to have any chance, they need medical care right away. No guarantee of outcome, but at least a chance – which is what they would not get elsewhere.

Each day of Radiothon week, Lois would include an update on how they were doing. We named the sickest kitten Brother, and his sibling Trooper, because Trooper would not leave Brother’s side. Trooper comforted Brother and reassured him that he was not alone. The bond between them reminded us of the saying “He ain’t heavy; he’s my brother” which accompanied pictures of soldiers carrying their wounded to safety.

BECAUSE of the support from our friends, both kittens have survived. AND here’s the miraculous part: Brother can now see!! Against all odds, he can see. If you need reassurance that good still exists in this world, and that there is power in love and hope, visit our sanctuary and see our animals. 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. They would thank you if they could talk.