Posted: April 5, 2015

Vera Bradley & Longaberger Basket Bingo to benefit Animals In Distress - April 19, 2015Great news!

Response to our 2015 Bingo on April 19 has been overwhelming. We have sold out!! However, we are seeking sponsors for the various prizes. As sponsor, your name will go in the program booklet. So, let us know if you want to honor someone, or remember a loved one, by sponsoring a prize. It’s only $50. Just contact Kelly at



Posted: September 16, 2014

We are setting up a retail outlet space for marketing some of the fabulous gifts, collectibles, and antiques that people donate to us. These items deserve to be displayed in a setting that gets enough visitors so that we can maximize the proceeds and find good homes for these items, all of which were given with love, by people who were downsizing, or changing lifestyles, or finding homes for a loved one’s colections.

To find our display, as of October 1 and all through the holidays and New Year, go in the front door, make a left past the counter, and walk down the left aisle for approximately 150 – 200 feet. Then make a left. You will find us along the side wall.

Great items. Great prices. Great cause. We get all proceeds after expenses so SHOP WITHOUT GUILT.

Click here for a map to Cottage Crafters.

Cottage Crafters
Tilghman Square Shopping Center
4636 Broadway

Allentown, PA



Cathy Goodwin of Easton won a White Gold & Diamond Pendant from Westgate Jewelers that can be worn to a Sunday Brunch for 4 at Hotel Bethlehem, with transportation in style by Adamo Limousine.

Phil Stimmel of Lehighton won a Room Makeover featuring a 5×8 or 8×11 rug from special remnant section compliments of Joe Mascari’s Carpets and Rugs International and a Vail LazyBoy recliner rocker from Hager Furniture in Palmerton.

Carolyn Miller of Palmerton won a “Getaway” at Oliver’s Salon and Day Spa in Allentown, including a massage, manicure and pedicure.

Katherine Basiure of Breinigsville won an overnight stay in a fabulous suite at Comfort Suites, Allentown.

Denise Schaffer of Coopersburg won a foursome day of golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.

Michael Lalli of Kunkletown won Full maintenance service for his car by Steve’s Roadside Service (Kutztown) including oil & filter, all fluids, check tires, etc. at his home.

Cindy Wenner of Coopersburg won a 16 x 20 pet portrait by R.J. Harwick Photography of Emmaus.

Karen Guzy won a 1 Hour Computer Repair (excludes parts) from ABE Onsite Computer.

Tony Hanna, Ellen Griffin, and Jean Burd, all of Allentown, and Bonnie Hahn of Northampton won Lunch with WAEB’s Bobby Gunther Walsh.

Pat Franklin, Frederick Mihalow, and Christine Saylor, all from Allentown, and Susan Smith from Whitehall won Tickets to various performances at the Great Allentown Fair.



After a huge amount of work and prayers, our 2014 WAEB Radiothon – our biggest fundraiser of the year – closed its total at a record-setting $132,085. That is wonderful news and an impressive total. It goes without saying that we really needed those funds, 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, utilities, etc.

What always is so impressive and touching about the Radiothon is the outpouring of love and kindness from so many people. 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 out all 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.

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 this world, and in the lives of hundreds of animals who call Animals In Distress their sanctuary and their home.

For more Radiothon news, read about it in our latest newsletter.


Posted: July 4, 2014

Laps of Love and Alumni Day 2014

Perfect weather made for a perfect (purrfect?) day for the Laps of Love and Alumni Day on June 1

One of our largest turnouts, all day, allowed us to see many adopted AID pets and their families, as well as meet new friends. The animals and the people seemed to blend in to one big family, eating the delicious food prepared by our volunteers, participating in the basket social, pet cake walk, and dog contests; in general, a great time was had by all.

Thank you to Anita Bielecki, whose photos of the event really captured the spirit of the day. Looking at these photos, we see example after example of the success of our rescue and rehabilitation work. YOU make these successes possible. YOU are the reason we can continue to do this kind of long-term rehabilitation.

Each animal has its own story. Each adoption touches our hearts. Each rescue lives in our memories. Our hearts hold all of this and overflow on Alumni Day, when so many of our success stories come back, in person, to share the day and say thank you for their lives. There is no better reward for the heart breaking work we do than to see these animals and their loving owners.

One final thank you: our volunteers did another outstanding job getting everything together for the day: they prepared prizes, set up tents and tables, donated baskets for the basket social, made food items, cooked the food, and did countless other tasks. They are amazing, dedicated, and invaluable to our work. Also, many thanks to all who took out listings in the Commemorative Journal so this keepsake book could be memorable and special.


Posted: May 5, 2014

An enthusiastic crowd of friends and supporters attended the WAEB/AccuWeather Benefit Softball Game on May 4. Dr. Joe Sobel and the AccuWeather group racked up more points than WAEB, but everyone was a winner in our eyes! The total of $2067.10 was raised through raffle ticket and food sales, and donations.

2014 WAEB/AccuWeather Softball Game to Benefit Animals in Distress

Many thanks to Bobby Gunther Walsh and WAEB for hosting the event again, to Dr. Joe and the AccuWeather family for making the long trip, and to all the businesses who donated prizes and food. Allen Audiology again sponsored the event. Southern Lehigh Living Memorial Community Park kindly allowed the game to be played on their softball field, and Bob Trexler made sure everything was ready for the game. Denise Schaffer (medic) was present to make certain everyone had a safe and fun afternoon. Thanks also to Sean Rickoski for singing the National Anthem, to all our volunteers for an incredible effort in preparing and serving food both at the game and at the reception at the shelter after the game, to Bobby’s Race Crew, to the WAEB staff, to the AccuWeather team, and to Jeff Benner and Anton the cat, who threw out the first ball (sort of).

Winner of a gorgeous pair of diamond earrings (worth $1200) donated by Westgate Jewelers was Fred Uelses of Wind Gap. Lucky Caroline George won a $500 man’s watch donated by our friends at Westgate JewelersNancy Mihalko of Coopersburg won the gas grill donated by Lehigh Supply Appliances, and many other attendees won an assortment of prizes, gift certificates, t-shirts and other items.

Many thanks for the support of Coca-Cola Bottling of the Lehigh ValleyYocco’s Hot DogsLink Beverages, and WAEB-790AM.

The food for the cookout after the game was sponsored by Lehigh Valley Acura Honda Hyundai and Phillipsburg Easton Hyundaithe Vinart dealerships – your pet friendly auto dealers – and loving care by our volunteers. By coming to the reception after the game, the players and members of the audience get to see what they were playing for!

Special thanks to all of our staff and volunteers for doing hundreds of tasks to prepare for the event and to set up at the field, cook and serve the food at the game, and coordinate a thousand other details. Our volunteers do so many things throughout the year, giving so generously of their time (and money), and we just could not hold such events without all of them.

A final thank you to all our newsletter readers and to the WAEB listeners who bought raffle tickets, came to the game, and in general, supported this event.


Posted: April 7, 2014

Nancy calls the numbers at the 2nd Vera Bradley/Longaberger Basket Bingo to benefit Animals In Distress.

Nancy calls the numbers at Bingo.

Our second Vera Bradley/Longaberger Basket Bingo on April 6 was a big success, raising just under $5,000! Since all prizes were underwritten by donations from individuals and businesses, and all food was donated and prepared by our volunteers, and all work was done by volunteers, those proceeds go to the animals 100%!

There is a huge amount of coordinating and organizing that goes into an event like this (actually into all our events), and special thanks should be mentioned to Kelly Hartnett, who did countless tasks. Thanks to the many volunteers – Linda, Stella, Cheryl, Tracy, Nancy, and so many others – for incredible dedication and hard work.

We need the money, everyone had a great time, and the food, raffles, and special games were fun for all. Thanks to all who made this year’s event a winner!


Posted: December 1, 2013

AID Calendars for 2014 are now available. A joint project with the ITI1 team at Air Products has resulted in a one-of-a-kind. Animals In Distress calendar, with each month featuring special rescues and full color photos.

2014 Animals In Distress Calendar

Each month tells the story of the featured pet(s) we rescued, and dozens of memorable photos are included. You see in February, for example, the pictures of Hero and Theresa, two dogs who lived in a park for over 8 years, barely surviving. Hero even had to chew off his lower leg when he was hit by a car. They are older dogs, not photogenic in the usual sense of that term, but they are devoted to each other: he would die to protect her. We chose this couple to represent February, the month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day and Love. Who better to reflect true Love and Loyalty than these two dogs, dogs who were turned down at 56 other organizations, dogs who were deemed unadoptable and unworthy of being given a second chance. After they had gone through unspeakable fear, pain, and uncertainty for over 8 years, their fate was to be death… imagine a world where no one would save them. Imagine a world where they would not be allowed to spend their remaining days together, in a safe place, in a place of peace and safety. So, we selected them to represent the heart and soul of what Love is all about. Our calendar matches each featured pet’s story with the spirit of that month.

As you can probably tell, this calendar is so much more than dates and pretty pictures. It reflects the heart and soul of our organization. It is truly very special.

We hope you will give these as gifts to everyone on your shopping list: in that way, each “gift” will be appreciated by the recipient AND will help to save lives and care for the shelter residents. We set the price at $12, which is very reasonable considering the cost to print them in full color on heavy, high quality paper. We wish we were able to mail these to everyone for free, as do many of the larger national animal groups; but we need every dollar for the work we do, so we hope you will support this fundraiser and know that your money is being used for animal rescue, not for mass mailings by highly paid marketers creating high pressure promotions.

If you can’t come to the shelter, we are happy to mail calendar orders as well, for a shipping cost of $6.00 (our cost) for one calendar, with $4 extra for each calendar after the first one, all to the same address. We can also mail directly to the recipient, at $6.00 postage for each different address. Contact us to place your order.


Posted: October 22, 2013

Thanks to all who participated in our annual Wag Walk at Lake Nockamixon on October 19. We raised over $11,000 of much needed funds. Fabulous Brenda Bolster was again the leader in soliciting sponsorship money – we don’t know how she does such a great job, year after year, but are sure glad she does! Two new cat kennel volunteers, Chris Shellhammer and Keith Greenleaf, were second and third in amount of sponsorship money collected (they also adopted a cat from us recently and took in a foster kitty from one of our volunteers – great people!). Best of all, the dogs seemed to be having a great time: it was fun for them and their humans too.

Special thanks to the volunteers who did all the work for this event: prize soliciting, set-up 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 who. 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 when they know that these and so many other lives depend on them.


Posted: July 30, 2013

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 WAEB790 and Bobby Gunther Walsh for their continuing support. Team Capital Bank again underwrote the event, and Ironton Telephone again provided the phone system. Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer’s market vendors provided delicious food:

Please patronize the businesses who so generously support our work.


Smokin’ Smitty’s Catering did a first rate job preparing and serving up all that great grub. Thanks also to Giant Food Store Bakery and others who donated food.

A very special thank you to Res-Q1250/N3 Oceanic for 2 hours of airtime on Sunday, for prizes, and for a challenge hour! And thanks to Dr. Diana Sorrentino of Lehigh Valley Paladin for sharing airtime on Sunday. Special thanks also to WAEB‘s Craig StevensDan Holzman and intern Josh Dylan.

Special thank you’s can be sent to:Bobby Gunther Walsh, WAEB 1541 Alta Drive, Whitehall, PA 18052 or email:



Many of these folks have also adopted from us – and now support us too. The circle of Love and Kindness continues!

  • Wanda and Leo DeLong
  • The Mory Family
  • Dave and Mary Snyder
  • Lowell Linde
  • Linda Hoffert
  • The Kotran Family
  • Daive Fair
  • Bob and Jan Thomas
  • Val Wolfenden
  • Kim Mokry
  • Ron and Judy Moyer
  • Kelly Hartnett
  • Carolyn Shaw
  • Penny Lenore Micolochick
  • Anita Hertzog
  • Christopher Compher
  • Heidi Maugle
  • and several folks who want to be anonymous

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 Repshercoordinated the phone answering in the studio, assisted by Barb GroffLinda HoffertCindy DeutschSally SearfassKelly HartnettAnita Patterson, and Bobbie Stoddard (evenings), and on the weekend, Cindy, Rose Yanger and Denise SchaeferRose Yanger coordinates the call-ins and challenge hours and matching money, as well as the prizes and thank yous.

Mail processing for several weeks was handled by Lois GadekLinda HoffertKelly Hartnett, and Nancy Michener. Also, Lois called in to Bobby’s show twice hourly to tell stories of the many rescues done since the past Radiothon.

Coordinating the setup 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. And special thanks to Cheryl, Stella, Linda, Kelly, Bob, John and Deb, and so many others for 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 the Farmer’s Market on Saturday were another group of volunteers (Sandy, Andrea, Mackenzie, Kelly, Dan Holzman and others). Thanks to all who donated items for the fabulous basket social and the Chinese auction, and 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, kennel manager, for coordinating the studio visits and doing many other things to ensure that the shelter animals would be well cared for, especially during the busy times before, during and after the Radiothon.

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 – NOT to pay bills that run into the thousands and thousands of dollars because we had to pay for the helpers, the food, and the rpizes. Even the airtime and special promotions were donated so that our supporters could be sure that ALL their donation would go to help animals.

And the Winners Are…!

  • Barbara Katz of Allentown, Joel Kleckner of Emmaus and Paula Deal of Nazareth wonLunch with Gunther.
  • Cathleen Kimmerly of Bethlehem, Chester Puri of Phillipsburg, NJ, and Caryolyn Shaw of Kutztown won Allentown Fair Tickets.
  • Wayne and Linda Haluska of Bethlehem are the prize winners of gorgeous jewelry fromWestgate Jewelers, brunch at the Hotel Bethlehem, and a ride from Adamo Limo.
  • Mary Ann Broadhurst of Barto won a getaway at Oliver’s Salon & Day Spa.
  • Anita Hertzog of Allentown won the Comfort Suites prize.
  • Betty Lees of Barto won the R.J. Harwick pet portrait.
  • Kathleen Kovacs of Allentown will be playing golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.
  • Scott Detweiler of Allentown will not have any car problems, thanks to Steve’s Roadside Service.
  • Michael Lengel of Wernersville won a recliner from Hager Furniture and a rug from Joe Mascari’s Carpets and Rugs International.
  • Frank Alexander won a camera from Dan’s Camera.