Amber was found as an injured stray in November. Under the care of Anthem Pets, she has recovered and is now ready for a forever home.
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Giving back: Supporting Anthem Pets Animal Rescue


Elizabeth Medora

ANTHEM – The new year will be here in just a few days, and while you’re making your resolutions for 2018, consider giving a helping hand to pets in need by supporting Anthem Pets Animal Rescue this coming year.

Anthem Pets has helped hundreds of lost pets find their homes since the rescue began, in addition to taking in homeless pets and adopting them out. Anthem Pets President Gilner noted that in 2017, Anthem Pets has received 196 forms regarding found pets, 253 forms regarding lost pets, and has adopted out 87 dogs and cats.

“Anthem Pets is an all-volunteer organization,” Gilner said. “There are some very dedicated people who work very hard to quickly get pets back to their owners.”

Anthem Pets is always in need of volunteers for a variety of responsibilities, such as helping at events or assisting with answering the emergency pet hotline.

“Come to our monthly meetings and get to know our volunteers, but also come so you know what events we have coming up that we may need your help staffing,” Gilner encouraged. “Some of the volunteer positions we have are ongoing, but there are times we need volunteers to man our booth at Anthem Days or Autumnfest, or to help with our Low Cost Shot Clinics.”

Donations are helpful, as well. You can donate funds online at in support of Anthem Pets’ medical fund. Donations of pet food are also welcome.

“We collect dry and canned cat and dog food every month,” Gilner said. “We re-bag the dry food and it is then distributed to High Desert Helpers. High Desert Helpers gives the food to families in need, who may not otherwise be able to afford to feed their pets. So they receive donations of pet food and are able to keep their pets. We re-bag and donate about 1,000 pounds of food each month.”

Gilner began volunteering at Anthem Pets events in 2012, joined the Board in 2016, and has served as Anthem Pets President since 2017. She finds working with Anthem Pets an ideal way to help animals in need.

“I love all animals, and I also enjoy volunteering, and have done so with over 20 organizations for the past 20+ years,” Gilner said. “It is very rewarding working with Anthem Pets, and I will continue as a volunteer in 2018.”

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