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October is pet adoption month, and Anthem Pets is partnering with Subaru Superstore of Surprise for an adoption event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday October 24.

“Subaru is very big, and Subaru has the Subaru Loves Pets initiative,” said Anthem Pets President Adam Raley. “They have a whole vacant showroom that we kind of set up in and use as our own space.

“This will be our fourth event that we’ve done there. Obviously cats, dogs and kittens will be there, but I’m not sure how many are available. Any that we do have available will be at the event.”

Anthem Pets is a 501(c)(3) volunteer rescue organization that has been in business for 15 years. The strictly foster-based rescue organization covers Anthem, Arroyo Grande, Arroyo Norte, Anthem Parkside, Anthem Country Club and Tramonto south to Dove Valley.

“We physically right now do not have a building,” Raley said. “We rely on hundreds of fosters who open their homes to give cats and dogs homes while we look for their forever family.” 

As the animals are fostered, Anthem Pets covers bedding, food and other supplies as well as vet visits as needed.

“We never adopt an animal out unless it is spayed, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped,” Raley said. “We do rabies if they are old enough.”

On average, Anthem Pets rescues a thousand animals each year.

“It has been a lot more this year, because when COVID-19 came about, a lot of shelters shut down and stopped intake, but we did not,” Raley said. “Although we primarily focus in the North Valley, we do take a call around the state if we’re able to take them in obviously with the foster.”

Raley and his family decided to foster animals at the beginning of this year as well.

“I fostered two 5-week-old puppies this past January, and one of those was a foster failure because we adopted him, and now he’s almost 10 months old,” Raley said.

Animals are considered “foster failures” if the foster family adopts them rather than nursing them back to health and getting them ready for a new forever family. According to Raley, about 50% of the time the animals that are rescued end up being foster failures.

“A lot of our animals end up getting adopted by, if not from, the foster. They have friends who have seen the animal,” Raley said. “We adopt so many animals before they even hit our website.

“Obviously, with the adoption fees, we don’t make money on the adoption, because we are not out to make money. We are in it to save and rescue as many animals as possible and make sure they get the correct care.”

Anthem Pets recently rescued a pit bull that was abandoned in a kennel in a Central Phoenix apartment. She was 40 pounds underweight. Anthem Pets rushed the dog to the emergency vet, and she is still under their care. 

“We do those cases, too, where someone needed to come and rescue that animal or it was very close to dying, but we do a lot of stuff like that, too,” Raley said.

Anthem Pets is a volunteer-based organization with a volunteer board of directors that makes the decisions for the animals. 

“No one has taken a salary,” Raley said. “And they won’t. We’re strictly volunteer, and the ultimate goal is to help as many possible animals a year and we’ll always intake if we have a resource.”

For more information about Anthem Pets, visit anthempets.org.