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Anthem Pets holding V.I.P.P. event on Oct. 15

10/5/16

ANTHEM – Anthem Pets will celebrate some ‘Very Important People & Pets’ at the annual V.I.P.P. fundraiser happening Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Ironwood Country Club. This event will include a silent auction, raffle, music, dinner, drinks, and more, and the community is invited to join in and support Anthem Pets.

Auction items will include gift baskets, jewelry, certificates for getaways, wine baskets, one-of-a-kind crafts, and more. Gift baskets include pet items, golf packages, and specialty food and beverage items. Purchase tickets at www.anthempets.org.

“We will have well over 75 silent auction items and likely 40-50 raffle items,” said Amy Gilner, Anthem Pets Treasurer, who heading the organization of the V.I.P.P. event.

Additional auction items are still being sought; to donate, contact Gilner at (480) 335-5479 or amyganthempets@gmail.com.

“We could use travel items, like a time share, or airline miles for tickets,” Gilner noted.

This event is a major fundraiser for the non-profit animal rescue organization Anthem Pets. The V.I.P.P. event raises between $6,000 and $8,000 each year.

“The funds raised go into our general account, which we use to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and microchip any animals we intake. The money is also used for medical care if any animals we intake have been injured or are sick,” Gilner said.

Gilner has been volunteering with Anthem Pets for four years, and she has helped with everything from fundraisers to vaccine clinics. Just about every day, pets in the North Valley are lost, or pets are found roaming with no identification. In these cases, volunteers from Anthem Pets step in to help.

“Anthem Pets volunteers work very hard to help return lost pets to their owners, as well as find homes for pets who could not be reunited with their owners,” Gilner said. “Our fosters open up their homes and hearts to give temporary shelter for dogs and cats until we can find their forever homes. Sometimes those fosters are what we call ‘foster failures’ because they fall in love and end up adopting the foster pet.”

If you’re interested in volunteering with Anthem Pets, volunteers and fosters are always needed!

“We are an all-volunteer organization and anyone who has a love for dogs and cats and has time to volunteer is always welcome,” Gilner said. “We have a general meeting the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30 at the Anthem Civic Building at 3701 W. Anthem Way.”

Purchase tickets for the V.I.P.P. event at www.anthempets.org; click the V.I.P.P. tab. See more about the event at www.facebook.com/anthempetsaz.