About Anthem Pets


Anthem Pets, a 501 (c)(3), 100% volunteer rescue, is proudly celebrating 11 years of valued and trusted service in Anthem. Our area of coverage within Anthem is Arroyo Grande, Arroyo Norte, Anthem Parkside, Anthem Country Club, and Tramonto south to Dove Valley. Please see the map below.

Our goal is to implement a fully rounded animal welfare program that provides education and resources to the community and promotes responsible pet ownership. Since 2005 the organization has grown in size and strength and our passion runs deep in this community.

Volunteers work tirelessly to provide many services for animals and pet owners in Anthem. We provide medical care for abandoned and abused animals and find them qualified, loving homes. We work to reunite lost pets with their owners through use of a Pet Hotline and a very active Facebook page. Anthem Pets also collects and distributes re-bagged pet food to residents in need, and provides several low-cost vaccination and microchip  clinics throughout the year.

Anthem Pets Resource & Information Guide

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Anthem Pets Board of Directors


Amy Gilner

Board of Directors: President

13699955_1241662835857977_4233248402347782680_nAmy Gilner and her husband have lived in Anthem since 2009 with their two long-haired Chihuahuas, Truffle and Newton. She is a realtor in Anthem with HomeSmart and began volunteering with Anthem Pets in November of 2013.

Amy loves volunteering and has served on numerous non-profit boards during the last 20 years. She has been an Adult Literacy volunteer and is a Master Gardener!


Jamie Houston

Board of Directors: Vice President

Jamie Houston was born and raised in Oregon where she graduated from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!). She recently moved to Arizona with her husband and their three kids and are loving the lifestyle change the sun has brought them. She is a proud stay at home Mom, volunteer soccer Coach for Anthem Community Center, and has a passion for helping animals.

 In addition to their three crazy kids, they have three rescue dogs: a German Shepherd/Lab named Tobey, a German Shepherd/Husky named Remy, and a feisty little Chihuahua named Zoe.


Sandy Sidoti

Board of Directors: CFO & Treasurer

Sandy Sidoti has lived in Anthem for 17 years with her husband Frank, and their daughter Samantha. They have a Border Collie mix, Callie, who they adopted as a puppy in 2004, and who, as her very first pet, has helped instill in her a love for all animals.

Sandy spent most of her career in broadcasting, both in her native New York and then in Phoenix. She also spent several years working in the front office of Anthem School. She is currently devoting her time to taking care of her family, and the finances for Anthem Pets.


Kim Hilliker

Board of Directors: Secretary

Kim, an Arizona native, returned to AZ from Sammamish, WA two years ago.

Kim worked for American Express as a manager of corporate collections. She also ran a company named “Kim’s Kritter Sitters”, a pet and house sitting service. She was a proud, stay-at-home mom for her four children for many years, volunteering at her children’s schools.

Kim has owned dogs, cats, hamsters, rats, turtles, a chameleon, and an African Grey parrot named OZ! Currently, the family has Pug mix named “Puca”.


Brianna Samson

Board of Directors: Director of Operations

Brianna Samson recently moved to Anthem after spending over 10 years in Minnesota. She has her bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications and Broad Area Art. She is currently getting her Master of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

Brianna has over five years of experience working for nonprofits in variety of areas from education to health services. She currently works in advertising and media at Grand Canyon University. In her free time she loves to thrift, hike, run, and spend time with family and friends. Brianna is the proud dog mom to Benny, a three-legged Jack Russell Terrier and Mexican Hairless mix.


Mary Ann Bowen

Board of Directors: Board Member At Large

Mary AnnMary Ann Bowen has lived in Anthem for many years and has been a proud volunteer for Anthem Pets since the early days.

Mary Ann is from Kansas City, where she taught high school English for 35 years. After retiring, she worked as the director of humane education for Wayside Waifs, an animal shelter. In that capacity, she trained and coordinated the work of the volunteer humane educators. In addition, Mary Ann and her dog, Joe Cocker, spent many hours working on animal care badges with scout troops. Mary Ann and and her husband Chuck have been married for 49 years and have two daughters and six grandchildren. In November, 2014, Mary Ann and Chuck adopted Anthem Pets dog Homer (formerly Blackie/Sir Buddy) who is very well loved!