Anthem Pets is a non-profit organization that helps reunite lost pets with their owners as well as find homes for many needy pets. The organization serves the Anthem, Tramonto, New River, Carefree and Scottsdale areas.
Unfortunately, the organization just lost their trusted leader, Barb Windgassen, to cancer. The organization, which has helped to find homes for hundreds of animals, vows to continue on with her vision.
The following was written by Anthem Pets:
"On Thursday, August 29th we lost a true advocate and pet warrior. Barb Windgassen, President and Founder of Anthem Pets died after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at the Sherman Hospice home.
While the cancer may have ravaged her body, it never eroded her spirit. She fought cancer with all her might, while also working tirelessly to place, care, adopt, find, and foster animals in Anthem and surrounding areas. Many of us who knew her best would say that her passion for Anthem Pets sustained her and allowed her many more years than her diagnosed life expectancy. She wouldn’t give in to cancer any more than she gave in to letting a pet go hungry, be abused, or go homeless. Barb saved thousands of animals in her lifetime; they wait for her at Heaven’s gates with wagging tails and wet kisses.
She leaves behind a loyal and devoted husband, Tom, who never left her side – their love for each other and lifetime work together as a team has been a true love story.
Barb also leaves behind a loving and compassionate daughter, Elizabeth, an accomplished doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale — too, a woman of grace, loyalty and love for animals. Elizabeth was never far from her mother and father and would often accompany them to various Anthem Pets events.
We lost an advocate, a leader, a friend, a wife and a mother on August 29th. No doubt she is with us in spirit today and always. We are grateful her suffering is gone, and we will miss her leadership and friendship. In her honor, we vow to carry on her passion and promise to continue her work to find loving, caring homes for pets and to be the voice for animals on earth — Anthem Pets will live on.
There will be no public viewing. In lieu of flowers, Barb and family have asked that you please donate generously to her passion, Anthem Pets (Medical Fund)."
Donations can be sent directly to: 2658 West Patagonia Way, Anthem, AZ 85086.
Anthem Pets can be found at: www.anthempets.com
On facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anthem-Pets/163448457003194
On Twitter @anthempetsAZ