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Alissa Wolf

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Alissa Wolf

Alissa Wolf is a journalist and life-long animal lover.


Alissa has worked as an editor, columnist and correspondent for numerous regional and national newspapers and magazines.

Most recently, she was editor-in-chief of Adventure in the Smokies, a lifestyles and features magazine that served the magnificent Smoky Mountains region of Western North Carolina, where she had many opportunities to write about wildlife.

She also was editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Weekly; associate editor of Atlantic City Magazine; long-time columnist for The Newark Star-Ledger and Asbury Park Press; general features correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer and many others.

She received two awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for promotional feature writing in 2008. She currently is working on a book about cat nutrition.


Alissa attended Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey, and then transferred to New York University, where she received a B.A. in journalism.

By Alissa Wolf:

I have been delighted to have been a pet parent to every manner of furry, finned and feathered creature: a dog, parakeets, gerbils, a rabbit, fish, hermit crabs, a chicken and several cats.

Until June 2013, I was mom to a dashingly handsome black cat named Omar. He was my trusty assistant editor in charge of pet products reviews.

Sadly, he went over the Rainbow Bridge at the tender age of 5, due to vaccine-associated sarcoma. I am making it my mission to educate pet parents about this insidious disease, caused by indiscriminate vaccination.

In August 2013, I adopted another black kitty, Murphy, who was 15 weeks old at the time, from a high-kill shelter, in Omar's honor. 

In May 2014, kitten Miss Lily joined our furry family, to help Murphy with his play aggression issues. So far, it's working.

As a journalist, I have had many opportunities to write about and help draw awareness to our need to cherish, respect and provide the best care for pets and animals in general.

In addition, my family has owned a fine jewelry boutique in Philadelphia for more than 50 years. So I know the ins and outs of small business operations.

My mission is to provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date information to those in the pet industry, so that they may better serve these beloved creatures.

I may be reached at petshops@aboutguide.com.

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