Holly Springs resident, Jan Raymondi, has devoted a large portion of her life to animals, most specifically dogs. So it was only natural that she would channel that love and interest into the development of a local pet magazine that focuses on animal issues and care.
Raymondi started the bi-monthly magazine in July of 2012. After years in academia, first at the University of Massachusetts and then North Carolina State University, she decided it was time to turn her passion into a new career, hence, PetLife was born.
“I always wanted to do something with animals, particularly dogs, which is my area of expertise,” says Raymondi. “I finally realized that I needed to make a career out of a passion.”
Her love and dedication for animals began at a very young age.
“I have always loved dogs my whole life and have never been without one,” she says.
In 1993, she started as a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that raises and trains dogs for the disabled. Each time she would raise a dog for the program, she took them into her home for 18 months, teaching them basic commands and socializing the puppies by taking them with her everywhere she went. Though it was difficult to give them back at the end of their training, she always knew there was someone out there who needed the dog more than she did.
While at the University of Massachusetts, along with help from her state senator and the governor, she helped draft legislation giving service dogs in training the same legal status as certified service dogs. This means that they have the right to be in all public venues with their handlers while in training.
PetLife magazine features the writing from local pet experts and vets on a variety of pet topics. Raymondi hopes to make the publication the source for readers in the Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay areas when it comes to caring for their pets.
“I want to keep it a local magazine that promotes local businesses and keeps the money in the community,” says Raymondi.
As editor, she hopes to expand the size of the issues as interest in the publication grows. With a circulation rate of about 3,500, she currently distributes the magazine to every vet, groomer and dog daycare in all four towns as well as 31 pet-friendly apartment communities.
You can find PetLife at your veterinarian’s office, pet retail stores, boarding and daycare facilities, groomers, coffee shops and more. If you would like a complimentary copy mailed to you, please email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.petlifenc.com.
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