Jan Allegretti, D.Vet.Hom., is a consultant in holistic health care for animals, an animal advocate, book editor and an author of books, articles and other projects dealing with animal rights, wellness, and welfare, personal growth, wellness, environmental and spiritual issues.
For more than thirty years she has been a consultant in holistic health care for animals and a passionate advocate for animal rights and welfare. She holds a Diploma in Veterinary Homeopathy, and offers private consultation and group workshops in animal health care and advocacy.
Since the mid-1980s Jan has written and worked toward a better relationship between humans and other species. In 2006 and 2007 she successfully led a coalition to prevent the building of a slaughterhouse in her community, and in 2007 co-founded the Mendocino County, California, animal advocacy organization CARE: Compassion for Animals, Respect for the Earth. In 2009 she was nominated for the American Red Cross (Sonoma and Mendocino Counties) Real Heroes Award in the Animal Category.
Ms. Allegretti is the author of The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions (Ten Speed Press 2003; 2nd edition Tenacity Press 2018) and Listen to the Silence: Lessons from Trees and Other Masters (Tenacity Press 2007). She has also written extensively for print and online publications, including the column Beyond Body, Mind, and Spirit in the In Defense of Animals e-newsletter; many of those articles are now archived here and here.
Jan combines her work as an animal advocate and animal health care consultant in her classes and workshops. She enjoys sharing information about how all members of the family — including the canines and felines — can enjoy the many benefits of a plant-based diet. Jan is vegan, as was her beloved Tila Marie, her rescued Great Dane who lived to be 12 years old. As her teaching assistant, Tila embodied the vibrant good health that is possible with a healthy diet and a holistic approach to wellness.
Jan lives in the hills of northern California, in a mountaintop home with the resident deer, ravens, coyotes, rattlesnakes, bears, and countless other wise and wild ones.