- Freelance writer for three decades
- Author of a book on hamsters
Barb Nefer is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles for almost three years. She is a freelance writer specializing in pet-related topics since the 1980s. Her articles cover everything from animal behavior to rescue groups to pet care and product reviews. She has written a book on hamsters as well as many travel guides.
She has owned cats, dogs, horses, birds, freshwater fish, hamsters, and guinea pigs, and horses. She has trained horses, competed in horse shows, and instructed students in English and Western riding. Barb has also volunteered at animal shelters, helping cats, dogs, and pocket pets find forever families and participated in large animal rescue. She has coordinated holiday pet food drives with animal shelters, pet supply stores, and veterinarians' offices to collect food, toys, and treats for needy dogs and cats. She works on behalf of animal rights and is an outspoken spay/neuter advocate.
Barbara Nefer has decades of practical experience with pets.
Awards and Publications
She is the author of "10 Most Popular Myths About Guinea Pigs: Avoid These Common Cavy Care Mistakes" Her articles have appeared in Horse Illustrated, Horse & Rider, Equus, Bird Talk, I Love Cats, Grit, Miniature Donkey Talk, Animal Wellness, and Feline Wellness magazines.
About The Spruce
The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.
For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.