Mary Jo DiLonardo

Mary Jo DiLonardo

Mary Jo DiLonardo

For more than 25 years, Mary Jo DiLonardo has worked in print, online, and broadcast journalism. She’s covered a wide range of topics focused on pets, animals, nature, science, and anything that helps make the world a better place.


DiLonardo is a senior writer and editor who covers pets and animals, health and wellness, nature and sustainability, and all things environmental.

She has written extensively for Treehugger and WebMD, helped launch a website for the Arthritis Foundation, and covered a range of topics for She was a senior contributing editor for Atlanta Magazine for more than a dozen years where her pet and school guides won city and regional magazine association awards.

The proud mom of a rescue dog, she has fostered more than three dozen dogs and puppies.


DiLonardo graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor of fine arts in broadcasting (now called e-media) and a certificate in creative writing. She attended on a full academic scholarship. 

Other Work:

The Spruce Pets Product Review Editorial Guidelines & Mission

Expertise: Animals, Environmental Issues, Pets, Fostering Dogs
Education: University of Cincinnati
Title: Senior Writer

About The Spruce Pets

The Spruce Pets, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a new kind of pets website offering practical, real-life tips and training advice to help you care for your pet. The Spruce Pets reaches 10 million people each month. Learn more about us, our editorial process, and our commitment to ensuring we are providing you with the most trustworthy veterinarian advice.

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