Linda Cohen Wassong has channeled all her passions, strengths, and experience into the creation of the Puccini Foundation. Her love of animals developed at a very early age. She grew up with cats, birds, and dogs, some of whom were strays, but it was her puppy Puggy, a pug given to her by her grandfather, who truly ignited her passion for animals. Puggy taught her first-hand about the incredible power of the human-animal bond.
Linda’s career has spanned diverse industries, from entrepreneurial companies and major corporations to publishing to real estate, but she has always leveraged her keen marketing sense and strategic thinking. She has served as publisher and publishing executive for magazines including Sassy Magazine, Accessories Magazine, Model Magazine, Self Magazine, and Hampton Cottages & Garden Magazine.
Following her work in publishing, Linda became a licensed real estate agent. She is currently at Halstead Property. Combining her sales experience with her devotion to animals, Linda developed a unique niche as a real estate agent specializing in pet-friendly properties in New York City. She continues to donate a portion of any commissions to pet-related charities. Her work — and her dogs, Puccini and Sparkle — was featured in a Discovery Channel television special documenting the challenging process of finding a Manhattan apartment that would allow pets.
One constant throughout Linda’s life has been her support of non-profit organizations that benefit people and pets. She has been a dominant force in raising funds and awareness, and she has served on advisory councils, as board member or event chair for many charities including the Animal Rescue Fund, The Delta Society (since renamed PetPartners), the ASPCA, The National Center for Victims of Crime, Jewish National Fund and The Retreat Domestic Violence Shelter.
The Puccini Foundation is a true labor of love for Linda, bringing together her dedication to both people and animals, her business acumen, her commitment to the non-profit world, and her desire to honor her dear Puccini. She spreads the message of the Foundation by attending and speaking at events throughout the year including the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization, the Women in the Pet Industry Network conference and many more.