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Top: Founder, Karen with Sergei (2003 & 2006) 

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Our Story

The Sergei Foundation was founded in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to meet the unanswered need and demand for sick and injured companion pet care in North Carolina.

Karen Fullerton founded the organization after the necessary euthanasia of her Siberian Husky of twelve years, Sergei, who is the namesake for the organization and is illustrated in its logo.

Karen’s sense of guilt when Sergei had to be euthanized, after all veterinary treatment had failed, led her to the sad realization that other pet owners must feel even worse when the option to treat their pet is taken away due to lack of financial resources.

It was in Karen’s despair that her passion emerged to help others avoid this unnecessary pain, guilt, and stress, and help them obtain the veterinary care their pets desperately need.

Our mission is to save companion pets’ lives by coordinating care for sick or injured dogs and cats, providing families with resources to obtain life-saving veterinary treatment 

What We Do

Critical/Emergency Veterinary Care

Assist in funding surgery or life-saving treatment. Coordinate care, if needed, with NC veterinarians for immediate appointments, surgery expertise, or lower fees.

Diagnostic Test

A subset of ER care. Covers one diagnostic test, such as Xray or bloodwork, to aid in diagnostic and a treatment plan needed for most other funding resources.

General Sick Care

Up to $100 for medicine, exam, or  diagnostic test for non life-threatening medical care to circumvent it from becomming a life-threatening need. 


Helping a pet means helping the owner! We educate through our funding parameters (the “why” behind them), blog articles, free advice/second opinions from our board veterinarian and vet partners when needed. 

Our Impact 

Dollars Raised

Nearly 3/4 of a million dollars has been gifted since 2009. 

People Helped

Every member of the family is affected and forever grateful (espeically children) when their family pet is helped.

Pets funded

Utilizing donated dollars. THOUSANDS MORE have received education, resources, and veterinary help – donated from our partners, staff, and board. 


Individuals and businesses who have monetarily supported us.

Veterinary Hospitals

We have worked with to coordinate care, fund treatment, and secure donated services, giving us a large referral network to help applicants.


Where our applicants have lived. Assisting people and pets all-over North Carolina and, in some cases, other states as well. 


Experience in helping people and their pets, showcasing how sustainable we are in our programs and mission.


All because of one amazing dog named Sergei!

With Your Help, We are Making The World a Better Place

The Sergei Foundation was established to provide unique and unparalleled services in its programs. Most rescues or other animal welfare non-profits do not provide funding for pet care once the animal has been adopted and labeled a “companion pet.” Others do not provide for any diagnostic testing. We are the only bridge between rescues and other funding organizations to save pets’ lives.

…Just like Duke!  We #CreateHappyTales!

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