Top: Founder, Karen with Sergei (2003)
Middle: Karen & her husband, Phillip, with Sergei (2007)
Bottom: Featured news story about The Sergei Foundation.

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 

Our Story

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

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. Her sense of guilt when Sergei had to be euthanized after 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.

In her despair, Karen’s passion emerged to help others avoid this unnecessary pain, guilt, and stress, and help them obtain the veterinary care their pets desperately need. Read about Karen’s life journey and how Sergei inspired her as one of life’s greatest teachers in her book, Sergei’s Eyes, Reflections of Soul Lessons. (100% of sales are donated to the foundation.) 

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. 

We do more than fund for veterinary care. If an applicant does not qualify for funding, we do our best to aid them with other resources, links to free veterinary exams, second opinions from some of our veterinary partners and have even have coordinated transportation to a veterinary hospital in emergency situations.  This is why we are in the compassion business, “Because Pets Are Family, Too!

View or Download our 2019 Annual Report

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 who had intestinal surgery!  We #CreateHappyTales!

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