The Sergei Foundation was founded as a North Carolina 501(c)(3) organization in 2009 to meet the unanswered need and demand for sick and injured companion pet care. Karen Fullerton founded the organization after the necessary euthanasia of her dog, Sergei, a Siberian husky who is the namesake and part of the organization's logo. Her sense of guilt when Sergei had to be euthanized, even after having a long life with him, led her to a sad realization that other pet owners must feel even worse when they can't save their pets from lack of financial resources.  

Its mission is to save companion pets' lives by providing veterinary financial aid to families unable to afford emergency, life-saving care... "Because They're Family!" Please visit our application page  for details and parameters for assistance.  Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a Coastal Chapter dedicated to serving the NC coast, The Sergei Foundation, Inc. first assists residents of North Carolina but will also assist applicants from other states if funds are available. 



Karen Fullerton, MBA - Founder and Board Chair
Karen is a marketing and management professional, specializing in strategic planning and communications.  She founded The Sergei Foundation in 2009.

Robert Mulhearn - Board Member  
Robert is the Public Assembly Facilities Manager over the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds for the City of Winston-Salem, NC.

Dr. Tim Strickland, DVM - Board Member 
Dr. Tim is a veterinarian at Oldtown Veterinary Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. His special interests are internal medicine and orthopedic surgery.

Rodney Windsor, CPA - Board Member and Treasurer 
Rodney is a CPA licensed in the state of North Carolina.

Al Renna - Advisor  
Al is currently retired from serving 43 years in nonprofit administration - 30 as a CEO of 3 agencies including Family Services of Winston-Salem.


Open Board Positions:
We are looking for additional candidates for recruitment.  If you are interested to learn more, please download our BOD expectations and application .