Letter From Founder/CEO

BoxPhoto LetterfromFounderCEODear Friends of The Fuzzy Pet Foundation,

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We deeply appreciate your compassion for animals and value your invaluable support.

My journey as an animal advocate began at the tender age of eight during a visit to a South Korean marketplace. There, I encountered a young Jindo-mix puppy being transported on a motorcycle, its grim destiny—to become someone’s meal. As the motorcycle driver offered my mother and me a chance to purchase the puppy, my mother quickly ushered me away. However, the overwhelming sense of despair and sorrow I felt, unable to rescue that puppy, sparked a lifelong mission within me—to become an advocate for animals in distress.

During my years at UC Berkeley, I embraced every opportunity to stand up for animal rights. Adopting a vegetarian lifestyle and volunteering at local animal shelters became my passionate commitments. I often found myself rescuing stray cats and dogs from precarious situations in Oakland, which exposed me to the harsh reality of the animal overpopulation crisis—the disheartening fact that there are more animals than there are loving homes to take them in. This crisis often leads shelter workers to make the painful decision to euthanize animals due to illness, injury, or simply because they are unwanted.

After graduating from college, my resolve to tackle the issue of companion animal overpopulation intensified. In 2005, I founded The Fuzzy Pet Foundation (TFPF) with a goal to implement robust spay/neuter and rescue programs and to educate the public about the stark realities of animal homelessness and the responsibilities that come with pet guardianship.

Since our inception, we have provided over 6,000 FREE spay/neuter surgeries throughout Southern California and have rescued, rehabilitated, and re-homed more than 2,500 cats and dogs. Our enduring mission is to address the root causes of animal homelessness and work tirelessly towards eradicating it.

We invite you to join us in our endeavor to envision a day when every cat and dog born has a loving, responsible, and lifelong home—a day when animal overpopulation is a thing of the past.

For the Animals,

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Sheila Choi
Founder and CEO