As a multiple world champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor, as well as a martial arts expert and teacher (having trained the likes of Chuck Norris and many top UFC fighters), David Meyer has spent a lifetime enabling weaker individuals to become stronger. But as the Co-Founder and President of Adopt-a-Pet.com, he has become a passionate advocate for the truly powerless lives in our society – abandoned and homeless animals.
The son of successful composer Donald Meyer, David grew up with his favorite dog that his family adopted from a shelter. After graduating from UCLA, David created a career in the music industry during the fusion of computers and keyboards, then transferred his skill set to managing computer systems for a successful law firm in Los Angeles. Although he reached a gratifying level of achievement, his career pursuits left him unfulfilled.
In 2000, David and some like-minded friends performed a meticulously detailed yearlong study on how to end pet overpopulation. 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com was conceived, which in 2008 was renamed to Adopt-a-Pet.com.
In 2005, David volunteered to co-lead the pet rescue efforts in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He managed over 1,000 volunteers and was responsible for saving the lives of over 17,000 stranded dogs, cats, and other animals. His heroic efforts were lauded by all those who served under him. Following the Katrina pet rescue, David secured the financial sponsorship of Nestle Purina and Bayer Animal Health, and built Adopt-a-Pet.com into what is now the world's largest non-profit homeless pet adoption website.