President and Co-Founder, Adopt-a-Pet.com
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.