ELIZABETH SHAFIROFF

PRESIDENT/BOARD MEMBER

Elizabeth (Liz) became involved in animal rescue in her early twenties when she adopted her first dog; a Shiba-Inu rescue who came from a kill-shelter in Kansas, Rusty. This began her strong affinity for all animals and she soon became a foster mom for pitbulls; who were scheduled to be euthanized at New York City’s Animal Care & Control Centers. Years later, she began traveling outside of the United States and witnessed the overpopulation crisis of suffering stray animals in many different countries. On a trip to Nicaragua in Central America, Liz began seeking out animal rescuers in an attempt to learn more about the stray animals that seemed to be everywhere she turned. Liz was immediately moved & inspired by the rescuers’ dedication and passion for animals despite not having the resources (largely due to the lack of donations) they needed for their work. Global Strays began out of this desire to try and help these rescuers so that they could do their work without financial burden.

Juliet Schulman-Hall

Communications Team Lead

Juliet has always had a deep connection and love for all animals. She grew up having at least five pets in her house at all times, most of which were rescue animals. Currently, Juliet has a dog named Gus who was rescued from the South. Juliet is a student at Smith College who formerly ran a club called Animal Advocates, which discusses and advocates for animal rights issues. Outside of college, Juliet has spent time working at a veterinarian hospital, an elephant sanctuary, working with zoologists, and dog walking. Juliet was inspired to become a part of the team at Global Strays because she has seen, while working or vacationing abroad, how severe the overpopulation crisis of stray animals is and is devoted to the cause.

Elisa Quiroz

Facilitator, Nicaragua

Elisa is the President of ADAN Foundation and Program Facilitator for Global Strays in Nicaragua. Since she was a child she was given animals as gifts, but when she was eighteen-years-old, she started to rescue from the streets of Nicaragua. Her first rescue was a small kitten that was unable to walk. In her free time, she became involved in fighting against animal abuse. With the help from her mother, she made room for rescued animals at their home and has not stopped since then. Always having a full house to rehabilitate and look for adoptive homes for animals, she began meeting other people with the same passion. She founded the organization ADAN, achieving its legal status in 2014. Elisa is one of the coordinators of Global Strays Spay and Neuter & Veterinarian Care Program for vulnerable areas in Nicaragua. She also is in charge of regular inspections of Global Strays partners’ animal shelters and she helps with many other animal welfare projects for Global Strays.

Mabia Elisa Espinoza Sánchez

Facilitator, Global Strays Spay/Neuter & Veterinarian Care Program and COVID Pet Food Pantry Program

Mabia is a lover of all things nature and animals. When she was 22, she began rescuing stray animals who were struggling on the streets of Nicaragua. With a degree in economics, she used her business acumen to found Rescatanda Huellas, the largest animal shelter in Nicaragua, with her two sisters. She is proud to be a part of the Global Strays team helping to provide free spay/neuter and veterinarian care for the most needy and vulnerable animals in the surrounding communities.

Katherinne Rivera

Facilitator, Bogotá, Colombia

Katherinne Rivera, founder of Fundación Pacto Animal, began rescuing animals in 2013 in Fontibon, Colombia where she rescued, rehabilitated and found homes for over 500 cats. Kathe spent many years helping to feed and spay/neuter stray animals and she eventually rented a farm to be able to provide a shelter for homeless animals. In the beginning, it was a very difficult undertaking but the Foundation grew and became more well-known to the community. In 2017, a partnership began between Fundación Pacto Animal and Global Strays to work together to help save more stray dogs and cats in Colombia. As the Colombia Program Facilitator, Kathe coordinates Global Strays’s in-country programs to support rescue shelters, spay and neuter and provide veterinary care to animals in need. She identifies potential areas in desperate need of assistance such as Santandercito Cundinamarca Shelter, who also receives help from Global Strays with basic necessities. She looks forward to continuing to expand the program in Colombia.

Board of Directors

 

LIZ SHAFIROFF

Board President

Elizabeth (Liz) became involved in animal rescue in her early twenties when she adopted her first dog; a Shiba-Inu rescue who came from a kill-shelter in Kansas, Rusty. This began her strong affinity for all animals and she soon became a foster mom for pitbulls; who were scheduled to be euthanized at New York City’s Animal Care & Control Centers. Years later, she began traveling outside of the United States and witnessed the overpopulation crisis of suffering stray animals in many different countries. On a trip to Nicaragua in Central America, Liz began seeking out animal rescuers in an attempt to learn more about the stray animals that seemed to be everywhere she turned. Liz was immediately moved & inspired by the rescuers’ dedication and passion for animals despite not having the resources (largely due to the lack of donations) they needed for their work. Global Strays began out of this desire to try and help these rescuers so that they could do their work without financial burden.

 

INGRID ARNEBERG

Board Member

Ever since Ingrid and her grandmother rescued, rehabilitated and released an owl when she was a little girl in Indiana, she has been passionate about taking in animals and rescuing them. Ingrid believes that because animals are here with us, on this planet, as fellow beings, it is our responsibility to be their voice and take care of them. Their love is unconditional and they bring magic to our lives. Ever since Ingrid and her grandmother rescued, rehabilitated and released an owl when she was a little girl in Indiana, she has been passionate about taking in animals and rescuing them. Ingrid believes that because animals are here with us, on this planet, as fellow beings, it is our responsibility to be their voice and take care of them. Their love is unconditional and they bring magic to our lives.

She is a member of The Raw Food Chef Alliance. She is working on her raw food chef certification with the Pachavega Raw Food Culinary Institute based out of Nicaragua. She is a member of The Raw Food Chef Alliance. She is working on her raw food chef certification with the Pachavega Raw Food Culinary Institute based out of Nicaragua.

Ingrid is on the Honorary Board of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in the Hamptons. She is also on the board of the Guardian Angels, where there is an Ingrid Arneberg Animal Rescue Van that responds to animal emergencies, animal neglect and abuse, as well as spay and neutering. Ingrid is on the Honorary Board of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in the Hamptons. She is also on the board of the Guardian Angels, where there is an Ingrid Arneberg Animal Rescue Van that responds to animal emergencies, animal neglect and abuse, as well as spay and neutering.

She loves all dogs and animals, but Ingrid has a soft spot for Akitas, a notoriously misunderstood breed. It is extremely important to Ingrid to continue to help animals around the world that need care.

 

LINDSAY FEINSTEIN

Board Member

Lindsay discovered her passion for animals when she rescued her first kitten at the age of 4 and nursed him back to health. Since then Lindsay has been a constant supporter of animal non-profit organizations including Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles, The ASPCA of New York City, and Austin’s Yorkie Haven Rescue program. Lindsay currently has a nearly 17-year-old Yorkie named Mia whom she rescued at 3 months of age.

LEYLA LIGOURI

Board Member

It was at a young age Leyla developed a love and passion for animals. Having spent endless hours at the stable, she learned the meaning of responsibility and compassion. About four years ago, Leyla took in a rescue pit-bull named Frankie. Having grown such a deep love for him, Leyla felt obligated to better educate herself on the misunderstood breed. Through Frankie and her own research, Leyla has been able to change people’s perception of pit-bulls; her goal is to continue to create awareness on the breed.

JEAN SHAFIROFF

Board Member

Jean especially fell in love with animals when her oldest daughter decided to adopt Charlie, a chihuahua. Since then the family has owned several rescue dogs and cats. For many years Jean Shafiroff has served on the Honorary Board of the Southampton Animal Shelter and has chaired their gala for many years and, she was honored by them at their Annual Gala in 2017. For the past few years she has served as the Ambassador for the Southampton Animal Shelter and as an Ambassador for American Humane. Jean is an animal activist who believes that animals should be treated with dignity and respect.

JOEY RODRIGUEZ

Board Member

Joey Rodriguez is passionate about conserving nature and helping creatures of all kinds through fundraising and design. Global Strays’ commitment to welfare and education were instrumental in drawing Joey to the organization. With a background in film production, graphic design, development, and operations management, his almost 20-year career has taken him from New York to Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and many places in between. He is the author of four novels and two novellas and creates intergalactic art and music in his spare time.

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