Elizabeth (Liz) became involved in animal rescue in her early twenties when she adopted her first dog: Rusty, a Shiba-Inu rescue who came from a kill shelter in Kentucky. 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 was shocked by the overpopulation crisis of stray animals and the suffering of working animals.
On her first trip to Nicaragua, Liz began seeking out local animal rescuers and veterinarians in an attempt to learn more about the stray and working animals that seemed to be everywhere she turned. Liz was immediately moved and inspired by their dedication and passion for animals despite not having the resources they needed for their work, largely due to a lack of funding. Global Strays emerged from her desire to help these rescuers, local veterinarians, economically disadvantaged pet owners, and their communities.
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.
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.
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.