About Us

After traveling to Indonesia, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua and witnessing first hand the stray animal crisis in these countries, Elizabeth Shafiroff & Lindsay Spielfogel felt an urgency to co-found Global Strays as soon as they returned home to New York City. Considering themselves as global citizens, they didn’t see a geographical border as something that defined where help was needed.

*Everyone who works with Global Strays is currently a volunteer

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.

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
Secretary/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

Communications Committee Volunteers
Nicole Ratliff
Rebecca Agrest
Yessenia Gutierrez

Event Committee Volunteers
Megan Rose
Robert Murray
Liz Millstein
Juan Rosales

Summer Intern 2019
Juliet Schulman-Hall