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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.

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.

MEGAN ROSE

BOARD MEMBER

Megan is the Co-Founder of Gal’s Best Friend, the site for the modern-day dog moms. Dallas girl turned NYC dog mom, she lives in the city that never sleeps with her 3 dogs. Megan is on the marketing team at Fi, the smart dog collar and a pet freelance editor for Bestproducts.com. Megan is so excited to be a part of the board of Global Strays® because this is where her passion lies in helping dogs around the world and raising awareness on the importance of spay and neuter in developing countries.

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
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