Showing posts with label GLOBAL STRAYS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GLOBAL STRAYS. Show all posts

Friday, June 23, 2017



Photographs By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff And Elizabeth Shafiroff

Elizabeth Shafiroff And Lindsey Spielfogal

New York, NY -- Global Strays, a 501(c)3 charity founded by young New Yorkers Elizabeth Shafiroff and Lindsey Spielfogel, which focuses on improving the lives of dogs and cats in developing nations held its inaugural fundraiser in New York City.

The evening was introduced by Emcee Rita Cosby who presented the idea and goals of the Charity as well as its co-founders Elizabeth Shafiroff and Lindsey Spielfogel. Global Strays co-founder Ms. Shafiroff, daughter of noted New York philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, who sits on the organization’s board, says that a recent trip to Nicaragua left her “horrified with the treatment of animals.” That horror compelled her to make a difference. She teamed up with Ms. Spielfogel and created a nonprofit devoted to providing grants to animal welfare organizations in developing nations.

Dustin Lujan And Victor De Souza

Jean Shafiroff With Elizabeth Shafiroff, Rita Cosby & Tomaczek Bednarek

Young professionals with a passion for doing good came together to support this worthy cause. Among the event’s approximate 150 attendees were Global Strays founders Elizabeth Shafiroff and Lindsey Spielfogel, Rita Cosby (Emcee), Tomaczek Bednareck, Craig Dix, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Michele Herbert, Carl and Valerie Kempner, Rory Lipman, Dimitra Molossi, Maggie Norris, Sammie Jack Pressman, Victor de Souza, Betsy Spielfogal, Martin & Jean Shafiroff.

Michele Herbert With Lucia Hwong Gordon

Carl And Valerie Kemper

Katlean De Monchy
The grants aim to help existing organizations develop and expand their spay and neuter programs. Since establishing Global Strays, Ms. Shafiroff and Ms. Spielfogel have made several privately funded trips to Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti. They strongly believe in the importance of visiting animal welfare organizations to see the work they do first-hand. This means they can vouch for organizations before awarding them grants to be used for food, medications, and spay and neutering efforts. These trips also have allowed the Global Strays founders to bring select dogs to adoptive families in the United States as a symbolic gesture of good will.

Nancy And Larry Shafiroff

Though Global Strays currently concentrates on Nicaragua, the organization aims to gradually branch out to other countries as the charity grows. These include the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Saint Lucia. In the long-term, the Global Strays founders hope to change the culture of animal adoption and pet care in developing countries. They want spaying and neutering programs, knowledgeable veterinary care, and compassionate “pet parenting” to become the norm. The grants they award to organizations in developing nations can help turn these dreams into a reality and eventually improve the lives of animals around the world.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to partner organizations in Central America, as well as Social Tees Animal Rescue Foundation, an organization that rescues animals from high kill shelters across the United States. Guests at the fundraiser had the opportunity both to meet the Global Strays founders and also experience a short documentary about the organization’s work in Central America.

Sunday, April 16, 2017



Jean Shafiroff With Rescue Charlie

Katlean DeMonchy With  Victor dE Souza, Florence Anthony And Jean Shafiroff

Animal rights activist and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Global Strays and the SPCA of Suffolk County held a NYC Easter Pet Parade and marched in NYC starting from The Selena Rose Cafe.

 Participants and their dogs marched to show their support of animal rights worldwide. Dog owners brought their dogs dressed in Easter costumes for the march. Some of those attending included, Jean Shafiroff, Global Strays co-founder Lindsey Spielfogal, fashion designer Victor dE Souza, Dawne Marie Grannum, Adam Mazur, Katlean DeMonchy, Todd Shapiro, Elizabeth Spielfogal, Sammy Musovic, and radio personality, Florence Anthony.

Lindsey Spielfogal With Rescue Gary

 Some dog owners also dressed up in Easter outfits for the occasion. Selena Rose Cafe in NYC provided a delicious steak and chicken meal to all the dogs participating in the march.

Rescue Pup Charlie

The dog march was organized to celebrate Easter and to raise heightened awareness on the great need for proper care of animals worldwide. In many countries abuse of animals is widespread. Jean Shafiroff, Global Strays and the SPCA are all working to combat animal abuse.

About Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist and author of "Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give." Jean has traveled internationally to ease animal abuse and frequently speaks on television about animal causes. She is an Ambassador of the American Humane Society, honorary board member of the Southampton Animal Shelter and President of Global Strays. Jean is also on the boards of the NYC Mission Society, Couture Council, New York Women’s Foundation, Jewish Board and Southampton Bath and Tennis Club Charitable Foundation. She has been honored several times for her philanthropic work in the areas of human rights and animal rights.

About Global Strays 

Global Strays was founded by Elizabeth Shafiroff and Lindsey Spielfogal, to come to the aid of suffering animals, mainly, stray dogs and cats around the world and to protect them from neglect and abuse. To reach this mission Global Strays has worked with and supported animal rescue organizations in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and St. Lucia. Global Strays expects to work in several other countries to reduce animal cruelty and to help with the education of the proper care of animals.

About the SPCA of Suffolk County

The Suffolk County SPCA provides a number of services and programs unlike any SPCA in the country. The MASH unit, conducts spay/neuter clinics, provides educational programs, and supports senior citizens with the maintenance of their pets. In addition , the agency provides spay/neuter services to tens of thousands of feral animals, while assisting the residents of Suffolk County by providing for the health and safety of their pets. The SPCA of Suffolk County is also involved in enforcing the New York State Agriculture and Market Law with regard to the prevention of mistreatment and cruelty to animals.

Sunday, June 05, 2016


Jean Shafiroff In Nicaragua

The philanthropist Jean Shafiroff held a press conference the other day, in Managua , Nicaragua on the importance of animal rights and the need for enforcement of laws that punish animal cruelty in the country. 

Jean Shafiroff along with daughter Elizabeth Shafiroff and Lindsey Spielfogal are in the process of starting a charity called Global Strays. All three women plan to give much more support to animal rescue groups in Nicaragua and other developing nations.