Global Strays

Global Strays is a 501(c)3 charity founded by young New Yorkers Elizabeth Shafiroff and Lindsey Spielfogel. Dedicated to improving the lives of dogs and cats in developing nations, Shafiroff and Spielfogel have made several 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. After visiting these organizations, they distribute grants that help feed, sterilize and provide veterinary care to local animals. Often, they bring dogs in need to adoptive families in the United States.

Though Global Strays currently concentrates on Nicaragua, the organization aims to gradually branch out to other countries 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.

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