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Global Strays Inc.

aka Global Strays   |   Southampton, NY   |  https://www.globalstrays.org/

Mission

Global Strays is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare non-profit organization, which aims to reduce the suffering of animals in impoverished regions of Latin America with plans to expand around the world. We fund animal shelters and bring services directly into communities in an effort to increase the well-being of pets, strays, working animals, and families alike. By creating long standing partnerships, we tackle animal mistreatment and stray overpopulation at its root.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Elizabeth Shafiroff

Main address

26 Hill Street #112

Southampton, NY 11968 USA

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EIN

81-3509140

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Global Strays works to address the suffering, mistreatment, and neglect of strays, pets and working animals in impoverished regions in Latin America. From the pets that we hold dear, to working animals that are the backbone of rural communities, to strays trying to survive in the street, all animals deserve to be cared for and fed. There is an overwhelming lack of access to affordable veterinary care, animal welfare knowledge, and funding for animal welfare initiatives in many underserved communities abroad.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Shelter Support Grant Program

Global Strays provides monthly support to shelters that are located in high-need areas of the world that do not receive adequate funding or support. Our partner shelters serve communities that are underfunded, poverty-stricken, and overlooked. They are in desperate need of assistance for their animal rescue programs and the maintenance of their shelters. Through Global Strays’ Animal Shelter Support Program, these shelters receive the funding required to operate and continue saving the lives of animals in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Global Strays knows that the overpopulation of suffering homeless animals can only be addressed by tackling the problem at its root. We believe we must reach the animals before they reach the streets and the shelter system. Our staff in Nicaragua and Colombia offer spay, neuter, and veterinary care clinics, free of charge, to families with pets in communities that would otherwise not have access to these services.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

In November of 2018, we began supporting Dr. Lester Tapia’s organization with large-scale working horse veterinarian clinics in Nicaragua. At these clinics, we provide veterinarian care including hoof care, dental treatments, wound cleaning, vitamins, and dewormers to working horses free of charge to their families. All throughout Nicaragua, horses are a source of income; they are used to pull both construction materials and, in rural communities, the harvest of agricultural production. Nicaraguan families struggle to afford basic veterinarian care for their horses who work 365 days a year. Because healthy working horses are essential to the economy of Nicaragua, Global Strays supports Dr. Tapia’s work, which not only improves the quality of life for the horses, but also improves the lives of the owners and their families. Since November, we have funded three of Dr. Tapia’s clinics that treat approximately 400 animals in each clinic over the course of several days.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Global Strays’ educational workshops engage youth with a unique curriculum teaching the foundations of animal welfare. Our shelter partners saw a great need for animal welfare knowledge in the underserved communities surrounding their shelters. As a result, Global Strays Educational Program was born to foster better and more humane relationships between community members and animals.

Global Strays believes that education is the best way to cultivate long-lasting change. Our full-day workshops engage youth in informative lessons, reinforcement activities, and creative projects that follow the workshop’s theme. Our curriculum continuously expands to address the educational needs that our local staff observe in their communities while considering the broader cultural environment. We strive to focus on the connection between the well-being of animals, our fellow humans, and the environment.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal clinics/shelters improved as a direct result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Shelter Support Grant Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of animals vaccinated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average cost per spay/neuter surgery

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Spay, Neuter & Veterinary Care Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is how much the pet owners and animal rescuers pay for this service. All costs are subsidized by Global Strays.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of dogs spayed or neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We envision a world where animals and their communities coexist in harmony; a world free of strays where animals have all of their needs met and are safe, healthy, and happy.

Global Strays aims to improve the quality of life for animals and humans alike in the communities we serve, based on the One Health Model, an approach that explains that the health of animals, people, and the environment are inherently linked. For example, our spay and neuter clinics safely and humanely mitigate the various problems associated with a surging dog and cat population throughout communities. This improves the quality of life of the existing animals and families in the communities we serve. Ultimately, our goal is to increase access to resources for the well-being of animals and and decrease animal-to-animal and animal-to-human transmissible diseases.

Global Strays takes a sustainable approach to international animal welfare. We create intimate partnerships with and fund existing animal rescuers for their shelters’ monthly necessities. By empowering host-country partners and reducing their financial burdens, these struggling rescue organizations are better equipped to rescue, provide quality care, and find loving homes for their animals. These rescuers also truly understand the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of the communities outside their shelters. Global Strays utilizes several of our rescue partners and teams of veterinarians to help facilitate and bring services directly into underserved communities: our free spay/neutering and veterinary clinics for families with pets relieve the financial burden of caring for a surplus of offspring, and prevents pet abandonment and animal suffering; our free working horse veterinary care clinics allow for healthy and pain-free horses, helping sustain families’ livelihoods; the sterilization of stray dogs and cats tackles the overpopulation crisis at its root, allowing for safer communities free of sick, suffering animals and transmissible diseases; our educational clinics for youth, families, and communities provide pet care knowledge and help foster empathy and respect, improving the human-animal bond. We believe our educational initiatives will ultimately move future generations toward societies that prioritize the well-being of animals.

Global Strays has an established and growing donor base and is always on the lookout for new partnerships, collaborations, and other avenues to see our project goals come to fruition. We have a small team of experienced International Development professionals that coordinate with our host-country partners, allowing for very little administrative overhead with an amazing percentage of our funding able to go directly to the shelters and projects Global Strays supports. For example, in 2020, 88.2% of our donations went exclusively to programming, directly helping animals and their caretakers. In 2021, we have many budding partnerships in new project sites which will lead to an even further diversified portfolio of financial support to continue to grow along our mission criteria.

Global Strays has maintained successful partnerships with eight locally recognized NGOs that run rescue and adoption shelters in Colombia, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. With our monthly shelter upkeep program, we have provided significant financial assistance to our partners which has empowered them to increase their capacities to rescue and place more animals into loving homes. In Nicaragua, we have collaborated with a local veterinary NGO, APROVET, to run spay/neuter and veterinary care clinics for economically disadvantaged families with pets, currently focused on the district of Carazo. APROVET also served as our coordination team for our response to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Eta and Iota in November of 2020, bringing much-needed care to the animals of the affected regions. In response to the food insecurities caused by the pandemic, Global Strays coordinated a COVID Pet Food Pantry Program for families in crisis. Due to COVID precautions, it was necessary to institute a feeding program for the stray dogs on Saona Island in the Dominican Republic along with spay and neuter for the dogs that typically rely on food scraps from their tourism industry. Global Strays constantly maintains a project to feed stray animals in areas around our partners shelters, combined with spaying and neutering. Working animals are the keystone of agrarian communities, which is why we organize veterinary clinics free of charge for families who rely on their animals to sustain their livelihoods. Alongside these projects, we run educational events for youth and families to learn how to better care for pets and help foster empathy for all living things and are building an educational section of our website that we hope will one day be a resource for anyone wishing to learn about various topics in animal welfare. Global Strays is constantly finding routes for further expansion to other partners and projects in the countries that we currently work, while reaching out to begin projects in new countries where we know there is tremendous need.

Financials

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Global Strays Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lindsay Feinstein

Elizabeth Shafiroff

Leyla Liguori

Jean Shafiroff

Lindsay Feinstein

Ingrid Arneberg

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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