DOG STAR

FOR AN­I­MAL-RIGHTS AC­TIVIST EL­IZ­A­BETH SHAFIROFF, PHI­LAN­THROPY IS ALL IN THE FAM­ILY. BY R. COURI HAY

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For an­i­mal-rights ac­tivist El­iz­a­beth Shafiroff, phi­lan­thropy is all in the fam­ily.

“The Southamp­ton An­i­mal Shel­ter is do­ing so many great things,” says El­iz­a­beth Shafiroff, a ju­nior chair of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Un­con­di­tional Love Gala, to be held July 8. “They take dogs from all over the coun­try and Puerto Rico,” she ex­plains. “They re­ally go out of their way to find them a lov­ing home.” Shafiroff is ex­cited to put her es­timable en­ergy into this worth­while ben­e­fit—and not just be­cause her mother, pro­lific phi­lan­thropist Jean Shafiroff, will be an hon­oree. El­iz­a­beth got her mom in­volved with the shel­ter in the first place. “I in­tro­duced her to the im­por­tance of help­ing not just peo­ple but an­i­mals,” she says.

In turn, she cred­its her mom with get­ting her ex­cited about char­i­ta­ble causes as a child, when she was en­listed to help bake “thou­sands” of brown­ies for a school fundraiser.

More re­cently, Shafiroff co­founded Global Strays, a group pro­vid­ing aid to an­i­mal­res­cue work­ers in such coun­tries as Nicaragua and Costa Rica. And as a pho­to­jour­nal­ist, she has made ac­tivism a ca­reer pri­or­ity by fo­cus­ing on re­peat in­car­cer­a­tion. “A lot of pro­grams in New York are work­ing to end this cy­cle of young peo­ple get­ting re­cy­cled back into the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem,” she says.

En­cour­ag­ing other mil­len­ni­als’ in­volve­ment in so­cial causes is also cru­cial. “Once you start think­ing out­side your­self,” Shafiroff says, “that empti­ness that some peo­ple have inside kind of goes away. Life be­comes a lot more whole and full.” The Un­con­di­tional Love Gala takes place Satur­day, July 8, at a pri­vate es­tate in Southamp­ton; visit southamp­ton an­i­mal­shel­ter.com for tick­ets.

Un­con­di­tional Love Gala ju­nior chair El­iz­a­beth Shafiroff co­founded Global Strays, which helps an­i­mal-res­cue work­ers in coun­tries like Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

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