The CaliCoin Story

The Power of Diversity & Inclusion

A Dog. A Cat. One Homeless. One with an Amputated Leg.

Cali & Karma Lafferty

The CaliCoin story starts with a family in Dubai with two pets: A Yorkie dog named “Cali” and an Arabian Mau cat named “Karma”.

The Lafferty Family adopted Cali from the Philippines in 2017, a Yorkshire Terrier from German and Canadian blood lines. Unfortunately, it was discovered Cali suffers from a genetic disorder called Osteopenia in which her bones do not heal properly.

After multiple surgeries and casts, Cali’s rear left leg needed to be amputated in mid-2020 after many rehabilitation efforts failed. But this setback did not dim Cali’s spirit and she forged on with three legs with total abandon, enjoying life to the fullest.

An opportunity exists to provide animal lovers & pet owners (90% of pet owners in research in the U.S. state their pet is “part of the family”) a means to safely and with confidence make donations to qualified animal charities, knowing their donations are free from fees and excessive overheads, and that their contributions go directly to the animals, in a transparent manner.

So CaliCoin is Born!

A big moment in Cali’s life occurred on October 11, 2020 when during Covid Lockdowns, a stray cat to be named “Karma” appeared near the Lafferty home at a neighbouring construction site; and clearly in need of a good meal. Karma was adopted and became over time a dear “sister” to Cali and they became the best of friends.


They enjoy playing with each other on the sandy beach, and also watching happenings on the street in front of their house. The 3-legged dog, and the orphan cat, became best friends and became full-fledged members of the Lafferty Family!


Cali and Karma are the source of the CaliCoin project idea. They are AOD’s and they demonstrate the joy and love an AOD can bring to a family and the world. They want to help other AOD’s, they know they are among the few lucky ones to be well-cared for and adopted.

The Best of Friends


Honorary Co-Chair Pets

Cali Lafferty

(aka: “Calibear”)

Karma Lafferty

(aka: “Karmie”)


James Michael Lafferty

Founder & Chairman of the Board

James is a Fortune 100 CEO, having held CEO roles in Procter and Gamble, Coca- Cola, British American Tobacco and is presently CEO of Fine Hygienic Holding. 

James is one of the most respected and diversified CEOs in the world today, and has a proven track record of success across 5 continents and over 50 countries. 

What many proclaim to be James’ most admirable attribute is his ability to be successful across multiple passions in life. 

Beyond being a 7-time CEO of the Year, James is an Olympic Track and Field Coach; an award-winning journalist; a college professor; and most importantly, a husband, father of 5 and grandfather of 3!

More information on James can be found at

Caroline Lafferty

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Caroline was educated at the prestigious University of Toronto, double-majoring in Neuroscience and Biochemistry. She is also a certified nutritionist and yoga instructor; and, works with Olympic athletes and gold medalists from around the globe for the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic Carol worked with Fine Hygienic Holding and designed, developed, and marketed a reusable mask combining fashion, technology, and style called “Fine Guard by Caroline” which expanded worldwide as a leader in the fashionable protection segment; and, was adopted for use by prestigious global luxury brands like LVMH. 

Further, Caroline is an entrepreneur and is the founder of multiple successful corporations based in both Asia and the Middle East.

Dr. Dorian Gaeta, DVM, BSc (Hons), PgC (SAS) MRCVS

Veterinary Advisor

An Austrian born in Hong Kong, Dorian has worked as a veterinarian in multiple countries for various clinics and charities. He finally settled in Dubai 5 years ago where he continued his veterinary education obtaining his post graduate qualification in small animal surgery.

Dorian is currently the Medical Director at the Small Animal Blood Bank in Dubai.

Mary Rose Driz

Director of Business Development

Mary Rose is a graduate of Business Administration Major in Marketing at Batangas State University and is currently working as the Senior Executive Assistant of the CEO of Fine Hygienic Holding, James Michael Lafferty, and is also the business systems lead tester of the same company. Mary has 10 years of professional experience.

Mary Rose is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. Her curiosity and fascination to improve people has shaped her determination to help build high performance organizations to make a difference to people’s lives.

Whilst fulfilling satisfaction in her professional career, she wanted to extend her attention and compassion to humankind’s companions. Mary’s love of cats stems from early childhood when her family adopted 9 purr babies!

Richelen Bacanto Eyas

Director of Operations

Richelen is an executive professional playing important roles within her organizations. With more than 10 years of professional experience in business world, Richelen has harnessed the skills and qualities of successful people in the field.

Richelen attended Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan majoring in Business Management. She also gained international certifications and advancement trainings.

Richelen is currently working as Director of Operations for a Sharjah-based consulting company. Richelen has always been passionate in giving back to the community and volunteering work. Richelen has a strong love for animals that led her to be more involved in animal welfare and rescue movements.

Marife Perez Balangue

CaliCoin Administrator

Marife is a graduate of multiple administrator certifications from the University of Cincinnati in the USA. She has over 15 years experience in administration, commencing with several organisations in her native Philippines, and progressing to roles within multiple corporations in the UAE. She is a keen pet owner and has counted numerous pets as family members since her childhood! Marife organised and led the development of a “AOD Rescue” in her native Batangas, Philippines, providing homes to several hundred homeless cats and dogs!

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