Woman Shelters 97 Dogs in Her Own Home During Hurricane
When she realized how powerful the storm would be, she knew she had to do something to help.
With 160 mph winds, torrential rain and massive flooding, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the northern Bahamas on Sunday afternoon. While people on the island evacuated or prepared their homes for the storm, a woman in Nassau was making sure that one of the most vulnerable populations was being taken care of.
Chella Phillips took 97 homeless and abandoned dogs into her own home over the weekend to shelter them from the storm. On Sunday, she posted about her situation on Facebook as she tended to the 79 dogs that were huddled in her master bedroom.
"Each island has [an] abundance of homeless dogs, my heart is so broken for the ones without a place to hide a CAT 5 monster and only God can protect them now," she wrote.
As for the dogs' behavior, Phillips assured readers that although some of them are sick and others are very scared, they're getting along fine.
"For all the ones asking.. yes.. everyone here gets along and welcomes the newcomers with tail wags cause they know they are their brothers and sisters in suffering on the streets."
Phillips is no stranger to helping dogs. She manages a dog refuge in the Bahamas, The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas , and she is actively seeking rescue organizations to help shelter the dogs once the storm is over.
On Monday night, Philips posted another update on Facebook .
"We are alright after a stressful night where we flooded bad inside the refuge, not even 3 pumps could contain the rain from washing us inside and after an hour all 3 pumps reheated and burned down and we have been outside with buckets fighting a losing battle. I pray for the other islands who have unimaginable damages and I don't see how any dogs or any living being could have survived outside. My heart goes out to them."
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(Source: Images Chella Phillips Facebook)