People living in the Bahamas are reeling after massive Hurricane Dorian swept through the island nation earlier this week. With Hurricane Dorian bringing in some of the strongest winds and rain the Bahamas has ever seen, one woman is trying to keep as many dogs safe as she can, currently taking care of 97 in her home.
But thanks to the kindness of rescuer Chella Phillips, dozens of needy pets survived — dogs who would have otherwise been without shelter.
Chella Phillips, who runs the dog rescue The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas, has ope
ened up her doors to nearly 100 animals to protect them from the storm, she shared in a Facebook post Sunday.
Phillips detailed the situation in her home, explaining that 79 of the dogs are inside her master bedroom.
“It has been insane since last night, poop and piss non-stop but at least they are respecting my bed and nobody has dared to jump in,” wrote the woman.
Despite the circumstances, she tried to make her home as comfortable as possible for the animals, “music playing in all directions of the house and AC blowing for them.”
It helped as some people donated crates for the cause. Phillips used donated crates to provide a safe space for the “scared ones and the sick ones.”
She also barricaded her home to keep the animals safe inside.
“We may not get hit as hard as other islands and the saddest part is that after the hurricane leave the Bahamas, some islands will take a long time to recover,” she wrote. “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 requested her followers to pray for the islands and she provided a PayPal address for those who wish to help financially. She also warned people against fraudsters running fundraisers in her name.
Phillips rescued the 97 dogs on the fourth anniversary of her refuge, The Voiceless Dogs. Since its opening, Voiceless Dogs has cared for nearly 1,000 animals.
“Coincidently, today is the Fourth anniversary since the refuge opened its doors to homeless and abandoned dogs and we have cared for nearly 1,000 of them which we are very proud that we managed to give them hope so they could all be happy at last,” she wrote.
While Dorian caused heavier havoc on the Abaco Islands, Nassau was also affected, and Phillips said Monday that her home had flooded and lost power. She assured that everybody’s save.
After the storm passes she plans to build more space for the dogs she has taken in from the storm.
Chella’s post went viral and received 80K reactions and 56K shares. Facebook users appreciated the kind heart of the woman and applauded her for her generous act. “Praying for you all of the animals and everyone else on the island thank you so much for saving all you can,” wrote one user. “Well bless your heart for caring for these poor babies,” wrote another. Many users also donated to help the dogs in need.
As rising waters from the storm surge enveloped whole neighborhoods, people — and animals — became displaced or worse. If not for Phillips, the fate of at least 97 dogs in Nassau would be unknown.