As reports indicated that Hurricane Dorian was on track to batter the Bahamas, Chella Phillips of Nassau had an idea. As an animal lover, she did not want to see the stray dogs that lived around the city die from the high winds, pouring rain, and deadly storm surges that were expected to devastate the entire Caribbean country. That’s why Phillips made the decision to open her home to the stray dogs and ended up taking in 97 dogs to help shield them from the hurricane.
Phillips has experience with dogs. She’s the manager of The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas, which is a group of Good Samaritans like Phillips who help unite stray dogs with loving homes. The group often works with other dog adoption and rescue organizations in the United States to find these animals homes.
Phillips shared her decision to shelter 97 dogs before Hurricane Dorian made landfall in a Facebook post, which has since gone viral. Because of her generosity and love for animals, these dogs did not have to be outside where the high winds and pouring rains would have threatened their lives.
“Ninety-seven dogs are inside my house, and seventy-nine of them are inside my 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.”
Although these dogs are strays with no homes, they got along well while in Phillips’s Nassau home. It was a miracle for the woman who simply wanted to do good as the storm approached the Caribbean nation.
“We may not get hit as hard as other islands, and the saddest part is that after the hurricane leaves the Bahamas, some island will take a long time to recover.”
But Dorian unleashed catastrophic devastation on the Bahamas. There is so much devastation, and many lives were taken, that the Caribbean nation will struggle to recover for a long time.
She added, “Each island has an abundance of homeless dogs. My heart is so broken for the ones without a place to hide from a CAT 5 monster, and only God can protect them now.”
On Sunday, when Phillips shared her post, she remarked that it marked the fourth year since she had dedicated her mission to helping homeless dogs. Over the course of that time, she has helped almost 1,000 abandoned and stray dogs find solace and happiness.
“Coincidentally, 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 least.”
Because of her generosity in the face of certain devastation, Phillips’s post has inspired a lot of people to help. The post was shared 3,100 times and received more than 300 comments. People really want to help, and when Dorian clears out, and people start to recover, Phillips will suggest ways the people can continue their good work to help.
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