At least five people have been killed and thousands of homes destroyed as fearsome Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas, triggering massive flooding on the island.
“There’s houses that are torn apart. There’s tree limbs in the road. There’s no green shrubbery left. It’s just shredded,” Bruce Sawyer, a resident of the Abaco Islands that lie in the northern Bahamas, told Good Morning America. “Probably one of the most terrifying things that ever happened.”
As the Category 4 powerful storm continues to batter the coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, leaving the entire island without power and grounding to a near-standstill, Chella Phillips, a resident in Nassau, Bahamas, has been working hard to protect 97 homeless and abandoned dogs.
Hurricane #Dorian continues to hammer Grand Bahama Island this evening. As of 9 pm Dorian remains stationary 25 mi NE of Freeport. Max winds are 140 mph & most of the Island remains within the eyewall. Radar loop is from the Melbourne FL & runs 35 hours from 10 am Sun to 9 pm Mon pic.twitter.com/TP9tZWTZlh
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) September 3, 2019
Phillips, the manager of The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas, which offers a refuge for stray dogs and endeavors to pair the animals with rescue and adoption organizations in America, opened her home to 97 stray dogs.
She wrote in a Facebook post: “97 dogs are inside my house and 79 of them are inside my master bedroom.”
Alongside the message, Phillips posted several photos of the rooms of her house packed with the lucky dogs that managed to escape the dangerous Hurricane Dorian as it slammed into the island—all thanks to her compassion.
97 dogs are inside my house and 79 of them are inside my master bedroom.It has been insane since lastnight, poop and…
“It has been insane since lastnight, poop and piss non stop but at least they are respecting my bed and nobody has dared to jump in. We have barricaded the refuge and nobody is outside, the music is playing in all directions of the house and the AC is blowing for them,” she continued. “I managed to bring some less fortunate ones and I really appreciate some of you donating for crates.. I really needed it for the scared ones and the sick ones. so Thank you!”
Phillips, whose non-profit organization has since cared for nearly 1,000 stray dogs on the island in the last four years, went on to say: “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.”
The animal lover added that she’s extremely heartbroken knowing that an abundance of homeless dogs on each island of the Bahamas had no place to seek refuge from the destructive storm.
“Only God can protect them now,” she said. “Please pray for the Bahamas!”
We are alright after a stressful night were we fooded bad inside the refuge, not even 3 pumps could contain the rain…
The post has gone viral, racking up more than 60,000 reactions and 41,000 shares. Many social media users were moved by Phillips’s compassion toward the stray dogs.
“You are the kindest most loving person i know. Thank you for doing all you can for all the animals who can’t help themselves. I am praying for you, all the animals, and your family,” one user wrote.
Another remarked: “Total respect.” Commented another: “Well bless your heart for caring for these poor babies.”
I don't care about the constant cleaning as long as they are safe inside.
In an interview with ABC Action News, Phillips shared the major storm left her without power, and water has started leaking into her home. But fortunately, everyone, including the dogs, are currently alright despite the dire situation.
Beyond the shadow of a doubt, Phillips is able to find strength during the hard times as people who read about her efforts have donated crates for those frightened dogs she has rescued. Well, there’s still hope for humanity!
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