Chella Phillips, a Bahamas resident has decided to make it her mission to rescue some victims of Hurricane Dorian‘s fury: stray dogs.
When the Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas on Monday, it was at the Category 5, that left devastation in its wake, killing five people.
Chella Phillips took in 97 homeless pups when the streets flooded to an unimaginable depth.
On September 1st, she shared photos on Facebook so people can see the huge number of dogs she’d taken into her home.
“97 dogs are inside my house and 79 of them are inside my master bedroom. It has been insane since last night,” she posted on Facebook.
“We have barricaded the refuge and nobody is outside… We may not get hit as hard as other islands, [and] each island has abundance of homeless dogs. My heart is so broken for the ones without a place to hide.”
She told Fox 4 channel that there are still hundreds of dogs roaming the streets, given that the majority are not spayed or neutered, and therefore breed out of control.
“You see them on the street, abused suffering, but they have this heart so big,” she told the broadcast station. “All they want is to give you all of their love.”
After her two water pumps failed, Phillips had to use buckets to remove water from her home.
Meanwhile, Facebook users from across the nation and the globe flocked to Phillips’s posts to offer supportive comments.
“Praying for you and the furballs and the rest of the Bahamas caught in this nightmare,” one woman wrote.
“The world is behind you and your efforts,” wrote another.
As of Tuesday, nearly US$80,000 has been raised in support of her organization.
“The dogs get vetted, vaccinated and from there they come to live at my refuge until I am able to find a rescue willing to help me with them in the States,” its Facebook page says. “Countless homeless dogs have left the streets of Nassau and they are now enjoying life being loved and cared [for] by their families.”