Woman in Bahamas Houses 97 Dogs to Protect Them From Hurricane Dorian

By GQ Pan

A woman in the Bahamas turned her house into a shelter to protect 97 rescued dogs when Hurricane Dorian struck the islands.

“97 dogs are inside my house and 79 of them are inside my master bedroom,” wrote Chella Phillips on her Facebook Sunday. “It has been insane since last night.”

Philips runs The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas, a nonprofit group that takes care of abandoned dogs roaming on the streets before handing them to rescue and adoption organizations in the U.S. Although she has helped some 1,000 homeless dogs in the past four years, she likely never imagined she would allow nearly 100 dogs to take refuge in her own house.

“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 on Facebook. “Each island has 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.”

Dorian caused island-wide flooding and a 15-hour-long power outage after passing over New Providence, the most populous island of the Bahamas, according to Bahamas Press.

In another post, Philips responded to people who expressed their concern about overcrowding.

“For all the ones asking.. yes.. everyone here gets along and welcome the newcomers with tail wags cause they know they are their brothers and sisters in suffering on the streets,” Phillips wrote. “They are not like the selfish humans that mistreated and abused them or simply passed them by and let them to die on the streets.”

Unfortunately, Phillips said, the refuge flooded overnight. She can use any help that is available.

Hurricane Dorian roared over the Bahamas on Sunday and Monday, making landfall on several islands with punishing sustained winds of 185 mph. As of 2 p.m. Monday, the storm gradually weakened and was reclassified from a category 5 to a category 4.

Despite its downgrade, Hurricane Dorian is still dangerous and expected to remain so in the coming days, according to the National Hurricane Center.