A woman in Nassau, Bahamas who operates a dog shelter said she rescued 97 dogs by moving them into her home before Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Sunday.
Chella Phillips, who runs “The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas” in New Providence, shared pictures on Facebook of dozens of dogs packed into her various rooms throughout her home.
“It was either leave the dogs on the street to fend for themselves…or do something about it,” said Phillips on a phone interview with ABC News. “I just want these dogs to be safe. I could care less about the dog poop and pee in my house.”
“[Ninety-seven] dogs are inside my house and 79 of them are inside my master bedroom,” Phillips wrote. “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.”
“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 added.
Phillips said has cared for roughly 1000 pups since her organization launched in 2015.
“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,” the organization’s Facebook page reads. “Countless homeless dogs have left the streets of Nassau and they are now enjoying life being loved and cared by their families.”
On Sunday, Phillips described her experience wrangling the dogs in a Facebook post, saying that 79 of the dogs were in her bedroom to ride out the storm.
In another Facebook post on Monday, Phillips wrote that the area had experienced flooding, but that the dogs are safe.
“We are alright after a stressful night,” she wrote. “All services are down, all TVs are fried from the lightnings so no more cartoons for the sick dogs until we can purchase new ones.”
“I don’t see how any dogs or any living being could have survived outside. My heart goes out to them. Thank you for the outpouring support and heartfelt prayers,” she wrote.
We are alright after a stressful night were we fooded bad inside the refuge, not even 3 pumps could contain the rain…
Phillips, who was born in Peru, says she has spent the past 15 years saving nearly 1,000 homeless and abandoned street dogs in the Bahamas, and finding homes in the U.S. for more than 200 dogs.
Now that the storm has passed she plans to build more space for the dogs she has taken in from the storm.
The effects of Hurricane Dorian left massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much unrelenting wind and water that authorities urged people to find flotation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary.
The Category 4 storm slowed almost to a standstill as it shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed.