The sense of community between neighbors is usually called upon during calamities. It is the time when we should be there for each other because helping one another during these dark times will make our recovery much easier. But what about our dogs? Thankfully, people never forget our furry friends during these calamities.
In the Bahamas, one woman turned her house into a safe haven for the rescue dogs from her own animal shelter, all 97 of them. Chella Phillips is the founder of The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas, and when Hurricane Dorian ripped through the islands, their dogs needed some help.
She and her brother barricaded their house as the Category 5 hurricane ravaged through the Bahamas. This is the strongest hurricane in recorded history to hit the islands. So Chella and her brother were preparing for a long night ahead of them.
Most of the dogs stayed in the master’s bedroom, which is where Chella sleeps. But despite the chaos, Chella is grateful that not a single dog has jumped up on her bed. There was poop and piss everywhere, but Chella would rather have this than to have all of these dogs out on the streets.
To help calm the dogs down, they played music loudly so that the pups wouldn’t hear the roar of the hurricane outside. They played cartoons on their TVs, and they had the airconditioning on full blast. Their neighbors were also kind enough to pitch in. They donated crates which were perfect for the scared and sick dogs.
During that night, Chella’s brother only slept for an hour while she stayed up all night long. They had to clear the floodwater coming into their home and tend to the scared and sick dogs. Overall, the dogs were well-behaved and welcomed each of the dogs that came into the house. They showed their own sense of community during the storm; perhaps much more than us, humans.
Credits: FOX 4 Now