As residents across the Bahamas braced for Hurricane Dorian, the strongest storm in the island nation’s history, one woman’s preparations stood out: She opened her home to 97 dogs.
In a Facebook post— when the storm was still lashing the Bahamas — she said she had just had a “stressful night” looking after all the dogs with her brother.
The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas don’t have a safe place like a shower to run to when they are afraid. All they have is Chella Phillips, the one and only person behind the rescue operation.
Phillips runs a refuge for homeless and abandoned dogs, “The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas.” The day she opened her home to the nearly 100 animals also marked the refuge’s fourth anniversary: Voiceless Dogs has helped about 1,000 dogs since its opening, Phillips wrote on Facebook.
Chella is not an official rescue shelter or organization, she is not affiliated to the Humane Society and she doesn’t receive any kind of help from the government. It is just her and her love for the homeless dogs of Nassau.
“97 dogs are inside my house and 79 of them are inside my master bedroom,” she wrote.