#WATWB: The Woman Who Rescued 97 Dogs from Hurricane Dorian

Posted: 2019/10/26 in Blogging
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My last #WATWB post was about a Greek man who has devoted his life to saving dogs.

For this month’s We Are The World Blogfest (#WATWB), I bring you a similar story albeit from a different part of the world and under different circumstances.

The story of Chella Phillips from Bahamas who rescued 97 dogs from Hurricane Dorian.

In early September, Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas, reducing thousands of homes to rubble in its wake. Hurricane Dorian was the most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas, and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.

Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas for nearly 48 hours, with torrential rains and wind gusts reaching over 220 mph wreaking havoc on the small island nation. An estimated 13,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, according to the Red Cross.

As residents across the Bahamas prepared for the hurricane, Phillips opened her home to 97 dogs.

A woman in the Bahamas says she has taken in nearly 100 dogs displaced by Hurricane Dorian. Chella Phillips, who runs Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, a small organization aimed at helping stray dogs in the capital city, said she took 97 dogs into her house as the hurricane slammed into the island on Sunday.

Seventy-nine of the dogs were sheltering in her master bedroom, Phillips wrote on Facebook. “It has been insane since last night,” she wrote, “poop and piss non stop but at least they are respecting my bed and nobody has dared to jump in.”

Phillips said she played music and blasted the air conditioner for the dogs. She also received some donated crates, which were needed for the scared and sick pups.

“The saddest part is that after the hurricane leave the Bahamas, some islands will take a long time to recover,” Phillips wrote in the now-viral post. “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.”

As rising waters from the storm surge enveloped whole neighborhoods, people — and animals — became displaced or worse. If not for Phillips, the fate of at least 97 dogs in Nassau would be unknown.

The rest of Phillips’ story can be found here, here, and here.

Chella Phillips

Chella Phillips

This is the 29th celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are:  Sylvia McGrathLizbeth HartzShilpa GargMary Gieseand Belinda Witzenhausen welcome participants and encourage all to join in.

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To sign up for We Are The World Blogfest, please see the guidelines below.

~~~GUIDELINES~~~

  1. Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news  about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
  4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
  6. To signup, add your link in WE ARE THE WORLD Linky List
Comments
  1. Dan Antion says:

    This was a great story to share for WATWB, Peter. This had to be so hard for her to deal with, and yet her concern is for the ones she couldn’t care for. This is a truly selfless person. Dogs give us so much, but in today’s world, they really can’t survive on their own.

  2. hilarymb says:

    Hi Peter – what an amazing woman to care for all those animals … some undertaking. As Dan says – they need us … but so desperate to see strays – yet here she is helping as many as she can – flooding is desperate for some animals … thanks for the goodwill Chellas has given these animals. Cheers Hilary

    • Peter Nena says:

      Hi Hilary. She saved so many and she still could have saved more of she had had enough space. It is truly amazing. Thank you your constant support.

  3. Damyanti Biswas says:

    Wow! that is really touching and inspiring.

  4. Debbie D. says:

    Wonderful! 💗 Chella Phillips is a remarkable woman. Caring for multiple dogs is a difficult undertaking. Thank you for sharing her story. It’s sad to think many did not survive this devastating hurricane.

    • Peter Nena says:

      Thank you Debbie. Living with as many dogs as that in a same house requires a lot of patience. Chella Phillips is a powerful individual. Thanks.

  5. How I miss my dear dog. Blessings to those who would rescue our longest friends on this earth. How are you Peter!! I’m still sporadic as usual on WordPress but always happy to see an uplifting post from you in these troubling times!!

    • Peter Nena says:

      Hi Cybele! Always so wonderful to hear from you. I am fine, thank you for asking, and I hope you are fine too, my dear friend. Those who risk their lives to save animals are some of the truest human heroes on this planet. Thank you.

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