As Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas a few weeks ago, those who lived in the island nation were protecting their homes and possessions from the storm. At the same time, the island’s large population of stray dogs was also in desperate need of help. They were all alone out on the streets and the extreme storm was about to bear down on the Bahamas. They might be in danger, but they were not alone. A woman named Chella Phillips knew the dogs needed help and shelter from the storm, so she stepped in to make a difference for them.
The storm was heading for landfall in the Bahamas, and Chella made an announcement on Facebook that she was opening the doors of her home. She said she was completely prepared to take in 97 homeless and abandoned dogs to ensure they would be safe from the storm. They would be safe and comfortable as everyone waited for the storm to pass. Chella said despite the large number of dogs in her home everyone was happy to be together. She shared photos of the group on Facebook and it soon went viral with tens of thousands of people sharing her kindness with the world.
She kept people updated on the situation as the storm arrived, saying it was as loud as a train bearing down on the house and water was pouring in and the dogs were frightened. Chella played with them, sang to them, and gave them treats to calm and distract them. Chella manages an organization called Voiceless Dogs of Nassau that is dedicated to caring for dogs on the island. Thankfully Chella and the dogs survived the storm, but the storm ravaged the island and supplies are dwindling. To help the organization and the dogs, she has started a fundraiser: