Hurricane Dorian caused chaos in the Bahamas earlier this week, which was difficult enough for humans to cope with, let alone stray dogs. Luckily one good Samaritan from Nassau came to the rescue. As the storm raged outside, animal lover Chella Phillips opened her home to 97 dogs that she found wandering the streets and ushered to safety.
She shared the details on Facebook, where she wrote that she had moved 79 of her new friends into her bedroom. She said that she played music and put on the air conditioner for the dogs, and confessed that despite what people might imagine, they had been well behaved, adding they were "respecting my bed and nobody has dared to jump in."
But she also admitted to NBC News that she'd had a lot of cleaning up to do, and that her home was getting a little overcrowded. "It's been insane. So many dogs, I can't even get one step without a dog being on my foot," she said. "But I'm not complaining because everybody’s safe and that was the main goal."
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Even as the danger from the storm (a category five, later downgraded to a category two,) subsided, it still caused problems, with Chella's home being flooded and losing power on Monday. Her new canine friends were apparently undeterred, however. She wrote that they had welcomed each new dog "with tail wags," although where they will move on to next is unclear.
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Chella told NBC that stray dogs are a huge problem on Nassau, and that she and her brother try to feed as many as they can, but this can cost up to $1000 a week. After saving so many canine lives in the last few days, Chella hopes to find all 97 dogs new homes in America or Canada as soon as possible. She pleaded with members of the public for assistance. "I don't want to put them on street. They don't deserve that. So I want for people to help me," she said. "Help me adopt them, take them home."
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