Donors raise $65K for woman in Bahamas who sheltered 97 stray dogs during Dorian

Chella Phillips | The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas

A fundraiser to help a woman in the Bahamas who sheltered nearly 100 stray dogs from Hurricane Dorian has reached more than $65,000 as of Tuesday morning.

Chella Phillips wrote on Sunday in a Facebook post that went viral that there were 97 dogs inside her Nassau house, which was barricaded against the Category 5 storm that tore over the islands.

“It has been insane since last night, poop and piss non stop but at least they are respecting my bed and nobody has dared to jump in,” Phillips wrote. “We have barricaded the refuge and nobody is outside.”


{mosads}She shared images of the dozens of dogs milling about in her air-conditioned living room, adding that she was playing music to distract them. 

All of the homeless dogs were getting along with each other because “they know they are their brothers and sisters in suffering on the streets,” she wrote.

“They are not like the selfish humans that mistreated and abused them or simply passed them by and let them to die on the streets,” she added.

Phillips, a dog enthusiast, operates The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas Facebook page to bring awareness to the thousands of dogs roaming the streets.

A fundraiser she set up to help her care for the dogs reached more than $65,000 from 1,764 contributors as of Tuesday morning.

Phillips spoke with ABC Action News in Tampa Bay, Fla., on Monday and said that while she lost power and had water coming into her home, the animals are all OK.

She wrote in a Facebook update that she was disappointed that the TVs were “fried” from the lightning because she could not play cartoons to soothe the frightened animals.

“I pray for the other islands who have unimaginable damages and I don’t see how any dogs or any living being could have survived outside. My heart goes out to them,” she wrote.

Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday and as many as five people have died in the Abaco Islands as the now-Category 4 storm continues to pound the region. 

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