Bahamian 'Clara Barton' Saves 97 Dogs From Wrath Of Dorian

Clara Barton's experiences during the Civil War taught us the necessity for providing housing and nursing care and emotional support during national disasters. Chella Phillips did something similar in sheltering 97 canines during the horrendous onslaught of Hurricane Dorian that hit the Bahamas on September 1.

Hurricane hits both islands . . .

When Dorian reached Category 5 intensity, peaking with sustained winds of 185 mph (295 km/h), it made landfall in Elbow Cay, Bahamas. Later that day, Dorian made another landfall on Grand Bahama with near the same intensity.

Dorian slowed its forward motion considerably, remaining essentially stationary over the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island from September 1 to September 3. Dorian's sustained winds at landfall ties it with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane as the strongest land-falling Atlantic Ocean hurricane, measured by sustained winds.

Due to the prolonged and intense storm conditions, including heavy rainfall, high winds, and storm surge, damage in the Bahamas was catastrophic, with thousands of homes destroyed and at least 30 deaths recorded, as of this posting.

Chella Phillips helps the cause . . .

Chella Phillips is a canine enthusiast who is the founder of "The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas." She posts regularly on the Facebook page of the same name to bring awareness about the thousands of dogs roaming the streets of the island.

She posted online on September 1 [which went viral] that there 97 dogs inside her Nassau home.

“It has been insane since last night, poop 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.”

She then shared images of the pooches milling around her air-conditioned living room, adding that she entertained them with music to calm them down. These homeless dogs got 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.

As of Tuesday after starting an online fundraiser, she raised more than $266,000 from 1,764 contributors. She wrote on 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.

Hats off to Ms. Phillips for donating her time, sustenance and home to man's best friends on the islands. Like Clara Barton, she was an early responder to aid others during a natural disaster. Here's hoping that Phillip's fundraiser increases over time now that the east coast residents are assuming their daily lives. You can too by donating online at FundRazr.

Primary Source: The Hill