220 Dogs and 50 Cats Perish In Bahamas Animal Shelter Due To Severe Flooding From Hurricane Dorian; Donations Needed

Photo from The Humane Society of Grand Bahama Facebook page

Heartbreaking news announced over the weekend revealed that 220 dogs and 50 cats had lost their lives in a major storm surge in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian.

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama was reportedly caring for close to 300 dogs and approximately 100 cats when the storm hit.

As per a post on the organization’s Facebook page, members of the staff believed that the building they were sheltering in was safe; primarily because it was built in 2008 on an elevated foundation.

Despite the many warnings that the hurricane was heading their way, no one expected the level of devastation that it would leave behind.

Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas at a Category-5 and hovered over the islands for longer than expected, while delivering an enormous amount of rainfall, with winds topping 180 mph.

As the shelter started to flood, staff members did everything they could to try to save the animals.

Sadly, as the water kept rushing in, the staff had no choice but to climb into the attic through a small hole in the ceiling. There was no way to bring the animals.

“I am not quite ready to speak at length about our horrific losses,” noted one of the many emotional staff members on another post on the organization’s Facebook page. “Please know that we are all heartbroken and traumatized and your love and concern is so appreciated.”

On a positive note, The Humane Society was able to report that 75 dogs and 50 cats survived. 

While the shelter is now in the process of caring for them, their food and supplies were destroyed. Your help is urgently needed.

Please donate to The Humane Society of Grand Bahama’s GoFundMe Campaign. Donations will be used for flights, supplies for the residents and strays, and to help get the animals that did survive off of the island. Donate Here!

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