An animal shelter manager has shared photos of the nearly 100 rescue dogs she brought into her home to save them from the destruction of Hurricane Dorian.
Chella Phillips, manager of The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau in the Bahamas, shared photos of 97 dogs crowding her home to Facebook on Sunday.
She said the outdoor refuge, where the dogs were normally kept before being paired with adoption organisations in the US, had been boarded up ahead of the storm.
Ms Phillips said all of her dogs – including the less fortunate, sick, and scared – were brought inside, with some placed in crates donated ahead of the crisis.
“Each island has an abundance of homeless dogs, my heart is so broken for the ones without a place to hide... and only God can protect them now,” her post read.
“Coincidently, today is the fourth anniversary since the refuge opened its doors to homeless and abandoned dogs and we have cared for nearly 1000 of them.”
“We are very proud that we managed to give them hope so they could all be happy at last.
“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,” Ms Phillips added.
Hurricane Dorian is currently lashing Bahamas and the death toll reportedly sits at five, including a 7-year-old boy named Lachino Mcintosh who drowned as his family were trying to escape the storm on Sunday.
As the category three storm continues to pummel the islands, authorities are encouraging people to find floatation devices and keep hammers with them to break out of shelters if water rises.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis addressed the public calling the devastation “unprecedented and extensive”.
Dorian is likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early on Tuesday (local time) and curving to the southeastern coast of the US.
The system is expected to spin 64 to 80 kilometres off Florida, with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 56 kilometres to the west.
A mandatory evacuation of entire South Carolina coast took effect on Monday (local time) covering about 830,000 people.