Hurricane Delta is beginning to make landfall in North America and a man in Mexico decided to give shelter to 300 dogs as the storm passed through on Tuesday night into early on Wednesday morning. Ricardo Pimentel Cordero didn’t want to leave the dogs alone so he decided to let them use his house for refuge.
Pimentel Cordero runs Tierra de Animales shelter in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, and shared on social media about how he was prepping to house hundreds of dogs during a hurricane.
“We have already started the preparation work for the hurricane here in Tierra de Animales (cutting branches, securing things that can fly, walling up windows and doors, filling drums with water, charging flashlight batteries, etc, etc),” he writes in the post, “More radical is that we are going to fill the house with dogs, so there is going to be a poop party, but what can you do?”
But he assures that housing this many dogs is not easy and donations would be greatly appreciated. He writes, “If I lived alone, or only with about 10 or 20 dogs then I would not worry too much, but here there are hundreds of animals, and we cannot afford not to have enough food stored, so I strongly ask you to support us if it you can.”
As the word spread on social media, he quickly began receiving donations that would help cover the cost of food, as well as any damage that is bound to come with the destructive storm. People following his story were so moved by his selfless actions and caring for these dogs.
One woman commented, ‘Wow … I did not believe that there was a person with such a good heart as you. I am a person of limited economic resources, so I donated only 200 but my love for animals is greater than my material poverty and I will continue to donate every week while my wallet allows it. Huge hug for you and for all the rescue animals in your house.”
All of the dogs staying with Pimentel Cordero made it through the night safely, but unfortunately, the shelter wasn’t as lucky. The tin roofs of the facility were blown off and the outdoor space was filled with broken branches and trees.
He later wrote a post encouraging people to partake in selfless acts such as his, “If I can put more than 300 dogs, a shitload of cats, some chickens, a hedgehog, some baby bunnies and who knows how many more animals in my house, be cool and take in a stray dog or cat on your block during a hurricane.”