Shelter Owners’ Plan To Save 300 Animals From Deadly Hurricane Worked!

Jan 14th, 2022

Pet owners do everything they can to make sure that all their pets are out of harms’ way during a severe weather emergency. If there’s a hurricane was coming your way, what would you do to keep all your pets safe? It’s easy if you have one or two. But what if you have more than 300 pets to secure and there’s a category 4 hurricane coming towards your town?

This is exactly the situation that Ricardo Pimental got himself into last October when Hurricane Delta hit Mexico.

Pimental is the owner of the Tierra de Animales shelter in Cancun, Mexico. When he learned that a powerful category 4 hurricane was coming their way, he knew that he had to do something to ensure the safety of his 300 shelter pets.

Pimental has always been an animal lover. And over the past 9 years, he has taken care of more than 500 different kinds of animals – dogs, cats, turkeys, donkeys, cows, horses, pigs, and many more.

When there was an early earning for a category 4 hurricane, he started early to make the best plan of action to keep all his shelter animals safe. His Plan A was to stay with his dogs in his shelter building and wait until the storm passes. However, the storm got stronger. He realized that by the time that the storm hit them, the Tierra de Animales shelter will not be hurricane-proof.

No need to worry because Pimental has a Plan B and he believes that this is going to work. But this plan seemed out of this world for some people. Since the shelter building will not be safe for him, his staff, and his pets, he knew of only one other place where his dogs would be safe and secure from the storm – his own home!

He quickly loaded up all his 300 pets with his staff and they moved into his house. It was not easy though. Pimental said that it was not an easy task. There were times that they had to move each dog on a leash two at a time.

And some of the animals are not leased, trained, or naturally timid, so they had to carry them. It took them about 5 hours, but thankfully, his team was able to move each of the dogs to safety before the storm made landfall.

The team made sure that the house was well stocked with food and other supplies that they would need, both animals and humans. They knew that Hurricane Delta would be nasty.

Thankfully, the hurricane slowed down as it enters Mexico and was downgraded to a category 2 storm when it finally hit. Still, this comes with dangerous winds, from 96-110 mph. Even though the storm was not that strong anymore, it can still be deadly.

Pimental and his team felt that they made the right decision in sheltering everyone at his house. They were also happy to share that every animal was safe and no chaos happened. When the storm hit and moved on, not every structure in town survived, including his Tierra de Animales which was partially damaged.

Pimentel says that what matters is that all of his shelter animals were spared. Everyone was safe, including him and all his staff.