Superyacht Laurel Takes in 50 Rescue Dogs From the Bahamas Amid Hurricane Dorian
by Jennifer Read-Dominguez
In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the Bahamas, superyacht Laurel has taken in 50 rescue dogs to keep them safe.
The 73 metre Delta Marine motor yacht Laurel has opened its tender garage door to 50 stray dogs who have been abandoned or lost since the extremely powerful, long-lived, and destructive tropical cyclone hit the Bahamas.
Posting pictures of the dogs to Facebook, photographer Shani Davies said, "[These dogs] have been through so much after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, and as you would imagine, we are all taking every opportunity to love on them as much as possible.
"When you hear 'rescue' or 'stray', it's sometimes hard to picture them as loving, loyal pets - but TRUST me these dogs are the goodest (sic) boys and girls, we all wish we could adopt all of them."
She continued, "A lot of work and paperwork went into this - so grateful to everyone mostly [Captain] Roy Stephanie & Wikus Botes and our incredible owner for offering his crew and yacht to help. If anyone reading this is interested in adopting them - they are going straight to an incredible rescue ranch Big Dog Ranch Rescue."
Since then, the dogs have been safely moved to the rescue ranch and the Laurel crew are asking for donations for various surgeries needed for some of the dogs.
Big Dog Ranch Rescue is on a mission to provide shelter, care, love and affection to homeless dogs of all breeds and all ages and to adopt them out to loving homes.
To learn more about what they do or to donate, visit: bdrr.org/donate/.
Laurel joins superyacht Loon who also went out to help as well as motor yachts Turquoise, Hospitality, and Perla, among others, who are headed to the Abaco Islands from Florida with supplies.
A number of yachts have pledged to assist Operation Topaz, the relief effort set up by YachtAid Global in collaboration with CBS Bahamas, Sol Relief, World Hope International and NEMA.