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Hurricane Delta: Mexican man spontaneously opens his door to 300 stray dogs

Ricardo Pimentel Cordero surrounded by animals dog-serious
© Ricardo Pimentel Cordero – Facebook

The founder of an animal sanctuary has taken it upon himself to look after 300 animals including dogs and chickens. But the labour of love is also a race against time. 

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 09/10/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

Ricardo Pimentel - who began the animal shelter Tierra de Animales in Quintana Roo on the Yucatán Peninsula - has instructed his team to get ready. Rushing in from the Gulf of Mexico is Hurricane Delta, a storm that meteorologists believe will be life-threatening when it hits the coastline. 

As a result, Pimentel’s team has taken to preparing for the worst. In and around the shelter they have secured property and have lobed trees in an effort to minimise damage.

A rich menagerie

The animals currently cared for by workers include dogs, cats, horses, chickens and goats, all of which must be taken to safe places and out of harm’s way. And here’s where Pimentel has stepped in. Incredibly, he has volunteered to invite back to his home 300 of his wards. 

You may keep up to date with the shelter’s race against time by visiting the owner’s Facebook site

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In an effort to drum up support for his storm precautions, Pimentel wrote, “When this hurricane is over, we’re going to need a lot of help stocking up on food and most likely to repair damage. Please consider making a donation to Tierra de Animales.”

Shelter warnings 

Most animal shelters on the East coast of the United States have storm preparations down to a tee. Just before Hurricane Dorian struck in August last year shelters across the eastern seaboard shifted hundreds of animals either in land or northwards in order to protect their precious residents from the worst of the winds. 

We wish Tierra de Animales all the best.