When you’re in the direct path of a devastating hurricane, there’s not much time to take precautions. If you’re able to evacuate, that can be the safest route. But sometimes you can’t, especially if there are other people who would be difficult to move, like those with mobility issues. Or, in this case, animals. Hundreds of them. And when the hurricane was coming right for one man’s rescue animal sanctuary, he did the only thing he could think of: he moved 300 rescue dogs and farm animals into his house.
When natural disasters hit, it’s easy to forget about animals, which is why those that remember often go to extraordinary lengths to help our four-legged friends. Nobody loves pets more than us (which is why we started a new Facebook group about pets). And when it comes to stray animals and those in need of a home, even fewer are looking out for them during times of crisis.
Which is to say, we need more Ricardo Pimentels in the world. With Hurricane Delta heading straight for his home in Mexico, Pimentel decided he had to do something to help keep the hundreds of rescue animals at his animal sanctuary safe. In this case, it meant stocking up on supplies and getting them indoors. All of them. In his doors. The man opened up his home to hundreds of animals to keep them safe and it looks like something out of a Disney movie.
Pimentel was able to ride out the storm with his animal army and keep all of them safe, and somehow, himself sane. When the storm moved out, the time for clean up began.
The pictures of his house overtaken by small animals quickly went viral, with many lavishing praise on his efforts. The animal lover, though, kept his focus on repairing damage to the sanctuary and raising awareness about animals everywhere that need someone to look out for them, especially in their moment of greatest need.
Ricardo, we salute you.