Due To The Hurricane, The Man Brings 300 Dogs To His House

Off the coast of Cancun, Mexico was a haven for all kinds of animals. Ricardo Pimental cared for about 500 different animals, including stray cats, dogs, chickens, turkeys, horses, lambs, pigs, cows and donkeys. After she was hit by the hurricane she did not want to leave these animals unprotected.

He realized the dog shelters wouldn’t be able to resist a Category 4 hurricane, so he did what any animal lover would do: he welcomed the puppies to spend the night at his house.

Pimentel told The Dodo, “We have two bedrooms, one kitchen, and one bathroom ready for volunteers who want to come and stay here to help us with all the things that we have to accomplish.”


“We chose to keep virtually all of the dogs inside the home because we don’t have complete faith in the shelters we have now because they aren’t hurricane-proof.”


Bringing 300 dogs inside, however, was no simple task. Before the hurricane made impact, Pimentel and his helpers collected up the dogs and helped them inside for five hours.


“We had to bring them in two by two on leash,” Pimentel explained. “We had to carry several of them to the home because they were scared or didn’t know how to walk on a leash, but it was worth it because they are all safe.”

Pimentel anticipated that having so many animals in such a small space would result in a mess.

He remarked, “They were actually quite well-behaved entire night.”


Pimentel is currently working to construct hurricane-proof shelters on his 10-acre property so that all of the animals will be safe. He also wishes to take in additional animals so that no one needs to sleep on the streets for another night.