There Is a Caribbean Island Filled With Rescue Puppies You Can Cuddle All Day, and We Want to Go Right Now
Would you like to visit a Caribbean island with white sands, blue waters... and tons of cute, cuddly puppies?! Your dream can become a reality on the island of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos. Here in the headquarters of Potcake Place, a dog rescue charity has been up and running since 2005. At this amazing place, visitors can take these dogs on beach walks, help them socialize, and even bring them back home!
We at Bright Side invite you to take a walk around the island, learn some information about the charity, its owners, inhabitants, and visitors. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next person to adopt a puppy from this doggy heaven!
The beaches of Turks and Caicos Islands are consistently ranked among the best in the world for their wide stretches of land, soft sand, clear waters, and remoteness. The most famous of these beaches is Grace Bay Beach. The Grace Bay area is the home of Potcake Place, a unique non-profit dog rescue organization.
Potcakes is a special breed of dogs, unique to the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands. Its name comes from a habit that the locals have of feeding caked remains of used cooking pots to the dogs. The breed is a mix between Labrador Retriever, English Fox Terrier, and German Shepard. The owners of Potcake Place characterize them as extremely smart, caring, and loving dogs.
The founder of Potcake Place, Jane Parker-Rauw, started taking care of homeless island potcakes even before the charity had opened. She moved to the islands from England in 1997 and was shocked by the number of homeless dogs walking around the streets. She had an idea to start a charity organization, removing stray puppies from the street, finding them foster families and eventually putting them up for adoption.
The charity is run by volunteers who invest their hearts, time and money into the place. Volunteers around the island act as foster parents and take puppies to their homes for 2-3 weeks, while the charity provides all the necessary food, veterinary care, and toys the dogs need.
The owner of Potcake Place quickly noticed that many of the pups that were brought to them were wary and shy around people, so it was decided to let locals and tourists take the pups on 1-hour-long “socialization walks”. These interactions with people give the former stray dogs confidence and strengthen their belief that most people are good.
You can go for a beach walk with the dogs every morning until the sand gets too hot. Each guest gets a “beach bag” for a puppy with everything they may need including toys, treats, a dog bowl, and a roll of poo bags. In busy tourist months, sometimes people have to line up before the shelter even opens to have a chance to take a puppy to the beach.
When the pups have lived with a foster family for some time and are considered to be healthy and sociable, they are placed for adoption, and their photos can be found on Potcake Place Adoptions Facebook page. The potential future owners must be older than 25 and have to fill out an application form. They can expect background checks and discussions about living arrangements, as the volunteers want to be sure that the pups get all the love and attention they deserve.
Adoption is free of charge, but donations are welcome. All you have to pay for are the airline charges for the pup, and they will be transported by a carrier in an in-cabin airline bag.
The organization operates solely on donations. If you want to contribute to the development of Potcake Place, you can transfer some money to them via PayPal contributing to some specific things like vaccinations, warmings, rescue efforts, or food. Or just visit their place during your vacation, walk a dog, and find a new friend!
Would you like to go to Potcake Place to cuddle some puppies? Do you know of other initiatives like this? Share your opinions in the comments.
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