What’s better than a trip to the pristine beaches on a Caribbean island? That and puppy kisses and cuddles. Fortunately, one can find all of that in Potcake Place in the Providenciales island in Turks and Caicos. On this paradise, tourists can take cute rescued pups out on the beach and let them socialize more with humans before they go home to their potential permanent homes.
Potcake Place has been in operation since 2005. The dog rescue charity has been saving neglected and abandoned puppies on the Caribbean island. Run by Jane Parker-Rauw, the rescue facility takes in an average of 50-70 rescues and each year, 500 get successfully adopted out.
Potcake Place has been saving neglected and abandoned puppies on the Caribbean island of Providenciales.
The Caribbean island lets tourists cuddle with rescue dogs and puppies.
The puppies from the rescue group have become the island’s own breed, the Potcake dogs. Typically, these pups have a mix of German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, and English Fox Terrier. There were no animal shelters on the Caribbean island before Potcake Place and that would make dogs prone to threats, starvation, being poisoned, heartworm infestation, being hit and run over, other canine illnesses and euthanasia.
The puppies from the rescue group have become the island’s own breed, the Potcake dogs.
In 2010, Parker-Rauw took some puppies out for a beach walk on the beautiful Caribbean island and realized that these animals were cautious around humans. She then decided to let tourists and locals take the puppies out to the beach. This will help the dogs get used to being around other people. Parker-Rauw told Buzzfeed:
“These short interactions with nice people both in and out of the adoption centre really help to give them confidence that yes, most people really are good. We have seen hundreds of times a very shy puppy just excel and develop over a short time this way. It’s lovely. We have found these short puppy excursions to be invaluable to the puppy’s development.”
Potcake Place is working with vets to make sure the dogs get their routine vaccinations, wormers, other treatments. They also help with arranging for travel certificates once a dog finds its forever home. The rescue group has also worked with volunteer vets for spay and neuter programs.
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