Lounging in a white sand beach is already a dream for many people. Add cute puppies to the equation and it's practically heaven on earth.
In the pristine island of Providenciales located in Turks and Caicos, this is a reality. The island is filled with tons of adorable stray dogs that are allowed to be played with, and are even open for adoption.
About Potcake Place
This is made possible by Potcake Place, an organization that has been rescuing Potcake puppies since 2005. The English Fox Terrier, German Shepherd, and Labrador Retriever dog mix face a number of issues on the island including lack of shelter and starvation.
The adorable dogs grow up to 45-50 pounds. Thankfully, over 500 are adopted each year. The organization rescues about 50-70 pups as well.
A survey that was made years ago found out that there is an estimated number of 5,000 stray dogs in Providenciales alone.
Founder and director of of Potcake Place Jane Parker-Rauw said that the dogs are named after what the people of Turks and Caicos used to feed them which is whatever is left on the pot after cooking. This usually comprises of peas and rice that is burnt at the bottom of the pan and scraped off to form a crab cake-shaped meal, and then thrown to the canines.
How To Walk The Dogs
According to its website, visitors are encouraged to visit the headquarters at Saltmills Plaza in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales where lots of puppies need socialization and adoption. People can come by to take a dog out to the beach and the charity will provide everything the pups need. All dog-walkers need to do is give the animal a little TLC.
The charity also provides two sets of vaccinations to the dog. Potcake Place lets the dogs get used to a collar, and being walked by different people. It usually releases the dog for socialization starting with a family with kids, before proceeding with adults.
The best part is, people do not have to pay a fee in order to walk the dogs. However, they must be prepared to line up. The number of dogs that are up for socialization varies from two or 20, depending on the day.
Tourists can also volunteer to walk the dog to their new owner's home. People who want to adopt the dogs also have to prepare for whatever the airline charges for the pets, and the bag used to carry the puppies. Additionally, they are encouraged to donate to the institution, which relies on charitable contributions.