Say you’re finally going on a much-needed holiday. It’s going to be amazing – you’ll be on an island, on a beach, soaking up some sun and getting a tan while sipping on a margarita.
What could be better?
Now if there only was a dog you could play with… Well, how about several?
If a combo of an island in the sun and dogs running around sounds like absolute heaven, then have I got the place for you. Potcake Place is a dog rescue charity based in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, which aim to “reduce the number of homeless potcakes on the island.”
If you’re wondering what a potcake is, it’s a breed of dog that’s a mix of a Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and English Fox Terrier. They can be found everywhere on the island and got their unusual name because the locals would often feed them the remains of food from their cooking pots.
Potcake Place urges the tourists to pop in their centers and get a dog they can take out to the beach to play and socialize with, (and maybe adopt).
They are a non-profit organization that’s run entirely by volunteers and donations. The volunteers take the stray dogs into their homes to foster them and get them used to human interaction since they usually won’t have had any previous human contact. So they are already used to interacting with children and other dogs.
The center also works with vets to make sure that the puppies get all the medical attention and vaccinations they need. So, if you wanted to adopt one you’d be given a health certificate and even help with the transport. They usually have about 50 to 70 dogs around and help around 500 of them to be adopted every year.
— Potcake Place (@potcakeplace) September 27, 2016
However, even if you weren’t looking to adopt, you could just take one of the dogs out to the beach and socialize with them. A statement on their website reads:
Pop in, meet some puppies and learn some more about what we do. We have a constant stream of puppies needing socialisation and adoption. You can come by and take a puppy out to the beach – we’ll give you everything you need, you just need to supply some TLC.
Now, if you’re interested in adopting one of these truly adorable pooches, want to donate, or maybe you want to learn more so you know just how to plan your next trip, then you can visit the Potcake Place website.