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Mar 23 2014

Turks and Caicos: What’s a Potcake?

I recently traveled to the amazingly beautiful Providenciales, one of 40 islands that makes up the nation of Turks and Caicos and home to Grace Bay, Trip Advisor‘s second best beach in world. But the poundcake-like sand wasn’t the only thing that caught my eye. As a currently dog-less animal lover I tend to get overly excited about puppies and vacation makes no exception. So it should come as no surprise that animal rescue and foster organization Potcake Place may have been my favorite place on the island.


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Potcake Place doesn’t just let you adopt these sweet dogs. They will also let you take one to the beach for a day. They foster over 600 stray dogs a year, but if you can’t take one home, you can still have a play date in the interest of exercise and socialization. Potcake Place is a registered nonprofit run entirely by volunteers. “Our aim is to increase the chance of finding a place for every potcake” they state on their website.

What’s a potcake? Potcake is the nickname given to the small stray dogs in Turks and Caicos (TCI) originating from cooks who used to feed them the caked remains of food at the bottoms of their pots. Over generations these dogs developed into a recognizable breed. Although they are true mutts, varying in size and color, the majority are a mix of terrier, shepherd and lab and grow to be between 40-50 pounds. If socialized properly, these dogs make smart and friendly pets.

Most importantly they are incredibly cute.

The number of dogs on the island of Providenciales is increasing. There is no animal shelter on the island, but Potcake Place has stepped up to manage the population. As an alternative to these dogs starving, being run over, dying from disease or being euthanized, they rescue, foster and arrange adoptions for them.

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Even if you don’t have plans to visit TCI, you can still help out. Potcakes have been adopted by families all over the United States! Potcake Place arranges for puppies to be carried by visitors coming back to the states and Canada. You can meet your puppy at a nearby airport and he will simply be handed over to you.

If you are visiting TCI but cannot adopt a dog, you can volunteer to be a courier and bring a puppy on your flight as a carry-on bag and hand him over to his new family.  (Potcake Place takes care of all arrangements and documentation.)

If there is no adoption match in your home city, take advantage of the borrow-a-puppy opportunity. Puppies need exercise and socializing, so you can stop by Potcake Place around 10:00 a.m. and take a puppy to play on the beach for a few hours. But show up early, because there is sure to be a line.

For the most up-to-date info on puppies available for adoption, check out Potcake Place’s Facebook page.

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Evanne Allen

Evanne co-founded Poplar Travels after quitting her job in Washington, D.C. She got itchy feet at a young age and has never lost the urge to explore the planet. A previous museum employee, she is apt to drag travel partners into several cultural institutions anywhere she goes. She wishes she could speak every language and loves meeting new people.

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