A dog rescue in paradise? It turns out that Costa Rica’s famous Territorio de Zaguates isn’t the only one! Potcake Place is based in the Caribbean’s Turks and Caicos islands. For over 15 years, founder Jane Parker Raouw has been helping up to 500 dogs a year find a loving forever home.
The name comes from a local term for native dogs of the Caribbean. Because these dogs ate the caked remains of the cooking pot, they became known as ‘potcakes.’ Potcake dogs are thought to be a mix of rat terrier dogs from cargo ships and Spanish and colonial American dogs from early settlers.
This beach is full of puppies
Potcake Place is a foster-based organization, but they have an adoption center on the island of Providenciales, where locals and vacationers alike are welcome to take a puppy to the beach for a playdate.
All about Potcake Place
Once you’ve met a potcake dog, you’re hooked, according to the thousands of adoptive families all over the world.
The rescue is so successful, they have a waiting list of approved adopters. They do need volunteer couriers to transport dogs off island and into the US and Canada.
How to go
If you’re lucky enough to visit Turks and Caicos, it’s not hard to stop into Potcake Place. They’re open six days a week for volunteers to come walk pups along the shore. It’s recommended you phone ahead, however.
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