Hot weather, white sandy beaches and deep blue seas – could the Caribbean get much better? Well it turns out it’s even better than we could have ever imagined.
Now in Providenciales, part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, you can make your holiday ten times more exciting by helping out homeless puppies – otherwise known as “potcakes”.
A rescue charity, Potcake Place, aims to reduce the amount of homeless island dogs by rescuing them at an early age and getting them used to a social lifestyle.
They do this by allowing tourists to visit the centre and pick up a puppy to hang out with all day – the charity provide food, water and advice.
All they ask for is that you supply some TLC for the puppies, and it’s safe to say people are extremely happy to help out.
The charity is based in the Grace Bay area of the island and anyone can pop in to take one of the dogs out for a trip to the beach or a swim in the ocean.
Potcakes Place has been in operation since 2005 and is run completely by volunteers who care for anywhere between 50 and 70 dogs at time.
If the shelter wasn’t in place then many of the puppies would face fatal threats such as starving, being run over or dying of heat-worm, but Potcakes Place saves around 500 of these dogs’ lives every single year.
The island breed get their name after the cooking pots filled with rice that islanders would give to the local stray mutts.
Potcakes are a mixed breed of Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd and English Fox Terriers that are currently over populated on the Caribbean island.
Potcakes are known for growing into smart, loyal and loving companions when they are given the right attention.
If tourists really fall in love the puppy they visit for the day then the centre are not against the dogs being adopted.
But this should only be done if the adopter is over 25 and is willing to dedicate the next 10 to 15 years to caring for the dog.
Potcakes Place say:”If an adoption goes ahead, we help book the pup on the plane, and meet the families at the airport”.
Providenciales isn’t the only destination that has been taken over by animals. The Bahamas is home to a beach inhabited by wild pigs and there is an island in Japan where cats outnumber humans by eight to one.