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Come Play With Puppies On A Caribbean Island

Easyvoyage logo Easyvoyage 24/07/2017 The Editorial Team

It doesn't get dreamier than this © Provided by Webedia SAS It doesn't get dreamier than this If enjoying a stroll down a pristine Caribbean beach with a few puppies bounding alongside you is your idea of perfect holiday then Turks and Caicos is the destination for you. The island is home to charity Potcake Place which has been helping 'potcake' pups, a mixed breed commonly found on several Caribbean islands, for the past 20 years and making sure they have a home to go to. Set up by English expat Jane Parker-Rauw the shelter rescues around 500 dogs a year!

So how do you end up chilling with your new canine beach buddy? For anyone who wants to spend a day at the beach with one of these adorable guys, the charity allows visitors to take the puppies to the beach so they can gain valuable time socializing with humans before they find a permanent family.

Parker-Rauw realized that for the animals a lack of positive human interaction was an issue, so she developed the idea of a walking scheme which allows anyone with a spare hour or two on their hands to spend time with some of these lovable mutts.

Other than being an amazing way to spend an afternoon the programme actually does real good for the dogs. As Parker-Rauw puts it "These short interactions with nice people both in and out of the adoption center really help to give them confidence that yes, most people really are good. We have seen hundreds of times a very shy puppy just excel and develop over a short time this way. It's lovely. We have found these short puppy excursions to be invaluable to the puppy's development."

If you're interested, once you pick up your pup you'll be given a 'puppy beach bag' with everything you might need on your adventure.

Parker-Rauw emphasizes that the trip is solely for the puppy's benefit and makes sure everyone is responsible on their walk saying "People are told to make sure that the puppy is in the shade and does not get too hot, pick up all puppy poop, only give the approved treats that we provide, and see that the dog can't tug at the leash."

After an hour or so it will be time to take your puppy back to the shelter, but if you really don't want to say goodbye to your new friend you can take them home! For those adopting the shelter makes sure the dogs are all vaccinated and can help arrange travel certificates and arrangements. About 500 potcakes are adopted each year and the shelter keeps a map showing where all the hounds now live with their families across the world.

The number one goal of Potcake Place is to eliminate stray dogs on the island and find them all homes, but this can only happen with education as well. Parker-Rauw says that she has worked with local children to help encourage more responsibility around the island and lobbied to prevent government plans for shooting or poisoning the population.

Together with a team of volunteers this charity is making a difference to these dogs' lives and with 50 to 70 dogs in the shelter at any one time they're always in need of a helping hand. Whether you can spare time giving the pups a walk or helping 'courier' them through the airport there's always something suitably cute you can do. We've already booked our flights!

Adopted an island pup for the day 🔆 Clearly she had a little too much fun in the water

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