Ask a dog lover to imagine their happy place, and they just might see themselves on an island filled with playful pups.
Well, that place really exists. The island of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos is filled with rescued dogs eager for visitors to play with them — and even adopt them. Since 2005, the charity Potcake Place, located in Saltmills Plaza in the Grace Bay area, has been rescuing Potcake dogs on the island, as they often have minimal shelter and are at risk for starvation. The dogs are a mix of Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and English Fox Terriers, and they average about 45-50 pounds.
About 500 dogs are adopted from the island each year, and one of them could be yours for free. If you’re interested, fill out the application form on the website. (Note: You must be 25 or older.) If your application is accepted, you will choose a dog, and Potcake Place will then help you handle the details pertaining to travel arrangements.
They assure potential adopters that, “All Potcakes come with all their medical information, a record card of all their shots and information, and a vet’s health certificate.”
If adopting isn’t necessarily in your future, you can have a canine-themed island getaway nonetheless. Anyone is welcome to come to the island and play with the dogs, even if you aren’t taking one home. But people make all kinds of impulse decisions on vacation — and adopting a dog on a whim wouldn’t exactly be the worst.