If spending the day lounging on idyllic white sands and swimming in cerulean seas aren't enough without some snuggle time with adorable puppies, plan a visit to Potcake Place, in Grace Bay. This volunteer-run nonprofit is dedicated to rescuing and finding adoptive homes for local dogs, most of which are a regional breed called "potcakes." The center has around 50 dogs in foster care at any given time and places about 500 per year. Visitors can stop by the shelter, located in Salt Mills Plaza, to help socialize the dogs by taking them out for a day on the beach. A kit with food, leash, and other items is provided.
By Travis Marshall, AFAR Local Expert
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Take a Homeless Potcake Pup to the Beach for the Afternoon
Visit Potcake Place to make a homeless dog's day by taking him to the beach. The small shelter encourages visitors take "potcakes" (the name given to the street dogs who are best known for their big ears) on beach outings, and even provides water bowls and treat bags to accompany you and the pup. The rescue is just across the street from Grace Bay Beach in the Salt Mills Shopping Center. It was busy when I stopped by to take Jackson, one of the dogs pictured here, to the beach and many were tourists adopting the pups after a day on the beach (note: the foundation organizes transport and pays all fees for the dog to fly home with you). It's a great way to give back on your vacation.
By Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
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