A DOG’S LIFE: POTCAKES AT SANDY POINT, ABACO
The POTCAKE DOG is a mixed-breed dog type from the Bahamas & TCI. Its name comes from the congealed rice and pea mixture that local residents traditionally fed dogs. A while ago I posted in more detail about these dogs including TEN VITAL FACTS HERE and about the potcake RESCUE SCHEMES HERE. An updated and expanded list is shown below. Although great favourites as pets, there are sadly a huge number of strays on Abaco that wander, ownerless, around the settlements. Although generally well-tempered as a breed, these feral dogs can occasionally seem aggressive. Many are found, as adults or as pups, in a bedraggled, underfed or injured condition. The lucky ones become rescue dogs and are re-homed (the ‘header dog’ is Harvey, an abandoned puppy that found a happy home). An active spay-and-neuter programme has been established to prevent the spread of unwanted and uncared for dogs. Details of a number of relevant organisations are given below.
NEW See video of Potcake Pup Rescue from the Coopers Town Dump below.
Meanwhile, let’s go to Sandy Point for lunch at Nancy’s. At some stage 2 or 3 dogs are likely to come close, hoping for tit-bits. Some look in poor condition, and it is easy to feel sorry for them. These animals may nevertheless lead companionable and playful lives. After lunch a sandy walk around the point is always an inviting prospect. Recently, we were preceded by 3 dogs that had been near us while we ate. It was great to watch them ahead of us, playing happily together on the narrow beach. Here they are…
ABACO SHELTER Comprehensive one-stop site for info, advice, details of clinics, adoption and donations
POTCAKE RESCUE BAHAMAS A Facebook Page that includes an Adopt / Donate facility (via Paypal)
BAHAMAS HUMANE SOCIETY Details of spay /neuter programs, clinics, adoptions, and a donation link
THE POTCAKE FOUNDATION TCI-based, with facts, advice and potcake-tastic merchandise…
ABACO WILDLIFE CHARITIES Rolling Harbour page with links to diverse wildlife charities
If you know of other relevant organisations, I’d be pleased to add them to the list – please COMMENT or EMAIL
NEW Thanks, Melinda from DIVE ABACO, for suggesting adding these links
LITTLE HOUSE BY THE FERRY Amanda’s excellent GTC blog recently posted about the plight of potcakes. Her blog deserves a closer look – there’s a great deal of fascinating information there, both historical and current.
NEW Hollie suggests HUMANE SOCIETY OF GRAND BAHAMA which helped her re-home a potcake
NEW Little House by the Ferry (GTC) has an interesting post about a SPAY CLINIC