- While vacationing recently in the Turks and Caicos Islands with her husband, Pam Green
saw an advertisement urging tourists to rescue potcake pups from being euthanized by taking them back to the United States. As the Executive Director of Kent Animal Shelter
, she couldn't resist. Three hours later, Green and four adorable pups arrived at JFK Airport in New York.
Potcakes are a Caribbean breed known to be smart, gentle, loyal, and loving. They grow up to between 35 and 75 pounds, with 45 to 50 pounds being the average. They do well in most climates.
The organization that facilitated Green's potcake adoptions, Potcake Place (www.potcakeplace.com), took care of everything at no cost. Jane Rauw at Potcake Rescue delivered the 10-week-old pups all snuggled up in two small carriers provided, along with their paperwork, to the airport. Green said, "They slept the whole journey cuddled up under the seats." The four pups are now at Kent Animal Shelter, where they are awaiting adoption. They will remain at Kent until they're old enough to be spayed and neutered, about two more weeks.
Green has also rescued pets from St. Croix through an organization called Pets from Paradise. She has partnered with her travel agent and fellow animal lover friend, Fran Meyers of ProTravel in Syosset, to encourage clients traveling to these areas to consider rescuing a pup.
"Unfortunately, these islands may be paradise for us, but they're not for these animals
," said Green. "Overpopulation of animals in poor countries results in too many of them being euthanized and mistreated. It's heart-breaking."
"Long Islanders love to get away to the Caribbean during our coldest months," said Meyers. "This is a great way to give back, just by bringing back a pup. You can keep it or we'll help make sure it gets adopted by a great family."
Meyers said her travel agency gives its clients traveling to the Caribbean detailed information about what's involved and who to contact or they can inquire by calling Pam Green at Kent Animal Shelter. "This is a no-hassle 'Flight for Life,' it does not interfere with the travelers vacation whatsoever", said Green. There may be some small costs and extra arrangements that need to be made to save a potcake. Some airlines, such as American Airlines, charge extra for pet carriers.
For tourists who cannot or do not want to adopt a potcake themselves, Kent Animal Shelter will take the pups, meeting tourists at the airport if needed. And the shelter may be able to reimburse people for carrier costs as well. Kent Animal Shelter will spay and neuter the pups and care for them until they can find forever homes.
Kent Animal Shelter is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization that was established in 1968 as a no-kill haven for abandoned, neglected or abused animals. More information about Kent Animal Shelter is available at www.kentanimalshelter.com.