Screw It, Let's All Go To This Island Where You Can Play With Rescue Puppies


    I'm not even going to bore you with a pithy little intro here, because 🚨 THERE IS AN ISLAND WHERE YOU CAN PLAY WITH ADORABLE RESCUE PUPPIES 🚨.

    It's true. Potcake Place, a dog rescue charity on the tiny Caribbean island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, lets visitors bring puppies to nearby beaches to help them learn how to socialize with people before they go to their forever homes.

    Jane Parker-Rauw founded Potcake Place in 1997 after noticing how many puppies were roaming around the island. The shelter now helps more than 500 of them get adopted every year.

    But since many of the pups were wary around people, she decided in 2010 to let locals and tourists hang out with them for a few hours every day on "puppy socialization walks."

    Lucky visitors can take the dogs to the beach in the morning before the sand gets too hot so they can frolic, splash around, and get comfortable around humans.

    And, it turns out, her idea was a good one. "We have found these short puppy excursions to be invaluable to the puppy's development," she told BuzzFeed.

    Unsurprisingly, the demand for a walk can get high in busy tourist seasons.

    And even though it looks like a fun tourist activity, Parker-Rauw emphasizes that the walks are more than just an Instagram opportunity.