The Humane Society of Grand Bahama is a private, non-profit, charitable organization committed to alleviating animal over-population on the island, and further committed to the overall welfare of all animals of Grand Bahama.The majority of the dogs are of mixed breeds, locally referred to as “Potcakes.” This name is derived from a popular dish there, peas and rice. The “cake” that sticks to the bottom of the pot was usually thrown into the yard for the dogs (and in many cases, it still is). Potcakes are an officially recognized breed in the Bahamas!
Potcakes typically have smooth, short fur with little or no undercoat, cocked ears, a hound-like rib cage and long terrier-shaped faces. More rare are the shaggy or rough-coated Potcakes. The “typical” Potcake is brown, but colors range from party (brindle) to black, white, cream, yellow, and red. Adults stand about 24 inches high at the shoulder. Normal adult weight is 25 pounds in the bush, but once healthy and homed, they can weigh 30-45 pounds, depending upon bone structure.
We have sponsored Paula. She is waiting for a loving home, and so many others are as well. Please click above and you will be redirected to the HSGB page. Then click the blue sponsor button to help with the funds needed to feed and care for these beautiful animals. We can’t save them all, but we can all try and sponsor one or two until they do find a home. Thanks in advance.
Order a dog leash now from Potcake Collars. Our leashes are available to match all of our beautiful tropical collars. Be sure to deck your favorite four legged friend out in the highest quality and very durable Potcake Collars and accessories.
Guava is a handsome Potcake puppy from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama. This little boy was rescued from an egg farm. He’s a a super snuggler, is crate-trained, house broken and is learning his basic command. Guava plays well with other dogs and is food motivated. If you would like to meet this precious pup, please complete an online Adoption Application at www.outpaws.com.
Happy New Year POTCAKErs !!!
2014 is here and we are off and running here at Potcake Collars. My little creation, of tropical dog wear, continues to grow each year. I try and figure out new ways to help our four legged Bahamian friends through this small garage business. The recent addition of the popular new potcake t-shirts will help to promote awareness of the plight of the island dogs and will also help contribute financially to rescue organizations that work tirelessly to save and find homes for potcake dogs in need of help.
The Human Society of Grand Bahama will be the first beneficiary of the proceeds in 2014. A portion of shirts sold between now and April 1st will be donated to HSGB to help with there rescue efforts.
The Humane Society of Grand Bahama is a private, non-profit, charitable organization committed to alleviating animal over-population on our island, and further committed to the overall welfare of all animals on the island of Grand Bahama.
The Humane Society of Grand Bahama was founded in 1968 to provide safe harbour for the island’s homeless and abused animals. We are a private, non-profit charitable organization governed by an active and energetic Board of Directors. We are the only animal welfare organization on the island, which encompasses 530 square miles and has the Bahamas’ second largest urban area (Freeport).The island’s human population is over 50,000.
I am happy to report Peaches the potcake has been adopted. She now has a family, thanks to her new owners Misti and Gary, and Peaches now has a sister. Misti and Gary adopted their first potcake just about a year ago. Sapona the potcake is from Bimini. They fell in love with her and when she saw Peaches’ story and pics they could not help but add another potcake to the mix. They now have dogs from Bimini and Grand Bahama to accompany a flock of parrots they have taken in over the years. We are very happy for Peaches and her new family. Misti and Gary are owners and publishers of the Coastal Angler Magazines. Hopefully we will soon see a potcake article in one of their magazines
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Peaches, a “purebred Potcake” from Freeport is looking for a new home. She is not even 6 months old. Peaches was adopted from the HSGB as a tiny puppy and has been in a loving home with a fur sibling and three girls aged 10 to 15. The family is having some sort of a crisis and the mom and the girls will go back to Alaska until at least next summer. The older dog and dad are staying in Freeport. Go figure???? anyhow, they decided to give up little Peaches. Tip, that runs HSGB, didn’t want to bring her back to the shelter for obvious reasons and was lucky to find a lady who flew over last Sunday and was willing to bring Peaches over.
Peaches (we think she looks more like a “Foxy”) is fostered by Mandy, Mike and their two 4-legged kids. She is doing great. She was at the dog park yesterday and loved it. Peaches loves to play and to cuddle. Anyone that is looking to adopt a great little Potcake please email me for more information at email@example.com
This is her on the right.
Potcake Puppy lift update:
The reason why we have not had a puppy lift for a while is that Delta doesn’t accept our Bahamian health certificates anymore. They want health certificates issued by a US vet which is financially and logically impossible for us. We are working and trying to convince Delta . Can you imagine, if Delta flew cargo out of Freeport they would accept Bahamian health certificates for the dogs to travel anywhere in the US… and why should Delta care where the health certificate is issued if the dogs have already cleared customs well before boarding any Delta aircraft. Very frustrating……..
The Potcake Puppy Lift for tomorrow has been canceled due to possible heavy storm activity. The HSGB is trying to reschedule next week. Stay tuned. See our Facebook page for updates.
T I K I
I am very happy to introduce Tiki Marie.
On Friday I helped out with round 2 of the 2013 Potcake Puppy Lift. Let’s just say round 2 did not go quite as smoothly as round 1 did. The day started with the plane being delayed leaving Freeport. It landed in Fort Lauderdale, cleared customs, and then waited for an hour until the control tower cleared the plane to cross the busy runway. Unfortunately the first batch of dogs missed their connecting flight to Denver. Thanks to Heike and the volunteers plan B was put into action. Tip from the HSGB also helped to coordinate the hurdles and eventually all the dogs made it to their final destinations. In total, over the two lifts, 170 dogs and 3 kittens were airlifted out of the Bahamas. That is just awesome! Great job to everyone involved with this year’s lift.
I was very fortunate to meet a pup that caught my eye. A little 18 pounder, with the name Mulan, was in one of the first couple crates to be wheeled off the plane. Everyone in my house has been bummed out since losing Mako last month, and I have been wanting to find the perfect big eared potcake to bring into our family. I walked her and quickly began to realize that she maybe the one. Later I spoke to Heike and Ken about her. They said hang out with her and make sure she was what I was looking for. It did not take long before I pulled the trigger. It was definitley the right decision. We have taken her into our home and we are all smiles.
I later found out her story. Members of the HSGB were in the process of trying to catch another dog they had been trying to catch for weeks. It was in a seedy industrial area of Freeport, and they heard a puppy crying. She was found in a junkyard and locked in an old broke down bus. The floor was covered in feces and there were some empty styrofoam containers but no food or water at that time. No one was around so they took her back to HSGB. She was a little scared at first but very sweet and quickly discovered the joy of being clean, running, playing, and just being a dog.
We decided on Tiki Marie for her new name. I chose Tiki because of my love for tiki bars and huts everywhere, and Marie was Mako’s middle name. It just seemed right to have a little of Mako in her, and Tiki is a very cute name that fits her looks and personality. You will be seeing a lot of her. TIKI is now the new face of Potcake Collars, and an ambassador to promote the awareness of the plight of potcake dogs from the Bahamas and Caribbean.
We were very fortunate to be able to help out with the Potcake Puppy Lift of 2013. I would like to thank Tip and everyone at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama for putting together such a great event. Also, thank you Heike. You did an amazing job organizing the Fort Lauderdale leg of the journey… and of course, Thanks to all the volunteers that helped out today as well.
About 90 puppies and dogs were airlifted out of Freeport and landed in Fort Lauderdale. Everyone worked together to walk the dogs and clean the cages. The transfer to Delta Cargo was executed flawlessly. It is such a rewarding experience to help these beautiful animals. A chance at a good life. These dogs will be headed around the country to different rescue organizations that have agreed to find them loving homes. A big thanks goes to them too.
ADOPT a POTCAKE!!!