This Friday, September 16 is International Potcake Day.

Founded in 2014 by Abaco’s own Chamara Parotti, animal lover and vet assistant extraordinaire, International Potcake Day was created to draw attention to the plight of Bahamian potcakes and stray dogs worldwide.

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A potcake at Abaco Shelter. Photo courtesy of Sea Turtle Creative.

Have you adopted a Bahamian potcake? If so, please share your potcake adoption story this Friday on social media, using the hashtag #InternationalPotcakeDay.

Don’t have a potcake? No worries! Chamara encourages you to commemorate International Potcake Day by donating to an animal shelter and using social media to encourage others to do the same. Again, please use the hashtag #InternationalPotcakeDay.

Looking for a shelter to support? Please consider contributing to the Abaco Shelter, the only sanctuary for stray and abandoned dogs in Abaco, Bahamas. Abaco Shelter provides a safe home and essential veterinary care for stray dogs, offers spay and neuter services to reduce the stray population and facilitates adoptions.

Funded only through public donations and operated 100% by volunteers, the facility rescues and cares for dozens of dogs each year, including Cassie, who you’ll meet below.

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A potcake at Abaco Shelter. Photo courtesy of Sea Turtle Creative.

To learn more about the Abaco Shelter, here’s a recent video shot at the shelter by Sea Turtle Creative. Or, have a look at It’s a Potcake Life, a wonderful documentary by Evelyn Vaccaro.

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A potcake at Abaco Shelter. Photo courtesy of Sea Turtle Creative.
MEET CASSIE

Cassie and her seven brothers and sisters are recent Abaco Shelter rescues. Born to a stray dog on a construction site, she and her siblings were rescued by shelter volunteers when they were about 8 weeks old.

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Cassie – photo courtesy of Abaco Shelter.

Sadly, Cassie’s start to life was especially difficult – she already had a broken leg.

And yet, while her siblings are shy and timid (not surprising, given that they had no early human contact), Cassie is frisky and friendly.

Now about 15 weeks old, Cassie manages to get around ok, despite her injury. But she needs corrective surgery.

And since the treatment she needs isn’t available in Abaco, she’ll have to be transported to the U.S. or Canada.

The Abaco Shelter is in desperate need of both funds to assist Cassie and a foster or furever family willing to ensure she gets the necessary care and recovery she needs.

HOW YOU CAN HELP CASSIE AND HER FRIENDS AT ABACO SHELTER
  • Donate! Abaco Shelter relies 100% on public donations to fund their ongoing activities. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated.
  • Volunteer – if you’re around Abaco, consider volunteering a few hours a week to help at the shelter. Learn more by emailing abacoshelter@gmail.com
  • Adopt – Potcakes are truly lovely dogs — sweet and incredibly smart. If you’ve got room in your family for an Abaco potcake, download an adoption application and email the completed form to abacoshelter@gmail.com
  • Help transport an Abaco Shelter dog to its foster family or new furever home. If you’re flying from Abaco to the U.S. or Canada — by commercial or private plane — and can carry one or more dogs with you, contact the shelter at abacoshelter@gmail.com

A million thanks to Abaco Shelter and their dedicated group of volunteers for all they do for our furry friends in Abaco. And thanks to Chamara, for creating International Potcake Day to bring attention to these – and all – pups in need.

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