September 18, 2019

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Danny, one of five potcake dogs rescued from The Bahamas, is being fostered in Key Largo by Amelia Moura.

Contributed Danny, one of five potcake dogs rescued from The Bahamas, is being fostered in Key Largo by Amelia Moura.

KEY LARGO — When 50 Bahamian “potcakes” disembarked from their yacht voyage last week, MarrVelous Pet Rescue claimed five of the Hurricane Dorian-spared street dogs in hopes of finding homes for them in the Florida Keys.

Rescue coordinator Ann Sandlin said it was the right thing to do.

“MarrVelous Pet Rescue was happy to be a part of the group effort that needed to provide care and homes,” she said. “Learning of the plans from a stellar fellow rescue group, Good Karma Pet Rescue in Broward County, we committed to assist where we could best serve, and that was in the care and rehoming for some of the Bahamian potcakes in need.

“Many of us in the Keys have kindred feelings toward our neighboring islands and so many local humanitarian efforts were being done. We knew we had to help too.”

If more potcakes are brought over, Sandlin said the local rescue, foster and adoption group will step up to take more of the mixed-breed island dogs.

Paychex founder and philanthropist Tom Golisano loaned his yacht Laurel to evacuate dogs from the Humane Society in Nassau. The shelter needed to make room for animals that survived Dorian’s decimating blow to Grand Bahama, Abaco and Marsh Harbour.

The five dogs in the Keys are currently being quarantined at the homes of foster families, according to Sandlin. They range in age from 6 months to about three years.

Amelia Moura is fostering the only male dog in the group, “Danny.”

“He is an absolute darling. He’s a cuddle bug and has a great disposition,” Moura said. “I think he’s just happy to be in a home. I love him.”

Danny has the markings of a Rottweiler with distinctive eyebrows, only he’s much smaller at 23 pounds. He’s about six months old and healthy, Moura said.

The potcakes’ journey has been long, but they’re on the road to recovery, Sandlin said.

“They’re all sweet and gentle. They’re happy little creatures. They all have in common a sweet nature and the distinguishing look of a potcake pup,” Sandlin said. “Sadly, three have tested positive for heartworm disease, several for tick-related illnesses, and they exhibit generally poor nutritional health and are all underweight.”

Many Caribbean islands are overpopulated with street dogs. People often put food scraps with the burnt rice stuck to the bottom of a pot outside their doors to feed the dogs, hence the name “potcakes.”

“While the treatment and healing process has begun for these dogs, we will gladly accept any contribution towards their healthcare and needs,” Sandlin said. “We are accepting applications for their future forever homes.

MarrVelous Pet Rescue is located at 99900 Overseas Highway in Key Largo. For more information on the Bahamian dogs or MarrVelous Pet Rescue, call 305-453-1315.

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