It’s International Potcake Day

What’s a potcake, you ask? And why does it have its own day?

Meet Kismet, a Bahamian potcake currently being fostered by the North Abaco Potcake Rescue. And yes, all potcake pups really are this adorable!

A potcake is a mixed-breed dog, indigenous to the Bahamas or the Turks & Caicos islands. Nobody knows for sure where the name originated, but many Bahamians believe it came from the thick, leftover mixture that remained on the bottom of a pot of rice after multiple reheatings. This “potcake,” as it was known, was often fed to stray mutts.

As many as 10,000 homeless potcakes roam the streets of the Bahamas. It’s heartbreaking to see these malnourished strays foraging for food alongside the road, especially given how sweet, loving and loyal they are.

Happy International Potcake Day!

Chamara Parotti, founder of International Potcake Day, with her own potcake, Dexter.

International Potcake Day was created four years ago by my friend – and one of the kindest, smartest,  funniest people I know – Chamara Parotti.

An animal lover who works at Marsh Harbour’s Island Veterinary Clinic with our vet, Dr. Derrick Bailey, Chamara first conceived of the idea when she adopted her own potcake, Dexter.

“I wasn’t looking for another dog,” she says, but the universe intervened.

Evelyn Osorio Vaccaro was on Abaco, filming her movie It’s A Potcake Life. “I was sitting for my interview for the film,” Chamara says. “And I was so nervous. I couldn’t stop shaking.”

Just then, someone dropped by with a potcake puppy, to try to tempt Chamara into fostering him. “I held him through the interview like a security blanket,” she says. “We’ve been inseparable ever since.”

Celebrating International Potcake Day

Lenny Kravitz and his Bahamian potcake, Leroy Brown, on the cover of Delta’s Sky Magazine.

Chamara originally started International Potcake Day as a response to International Dog Day.

“My goal is to spread the word about how awesome Bahamian potcakes are, to increase overseas adoptions and to increase awareness among locals to #adoptnotshop.”

Paging Lenny Kravitz…

Perhaps two of the best-known Bahamian potcakes are Leroy Brown and Jojo Dancer, both adopted by singer Lenny Kravitz, who also has Bahamian roots.

Chamara says another of her goals is to have Kravitz help raise awareness by posting about his own dogs with the hashtag #InternationalPotcakeDay.

How You Can Help…

  • Raise awareness about Bahamian potcake by using the hashtag #InternationalPotcakeDay on related posts
  • Adopt a Bahamian potcake of your own — they truly are lovely and hardy dogs, and bringing one back from the Bahamas is easier than you think.
  • If you’re flying from the Bahamas to the U.S. or Canada, help transport a Bahamian potcake to its new forever home. Generally speaking, the rescue agency will look after all paperwork and provide the carrier. All you have to do is bring the pup in a carrier onto the plane and keep it under the seat in front of you during the flight.

And of course, if you happen to see Lenny Kravitz today, please ask him to help promote the cause (and make Chamara’s day!) by sharing a photo of his dogs with the hashtag #InternationalPotcakeDay.

Bahamian potcakes have not always received the love and care they deserve. But thanks to the unwavering determination of Chamara and the other kind souls helping to rescue, spay, neuter and find homes for these wonderful dogs, the plight of the Bahamian potcake is improving.

Have a potcake of your own? I’d love to hear about it. Please feel free to share your story below. And if I failed to mention your favourite Bahamian potcake rescue organization from the list above, let me know.

Photo: North Abaco Potcake Rescue

Related Posts:

Help Rescue Bahamian Potcakes Through Amazon Smile
Abaco Potcakes Need Your Help
The Plight of the Bahamian Potcake
How About a Spaycation?
A Successful First Day at the Abaco Spay/Neuter Clinic

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