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NWR: Puppy Adoption Question

So FI and I are going to Turks and Caicos for our HM, and there is what seems to be, a large adoption center for potcake puppies/dogs.  Has anyone heard of this before or happen to know anyone who has adopted a dog from the islands? FI and I are pretty set on doing it b/c we've wanted a dog for awhile and plan on moving to a pet-friendly apartment by the summer. Any thoughts are much appreciated!!

http://www.potcakeplace.com/index.php

http://www.potcake.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potcake_dog
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    Why wouldn't you want to adopt something local?
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    edited February 2012
    I'm not against adopting anything local, I just had read a lot about this when I was researching Turks and Caicos.  Also, the islands have a large problem with stray dogs so they are trying to get them adopted. A lot of dogs are being killed, hurt, etc. so it seems like a great cause.  I was more curious to see if anyone had heard of this or knew someone who had adopted a dog from the islands.
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    I only knew of one couple who adopted a dog while on a honeymoon.  They were in Belize and it was completely unplanned but the wife wouldn't have it any other way.  They still have this dog 10 years later.  Actually it was just a street dog and no adoption took place.  They just took the little dog after seeing her on the streets for a week!

    There are so many unwanted animals in the world.  Adoption is the best option!  It might be more difficult to adopt overseas with customs and all. 

    Will you be in your pet-friendly apartment before the HM?  So you know what the exact clause is and everything?
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    I'll talk to my friend who works at an animal hospital to see if he knows anything about them.  I've never heard of potcake dogs.  Cute name, though.  :)
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    Gina-- That's such a sweet story about your friends!! Our lease now runs up in May, so we are looking to move in to a new place on June 1, and one of our non-negotiables is pet-friendly, so ideally we will be in the right situation come July! 

    K8888- Thanks  so much! That's really sweet of you :) If you have any suggestions of local pet adoption places in NJ let me know.  I grew up in Bergen County and am finishing my Master's at Montclair, so I'm always in NJ!
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    I'd read into the customs of what it takes (quarantine, do you have to travel there with your own airline approved crate, etc) to bring an animal in from the Turks.  Just so you are prepared cost wise, etc.

    A pro of adopting locally is that if for some reason the dog isn't meshing with your lifestyle, many adoption agencies will take the dog back (you'll have to ask).

    PS - I am an adoption counselor for my rescue.  I'd contact them previously, maybe there is application you have to fill out prior, if they are that kind of place.  Wil you have to pay for the neuter surgery or will they already be fixed, etc?  Get some more research.
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