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Non-profit rescuing dogs from hurricanes

The Potcake Project rescues dogs from Caribbean islands and helps them find homes in the United States. (Source: WECT) The Potcake Project rescues dogs from Caribbean islands and helps them find homes in the United States. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The Potcake Project rescues dogs from Caribbean islands and helps them find homes in the United States.

John Thomas started the organization almost three years ago after seeing the wild and homeless dogs at his vacation home in Turks and Caicos. 

"There is a huge population of feral dogs in Turks and Caicos," Thomas said. 

The name Potcake comes from the Bahamas and is in reference to the pots that the wild dogs eat out of. Thomas said the dogs make great pets. 

"Potcakes are incredibly loyal," he said. "The are very loving. They like to be the leader, but they also follow. I sleep with three to five of them in my bed, so they make great bed partners."

The organization brought 11 dogs to Florida earlier this week from the Turks and Caicos. Thomas said many of them had no where else to go. 

'When Hurricane Irma came it decimated the sanctuary were a lot go these dogs were being kept as foster dogs," said Thomas. "We started a GoFundMe page to help rebuild the shelter and get them to the United States."

Thomas said the charity sparked him to create the Save Dog Project in the Carolinas. An organization that saves dogs in the South and takes them to new homes in the Northeast. 

"We take dogs from the south, where they are probably going to be euthanized, to the North where they actually have a chance," he said. 

The Save Dog Project takes dogs in a retro-fitted van catered that Thomas paid for himself. 

"Helping dogs, saving dogs whether they are potcakes from the Turks and Caicos, or unwanted dogs in North and South Carolina, it just makes me feel great," said Thomas. "It makes me feel fantastic. On my headstone I would rather have something written about me saving dogs as opposed to me making some money. I would prefer that much more."

The group is still working to get more dogs out of the Caribbean and will take 32 dogs to new homes from the Carolinas on Friday. 

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