"I started getting into rescue unofficially, by picking them up and adopting them out, and it snowballed," she recalls. "I thought, there has to be a better way. If we can start doing some spaying and neutering, [providing] education and adopting the puppies out, we're going to see a difference."
Potcake Place , which she registered as a charity in 2004, runs entirely by volunteer staff. The adoption center serves as the home base for a network of foster homes and daily puppy playdates for travelers on the island. No surprise, tourists immediately began falling for the dogs' loving eyes and sweet demeanors.