We work hard to make sure that we take care of all of our Potcakes here at Pop's Shelter. But, unfortunately we can't do it without people like you and your donations of time and money. So, if you ever feel like you want to be a part of our family and help some of the best animals around, check us out. Contact us at abacoshelter@gmail.com


We have many success stories of our wonderful rescued Potcakes that have been so lucky to find their forever homes. Join the family and adopt an adult dog today! Contact us for more information at abacoshelter@gmail.com


Where we Began

Abaco Shelter is a sanctuary for stray and abandoned dogs and is located at the site of the old Abaco dump, Abaco, The Bahamas. As the island’s only shelter, it is well maintained and affords green spaces for dogs to exercise whilst providing adequate shelter in the form of covered areas and hand made wooden kennels. These serve as secure places for pups to grow in safety, and havens for those in need of special care.

The shelter was the brainchild of Willis Weatherford, a local resident and retired businessman, who in 2010, helped by a few dedicated volunteers, began construction of a secure structure to house Abaco’s homeless dogs. His vision of creating a safe environment for the stray dog population had begun, and the first dogs and puppies rescued from the streets were introduced to their new shelter home. It was certainly the first time any of them would have experienced regular food, soft sleeping quarters, and loving human hands, the sight of which provided a rich reward for Willis and his shelter volunteers. Since Willis’retirement in 2012, the shelter has continued to flourish and grow as a result of the leadership of a few very devoted volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the health and happiness of all dogs in their care.

As the only facility of its kind on the island, Abaco Shelter is an extremely valuable resource. Not only does it provide a place for needy animals to live in safety, it also caters for their physical well being. The shelter aims to spay and neuter all the dogs and provide them with essential medications and veterinary care. It facilitates adoptions, animal welfare education, and flights for pups en route to homes in the USA. In order to do this, and to provide all animals with a nourishing diet, financial donations from the public are essential. The shelter runs completely on voluntary aid.

If you would like to help us with this immensely rewarding, and literally, life saving organization, please contact us at abacoshelter@gmail.com. Any assistance you can offer, particularly if you can volunteer a few hours a week to help at the shelter, would be wonderful.
Be assured that our warm and friendly helpers will welcome you with open arms, and our dogs with the biggest smiles and the waggiest of tails.




-The Mobile Clinic - 

After Hurricane Dorian devestated our shelter we met so many kind and generous people and organizations. There are so many to thank for helping the dogs of Abaco, and who continue to help the Abaco Shelter move on, rebuild and continue the work we have been doing.
Abaco Shelter was donated by IFAW building materials to replace the roofs on the building. They also donated a truck for us to be able to continue our work in the
community. We want to thank them as this is really huge for the shelter. 
Abaco Shelter has been donation funds to help with rebuilding by American Humane. We are thankful for this generous

assistance to help us make our shelter secure

and to continue to be able to help the dogs in

Abaco Shelter has been donated a Spay &

Neuter Clinic to assist in our clinics through-

out Abaco. Below is listed the names of those

we would like to thank. We are deeply

appreciative of your hard work and dedication

to seeing the mobile clinic project through. 
                                                                                                     Thanks goes out to:
                                                                www.bullies.n.beyond.rescue.com (Maria)
                                                              www.southfloridalendinghands.org (Frank)

 (Lucy & Brandon Samuels)
Alan Egect at Ace Construction
Pedro Alvarez
Anthony Vessillo
Maritza and Denis Moreno
Keystone Builders, Inc
And many more who helped in any way make this happen! There are so many to thank for helping the dogs of Abaco, and who continue to help the Abaco Shelter move on, rebuild and continue the work we have been doing.
And many more who helped in any way make this happen

We know you are excited about adopting a Potcake. After discussing with you what you are looking for in your special friend we can introduce you to one or several Potcakes that we think fit your criteria. We have strict guidelines on adoption and require an application be filled out by every prospective adopter. We love our dogs to the moon and back and want to ensure that they are in the forever home that is right for them and you. Contact us today for more information. abacoshelter@gmail.com