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SI Swimsuit Travels to Puppy Paradise

Swim Search finalists Clarissa Bowers and Tanaye White volunteer at animal shelter

This past February SI Swimsuit traveled to the Grace Bay Resort in Turks & Caicos for our Swim Search finalists’ photo shoot. When they weren’t needed in front of the camera, the models explored the island. Clarissa Bowers and Tanaye White were the lucky two whose off-time involved snuggling puppies at a dog rescue shelter.


At Potcake Place visitors can volunteer to “hangout” with a dog for the day. This allows the rescuees to acclimate to people while they wait for the perfect parent to adopt them. This system seriously works wonders: there were no poorly behaved pups in the shelter.

Tanaye, Clarissa and their canine companions had a day walking around town, exploring the beach, and of course, lots of cuddling. It was the best kind of mutually beneficial situation. The only drawback was having to say goodbye at the end of the day. Everyone who leaves the shelter emptyhanded can be caught frantically texting a family member in an attempt to convince them they need a dog.

If you're headed to Turks & Caicos, you can help by bringing down some supplies to the shelter. It is run entirely by an incredible group of unpaid volunteers. You can sign up to help in the shelter or escort a rescue animal for the day. To find out more about ways to help, visit