Turks & Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- “A voice for those who cannot speak.”
The TCSPCA is the oldest and most acknowledged animal welfare organization in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Since 1998, the TCSPCA has worked tirelessly to promote kindness, responsibility, and compassion towards animals. The vast majority of the animals they help are Potcakes.
What exactly is a Potcake? A Potcake is the island name for many of the indigenous pups found in Turks and Caicos. These dogs can come in all sorts of colors, shapes, lengths, and sizes. They do have one thing in common, though; they’re all adorable! Their cute name comes from a Bahamian term for what they call the hard caked-on rice at the bottom of a pan, which these dogs were traditionally fed.
Who is the TCSPCA?
The Turks & Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a registered charity in the TCI that helps fight animal neglect and abuse. They save the lives of mistreated animals and help spay and neuter to prevent the birth of unwanted animals. The organization helps hundreds of animals every year who are in the hands of abusive, careless, or negligent owners. The team is led by a group of passionate volunteers who donate their time, energy, and resources to help these helpless animals.
What does the TCSPCA do?
They’re the top animal rescue association in the Turks and Caicos. If the team gets a call an animal is in danger, you bet there will be volunteers crawling through bushes, risking traffic, or doing whatever it takes to ensure that animal returns to safety.
All injured or sick animals are treated with immediate medical attention and either placed in a safe foster home, or at Pampered Paws, a safe haven for animals to heal and revolver from ailments like broken bones, embedded collars, car accidents, mange, animal attacks, and heartworm disease, among many others.
How can you help the animals of Turks and Caicos?
The TCSPCA is dependent upon fundraising and donations from fellow animal-loving people across the globe. All proceeds go to either their spay/neuter/wellness clinics, cover other medical costs, or pay for everyday essentials like food, vaccinations, and grooming.
The organization holds annual events every year to help raise awareness for animal abuse. They hold a Beach BBQ in July, hosted by Bay Bistro, and a Dog Show in November, sponsored by Turtle Cove Marina, which are the biggest fundraisers each year.