Turks and Caicos Potcake

Most visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands plan on bringing home some souvenirs, great memories and a golden suntan.

But some visitors also board their return flight with one of the island’s unofficial national treasures – a Turks and Caicos potcake.

Potcakes are mixed breed dogs from the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.  Local residents used to feed stray dogs a congealed rice and peas mixture called potcake, and the phrase for the table scraps soon became the name of these lovable dogs.

Potcakes generally enjoy a reputation for being loyal and intelligent.  While their appearance varies, most of these dogs have smooth coats and long faces. They usually grow to between 40 and 55 pounds in size.

The Alexandra Resort recently announced its support of Potcake Place, which is offering a first ever free spay and neuter program in conjunction with Pets Without Vets, a volunteer-based veterinarian organization. Alexandra Resort has donated the accommodations for the group of vets coming to Turks and Caicos in October.

Up to 18 veterinary medical personnel will participate in the program.  The Alexandra Resort will provide complimentary resort accommodations to the team of volunteers when they visit the island in October.

During the five-day visit by the veterinary volunteers, all animals brought to the clinic will receive a free rabies and five-in-one vaccination in addition to being spayed or neutered.

The program is being spearheaded by the newly formed Animal Welfare Committee, which includes representatives from Potcake Place, Zero Tolerance Committee, Department of Agriculture, Government of Turks and Caicos Islands, the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board and the Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association.

Potcake Place on Providenciales has a terrific adoption program in place. For more information about the Pets without Vets program and to learn how to adopt a potcake when you enjoy a Turks and Caicos vacation, visit  www.potcakeplace.com.

11 Responses to “Turks and Caicos Potcake”

  1. Cinthia says:

    Thank you Alexandra Resort for donating rooms for the vets and working with the awesome people at Potcake Place. Warms my heart to know there’s other people who care about these beautiful dogs.

    • Sue Nickason says:

      Thanks for your kind note. We look forward to supporting the program and welcoming the veterinary personnel to the resort in October.

  2. Gena Wilder says:

    Your national treasure, the Potcake, and your beautiful Grace Bay are the 2 reasons that have kept me coming back to the Turks and Caicos Islands for the last 25 years. Kudos for being the 1st resort to offer substantial support to the POTCAKES. Wish the other local businesses and resorts would follow your lead. Thanks for being a trailblazer Alexandra Resort!!!

  3. Ginneygun says:

    So excited to come to your island for the first time. We chose your resort because of what you are doing for the potcakes! We can’t bring a potcake home but we will do what we can when we arrive! BIG LOVE!

    • Sue Nickason says:

      Thank you Ginny. We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Turks and Caicos and we are thrilled that you chose the Alexandra Resort for your first visit to Providenciales. You picked a perfect place to stay!

  4. Louise Ables says:

    One of the big reasons we have chosen your resort to stay during May, 2014 is because of your support for such an important cause. Excited about coming but also dreading the heartbreak of seeing these dogs. We are arriving with the thought that if we can make a difference for even one, that will be the best thing we can come away with. Can you tell us how far away you are from Potcake Place in Saltmills Plaza? We have signed up to be couriers and certainly want to walk the dogs that need to have further socialization & a chance to get out of their kennel for a few hours. Thank you and thank you for what you are doing!

    • Sue Nickason says:

      Thank you for choosing the Alexandra Resort for your upcoming vacation and for supporting Potcake Place. We are located about a 5 minute drive or 15-20 minute walk from Potcake Place. They will be very glad to see you! If there is anything else we can do to help you plan your upcoming trip please don’t hesitate to ask.

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