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.