Once puppies have been fostered and we are confident that they are healthy, they are put up for adoption.
You can adopt a Potcake and join the growing number of people in the U.S. and Canada giving these fantastic loyal pets a much needed loving home. You can save a life and make a difference in the future of one dog, of your own family, and of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
You'll find the answers to many of your questions below, but if you would like to have a look at the current pups needing a new home, click here.
Each and every potcake pup that we get through our doors is special to us, and every one that we can place into a wonderful forever home, is one less dying needlessly of neglect, abuse, disease or starvation or being euthanized.
Frequently Asked Questions
We carry out background checks and discuss living arrangements with all potential new parents so be ready for a few questions of our own!
How do I adopt?
We are glad you asked…..Adoption is easy. You have to be 25 or over to adopt, and all household members must be aware. This is a 10-15 year commitment so can’t be taken lightly. If you would like to adopt a potcake puppy, please complete the application form and we will be in contact.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for the pups however we do ask for and appreciate a donation that will go some way to cover the given vaccines and wormers and to allow us to bring more pups into care. Additionally, the airlines charge anywhere between $60 and $200 USD for the pup to travel in the cabin. Payment can be made online by credit card or PayPal once the adoption has been confirmed.
How do we get them home?
If you are not traveling to the island of Providenciales, we need to find a volunteer to an airport you could get to. Timing depends on available pups and couriers. We sell you the in cabin pet bag that the pup travels in.
What about health clearance?
All potcakes come with all their medical information, a record card of all of their shots and information, and a Vet’s health certificate. They will have had vaccines and wormers appropriate for their age, but will need the monthly schedule to be completed depending on their age. The health certificate is used for travel and is shown to Customs in the arrival country.
Just as in the US and Canada, we have risks of parvo, distemper, heartworm and ehrlichia here in TCI. The pup is taken in for a health certificate prior to travel and given a full checkup. We also advise and suggest a Vet check within the first week of arrival home. We ask that the pup be put on monthly heartworm preventative, and flea and tick prevention (ehrlichia is carried by ticks, but there is also Lyme disease in the US and Canada), for ongoing health care, as well as to be spayed/neutered when your Vet recommends if not already done so (not until 5/6 months old here).
Where can I see what puppies are ready for adoption?
At any time there may be between 5 to 15 puppies ready and available for immediate adoption into loving forever homes. Potcakes are rescued from around the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. They are examined by a Vet and given all vaccinations appropriate for their age. They are looked after by foster parents on the island until a permanent home can be found and they are given all the medical care they need along with a lot of love. When they are ready for adoption we arrange for the foster parents to bring the pups into Potcake Place for viewings and socialization trips to the beach with prospective families. You can also check our Potcake Place K-9 Adoptions Page on Facebook where we post photos of available pups https://www.facebook.com/potcakeplaceadoptions
Can I change the puppy's name?
Please note that all puppy names are given for reference only, and you will be welcome to rename your pup, and they will only just be at the age for learning their name. Of course, you are welcome to keep the ‘screen’ name if you prefer.
Please only contact us in relation to adoption if you are over 25. You must be the home-owner, or the home-owner must consent.
Ten Considerations Before Adopting
- Adopt a pup for the right reasons - Is this a spur of the moment decision? Did you see a cute furry face on our website? Is it because your children are hounding you for one? Or is it because you have decided that you want the companionship that an animal can provide during its lifetime?
- Consult your entire household - Everyone that has to live with the pup must be in agreement before adopting. We will not adopt pups as 'surprises'. If you are adopting the pup for your children, are you willing to care for the pup once the kids lose interest?
- Consider your lifestyle - Do you travel a lot or work most of the day? Do you have young children or other pets that may not interact well with a new pet? Is an energetic puppy that needs to be house trained, prone to chewing everything, and in need of obedience training right for you?
- Evaluate living accommodations - Many rental places do not allow pets or restrict what type of pet you can have. Do you anticipate a move in the near future?
- Not everyone can live with a dog - Is anyone in your household allergic to dogs? Or is anyone in the house fearful of dogs? The cute 12 lb puppy that you adopt will soon become a large 45 lb dog.
- Time Management - Do you have time to train, socialize, and offer companionship to the pup? Do you have the time to feed, clean up after, groom, exercise and play with the pup? Puppies can not be left alone all day, and so if you work away from home, what plans will you make for the pup during the day - dog walker, doggie day care? If you are busy running around with kids to soccer practice, piano lessons etc. do you have the time and energy to properly house train and socialize a pup?
- Budget Expenses for your pup - Do you have the money to pay for food, toys, bowls, collars, cages, obedience lessons and other such expenses? Do you have the money to pay for visits to the Veterinarian and the proper vaccinations and spay / neuter surgery? What is something happens to your pup and major surgery is required. Do you have the money for that?
- Pets need room to roam - Do you have the appropriate space for the pup / adult dog? Are you looking to adopt a large, energetic dog (once grown) to live in your studio apartment?
- Troubleshooting 101 - Are you prepared to deal with problems that may arise from pet ownership? Chewed or scratched furniture, flea infestations, accidents on the good carpet, behavior problems etc...........
- Prepare for a lifetime commitment - Are you prepared to make a commitment to that pet for its entire lifetime? They don't remain cute, adorable puppies forever. Are you prepared to make the commitment to be a responsible pet owner for the next 10 to 15 years? Do you have a plan in place for your dog if something were to happen to you?