Dedicated Volunteers Arrange International Adoptions For Island Stray Dogs

Post date: Aug 22, 2019 10:15:15 PM

Westmount Magazine

17 Aug, 2019

By Michael Walsh

I have always been a huge proponent of using shelters to find “forever homes” when deciding to make a puppy part of one’s family.

Did you know that puppies are available for adoption from the Turks and Caicos Islands? 

For the past 17 years a group of dedicated volunteers, under the direction of Jane Parker-Rauw, manage Potcake Place, a facility that fosters and relocates potcake puppies from the island to the mainland (mainly the US and Canada).

The existence of Potcake Place begs the question: how large is the stray dog population on the island? Recent estimates put the number of strays at 5,000 – that’s within a 37 square mile island. To put things in perspective, 100 male and 100 female dogs can produce up to 1,000 puppies per year. Government action has included trapping (and euthanizing) stray dogs in “problem areas”.

Fortunately, Jane Parker-Rauw become cognizant of this problem and decided to become part of the solution. As such, Potcake Place was founded and still, to this day, receives and relocates puppies.

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