Where When How — March/April 2017
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TCSPCA Rescue
Kathi Barrington

GRAND TURK TCSPCA VOLUNTEER, CHRIS, GOT A CALL from a woman who had discovered two puppies in an abandoned shed. Chris and friends Lisa and Cynthia, investigated.

They found the very frightened pups in an abandoned building, and gently placed them in a portable kennel. During a stop at the grocery store for puppy food, Chris took a closer look at the orphans. She discovered the little black male was missing half of his back right leg.

Lisa and Cynthia fostered the pups until they were sent to the TCSPCA on Providenciales. During this time Chris emailed a photo of the male’s leg to Dr. Meghann kruck. She said he’d been born that way, and was thankfully not the victim of intentional cruelty or some other disaster.

On Providenciales, TCSPCA Director Susan Blehr turned the pup over to the superb foster mum Pauline. Under her care, the little guy, now called Timi, thrived. Pauline called Janice (owner of another potcake, Cheynie), who works with the North Shore Animal League in New York. This rescue organisation often accepts potcakes into their medical programs, so Janice said to send Timi up to her.

In early March, Janice met the tourists who’d couriered the puppies to Jfk. Peering into the carrier, she saw a little black ball of fur, with huge scared eyes. He was smaller than the female pup sharing his carrier bag.

At Janice’s, Timi and his travel mate met another group of foster puppies, and two year old Cheynie, who helps Janice acclimatise travel weary pups, prior to their move to the North Shore hospital.

Timi wanted to play with the older dog, from the moment he ‘landed’ in Janice’s home. “He was very game. Timi tried to keep up with the rougher puppies, but with his small size and impaired leg, he tired quickly. He was inquisitive, adventurous and cuddly. A big personality in such a tiny pup.” Janice said.

Little Timi won her over in barely two days. She called North Shore to admit she had failed as a foster Mum. “I won’t be bringing Timi in with the other pups,” she confessed to the NSAL staff.

North Shore’s staff was aware of Timi’s leg issue, and told Janice if she brought him in now, and then medically fostered him prior to adoption, North Shore would take care of all his medical needs, including a prosthetic leg. That is how it all went down. She adopted Timi in May, and in November, he was fitted for his new leg.

Dr. Mark Verdino, Chief of Staff at North Shore’s veterinary centre, and his assistant, Howard Schwartz, presented Janice and Timi with his new leg in early December. The team was pleased with his initial acceptance of this new leg and confident that he will learn to trust it, put weight on it, and run with it. His next evaluation was scheduled in February, 2017.

Janice told them: “No matter the outcome, Timi is our Timi, with or without his new leg. He is an amazing little guy, not to mention Cheynie’s best friend. I couldn’t be happier to be a failure foster mum.”

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR RESCUE, FOSTER, ADOPTION, DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS AND COURIERS OF POTCAKE PUPPIES AND KITTENS

TCSPCA - Turks & Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Providenciales 649-231-3052 - 941-8846 - susan@tcspca.tc - www.TCSPCA.tc - Grand Turk 241-4378

TAKE A POTCAKE FOR A WALK ON THE BEACH, 10AM-1PM, CLOSED SUNDAYS

Potcake Place at The Saltmills - 649-231-1010 - mail@PotcakePlace.com - www.PotcakePlace.com
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