Where When How — May/June 2017
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TCSPCA Rescue
Kathi Barrington

HOPE and TRINITY

RARELY HAD THE VOLUNTEERS AT THE TCSPCA BEEN CONFRONTED BY such a devastating injury. The dog they had just rescued was missing much of her rear right leg, with the exposed bone red and angry. It had taken months to rescue her, involving repeated, fruitless visits to the Northwest Point area. Finally, in early February, owners of a condo at Northwest Point Resort called to say the dog was on the property, and the TCSPCA was able to capture her, using a baited trap.

Once safely at Pampered Paws, they were able to examine her. It appeared that she had been secured by, or somehow caught up in, wire. Whatever happened, she had endured agony for a very long time.

Named Hope by TCSPCA’s partners at Pampered Paws, she was made comfortable, fed, watered and loved. With a comfy bed, massive antibiotics and pain medication, Hope showed her sweet disposition and willingness to please. She was surely a candidate for rehab, especially because she had tested negative for both heartworm and Ehrlichia, two major killers of dogs in the TCI.

Condo owners Margaret and Tom McFarlane, and Kathy and Tom Lamb, who helped capture Hope, sponsored her stay and medical care at Pampered Paws while TCSPCA Director Susan Blehr got on the phone.

The North Shore Animal League agreed to take Hope in and treat her, as they have done with many ‘special need’ potcakes from the Turks and Caicos. When Hope was strong enough, and vigorously wagging her tail at her many visitors, she was scheduled to be spayed, before being flown to the States. The vets discovered that she had already had that surgery. Somebody had owned this poor girl.

Pampered Paws’ Jasmine Young and her boyfriend Tim couriered Hope and another rescued potcake to JFK, along with three kittens going to their new homes. Super couriers, fazed by nothing.

The veterinary arm of the NSAL amputated Hope’s injured leg in early March, and renamed her Trinity. One of her caregivers reported: “She is doing great. She's walking around, is already housebroken and super sweet. Everyone here loves her.”

On March 15th Trinity was given medical clearance and put up for adoption. Soon she will have a family of her own. As animal rescue people know, three legged animals do amazingly well, and these special needs dogs and cats are adopted far more easily than the average ‘regular’ older dog.

UPDATE: Trinity was adopted two days later, on St. Patrick’s Day. This gentle two year old tripod now has a loving home of her own.

This rescue was possible because the TCSPCA has caring partners both on and off island, and because volunteers and tourists elect to courier the animals to those partners. If you would like to help all the animals of the TCI, please visit the website and donate via PayPal. The TCSPCA is a non-profit organisation of volunteers, and is entirely dependent on fundraising projects and your generosity. Visit www.tcspca.tc today.

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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