Published on Feb 20, 2015JoJo the friendly bottle nose dolphin that lives around the Turks and Caicos Islands has sustained an injury. This video shows that he is still behaving normally (for him!) even though he has a big gash probably from a boat propellor. He is well on the way to healing now. -full video history from Jan 15, 2014
(Please remember if you encounter JOJO with a motor craft. Continue to drive in a straight line, JoJo is happy to dart around you and can do so without injury. He cannot predict your movements though. Please take care, help portect JoJo and his free pod in the Turks & Caicos.)
A different kind of TBT for me. You are looking at a defining moment in my life. PLEASE read what I have to say in its entirety. Thank you. Sandy McElhaney.
My name is Sandy McElhaney. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Maryland. For over a decade I served as Director of Prevention for the National Mental Health Association. In this capacity I helped communities across the United States adopt researched and validated programs for the prevention of mental disorders. I advised federal agencies and congressional staff, served on the planning consortium for Healthy People 2010, the Nation’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives and also as a member of President Clinton’s White House Conference on School Safety. I have authored numerous publications in my field.
“Our” dolphin was a calf named Bimini. Bimini’s job was to slap her tail and pose for pictures. She wanted NOTHING to do with it. She just wanted to do what kids do: She wanted to play. After a while, the trainer sent her off. In her place, came Cherie. One by one we lined up to kiss her. My turn finally came...I was eye to eye with her...then I saw the look...the same look that I had seen so many times in 2008...at the oncologist’s office...in the chemo suite...and in the mirror. The look of complete despair...of hopelessness...of a soul trying to find a life she once had.Read More....
Currently our volunteers go into the communities on Providenciales, Grand Turk and Middle Caicos to pick up animals for surgery and return them to their owners. Through the support of the community the TCSPCA has performed over 2500 spay/neuter surgeries. Each animal receives rabies & distemper vaccination, a vaccination certificate, and an id tag. Responsible pet ownership is discussed with the family and they are left with our pet care brochure.
Projects include the annual Christmas Fair, TCSPCA Dog Show, and our yearly calendar showcasing all the animals we have helped.
Other sources of revenue come from membership fees, private donations of money and pet related products including veterinary supplies and grants from the Potcake Foundation and the government Conservation Fund.
All animals in distress are rescued and placed with volunteers to recuperate. We work in conjunction with the Turks and Caicos Islands Fire and Rescue Service and individuals with specialized rescue skills.
Our “Red Bag” project is dedicated to picking up dead animals from roadways & private homes for the Turks and Caicos Islands Environmental Health Dept. to collect.
Fostering is done in private homes by our volunteers. The program is limited to 10 animals at any one time. Our preference is to adopt on island since it gives us an opportunity to involve families in pet care and to promote spay/neuter of other animals they might own.
A small number are adopted off-island and the donations of monies and pet products we receive from these adoptions go to support our other programs. Each animal is checked by a veterinarian and receives its vaccinations and an adoption certificate.
At least once a year we visit every Turks and Caicos Islands school to talk about responsible pet ownership. Our costumed mascot “Lucky, the Potcake” accompanies us to show children how to handle and care for dogs. We are working on getting the schools to incorporate our educational package into the school curriculum.
We visit communities to demonstrate how to bath animals to rid them of ticks, fleas and mange. In the near future we will be have a column in the weekly newspapers dedicated to animal issues. We also give guest lectures about animal issues to various organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis and the Hotel Association.
We are working closely with the Turks and Caicos Islands government to develop a comprehensive Animal Control & Welfare plan for the country.
This plan includes the hiring of staff and setting up policies and procedures to deal with such issues as stray animals, dog registration, cruelty and the enforcement of the newly passed Dog Control Ordinance.
We are also lobbying government to put the proper procedures and policies in place to qualify the country for the Pet Passport Scheme.
We assist residents & hotels in how to deal with problems of stray or feral dogs on their property.
The TCSPCA, in conjunction with the Pegasus Foundation and WSPA, is working to improve the conditions at the horse and donkey pound in Grand Turk and to come up with long term solutions for these animals.
We are also working with residents on Pine Cay and the DECR to help with the control of feral cats in an effort to save the endangered Turks and Caicos Islands Rock Iguana.
Help Support TCSPCA by calling and finding out more!!!
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An activist for Sea Shepherd who was in Taiji posted: “The remaining 130-140 starved and injured Bottlenose dolphins were driven back out to sea in the same deafening manner as the drive in. Many babies and juveniles were seen in the remaining pod. Too small to count for quota and deemed unsuitable for captivity. Many of these dolphins who were driven out will not survive and will soon be found washed ashore in the coming days.” read more
Government Moves To Suspend New Approvals Of Aquariums For Dolphins
Sept 2014 - The Government has recommended the suspension of new approvals for dolphin aquariums in Jamaica until a market and ecosystems survey is undertaken.
Starting this week, the Government is to hold consultations with stakeholders on the proposed policy.
It believes the document will strengthen Jamaica's local preservation laws while bringing the country in line with international regulations.
Help support the TCSCPA ~ contact the office to volunteer! 231.3052
The TCSPCA is the oldest and most established Animal Welfare Organization in the Turks & Caicos Islands. It was established by Belongers in 1998. We are a non profit, registered charity and we are dependant on donations. Please consider this worthwhile cause, thankyou.
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
~St. Francis of Assisi
Fearing cruelty, environment ministry says no to dolphin parks
May 2013- A number of countries such as United Kingdom, Brazil and Chile have banned Dolphins in captivity. Puja Mitra, FIAPO’s campaign manager said, “This move of the AWBI’s is a big step forward to ensure that India never has captive dolphins – a barbaric practice that is fast being phased out internationally. Few people understand that Dolphins are highly intelligent mammals t suffer tremendously in captivity. Additionally, dolphinariums have absolutely no conservation or educational value."
"It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to 50 words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese." - Carl Sagan
"Man has always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much ... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on ... while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man ... for precisely the same reason." – Douglas Adams