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Organisations awarded for safeguarding animal welfare


Local authorities, housing providers and other public service organisations across England have been awarded the prestigious RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) awards to highlight pioneering contributions to improve animal welfare in communities.

Stray dog in a kennel © RSPCA

As the country’s largest and oldest animal welfare charity, we developed the awards scheme in 2008 to encourage and celebrate excellent practices by rewarding those organisations who go above and beyond statutory service requirements to achieve higher animal welfare standards.

118 awards have been earned this year with today’s announcement highlighting those who've been awarded bronze, silver or gold in the four Footprint categories recognising animal welfare:

  • Stray Dog Provision
  • Contingency Planning
  • Housing Policy
  • Animal Activity Licensing Footprint

Organisations improving animal welfare

Over 85 organisations entered the awards this year in England, to maintain or better their previously achieved accolades, while another eight organisations entered for the first time.

A new Special Recognition Award, introduced this year, will highlight those organisations who have consistently excelled using their own unique scheme to improve animal welfare. Winners of this and the prestigious RSPCA Innovator Award - given to those organisation that have developed the most exceptional practices - will be unveiled at the awards presentation in November.

The awards are again supported by the Local Government Association, along with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Many congratulations to all the winning organisations

Rachel Williams, our senior parliamentary advisor, said:

I'm so delighted that so many organisations have maintained or bettered their CAWF award this year, and very encouraged to see new entries too - many congratulations to all the winning organisations.

In the current economic climate, it's by no means easy for organisations to come up with, fund and give manpower to protect and improve animal welfare within their communities. So our awards are their chance to shine and be recognised for the difference they're making.

The Footprints are the only awards available that recognise the hard work of local authorities, social housing providers and public sector bodies on animal welfare. So it's great to be able to offer this for the ninth year now, to reward the hard work that organisations do to improve animal welfare.

A CAWF Award is a major achievement

Rachel added:

It's no secret that receiving a CAWF Award is a major achievement for any organisation or local authority. We now look forward to the awards presentation in November, where winners will be handed their trophies, and we'll announce the winner of the prestigious 2017 Innovator Award and the brand new Special Recognition Award.

The presentation of the awards will take place on 28 November at RICS, Parliament Square.

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