Since 2008, the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints has been the only award scheme recognising good practice from local authorities, housing providers and contingency planners in relation to animal welfare.
CAWF celebrates good practice by rewarding those organisations exceeding basic and statutory service requirements with the aim of achieving higher animal welfare standards.
About the Footprints

CAWF covers four areas of service provided by the public sector that has some impact on animal welfare. They are:

  • stray dog services
  • housing
  • contingency planning
  • animal welfare

Each Footprint has three levels – bronze, silver and gold – which carry progressively more demanding criteria. Successful entrants will receive a CAWF gold, silver or bronze logo to use on their organisation’s website and letterheads, subject to terms of usage, as well as a certificate.

Innovator Award

As well as the four Footprints there are also the prestigious RSPCA Innovator Awards. Winners of the Innovator Award receive a trophy, certificate and an CAWF Innovator logo to use on their organisation’s website and letterheads, subject to terms of usage. There is no specific criterion for the Innovator Award but there is guidance within the entry booklet of things to consider. The entries were assessed by a team of experienced judges from the CIEH, Trading Standards and leading animal welfare professionals.