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