September 12, 2016

RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) scheme honours organisations for their first-class initiatives that improve animal welfare.

Charity has today (12 September) announced winners.

Local authorities, housing providers and other public service organisations across England have been recognised through the RSPCA’s CAWF scheme this month, for their contributions to improving animal welfare.

In England, entries remained at an all-time high with 129 applications, and a whopping 62 Gold Awards have been given this year in the Stray Dog Footprint Award category, more than any year to date.

The RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) award scheme celebrates good practice by rewarding those organisations who go above and beyond statutory service requirements to achieve higher animal welfare standards.

Along with the Innovator Award (the winner of which will be announced at the awards presentation in November) there are four Footprint categories recognising animal welfare: Stray Dog Provision, Contingency Planning, Housing Policy and the new Animal Establishments Licensing Footprint; with bronze, silver and gold standards awarded for each.

Established in 2008, the annual Footprint awards are supported this year by George Eustice, Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) along with the Local Government Association, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA said: “We at the RSPCA would like to say a big congratulations to all the winners. These awards are a chance for these public sector organisations and housing providers who have really made a difference or come up with an inspiring new idea to improve animal welfare within their communities to shine and be recognised.

“The Footprints are the only awards that recognise the hard work of local authorities, social housing providers and public sector bodies, so it is great to be able to recognise and reward the hard work that organisations do to improve animal welfare.”

She added: “It’s great to see a number of organisations maintain their 2015 awards, as well as new entries.

“With entry guidelines for England featuring a foreword written by the Defra Minister George Eustice MP, it is 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 winner will be handed their trophies, and we will announce the winner of the prestigious 2016 Innovator Award.”

The presentation of the awards will take place on 30th November at RICS, Parliament Square.

For the full list of winners click here.