June 14, 2017

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

As the country’s largest and oldest animal welfare charity, the RSPCA 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 have been awarded bronze, silver or gold in the four Footprint categories recognising animal welfare: Stray Dog Provision, Contingency Planning, Housing Policy, and Animal Activity Licensing Footprint. 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 the 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.

Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA said: “I am so delighted that so many organisation have maintained or bettered their CAWF award this year, and very encouraged to see new entries too – many congratulations to all the winning organisation.

“In the current economic climate, it is 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 are 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 is great to be able to offer this for the ninth year now, to reward the hard work that organisations do to improve animal welfare.”

Rachel added: “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 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.