September 12, 2017

More public sector organisations than ever before have been recognised as part of RSPCA Cymru’s annual scheme, with five landing prestigious gold gongs

 

More public sector organisations than ever before have been recognised by RSPCA Cymru for their efforts to improve animal welfare, with the charity praising “swathes of good practice” across Wales.

Fifteen organisations have been recognised as part of RSPCA Cymru’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF), winning a total of 18 awards. The scheme acknowledges good practice from local authorities, housing providers, contingency planners and other public bodies in relation to animal welfare.

RSPCA Cymru has lauded many public bodies in Wales which “go beyond statutory requirements towards animals, despite a challenging financial climate”.

The scheme is split into a number of categories – with entrants from Wales gaining recognition for their stray dog provision, animal activity licensing work, contingency planning and housing policies. The scheme was established in 2008.

Five organisations have once again been recognised with the most prestigious gold awards – including Cardiff Dogs Home, Newport City Council, Wrexham Council and Denbighshire Council, for their stray dog provision. Monmouthshire County Council contingency planning efforts have also won them gold recognition via the scheme.

Paul Smith, RSPCA Cymru Public Affairs Manager, said: “RSPCA Cymru is so proud to recognise 15 organisations across Wales, as part of the CAWF scheme.

“CAWF is an established, well-regarded accolade, which continues to pay tribute to the swathes of good practice across the country, whether it be with regards to stray dog provision, housing, licensing or contingency planning.

“With five organisations in Wales winning the most prestigious awards yet again, CAWF is certainly enjoying a golden era ahead of the scheme’s tenth anniversary next year.

“How we treat our fellow living creatures’ matters so much to people – and this scheme is all about emphasising the practical, tangible but hugely beneficial steps which bodies can take to further animal welfare within their local communities.

“It’s heartening to see so many that go beyond statutory requirements towards animals, despite a challenging financial climate. RSPCA Cymru will continue to work closely with organisations from across the public sector to ensure the welfare of animals is at the forefront of their activities.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Level

Footprint

Winner

Bronze

Animal Activity Licensing

Denbighshire County Council

Bronze

Animal Activity Licensing

Shared Regulatory Services

Bronze

Animal Activity Licensing

Pembrokeshire County Council

Gold

Contingency Planning Footprint

Monmouthshire County Council

Bronze

Contingency Planning Footprint

City of Cardiff Council

Bronze

Housing Footprint

Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association

Bronze

Housing Footprint

Merthyr Valleys Homes

Bronze

Housing Footprint

Rhondda Housing Association

Bronze

Housing Footprint

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd

Bronze

Housing Footprint

Clwyd Alyn Housing Association

Bronze

Housing Footprint

Newydd Housing Association

Gold

Stray Dog Footprint

Cardiff Dogs Home (Cardiff Council)

Gold

Stray Dog Footprint

Newport City Council

Gold

Stray Dog Footprint

Denbighshire County Council

Gold

Stray Dog Footprint

Wrexham County Borough Council

Silver

Stray Dog Footprint

Shared Regulatory Services

Silver

Stray Dog Footprint

Pembrokeshire County Council

Bronze

Stray Dog Footprint

Isle of Anglesey County Council

A further announcement, concerning the RSPCA’s coveted Innovator Awards, will be made in October. Innovators recognise imaginative steps taken by organisations which aim to adopt a pioneering approach to improve the welfare of animals.