Friday 4 April 2014

RSPCA Cymru is pleased to announce the launch of the Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards scheme for 2014.

Established in 2008, CAWF is the only award scheme in England and Wales that recognises the commitment and achievement of Local Authorities, contingency planners and housing providers in improving and delivering animal welfare.

There are four award categories – stray dog provision, contingency planning, housing provision and animal welfare; with bronze, silver and gold standards for each.

Additionally, there are also special RSPCA Innovator awards, rewarding pioneering and imaginative steps taken to improve animal welfare.

 In Wales, the scheme has the support and recognition of the Minister for Local Government and Government Business, Lesley Griffiths AM, who said: “The scheme recognises the best practice of Local Authorities, Housing Associations and multi-agency groups in the delivery of Animal Welfare Services.

“Since their inception, the awards have recognised the achievements of many Welsh Local Authorities and other relevant organisations.

 “I encourage Local Authorities and others across Wales to participate in this scheme and demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare. I hope 2014 showcases much of the excellent work being undertaken across Wales”.

The scheme also has the backing of the Welsh Local Government Association, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Trading Standards Institute.

Last year, nine organisations across Wales were successful in collecting awards, including Cardiff Council’s Cardiff Dogs Home, which won a prestigious innovator award for the development of a sensory garden designed to give stray dogs a better quality of life while they wait to be rehomed

RSPCA Cymru’s public affairs manager, Chris O’Brien said: “Despite the difficult economic climate, the awards continue to demonstrate the strong commitment to animal welfare which exists across Wales.

“Local Authorities, contingency planners and housing providers have a huge role to play in the delivery of animal welfare and this scheme recognises and rewards much of the vital work being undertaken in Wales”.

The closing date for entries is 27th June at 4pm. All applications this year can be made online via