A CEREMONY to celebrate the successful winners of the Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards will be held at the Pierhead in Cardiff Bay today (7 October).

The winners will be presented with their awards by the Minister for Communities & Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths AM.

In addition, RCT Homes has been awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Innovator category. This award is judged by an external voting panel. The award is in recognition of the organisation’s efforts in proactively investing in animal welfare in close partnership with a number of animal welfare organisations. This included the development of a ‘Protect Your Pet’ project, which delivered closely targeted delivery of microchipping, neutering, vaccinations and health checks to tenants.

The other winners will also pick up their certificates. As previously revealed, this year, 10 organisations have scooped awards in the four categories – stray dog provision, contingency planning, housing provision and animal welfare; with bronze, silver and gold standards awarded, depending on the level of service provided by the authority or organisation.

Newport City Council, Cardiff Dogs Home and Denbighshire County Council have all been awarded with a gold standard in the stray dog provision category. This is the highest number Wales has ever seen.

Other winners include Pembrokeshire County Council, which received a silver standard for stray dogs provision, and Wrexham County Borough Council and Isle of Anglesey County Council also received bronze in the same category.

Cardiff Council and Monmouthshire County Council have received bronze awards for contingency planning.

Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association has been granted a bronze in the housing provision category along with Merthyr Valley Homes.

RSPCA Cymru’s public affairs manager Chris O’Brien said: “The Community Animal Welfare Footprints acknowledge and recognise services which are too often undervalued.

“So much fantastic work is undertaken in Wales in relation to animal welfare.

“This year, despite the difficult economic climate, the scheme celebrates Local Authorities and housing providers going the extra mile to improve the lives of animals in Wales.”

Commenting on RCT Homes’ success, Mr O’Brien added: “We are delighted RCT Homes has been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Innovator category.

“RCT Homes’ recognition follows hugely proactive investment in animal welfare in close partnership with a number of organisations.

“This includes a successful ‘Protect Your Pet’ event, with RCT Homes’ efforts ensuring the delivery of closely targeted microchipping, neutering, vaccinations and health checks to tenants.”

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.


Award winners
RCT Homes – “Highly Commended” (Innovator)
Newport City Council – Gold (Stray Dogs)
Cardiff Dogs Home – Gold (Stray Dogs)
Denbighshire County Council – Gold (Stray Dogs)
Pembrokeshire County Council – Silver (Stray Dogs)
Wrexham County Borough Council – Bronze (Stray Dogs)
Isle of Anglesey County Council – Bronze (Stray Dogs)
Cardiff Council – Bronze (Contingency Planning)
Monmouthshire County Council – Bronze (Contingency Planning)
Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association – Bronze (Housing)
Merthyr Valley Homes – Bronze (Housing)