RSPCA Cymru is pleased to announce the launch of the Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards scheme for 2016.

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 establishments licensing; with bronze, silver and gold standards for each. In 2015, there were more gold awards handed out in Wales than ever before.

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

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

RSPCA Cymru’s public affairs manager, Paul Smith, said: “Local Authorities, housing providers and contingency planners have a huge role to play in the delivery of animal welfare and it is vital we celebrate the strong commitment they have to animal welfare across Wales.

“RSPCA Cymru hopes the scheme continues to showcase much of the excellent work being undertaken across Wales.”

​Councillor Neil Moore, WLGA Spokesperson for Regulatory and Frontline Services said: “RSPCA Cymru’s CAWF awards recognise the hard work, passion and dedication that Local Government and Public Service staff give day in day out. Many communities rely on these services including stray dog collections, housing, contingency planning and much more.

“I would like to encourage all local authorities and partner organisations across Wales to apply for, and gain, the recognition they deserve in this award process.”

Last year 11 organisations across Wales received awards and four of those organisations received gold.

Conwy County Borough Council was also awarded the RSPCA Innovator for Wales award, for their humane and pioneering work in managing the feral goats on the Great Orme. Wrexham County Borough Council were also awarded ‘highly commended’ as part of the Innovator for Wales award for their partnership working on Wales’ equine crisis.

The closing date for entries is Friday 27th June. All applications can be made online via http://cawf.politicalanimal.org.uk/.

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Pictured are Country Park Warden at Conwy County Borough Council, Sally Pidcock and Chris Woodall receiving their RSPCA Innovator for Wales award.

2015 Winners in Wales
RSPCA Innovator for Wales award
Winner – Conwy County Borough Council
Highly commended – Wrexham County Borough Council

Stray Dogs award
Cardiff Dogs Home (Gold)
Denbighshire County Council (Gold)
Newport City Council (Gold)
Pembrokeshire County Council (Silver)
Bridgend County Borough Council (Bronze)
Isle of Anglesey County Council (Bronze)
Wrexham County Borough Council (Bronze)

Contingency Planning award
Monmouthshire County Council (Gold)
City of Cardiff Council (Bronze)

Housing award
Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association (Bronze)
Merthyr Valley Homes (Bronze)