RSPCA Cymru is pleased to announce the winners of RSPCA Cymru’s Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards 2016.

This year, a record 16 awards were achieved by 14 organisations across Wales in four categories – stray dog provision, contingency planning, housing provision and animal establishment licensing; with bronze, silver and gold standards awarded, depending on the level of service provided by the authority or organisation.

Five organisations across Wales have attained a gold award this year – more than ever before.

In the stray dog provision category Cardiff Dogs Home, Newport City Council, Denbighshire County Council and Wrexham County Borough Council have all received the gold standard.

In addition, Shared Regulatory Services (a partnership between Bridgend Council, Cardiff Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council) and Pembrokeshire County Council have been awarded silver and Isle of Anglesey County Council receive bronze.

Monmouthshire County Council has received a gold standard in the contingency planning footprint and City of Cardiff Council has been granted bronze in the same category.

In the animal establishment licensing category, Shared Regulatory Services and Pembrokeshire County Council receive bronze awards.

Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association, Merthyr Valleys Homes, Rhondda Housing Association, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd and Clwyd Alyn Housing Association all receive bronze in the housing footprint award.

Additionally, there is also a RSPCA Innovator for Wales award which rewards pioneering and imaginative steps taken to improve animal welfare. The winner will be revealed next month.

RSPCA Cymru’s public affairs manager, Paul Smith, said: “This year we have seen a record number of awards given out to organisations in Wales with five achieving the sought after gold standard.

“The awards recognise the hard work, passion and dedication shown by council and housing association staff across Wales. These unsung heroes really do make a difference in improving animal welfare and demonstrates that Wales is a nation of animal lovers.

“With the tough economic climate continuing it is amazing that people are going above and beyond to give animals a voice that they so rightly deserve.”

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

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

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

RSPCA Innovator for Wales award winner Conwy County Borough Council 2015Conwy County Borough Council (pictured) was also awarded the RSPCA Innovator for Wales, for their humane and pioneering work in managing the feral goats on the Great Orme. In addition Wrexham County Borough Council were awarded ‘highly commended’ as part of the Innovator for Wales for their partnership working on Wales’ equine crisis.

2016 Winners

Animal Establishment Licensing
Shared Regulatory Services – Bronze
Pembrokeshire County Council – Bronze

Contingency Planning Footprint
Monmouthshire County Council – Gold
City of Cardiff Council – Bronze

Housing Footprint
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd – Bronze
Clwyd Alyn Housing Association – Bronze
Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association – Bronze
Merthyr Valleys Homes – Bronze
Rhondda Housing Association – Bronze

Stray Dog Footprint
Cardiff Dogs Home (Cardiff Council) – Gold
Denbighshire County Council – Gold
Newport City Council – Gold
Wrexham County Borough Council – Gold
Shared Regulatory Services – Silver
Pembrokeshire County Council – Silver
Isle of Anglesey County Council – Bronze