Public service organisations across Wales have again been invited to share best practice and outstanding contributions to animal welfare, via RSPCA Cymru’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints. 

The scheme recognises Local Authorities, housing providers and others within the public sector achieving higher animal welfare standards – and is the only such scheme of its kind in Wales.

RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) celebrates good practice, by providing recognition to those going above and beyond statutory service requirements.

The four Footprint categories recognise a commitment to animal welfare in four key service areas: Stray Dog services, Contingency Planning, Housing Policy and Animal Activity Licensing, with bronze, silver and gold standards for each.

In addition, the prestigious RSPCA Innovator Award rewards pioneering practices.

Brand new for 2017, a further Special Recognition Award will highlight those organisations who have consistently excelled using their own unique scheme to improve animal welfare.

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

Paul Smith, RSPCA Cymru’s Public Affairs Manager, said: “CAWF is a great way for public sector organisations to demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare, and to share unique approaches in making Wales a better place for animals to live.

“The Footprints are the only awards scheme of their kind – and it’s fantastic for RSPCA Cymru to be able to recognise and reward the hard work that organisations do to improve animal welfare, in this way.

“2017 is particularly exciting – as we are introducing yet another new and very special award this year, the Special Recognition award.

“This award will recognise continued good practice in one of the four Footprint areas and is designed to reward the commitment of local authorities to animal welfare despite the challenging economic circumstances that many currently find themselves in.”

Last year, 15 organisations successfully collected awards in Wales – with Monmouthshire County Council, Cardiff Dogs Home, Denbighshire County Council, Newport City Council and Wrexham County Borough Council all winning prestigious gold awards, while South Wales Police were ‘highly commended’ in the coveted Innovator scheme.

Mr Smith added: “It’s great that CAWF has established itself as a hallmark of good practice for animal welfare across Wales.

“RSPCA Cymru values its close working relationship with Local Authorities, the Police, housing providers, and other public service bodies across Wales – with the CAWF scheme just one example of what we can achieve working in partnership.”

Entries close on 14 July 2017 and more details are available online. Winners will be announced in September 2017.