RSPCA Cymru is getting ready to celebrate a special 10 years of its Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards scheme.

Since 2008, a total of 124 CAWF Cymru awards have recognised the commitment and achievement of local authorities, contingency planners and housing providers across Wales in improving and delivering animal welfare.

The scheme is split into a number of categories – with entrants from Wales gaining recognition for their stray dog provision, animal activity licensing work, contingency planning and housing policies. There are bronze, silver and gold standards in each.

CAWF Cymru winners 2016There is also a special RSPCA Innovator award each year, which rewards pioneering and imaginative steps taken to improve animal welfare, and RSPCA Cymru is excited to announce that this year to mark the 10-year anniversary a one off special ‘Innovator of the decade’ award has been created to honour an ‘outstanding contribution’ to animal welfare.

Last year 15 organisations were recognised, winning a total of 18 awards. Five organisations were recognised with the most prestigious gold awards – including Cardiff Dogs Home, Newport City Council, Wrexham Council and Denbighshire Council, for their stray dog provision. Monmouthshire County Council’s contingency planning efforts have also won them gold recognition via the scheme.

RSPCA Cymru’s public affairs manager, Paul Smith, said: “We are delighted to mark 10 years of CAWF Cymru and celebrate what has been a decade that has recognised the huge role played by local authorities, housing providers and contingency planners in the delivery of animal welfare across Wales.

“It is so important to maintain high animal welfare standards and we wish to

congratulate those who go the extra mile and take innovative and imaginative steps in their work with animals.

RSPCA Innovator for Wales award winner Conwy County Borough Council 2015“RSPCA Cymru hopes the scheme continues to showcase much of the excellent work being undertaken across Wales. We’re now looking forward to the entries we are about to receive and can’t wait to celebrate our 10th anniversary later in the year.”

Applications can now be made for the CAWF Cymru awards by visiting, . Entries need to be in by June 29.