Animal welfare

FIFTY public bodies recognized for their ‘unrecognized’ animal welfare work

The RSPCA has praised public bodies across England and Wales, handing out 70 awards to 50 organizations going ‘above and beyond’ for animal welfare – providing a ‘lifeline’ to many many animals in the context of the current cost of living crisis.

Local authorities, housing providers and emergency planners across England and Wales have been praised for the services they provide to animals; and recognized under the RSPCA’s prestigious PawPrints Recognition Scheme.

The program – first established in 2008 – is now entering its 15th year; and divides the awards into five categories – stray dog ​​services, housing, emergency planning, animal activity permit and kennel. The scheme aims to recognize organizations providing services beyond the legal minimums.

Fifty-three of the awards presented this year are at the gold standard – the highest level of recognition for service delivery.

Criteria for PawPrints gold awards include proactive work to encourage responsible pet ownership, discounted microchips for pets in the social housing sector, and partnerships with local animal welfare charities. – all the steps that could be crucial in helping pet owners get through the cost of living crisis.

Winners include Cardiff Council’s Cardiff Dogs Home – which has partnered with charity ‘The Rescue Hotel’ to recently build a new health center offering low-cost vaccinations, flea and worm treatments, procedures sterilization and dental care for dogs. This year the local authority has been recognized for its stray dog, kennel and emergency planning services.

Cardiff Council Cabinet Member responsible for Cardiff Dogs Home, Cllr Dan De’Ath, said: ‘All the dogs in our care deserve the highest standard of care possible and we are delighted with the work we are doing in partnership with our charity partners. The Rescue Hotel was honored with these PawPrints awards.

“Owning a dog doesn’t come cheap, and as the cost of living crisis deepens, the preventative work we do becomes increasingly important – at the end of the day, we want all Cardiff dogs live in homes where they are well cared for and loved Helping to lower the cost of dog ownership by providing essential veterinary services at more affordable prices means we can help keep more dogs and their owners together.

Croydon Council is another of the 50 winners – recognized for its regular proactive work to encourage responsible pet ownership. In partnership with the RSPCA and the Police, Croydon Council have held regular events on a range of issues, in particular microchipping and sterilization events, offering health, welfare advice and training to owners of pets. ‘animals. This year Croydon Council was awarded the Stray Dog Services PawPrints at Gold level.

Amid the difficult economic climate, the RSPCA is “delighted” with the level of engagement with the scheme.

PawPrints is the only rewards program in England and Wales to recognize and celebrate good practice that advances animal welfare standards. The program is supported by the Local Government Association, the Welsh Local Government Association and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, among others.

Fifty-seven of the awards were given to 42 organizations in England, and a further 13 gongs were given in Wales to eight organisations.

Lee Gingell, RSPCA Public Affairs Manager for Local Government, said: “Despite the difficult climate, we are absolutely delighted to see 50 public bodies across England and Wales win the PawPrint Awards this year.

“This is a difficult time for many pet owners as the cost of living crisis continues to bite – so we know that many of the programs and procedures that PawPrints recognizes will be more important than ever, so we’re excited to see such a commitment to the program again.

“From programs to encourage responsible pet ownership, to low cost microchipping and animal protection policies during emergencies, there is so much great work going on behind the scenes at public agencies. – and, in this climate, these services are so often a lifeline for pets and their owners.

“Too often this work goes unrecognized and doesn’t get the credit it deserves. PawPrints is all about shouting from the rooftops – that 50 public bodies, across England and Wales, are going above and beyond for animals; look far beyond the legal minimums because it’s the right thing to do – for humans and animals alike.

The full list of winners for England and Wales is as follows:

contingency planning

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Gold
London Borough of Redbridge
Gold
London Borough of Camden
Gold
Monmouthshire County Council
Gold
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Gold
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Bronze
Cardiff Council
Bronze
Stroud District Council
Bronze
Leeds City Council
Bronze
Westminster City Council
Bronze
London Borough of Hackney
Bronze

Lodging

Leeds City Council
Gold
London Borough of Wandsworth
Gold
Anchor slot
Gold
Dacorum City Council
Gold
Westminster City Council
Gold
Merthyr Valley Houses
Bronze
Housing and care report
Bronze
Runnymede Borough Council
Bronze

Kennel

London Borough of Hounslow
Gold
Rescue Hope
Gold
Newport City Council
Gold
Bath Cats and Dogs Home (BCDH)
Gold
Cardiff Council
Silver
Vale of Glamorgan, shared regulatory services
Bronze

Licence

London Borough of Newham
Gold
Westminster City Council
Gold
Bristol City Council
Gold
Vale of Glamorgan, shared regulatory services
Gold
City of London
Gold
Medway Consulting
Gold
Winchester City Council
Gold
Stroud District Council
Silver
Guildford Borough Council
Bronze
Swale Borough Council
Bronze
East Hertfordshire District Council
Bronze

Stray dogs

Cardiff Council
Gold
Stroud District Council
Gold
Leicestershire North West District Council
Gold
London Borough of Wandsworth
Gold
Luton Borough Council
Gold
London Borough of Hackney
Gold
London Borough of Newham
Gold
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Gold
Public Protection Partnership (West Berks and Bracknell Forest)
Gold
Westminster City Council
Gold
Forest of Dean District Council
Gold
Hartlepool Council
Gold
Wiltshire County Council
Gold
Dacorum Council
Gold
Chelmsford City Council
Gold
Animal Sitting Services – Breckland District Council, Broadland Council, South Norfolk Council, North Norfolk Council and Great Yarmouth Council
Gold
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council
Gold
Cornish Council
Gold
Gravesham Borough Council
Gold
Croydon Council
Gold
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Gold
Wrexham County Borough Council
Gold
Vale of Glamorgan, shared regulatory services
Gold
London Borough of Hounslow
Gold
Charnwood Borough Council
Gold
Medway Consulting
Gold
Wirral Metropolitan Council
Gold
Portsmouth County Council
Gold
Swale Borough Council
Gold
Winchester City Council
Gold
Newport City Council
Gold
Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council
Gold

Other rewards

Andy Newnham (Animal Welfare Officer), London Borough of Hounslow
Special recognition
Animal Licensing Wales / Monmouthshire County Council
Animal welfare innovator