The RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) Awards is the only award scheme across England and Wales recognising good practice from local authorities, housing providers and contingency planners in relation to animal welfare.
CAWF celebrates good practice by rewarding those organisations exceeding basic and statutory service requirements with the aim of achieving higher animal welfare standards. Each level of award carries progressively more demanding criteria.
The Gravesham Mayor announced that Gravesham Borough Council had achieved two CAWF awards, these being:
- the Gold award for the Stray Dog Service for the 4th year in a row; and
- the Bronze award for the Housing Service for the 2nd year in a row.
Gaining the Stray Dog Footprint award gives the Council recognition for the stray dog service that has mechanisms and policies in place to ensure dog welfare, provide staff training, and promote responsible dog ownership.
Partnership working with Viking Oak Kennels, the Council’s stray dog collection, kennelling and rehoming service has been an important part of achieving the Gold award for the stray dog service. The service is available to those finding a dog in the borough 24-hour a day, 365 days a year.
Gaining the Housing Footprint award recognises that the Council takes positive steps to encourage and ensure responsible pet ownership in the properties we manage. Work has already commenced towards gaining the Silver award.
The hard work that went into preparing for and achieving these awards was led by the Environmental Protection Team and the Housing Service.
The Mayor invited Debbie Wilders (Senior Environmental Health Officer) and Robert Newman (Service Improvement Manager for Housing) to come forward and receive these awards on behalf of the Council.
Cross-post from Gravesahm BC website.by