Applications for the 2016 Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) are now closed


Since 2008, the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints scheme has been the only award scheme across England and Wales recognising good practice from Local Authorities, housing providers and contingency planners in relation to animal welfare.

The scheme celebrates good practice by rewarding those organisations exceeding basic and statutory service requirements with the aim of achieving higher animal welfare standards.


The Local Government Association has supported the scheme in England, and this year the awards have been endorsed by the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, George Eustice MP.

In Wales, Cllr Neil Moore, the Welsh Local Government Association spokesperson for Regulatory and Frontline Services, has offered the support of the WLGA to the scheme.

The awards also have the backing of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Award Categories
CAWF covers four areas of work – stray dog services, housing, contingency planning and for the first time in 2016 will recognise the essential function that local authorities provide when licensing animal establishments. Each Footprint has three levels – bronze, silver and gold – each level carrying progressively more demanding criteria.

An Innovator in Animal Welfare Award also recognises exceptional achievement in adopting an innovatory approach to improving animal welfare.

Apply Online
Entries for the 2016 awards are now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

For information on previous winners in England, click here, and in Wales, click here.