September 10, 2014

Another successful year for awards scheme in Wales with 10 organisations recognised.

RSPCA Cymru is pleased to announce the winners of the Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards scheme for 2014.

This year, 10 organisations have scooped awards in the four categories – stray dog provision, contingency planning, housing provision and animal welfare; with bronze, silver and gold standards awarded, depending on the level of service provided by the authority or organisation.

Newport City Council, Cardiff Dogs Home and Denbighshire County Council have all been awarded with a gold standard in the stray dog provision category. This is the highest number Wales has ever seen.

Other winners include Pembrokeshire County Council, which received a silver standard for stray dogs provision, and Wrexham County Borough Council and Isle of Anglesey County Council also received bronze in the same category.

Cardiff Council and Monmouthshire County Council have received bronze awards for contingency planning.

Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association has been granted a bronze in the housing provision category along with Merthyr Valley Homes.

RSPCA Cymru’s public affairs manager Chris O’Brien said: “The success of this year’s CAWF awards scheme demonstrates much of the excellent work being undertaken in Wales despite the difficult economic climate.

“We are delighted to see 10 organisations achieve recognition and three of them collect a gold award.

“Local Authorities, contingency planners and housing providers have a huge role to play in the delivery of animal welfare and this scheme recognises and rewards much of the vital work being undertaken in Wales.”

Established in 2008, CAWF is the only award scheme in England and Wales that recognises the commitment and achievement of Local Authorities, contingency planners and housing providers in improving and delivering animal welfare.

In Wales, the scheme has the support and recognition of the Minister for Local Government and Government Business, Lesley Griffiths AM and also has has the backing of the Welsh Local Government Association, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Trading Standards Institute.

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Notes to Editors:

A reception is planned on Tuesday 7 October for the winners where they will be awarded with their certificates. The awards will be presented by Minister for Local Government and Government Business, Lesley Griffiths AM.

Award winners

Newport City Council – Gold (Stray Dogs)

Cardiff Dogs Home – Gold (Stray Dogs)

Denbighshire County Council – Gold (Stray Dogs)

Pembrokeshire County Council – Silver (Stray Dogs)

Wrexham County Borough Council – Bronze (Stray Dogs)

Isle of Anglesey County Council – Bronze (Stray Dogs)

Cardiff Council – Bronze (Contingency Planning)

Monmouthshire County Council – Bronze (Contingency Planning)

Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association – Bronze (Housing)

Merthyr Valley Homes – Bronze (Housing)