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 Eric Pickles MP – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – wrote the forward for promotional literature.

In Wales, Leighton Andrews AM, the Minister for Public Services, has offered backing to the scheme; presenting awards to Welsh winners and penning a foreword; whilst the Welsh Local Government Association have also endorsed the scheme.

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

Award Categories
CAWF covers four areas of work – stray dog services, housing, contingency planning and animal welfare. 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
The scheme re-opens for applications in April 2015. For information on previous winners in England, click here, and in Wales, click here.