The RSPCA PawPrints Awards 2018 results.

The Awards in 2018 saw entries at an extremely high standard with a record number receiving a gold award. Thank you to all the achievers and new entries who continue to make PawPrints a success. A higher proportion than ever before of local authorities and housing providers hit the high standards necessary in the different categories to achieve Gold.  It is excellent to see that many are still providing a ‘gold standard’ service with regards to animal welfare.

To celebrate the Awards’ tenth birthday we also reintroduced the special edition Platinum award, to recognise five years continuous Gold standard, and a new Diamond, to recognise those organisations who have held their Gold awards for the full decade that PawPrints has existed.

For the full list of 2018 achievers please see below. If you notice your colleagues on the 2018 list please take the time to congratulate them on their efforts to improve animal welfare in their organisation.


Full List of 2018 PawPrints Winners in England

The winner of the Innovator Award 2018 and the Innovator of the Decade will be announced at the awards presentation on November 27.

Individual Special Recognition Award

Mark Berry and Robert Quest of the National Companion Animal Focus Group

Vicki Bannon, Animal Warden at City of Westminster Council

Debra Sandling, Animal Control Enforcement Officer at Three Rivers District Council

Ian Blake, Neighbourhood Enforcement Officer at Slough Borough Council.


Animal Activity Licensing Footprint

Gold – City of London, East Hampshire District Council & Havant Borough Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, London Borough of Lambeth, Southend on Sea Borough Council, Tendring District Council, Westminster City Council, Winchester City Council.

Silver – Exeter City Council Licensing, Swindon Borough Council, Wirral Council


Contingency Planning Footprint

Gold, Platinum & Diamond – Northamptonshire County Council.

Gold – Association of Greater Manchester Authorities Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit, Camden Council, CSW Resilience, East Hampshire District Council & Havant Borough Council, Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit (Staffordshire Resilience Forum), Swale Borough Council,

Silver – Leeds City Council, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Bronze – Barking and Dagenham Council, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, London Borough of Redbridge, Peterborough City Council, Stroud District Council.


Housing Footprint

Gold, Platinum & Diamond – London Borough of Wandsworth

Gold & Platinum – Dacorum Borough Council, Fortis Living, Sussex Housing and Care, West Kent Housing Association.

Gold – Hanover Housing Association, Leeds City Council, Victory Housing Trust, Westminster City Council.

Silver – Derby Homes Ltd, OPTIVO, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Winchester City Council.

Bronze – A1 Housing, Aldwyck Housing Group, ANCHOR, Bolton at Home, Gravesham Borough Council, Hastoe Housing Association Limited, Tendring District Council.


Stray Dog Footprint

Gold, Platinum & Diamond – Ashfield District Council, London Borough of Newham, London Borough of Wandsworth.

Gold & Platinum – Cornwall Council, Crawley Borough Council – Community Wardens, Dacorum Borough Council, Darlington Borough Council, East Hertfordshire District Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Eden District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Hart District Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Kingston upon Hull City Council, London Borough of Brent, London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Islington, London Borough of Lambeth, Luton Borough Council, Medway Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, Northumberland County Council, Oxford City Council, Pendle Borough Council, Preston City Council Environmental Heath Dog Control Service, Stockton on Tees Borough Council, Stroud District Council, Swale Borough Council, Tendring District Council

Test Valley Borough Council, Uttlesford District Council, Westminster City Council, Wirral Council, Basildon Borough Council.

Gold – Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Breckland council, Charnwood Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council, East Hampshire District Council & Havant Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Mansfield District Council, Portsmouth City Council, Public Protection Partnership, South Holland District Council, Southend on Sea Borough Council, Swindon Borough Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Winchester City Council.

Silver – Broxtowe Borough Council

Bronze – Blaby District Council, Harlow District Council


About the Awards

PawPrints covers four areas of service provided by the public sector that has some impact on animal welfare. They are:

  • stray dog services
  • housing
  • contingency planning
  • animal establishments licensing

Each Award has three levels – bronze, silver and gold – which carry progressively more demanding criteria. Successful entrants will receive a gold, silver or bronze logo to use on their organisation’s website and letterheads, subject to terms of usage, as well as a certificate.

Innovator Award

As well as the four PawPrints there are also the prestigious RSPCA Innovator Awards. Winners of the Innovator Award receive a trophy, certificate and an Innovator logo to use on their organisation’s website and letterheads, subject to terms of usage. There is no specific criterion for the Innovator Award but there is guidance within the entry booklet of things to consider. The entries were assessed by a team of experienced judges from the CIEH, Trading Standards and leading animal welfare professionals.

An example of previous winning entries can be viewed here