January 13, 2020

Police Officers receive prestigious accolade for their efforts to improve animal welfare, and gold awards given to local authorities and public services

Winners of the RSPCA’s special awards for local authorities, housing providers and other public service organisations in England are announced today highlighting those who have gone above and beyond for animals in their communities.

The RSPCA’s PawPrints Awards highlight outstanding contributions to animal welfare, from pioneering initiatives to see more stray dogs safely reunited with their owners, schemes designed to safeguard pets whose owners have been taken into care, housing policies that allow tenants to share their home with their pets and police officers who go above and beyond to protect animals.

Now in its 12th year, the awards included five PawPrint categories, awarded in either bronze, silver or gold standards, to recognise achievements in Stray Dog Services, Contingency Planning, Housing Policy, Animal Activity Licensing and Kennelled Dog Welfare, with 95 given to local authorities this year, 60% of those at Gold level. A Special Recognition accolade has been awarded to three individuals. PC Peter Baker of Northumbria Police, PC Sam Bush of South Yorkshire Police and Mark Callis, animal welfare services manager at London Borough of Wandsworth, have all been named winners of the prestigious award – nominated by RSPCA inspectors and staff in recognition of their substantial impact on animal welfare in their area.

Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA, said: “I am delighted that so many local authorities, housing providers and other public service organisations across England are continuing to prove their commitment to animal welfare. That they continue to do so, despite all the current political uncertainty and huge pressures on their budgets and staff, is a real testament to their hard work.

“The awards have gone from strength to strength and last year we entered a second decade of achievement. This year, we introduced the new kennelled dog category after noticing some outstanding work in this field that we felt deserved to be recognised.

“The organisations who show us year on year just how much hard work goes on behind the scenes to improve animal welfare locally really do deserve to be celebrated, and often their pioneering ideas have changed the lives of not only animals but local people too.

“Our award winners really do make a difference to animal welfare with their continuous drive to offer an amazing service to their local residents, and we are always blown away by some of the inspiring ideas we see them implementing, to improve animal welfare within their communities.”

In addition, the prestigious ‘Innovator in Animal Welfare’ award, which rewards pioneering practices, will be announced on 26 November 2019 at a special winner’s reception in London, where all those with Footprint wins will also be celebrated.

Rachel added: “The RSPCA’s PawPrints are the only awards that recognise the hard work of local authorities, social housing providers and public sector bodies, to improve animal welfare.

“Many housing providers and local authority departments have found that the internal and external recognition PawPrints has brought them has helped ensure that the level of funding for service delivery has been maintained or, in some cases, enhanced – which is really important in these tough economic times.”

The awards are supported by the Local Government Association, along with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

For more information please visit: http://cawfhome.politicalanimal.org.uk/england/


Full list of awards and winners:

Innovator in Animal Welfare
To be announced on 26 November at award ceremony in London.

Special Recognition
Mark Callis, London Borough of Wandsworth.
PC Peter Baker, Northumbria Police.
PC Sam Bush, South Yorkshire Police.

Animal Licensing Activity PawPrint
Gold – Blaby District Council, City of London Corporation, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Westminster City Council, Winchester City Council.
Silver – Stroud District Council, Wirral Council
Bronze – East Hertfordshire District Council, Guildford Borough Council

Contingency Planning PawPrint
Gold – Association of Greater Manchester Authorities Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council, London Borough of Camden Council
London Borough of Redbridge Council, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Northamptonshire County Council, Swale Borough Council.
Silver – Leeds City Council
Bronze – Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Peterborough City Council, Stroud District Council.

Housing PawPrint
Gold – Anchor Hanover, Dacorum Borough Council, Leeds City Council, London Borough of Wandsworth, Sussex Housing and Care, Victory Housing Trust, West Kent Housing Association, Westminster City Council.
Silver – Optivo, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.
Bronze – Gravesham Borough Council, Tendring District Council.

Kennelled Dog Welfare PawPrint
Bronze – London Borough of Hackney

Stray Dogs PawPrint
Gold – Breckland Council, Broxtowe Borough Council, Charnwood Borough Council, Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council, Cornwall Council, Croydon Council, Dacorum Borough Council, Darlington Borough Council, Eden District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Gravesham Borough Council, Hart District Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Kingston Upon Hull City Council, London Borough of Lambeth, London Borough of Newham, London Borough of Wandsworth, Luton Borough Council, Mansfield District Council, Medway Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, Northumberland County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Preston City Council, South Holland District Council, Stockton on Tees Borough Council, Stroud District Council, Swale Borough Council, Swindon Borough Council, Test Valley Borough Council, West Berkshire and Wokingham (Public Protection Partnership), Westminster City Council, Winchester City Council, Wirral Council.
Silver – Cambridge City Council
Bronze – Blaby District Council, East Hertfordshire District Council, London Borough of Hackney, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council.