September 9, 2015

Eleven organisations in Wales recognised for their animal welfare work


We are pleased to announce the Welsh winners of the Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards scheme for 2015.

This year, 11 organisations across Wales have received awards in three categories – stray dog provision, contingency planning and housing provision; with bronze, silver and gold standards awarded, depending on the level of service provided by the authority or organisation.

Additionally, there is also a RSPCA Innovator for Wales award which rewards pioneering and imaginative steps taken to improve animal welfare. This award will be revealed next month.

This year four organisations across Wales have attained a gold award.

In the stray dog provision category Cardiff Dogs Home, Denbighshire County Council, Newport City Council have all received gold standard. Meanwhile Pembrokeshire County Council has been awarded a silver in the stray dogs category, with Bridgend County Borough Council, Isle of Anglesey County Council and Wrexham County Borough Council receiving bronze.

Monmouthshire County Council received a gold award for contingency planning and City of Cardiff Council has been granted a bronze award in the same category.

Both Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association and Merthyr Valley Homes have been granted a bronze in the housing provision category.

Assistant Director external relations – Wales, Claire Lawson, said: “We are delighted to see 11 organisations achieve recognition and four of them collecting a gold award.

“Despite the difficult economic climate, this once again demonstrates the importance so many frontline agencies across Wales attach to animals and their welfare.

“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 recognition of the Welsh Government and the backing of the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), along with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Trading Standards Institute.


Notes to Editors:
A reception is planned on 14 October for the winners where they will be awarded with their certificates. The awards will be presented by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths AM. A press release following this event will be released – which will also announce the winners in the RSPCA Innovator award category (Welsh Innovator).

2015 Winners in Wales
Stray Dogs award
Cardiff Dogs Home (Gold)
Denbighshire County Council (Gold)
Newport City Council (Gold)
Pembrokeshire County Council (Silver)
Bridgend County Borough Council (Bronze)
Isle of Anglesey County Council (Bronze)
Wrexham County Borough Council (Bronze)

Contingency Planning award
Monmouthshire County Council (Gold)
City of Cardiff Council (Bronze)

Housing award
Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association (Bronze)
Merthyr Valley Homes (Bronze)