Ashfield District Council have once again been crowned winner in the RSPCA’s prestigious Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) awards for its Stray Dog Service.
Local authorities, housing providers and other public service organisations across England have been awarded the prestigious RSPCA CAWF awards to highlight pioneering contributions to improve animal welfare in communities.
As the country’s largest and oldest animal welfare charity, the RSPCA developed the awards scheme in 2008 to encourage and celebrate excellent practices by rewarding those organisations who go above and beyond statutory service requirements to achieve higher animal welfare standards.
Ashfield District Council have scooped the top Gold Award in the RSPCA’s annual Community Animal Welfare Award for Stray Dog Services. This award recognises good practice and there are three potential achievements available; Bronze, Silver and Gold.
The Council has managed to obtain the Gold Award every year since the RSPCA started the awards in 2008. In 2012 the Council was recognised as one of only six Councils to have achieved the Gold standard in the first 5 years and as a result obtained a special Platinum award. Since then, the Council is one of only five Councils in the Country to maintain their 100% record of meeting the Gold standard throughout the 9 years the awards have been running.
The award also highlights the work done to promote responsible dog ownership. The Council maintains the service of selling high quality, reasonably priced dog bags as well as providing financial assistance to eligible residents for the spaying and neutering of their dogs.
Cllr Nicolle Ndiweni, Portfolio Holder for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “This award highlights the exemplary work of the dog warden service, the Environmental Protection Team and the kennelling contractors in protecting the welfare of stray dogs and ensuring that as many as possible find their way back to their owners”.
If residents find any dogs straying, they are reminded to call the Council with as much detail as possible so that efforts can be made to reunite it with its owner.
Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA said: “I am so delighted that so many organisations have maintained or bettered their CAWF award this year, and very encouraged to see new entries too – many congratulations to all the winning organisations”.
“In the current economic climate, it is by no means easy for organisations to come up with, fund and give manpower to protect and improve animal welfare within their communities, so our awards are their chance to shine and be recognised for the difference they are making.
Rachel added: “it is no secret that receiving a CAWF Award is a major achievement for any organisation or local authority”.