Ashfield District Council has been crowned winner of 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.
Ashfield District Council has scooped the top Diamond Award in the RSPCA’s annual Community Animal Welfare Award for Stray Dog Services.
The Council has managed to obtain the Gold Award every year since the RSPCA started the awards in 2008. Since then, Ashfield is one of only four Councils in the country to maintain its 100% record and has therefore received a prestigious Diamond award.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of the Council said: “This award proves that we are one of very few organisations who go above and beyond statutory service requirements to achieve the very best animal welfare standards. As dog-lovers, our number one priority is ensuring that as many strays as possible safely find their way back to their owners”.
The award also highlights the work done to promote responsible dog ownership. The Council works with local partners to promote the sale of high quality, reasonably priced dog bags as well as providing financial assistance to eligible residents for the spaying and neutering of dogs.
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.