This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) PawPrints awards and the results have just been announced. The Dog Warden Service of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has achieved a gold stray dog footprint for the seventh year in a row. As we have held this award at Gold level for seven years continuously, and in recognition of PawPrints' 10th anniversary, we have also been awarded a platinum stray dogs footprint award.
Once again this acknowledges the service and the excellent standards of animal welfare provided to the stray dogs and their owners in our borough.
Why were we awarded it?
The award recognises those local authorities who have clear procedures in place that ensure both the welfare of stray dogs and a clear consistency of service. Additionally, it also recognises the importance of information and education and rewards authorities who actively promote schemes and services that may reduce the number of long-term strays and straying in the first instance, such as microchipping and neutering.
The RSPCA is the UK's largest animal welfare charity and their PawPrints awards, formerly known as the Community Animal Welfare Footprint awards (CAWFC) promotes and celebrates those organisations in the public sector that have made an extra effort and gone beyond basic service requirements to ensure higher animal welfare standards in animal welfare related services they provide.
The annual Footprint awards are supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) along with the Local Government Association, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
Our Dog Warden Service is a team effort and recognition is given to all involved, in particular our dog warden, Anne McDonald.
Last updated: 28/01/2019 12:07