About the Footprints
Since 2008, the RSPCA Cymru’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) scheme has been the only award scheme across England and Wales recognising good practice from local authorities, housing providers and contingency planners in relation to animal welfare.
The scheme celebrates good practice by rewarding those organisations exceeding basic and statutory service requirements with the aim of achieving higher animal welfare standards.
The scheme has the support of the UK Government, Welsh Government, Local Government Association, Welsh Local Government Association, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.
CAWF covers four areas of work – stray dog services, housing, contingency planning and animal establishment licensing. Each Footprint has three levels – bronze, silver and gold – each level carrying progressively more demanding criteria.
The RSPCA Innovator for Wales recognises exceptional achievement in adopting an innovatory approach to improving animal welfare.
The aim of the Footprint scheme is to recognise and promote those that have made an extra effort, going beyond basic service requirements to ensure higher animal welfare standards in some of the services they provide.
Many housing providers and local authority departments have found that the internal and external recognition CAWF has brought them has helped ensure that the level of funding for service delivery has been maintained or, in some cases, enhanced – important in these tough economic times. Better still, the success of the scheme has helped to provide models of good practice across Wales and England to inspire and motivate.
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