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11th September 2018

Sixteen organisations across Wales to be awarded winners of purr-fect PawPrints

BY: Nathan Spackman

RSPCA Cymru is proud to be shining a light on organisations across Wales who have gone the extra mile for animals.

Today, the animal welfare charity has announced that 16 organisations have won 19 awards which recognise their commitment and achievement towards animal welfare as part of its CAWF - Community Animal Footprint Awards - which are being renamed as PawPrints as they enter a second decade.

It now means that since it began in 2008, a total of 143 awards have been given to a range of local authorities, contingency planners and housing providers across Wales who have continued to improve and deliver animal welfare.

The scheme is split into a number of categories - with entrants from Wales gaining recognition for their stray dog provision, animal activity licensing work, contingency planning and housing policies. There are bronze, silver and gold standards in each.

This year more gold awards have been given out than ever before, with Cardiff Dogs Home (Cardiff Council), Newport City Council, Denbighshire County Council, Wrexham County Borough Council, Shared Regulatory Services (A partnership between Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Councils), and Conwy Council receiving gold in the stray dogs award category and Monmouthshire County Council receiving a gold in the contingency planning category.

RSPCA Cymru’s public affairs manager, Paul Smith, said: “We are extremely proud to be able to recognise 16 organisations this year, with seven of them winning a gold award, which is the most we have ever given out in a year.

“We look forward to announcing our awards each year, and we once again wish to congratulate the winners for their hard work and dedication.

“It is also just fantastic to look back over the past 10 years and celebrate the huge role played by local authorities, housing providers and contingency planners in the delivery of animal welfare across Wales.”

Additionally, there is also a ‘RSPCA Innovator for Wales Award’ which rewards pioneering and imaginative steps taken to improve animal welfare. There will also be a ‘Special Recognition Award’ which has been nominated for by the RSPCA inspectorate to recognise those individuals in the public services who go above and beyond for animals. These awards are judged by an external panel of animal welfare experts and the winners will be announced in November at an awards reception. RSPCA Cymru will also be handing out an ‘Outstanding achievement Award’ at the event.

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