The RSPCA Cymru has announced that Cardiff Dog’s Home has been awarded a prestigious RSPCA Gold Standard Footprint Award.
The gold award, in the Stray Dogs category, follows a number of years when Cardiff won silver awards and recognises Cardiff Council’s continued commitment to animal welfare. The RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprints scheme comprises four areas of service provided by the public sector that has some impact on animal welfare. These are:
Stray dog services
Housing contingency planning
Each Footprint has three levels – bronze, silver and gold – which carry progressively more demanding criteria. The award scheme, designed to encourage higher animal welfare standards in service delivery and to promote good practice in local authorities, is supported by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Trading Standards Institute and the Local Government Association.
Councillor Bob Derbyshire, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “The Community Animal Welfare Footprint Awards bring opportunities to both share good practice as well as bring innovation to animal welfare services. At a time of financial restraint,
“it is all the more pleasing that the hard work of staff at Cardiff Dogs Home has resulted in this recognition of excellence in service delivery.”
Cardiff’s success in the Stray Dog’s footprint category reflects work undertaken to ensure the welfare of the animals during collection and kennelling as well as the pro-active work undertaken by Cardiff Dogs’ Home to educate owners and to reduce levels of straying and numbers of long-term strays.
Of particular importance has been the work to encourage responsible dog ownership, micro-chipping, neutering and assessment procedures used for dogs as well as the work done to ensure, via the prospective owner application process, that re-homed dogs find homes suited to them.
Sarah Brown, Group Leader Cardiff Dogs Home said, ‘‘We are delighted that Cardiff Dogs Home has been awarded the Gold Award for the first time. It is great to see the hard work by staff and volunteers recognised by the scheme as they continue to strive for improved stray dog control, welfare standards and re-homing opportunities for the dogs.’’