Council raise the woof with two animal welfare awards

Published Thursday, 21st September 2017

Wardens and dog

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has once again received national recognition for their work in promoting animal welfare in the Borough.

Established in 2008, the annual RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards celebrate Councils in England who go above and beyond in animal protection, safety and welfare.

The Council has achieved the Gold award for their Stray Dogs Footprint, which recognises the Council’s level of service given to residents in terms of dog protection. This covers out of hours service for lost and found dogs, micro-chipping for all dogs, reuniting lost dogs with owners and passing unclaimed dogs on to charities in a professional and caring manner.

The Council has also achieved the Silver award for Animal Establishments licensing for 2017, which encourages local authorities to consider all factors and options to ensure they encourage good practice in animal husbandry at all establishments within their jurisdictions.

Cllr Tony Cox, Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste and Regulatory Services, said: “These awards give thanks to the hardworking individuals and teams across the country that put animal welfare as a top priority.

“We are honoured to have been awarded both awards and we will continue to strive to make Southend-on-Sea a real hub for animal welfare.”

Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA said: “I am so delighted that so many organisations have maintained or bettered their CAWF award this year and I am very encouraged to see new entries too - many congratulations to all the winning organisation.

“In the current economic climate, it is by no means easy for organisations to come up with, fund and give manpower to protect and improve animal welfare within their communities, so our awards are their chance to shine and be recognised for the difference they are making.

The award-winners’ reception will take place on 28 November at RICS, Parliament Square, London.