Street Warden Team scoops Gold for the fourth year running
The District Council Street Warden team has been awarded a Gold Footprint for the fourth year, as part of the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) scheme, in recognition of the high quality standard in which the Council handles stray dogs.
The annual Footprints Award scheme was introduced by the RSPCA in 2007 to acknowledge organisations that go ‘above and beyond’ to ensure the welfare of stray dogs, from the time of collection to conclusion, including the swift treatment of injured or sick dogs.
The Award recognises that the Council has clear policies and procedures in place to ensure a high standard of welfare for stray dogs whilst in the Council’s care. This includes re-homing policies, working in accordance with new legislation and proactive action to educate dog owners to reduce long-term stray dog numbers, whilst also providing a cost effective service.
The Council’s highly successful use of social media to reunite stray dogs with their owners, and the enforcement of the April 2016 compulsory micro-chipping legislation has been a key element in the awarding of the Gold Footprint.
Cllr Paul Hiett, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “We’re delighted to receive the RSPCA Gold Footprint Award for the fourth consecutive year. This is a fantastic achievement and is in recognition of the continued development and high standard of service carried out by the Street Wardens when dealing with stray dogs in the local community.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank local residents for reporting stray dogs to us, and for taking the dogs to the appointed kennels as this ensures the dog is in a place of safety before it causes damage or injury to itself or others.
“We are also extremely grateful to all those who help to share our stray dog posts on social media, as this often helps us to quickly reunite the lost pet with its owners and reduces the time that the dog has to spend in kennels.”
Cllr Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the District Council added: “The Council is extremely pleased to have received this Award again from the RSPCA. The Gold Award is recognition of the caring and compassionate manner in which the Street Wardens carry out their work, ensuring the welfare of stray dogs from the time of collection to kennelling. The team will continue to work proactively with residents to encourage responsible dog ownership across the district.”
If you have lost your dog or would like to know more about the Council’s dog micro-chipping service, contact the Street Warden Team on 01594 810000 during office hours.
For more information on the RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) scheme visit www.politicalanimal.org.uk/cawf