Wokingham Borough Council’s canine carers have won a top national award for the gold standard way they look after stray dogs.
For the eighth year in the row the council’s animal welfare team has won the RSPCA’s Gold Footprint Award in its Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards.
This award recognises public sector organisations going above and beyond basic and statutory animal welfare standards.
“We are delighted that once again our exemplary animal welfare team have received this award,” said Cllr Norman Jorgensen, executive member for environment, sports, leisure and libraries.
“Our aim is to reunite a dog and owner and get it home, or find it a new one as quickly as possible.
“If there is a delay we take the dog to our kennels, which have underfloor heating and are staffed by trained professionals and manned 24/7. All dogs are assessed by the vet, whether sick or not.
“We keep the dog for up to seven days to give the owner a chance to claim it. If the dog isn’t claimed we find a space in a rescue centre, but only use centres that vaccinate, microchip, neuter and home check.”
Established in 2008, the annual Footprint awards are supported by the Local Government Association, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
Gold standard is the highest achievement.
Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary adviser for the RSPCA said: “The Footprints are the only awards available that recognise the hard work of local authorities, social housing providers and public sector bodies on animal welfare.
“It is no secret that receiving a CAWF Award is a major achievement for any organisation or local authority."
Wokingham Borough’s Animal Warden Service comes under the environmental health and licensing department, which is part of the Public Protection Partnership, a shared service provided by Wokingham Borough Council, Bracknell Forest Borough District Council and West Berkshire District Council.
Wokingham Borough Council’s Animal Warden can be contacted on (0118) 974 6000, or for more general information visit the animal welfare pages online.