Wokingham borough canine initiative wins international award

Canine award RSPCA Wokingham borough

Canine award RSPCA Wokingham borough

Gold national award for Wokingham top canine carers 


The Public Protection Partnership’s canine carers have won a top national award for the gold standard way they look after stray dogs. For the tenth successive year the Animal Warden service has won the RSPCA’s 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. 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.


Cllr Hilary Cole, Chairman of the Joint Public Protection Committee, said: “We are delighted that for the tenth year in a row our excellent Animal Warden service has received a top RSPCA award. Our aim is to reunite a dog and owner and get it home, or find it a new home, as quickly as possible. If there is a delay we take the dog to our kennels that are staffed by trained professionals and manned 24/7. All the dogs are assessed by a vet whether sick or not. We keep the dog for up to seven days to give the owner a chance to claim the animal. If the dog is not claimed we find a space in a rescue centre and we only use rescue centres that vaccinate, microchip, neuter and home check.”


If you have lost or found an animal within Wokingham Borough we can be found online at

Alternatively you can contact us:
• During office hours (9am – 5pm, Monday to Thursday or 9am – 4:30pm Friday) on 01635 519171 or
• Outside of these times (including Bank Holidays) on 0844 499 6063


Public Protection Partnership

Wokingham Borough’s Animal Warden Service comes under Environmental Health and Licensing which is part of the Public Protection Partnership, a shared service provided by Wokingham Borough Council, Bracknell Forest Council and West Berkshire Council.


The Public Protection Partnership – – is a shared service delivering Environmental Health, Licensing and Trading Standards to over 450,000 people and 10,000 businesses on behalf of three authorities, Wokingham Borough Council, West Berkshire Council and Bracknell Forest Council. The Joint Public Protection Committee oversees the work of the Public Protection Partnership.


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