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As per the booklet, submitted evidence should demonstrate that the applicant meets the criteria necessary to be recognised with a Footprint. It is also vital all evidence is marked with the appropriate numbers.

To see a summary of the necessary evidence, please click the appropriate Footprint below.

Innovator

More information on applying for this award can be found on pages 4-7 of the entry booklet.

if applying for a special RSPCA Innovator award, you may wish to attach evidence which considers:

  • What makes your entry different from what others are doing?
  • What were the aims and reasons for doing this, and have they been achieved? If not, why not?
  • Do you have any results or outcomes (statistical or anecdotal) to support your entry?
  • How does your project improve animal welfare?
  • Was the work resource intensive or cost-effective?
  • What have you learned from this work?
  • What is the future of the project? Is it a one-off or ongoing?

Animal Welfare Principles Footprint

More information on applying for this award can be found on pages 20-23 of the entry booklet.

if applying for a Bronze footprint, please number evidence as per below, and include information demonstrating:

  1. Promotion of animal welfare via the council’s website, which includes:
    1. Seasonal animal welfare concerns such as fireworks, pets as Christmas presents, dogs dying in hot cars, contingency planning etc
    2. Information about animal-related law, covering domestic pets and wildlife
    3. Information, links or contact details relating to pet care advice, animals on allotments, or living with wildlife
    4. Preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the chances of unwanted wild animals, provided or approved by recognised animal welfare organisation

  2. At least one public-facing activity, event or initiative that has promoted an animal welfare issue
  3. if applying for a Silver footprint, please provide evidence as to all of the above and include information demonstrating:

  4. A written council policy on animal welfare that is regularly reviewed, promoted in the council, and based on the principles outlined in the Animal Welfare Act 2006

  5. if applying for a Gold footprint, please provide evidence as to all of the above and include information demonstrating:

  6. The existence of a Council steering group focused on animal welfare
  7. Adoption of a policy ensuring movement to higher welfare meat, dairy and non-cage eggs (including as ingredients) in catering supplied to offices owned by, and meetings organised on behalf of the local authority?
  8. If in Wales, a clear plan for when and how the Control of Horses (Wales) Act 2014 will be used to ensure equine welfare?
  9. If in England, a clear defined policy and procedure that ensures animal welfare when dealing with equines
  10. If in Wales, a policy concerning the banning of sky lanterns on land controlled by the Local Authority?

Contingency Planning Footprint

More information on applying for this award can be found on pages 16-19 of the entry booklet.

if applying for a Bronze footprint, please number evidence as per below, and include information demonstrating:

  1. Locations identified as temporary animal shelters with a pet evacuation plan
  2. Information on your website (either LRF or individual member authorities) for pet owners that promotes preparedness, or links to another website that provides this
  3. Liaison or contact with animal welfare organisations and local vets who can assist in an emergency situation
  4. Companion animal welfare being included written contingency plans

  5. if applying for a Silver footprint, please provide evidence as to all of the above and include information demonstrating:

  6. Involvement of animal welfare organisations in contingency exercises and planning meetings
  7. Availability of support for establishments (both commercial and non-commercial) in drawing up their contingency plans
  8. The running of at least one table top exercise in the 2017/18 financial year specifically involving a companion animal welfare element

  9. if applying for a Gold footprint, please provide evidence as to all of the above and include information demonstrating:

  10. Access to, or ownership of, at least 50 kennel spaces or vari-kennels between members of the LRF for use in an emergency
  11. Proactive work, such as awareness campaigns, to ensure pet owners are prepared should there be an emergency
  12. At least one live exercise within the last two years specifically involving a companion animal welfare element

Housing Footprint

More information on applying for this award can be found on pages 12-15 of the entry booklet.

if applying for a Bronze footprint, please number evidence as per below, and include information demonstrating:

  1. A clear and positive written policy for pets in all housing controlled or influenced by your organisation that includes:
    1. Clearly defined guidance that is flexible enough to keep pets on a case by case basis where the owner can meet the animal’s welfare needs
    2. No discouragement of pet ownership where facilities exist which allow for proper care and which cover the owner’s responsibility
    3. A clear procedure for managing complaints and the concerns of both the pet owners and the neighbours regarding nuisance animals, welfare, health or cruelty issues
    4. A ban on the business activity of the breeding and / or vending of animals on the premises together with the discouragement of non-commercial breeding
  2. The provision of a list of local reputable animal welfare organisations for residents

  3. if applying for a Silver footprint, please provide evidence as to all of the above and include information demonstrating:

  4. Written pet care advice/information by, or approved by, a recognised animal welfare source being made available to residents on registering their pets in the accommodation
  5. Active promotion of promote permanent identification and neutering of pets
  6. Provision for the pets of owners housed in temporary or emergency housing
  7. Existence of a register, which is regularly updated, of all animals kept in each dwelling
  8. Adoption of a proportionate, case-by-case response to the treatment of prohibited types of dogs (i.e. those prohibited under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991)

  9. if applying for a Gold footprint, please provide evidence as to all of the above and include information demonstrating:

  10. Provision of discounted permanent ID for pets and a neutering discount to prevent unwanted breeding
  11. An established link with a recognised animal welfare organisation that provides residents with advice on pet care on request or by monthly or quarterly visits

Stray Dogs Footprint

More information on applying for this award can be found on pages 8-11 of the entry booklet.

if applying for a Bronze footprint, please number evidence as per below, and include information demonstrating:

  1. Dog handling, welfare and behaviour training for all officers responsible for stray dog collection (including holiday cover) in a safe environment
  2. A procedure in place to treat injured and sick stray dogs efficiently and humanely, including those found by the public
  3. A written procedural policy to scan (and check for other identification) all stray dogs collected or received by the local authority
  4. A written procedural policy to scan and check dead dogs for microchips and other forms of identification
  5. Stray-dog kennels and out-of-hours reception centre having facilities, protocols and procedures ensuring the five welfare needs, defined under section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, are met?
  6. A staffed out-of-hours kennels/reception centre
  7. Provision of information to owners re-claiming strays on how to prevent the dog straying again
  8. That records are kept, and regularly updated, of all strays received and how they were disposed of, including those reclaimed, rehomed, euthanased on health and medical grounds, or euthanased after the seven day period
  9. if applying for a Silver footprint, please provide evidence as to all of the above and include information demonstrating:

  10. How stray dog kennels have a clear rehoming policy to ensure all dogs to be rehomed are assessed – behaviourally and physically – and permanently identified, and that potential new owners are vetted
  11. The active promotion through the council’s website and other literature regarding microchipping and/or other methods of permanent identification, as well as neutering and an owner’s duty of care under section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  12. if applying for a Gold footprint, please provide evidence as to all of the above and include information demonstrating:

  13. Adequate provision of an out-of-hours service for local circumstances to ensure animal welfare
  14. That microchipping or other permanent identification is offered to all stray dogs before being returned to owners or rehomed
  15. Regular proactive work to encourage responsible pet ownership

Awards:

Please only check this box if your application requires no new evidence for the 2017/18 financial year. If you’d like to submit some of last year’s evidence, please make this clear on your attachment and leave this box unchecked.

Terms & Conditions

Terms of Entry for the Community Animal Welfare Footprints

1. The Community Animal Welfare Footprints scheme (the “Scheme”) recognises positive aspects of animal welfare in relation to the provision of certain local authority services during the financial year 2017/18 at three levels: bronze, silver and gold (each a “Footprint”). In these terms, “you” refers to the local authority and “we” or “us” refers to the RSPCA.

2. In return for your completing the application questionnaire and supplying all requisite material, we will enter your local authority into the Scheme, giving your local authority the opportunity to be awarded a Footprint. If you are awarded a Footprint, you will be granted a licence to use the Footprint logo for a period of 12 months, subject to compliance with the conditions of use. In particular, we draw your attention to clause 10 of the logo conditions of use.

3. You warrant that the information and material you have provided is accurate and not misleading and that you will notify us immediately (whether before or after any Footprint has been awarded) if you become aware that any information or material supplied is inaccurate or misleading in any respect. In the event that your local authority is awarded a Footprint, you undertake to notify us of any change in your authority’s policies or practices which relates, however incidentally, to that Footprint, during the one-year period following the award of the Footprint.

4. We regret that we are unable to return any information or material provided to us.

5. In consideration of the RSPCA entering your organisation into the Scheme, you grant the RSPCA the non-exclusive licence to use, copy and reproduce any information and material supplied by you as part of entering the Scheme for the purposes only of judging and publicising the Scheme and use in connection with other ongoing or future RSPCA work. The RSPCA warrants and undertakes that any such information or material supplied by you will not be used in a manner which is defamatory to your organisation.

6. The panel of judges comprises representatives of the RSPCA. The judges will determine, using such criteria as they think fit and taking into account the information you have provided and any supporting evidence or information which we may require, whether or not you will be awarded a Footprint. A decision of the judges is final.

Terms of Entry for the Community Animal Welfare Footprints Innovator in Animal Welfare Award

1. The Community Animal Welfare Footprints Innovator in Animal Welfare Award (the “Award”) recognises innovation in relation to a local authority activity or service as it relates to animal welfare. In these terms, “you” refers to the local authority and “we” or “us” refers to the RSPCA.

2. In return for you submitting the requisite information and material, we will enter your local authority into the Award scheme, giving your local authority the opportunity to be given an Award. If you are are given an Award, you will be granted a licence to use the Award logo subject to compliance with the conditions of use.

3. You warrant that the information and material you have provided in your submission is accurate and not misleading and that you will notify us immediately (whether before or after any Award has been given) if you become aware that any information or material supplied is inaccurate or misleading in any respect. In the event that your local authority is given an Award, you undertake to notify us of any change in your authority’s policies or practices which relates, however incidentally, to that Award, during the one-year period following the grant of the Award.

4. We regret that we are unable to return any information or material provided to us.

5. In consideration of the RSPCA entering your organisation into the Award scheme, you grant the RSPCA the non-exclusive licence to use, copy and reproduce any information and material supplied by you as part of entering the Award scheme for the purposes only of judging and publicising the Award scheme and use in connection with other ongoing or future RSPCA work. The RSPCA warrants and undertakes that any such information or material supplied by you will not be used in a manner which is defamatory to your organisation.

6. The panel of judges comprises representatives of the RSPCA and external judges. The judges will determine, using such criteria as they think fit and taking into account the information you have provided and any supporting evidence or information which we may require, whether or not you will be given an Award. A decision of the judges is final.

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