Lambeth earns repeat RSPCA gold footprints for dogs (and other creatures)

16 November 2020

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth has been awarded RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprints since 2010 – this year, Gold Awards again for our stray dogs and animal licensing services.

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Lambeth earns repeat RSPCA gold footprints for dogs (and other creatures)

Lambeth has again been awarded RSPCA gold Community Animal Welfare Footprints awards for our work with stray dogs and animal activities licensing.

Bronze to Gold

Lambeth pet shop displays window sticker showing successful licensing visit

Lambeth pet shop shows evidence of successful visit

It seems a long time ago when Lambeth was awarded its first CAWF in 2010 – the bronze award for stray dogs! Since then, and for many years in a row, we have achieved gold for stray dogs and more recently animal licensing – a great achievement.

Working through lockdown

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic it has been extremely tough working in animal welfare, however all staff involved with stray dogs showed their commitment by continuing to work through lockdown, collecting stray dogs and caring for them in kennels. We continued to support our local licensed animal activity businesses with regular updates and increasing the length of licenses by 3 months where necessary) and inspections of licensed premises resumed when we were able to do so.

Gold Stray Dogs Footprint Award

Firefighters help with stray dogs found near Fire Brigade HQ

Firefighters from LFB HQ walk Anatolian Shepherd Dogs found in the Thames and on Albert Embankment ‘beach’. Both dogs were returned to their owner quickly, after a microchip check.

The Award recognises our comprehensive offer including out of office hours services. We routinely scan dogs for microchip to identify the owner, give advice to owners on how to prevent their pet from straying again and work with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to rehome any unclaimed strays.

Gold Animal Activity Licensing Footprint

Regular inspections at all Lambeth’s licensed animal establishments – pet shops, dog breeders, dog boarding, performing animals, riding schools and zoos including London Aquarium – make sure they meet the conditions set out in updated model licensing conditions. The Footprint award demonstrates Lambeth’s commitment to animal welfare.

More information

  • The RSPCA is the world’s longest-serving Animal Welfare charity. Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) are run by the RSPCA to recognise organisations that go above and beyond basic requirements to ensure higher welfare standards for animals. See the RSPCA information pages for more about everything they do to protect animals and how you can help.
  • See more about London Aquarium
  • See more about Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.