Medway Council has received two awards from the RSPCA for its outstanding work with stray dogs.
The stray dogs team has been awarded with the RSPCA Gold Footprint Award for the fifth year in a row alongside the RSPCA's Platinum Footprint Award for its continued work with stray dogs including policies, procedures and the new canine code. The team has had huge success over the past year with reuniting dogs with their owners and also finding new homes for abandoned dogs.
Medway Council’s community wardens have their own Facebook page dedicated to the service they provide, which has been very successful and their posts have reached a total of 823,462 people. They have used their platform to help find owners of abandoned dogs, find new foster carers and rehome stray dogs.
Between April 2017 and April 2018 the community wardens picked up a total of 237 dogs, 124 were reunited with their owners and 39 were rehomed to a new loving family.
The team attend council events throughout the year and offer a free microchipping service to residents. It’s required by law for dogs to be microchipped and for the details to be kept up to date. Between April 2017 and April 2018 the wardens microchipped a total of 96 dogs.
Medway Council has also launched a new canine code which asks dog owners to follow a guide to being a responsible dog owner. The code includes keeping your dog under control at all times, ensuring your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and treating your dog with love and kindness.
'This is fantastic news'
Cllr Rupert Turpin, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in charge of Community Wardens, said: “This is fantastic news, we’re delighted to be recognised for the fifth year running. This is a great achievement for the team and I would like to thank the wardens for their commitment to helping stray dogs.
“The wardens go above and beyond to reunite strays with their owners and rehome abandoned dogs. They work tirelessly to help the community and this award just reiterates their hard work.”
Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA, said: “This is an extremely special year for us as we mark the tenth anniversary of the Awards and we have been so impressed with the standard of entries to both the PawPrints awards, and the special awards.
“It’s always so rewarding to celebrate the winners and their inspiring initiatives and hear just what a huge impact their work has had on animal welfare locally, but this year is particularly special because we are also celebrating the outstanding work that’s gone on during the last ten years. The PawPrints awards are something the RSPCA is immensely proud of.
“The organisations who have shown us year on year just how much hard work goes on behind the scenes to improve animal welfare locally really do deserve to be celebrated, and often their pioneering ideas have changed the lives of not only animals but local people too.”
The Paw Prints winners reception will take place in November in Parliament Square, London.
You can find more information about Medway Council's stray dog service here.