Published: Friday, 6th September 2019

Medway Council’s outstanding work with stray dogs has been recognised by the RSPCA for the sixth year in a row.

The stray dogs team has been awarded the RSCPA Gold PawPrints Award for the sixth year in a row. 

The awards recognise and celebrate the council’s continued work with stray dogs.

The team has been very successful in reuniting lost pets with their owners in the last year as well as finding new homes for abandoned dogs.

Between April 2018 and April 2019 the community wardens picked up 237 dogs, luckily 130 were scanned for microchips on the street and were returned directly to their owners. The team also reunited 57 dogs with their owners. The team also found forever homes for a number of dogs and placed some in longer term foster care until homes could be found for them.

Medway Council’s community wardens also have their own Facebook page which is dedicated to the stray dogs service. They use social media to help find the owners of stray dogs, find new foster carers and to rehome abandoned dogs.

The team also attend community events and encourage dog owners to follow the Medway canine code which 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.

Our team works tirelessly to help reunite stray dogs with their owners

Cllr Rupert Turpin, Portfolio Holder covering Community Wardens, said: “We are delighted to have once again been recognised by the RSPCA for our work with stray dogs. Our team works tirelessly to help reunite stray dogs with their owners and to rehome those that have been abandoned. I would like to thank our community wardens for all their hard work.”

Testament to the hard work of Medway's staff

Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA, said: "It's great to see Medway Council achieving our prestigious Gold award. This is a real testament to the hard work of Medway's staff, their commitment to animal welfare and the health and happiness of their residents."

Find out more about our stray dog service.

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