The awards recognize local authorities, housing providers and other public bodies that deliver higher animal welfare standards.
According to the association:paw prints celebrates public sector organizations that work hard to deliver higher animal welfare standards – and inspire others to do the same.
Wandsworth’s two gold medals were awarded for the way she deals with lost and stray dogs and for her support of tenants and housing estate tenants who want to keep a dog.
Contrary to some advice which prohibits dog ownership in public housing, Wandsworth encourages it – and supports responsible ownership by offering a free microchip and free neutering service in partnership with the Wimbledon branch of the RSPCA.
And any lost or stray dogs or cats rescued by the council’s animal care service who cannot be immediately reunited with their owners are taken to Battersea Dogs and Cats home for care.
Wandsworth Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Aydin Dikerdem said: ‘Many councils do not allow their tenants to keep dogs but we do this because we recognize the health benefits pets can bring. and the physical and mental well-being of people, and in particular the key role of animals. play in the fight against loneliness and social isolation. People living on our properties are free to own a pet as long as they do so responsibly with consideration for their neighbors.
Lee Gingell, RSPCA public affairs officer for local government, said: “This is a difficult time for many pet owners as the cost of living crisis continues to bite – so we know that good many of the programs and procedures that PawPrints recognizes will be more important than ever.
“From programs to encourage responsible pet ownership, to low cost microchipping and animal protection policies during emergencies, there is so much great work going on behind the scenes at public agencies. – and, in this climate, these services are so often a lifeline for pets and their owners.
To find out more about the borough free microchipping and sterilization servicesplease visit the council’s website.
Residents can also watch a series of videos produced by the council’s animal welfare team which offers advice on how to choose and care for a dog.
Learn more about www.wandsworth.gov.uk/dogs.