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Date published: 15th September 2023

The Council’s stray dog service has earnt the coveted RSPCA Gold PawPrint Award for its services to stray dogs.

Animal Warden Services deliver the Council’s stray dog service and work together with the Council as a key partner to help reunite owners and their dogs.

The RSPCA’s PawPrint Award scheme celebrates and rewards local authorities and organisations for going above and beyond to deliver the highest quality animal welfare services.

The PawPrint award covers five main areas:

  • Stray dog services
  • Licensing of activities involving animals
  • Contingency/emergency planning
  • Housing
  • Kennelling

The award has three levels, bronze, silver and gold. Each level has different and more changeling criteria. This is the second year the Council has received the gold award.

Emily Capps, Assistant Director Environmental and Leisure Services, NNDC, said:

“It’s great news that the NNDC stray dog service has received the RSPCA Gold PawPrint award.

“Animal Warden Services who deliver our stray dog service are key partners and often go above and beyond to ensure that dogs and their owners are reunited, this award is testament to the quality of the service they provide on behalf of the Council.”

Lee Gingell, Public Affairs Manager for Local Government, RSPCA, said:

“Despite the challenging situation for all local authorities and public bodies across the country, we’re thrilled to see North Norfolk District Council pick up the RSPCA’s Stray Dog Services (Gold) PawPrints Award. 

“It’s a tough time for pet owners as the cost of living crisis continues, a tough time too for local authorities and public bodies as demands increase and resources decline. In the face of these challenges, we’re proud to award North Norfolk District Council as part of the PawPrints Awards for implementing and promoting schemes and policies that protect and promote animal welfare, and support pet owners - now more important than ever.”

Last updated: 15th September 2023