RSPCA PawPrints Awards 2022


PawPrints 2022 is now OPEN for submissions! Enter the awards here!

What is the PawPrints award scheme? 

Launched in 2008 and running for nearly 15 years, PawPrints recognises local authorities, housing providers and other public bodies who deliver higher animal welfare standards. PawPrints celebrates public sector organisations who work hard to deliver higher animal welfare standards - and act as an inspiration for others to do the same. 

Awards are split into five categories: stray dog services, housing, contingency planning, animal activity licensing, and kenneling. Each category has three levels: bronze, silver and gold - with each level carrying progressively more challenging criteria. There are also two `special¿ awards; the Special Recognition and Innovator awards. 

Why enter the scheme? 

PawPrints is the only award scheme to celebrate the local public sector for working hard to deliver higher animal welfare standards. It¿s a unique and exciting opportunity for public sector organisations to demonstrate their commitment to providing services which protect and promote animal welfare. 

The public is hugely passionate about animal welfare - and we know they want to see public bodies that represent them taking action for pets. Applying for a PawPrint is a fantastic way to do just that. 

Who endorses the scheme? 

PawPrints is proud to be endorsed by the Local Government Association, the Welsh Local Government Association, the Charted Insititute of Environmental Health and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. In Wales, it has also previously received support from the Welsh Government. 

Where are the awards criteria?

The awards criteria can be found at the bottom of this webpage by downloading the relevant PDF documents. You can also email for copies. 

How can I apply for an award? 

Complete this form to apply for any of the five main category awards AND either the Special Recognition or Innovator awards. 

The form asks you to provide contact information, to identify which awards you are applying for, and information about whether you/your organisation have previously applied for an award. The information will only be used for the purposes of contacting you about your submission and monitoring purposes. 

Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email from the RSPCA¿s Public Affairs team to provide you with information to help you to make your submission. Your submission and supporting evidence, once completed, must be emailed to the RSPCA¿s Public Affairs team. 

Please note, unlike in previous years, this year we are also asking for the relevant Head of Service/Line Manager to sign off on any submissions and supporting evidence. 

The window for submissions closes on Friday 19th August. Any submissions received after this date may not be accepted.


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