Ashfield District Council has picked up the top award for stray dog care at the RSPCA’s prestigious Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) awards.
As the country’s largest and oldest animal welfare charity, the RSPCA developed the awards scheme in 2008 to encourage and celebrate excellent practices.
Ashfield District Council has scooped the Diamond Award in the RSPCA’s annual Community Animal Welfare Award for Stray Dog Services.
The council has managed to obtain the Gold Award every year since the RSPCA started the awards in 2008.
Councillor Christian Chapman picked up the award on behalf of the council.
Since then, Ashfield is one of only four councils in the country to maintain its 100 per cent record and has therefore received a prestigious Diamond Award.
Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of the council said: “This award proves that we are one of very few organisations who go above and beyond statutory service requirements to achieve the very best animal welfare standards. As dog-lovers, our number one priority is ensuring that as many strays as possible safely find their way back to their owners”.
The award also highlights the work done to promote responsible dog ownership.
The council works with local partners to promote the sale of "high quality, reasonably priced dog bags" as well as providing financial assistance to eligible residents for the spaying and neutering of dogs.
If residents find any dogs straying, they are reminded to call the council with as much detail as possible so that efforts can be made to reunite it with its owner.