Stray dog kennels awarded gold in RSPCA’s PawPrints Awards for 5th year in a row

Portsmouth City Council’s stray dog kennels have once again achieved a gold in the acclaimed PawPrints Awards. The awards, which are run by the RSPCA, aim to recognise organisations that go above and beyond basic requirements.

Despite the challenging year, Helen Gunn (senior animal warden) and her team of staff and volunteers continued to deliver the kennels essential services whilst maintaining their usual higher welfare standards for animals in their care.

At the beginning of the pandemic the kennels utilised foster homes to great success and ensured no dogs were spending months in the kennels while rescue centres were closed.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, the council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “I’m extremely proud of all the hard work from Helen and her team at the kennels.
Achieving a gold stray dog award is a true testament to the quality of care provided by this facility.
The kennels have come a long way in recent times, and even now in difficult times they’re continuing to provide an excellent service for Portsmouth residents.”

Since the start of 2020, the kennels brought in 87 stray dogs; out of those none had a tag on their collar. It’s the law (Control of Dogs Order 1992) that all dogs wear a collar and a tag when in public. The tag must have your name and address on, and your telephone number can be helpful too.

If you would like to know more please visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk/services/leisure/dogs/dog-kennels-and-stray-dogs/ or call 02392 688 181. The dog kennels are located on Great Salterns Farm on Burrfields Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5HH.

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