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Date: 17/10/2018

One of Worcestershire’s leading housing associations has been recognised by the RSPCA for its good practice in animal welfare.

Fortis Living – the largest social landlord in Worcestershire – has been awarded a Gold Housing Footprint by the charity.
On top of this - and in recognition of the organisation being awarded the Gold level for five continuous years – it has also won a Platinum Housing Footprint.
The 2018 PawPrints Awards evening will be held at RICS, Parliament Square in London on Tuesday 27 November; the event will also celebrate the awards tenth anniversary.
Fortis Living – part of Platform Housing Group which provides more than 45,000 homes from Herefordshire in the West to the Lincolnshire coast in the East, and from the Derbyshire Dales in the North to the Cotswolds in the South – works in partnership with its residents to ensure responsible pet ownership.  As well as a policy and guides on pet ownership, it offers help and guidance on neutering and micro-chipping; it also employs a pragmatic and fair decision making process regarding prohibited dogs.  Importantly it works alongside other agencies such as local RSPCAs and The Dogs Trust.
Clare Greensall, Tenancy Services Manager at Fortis Living said : “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised by the RSPCA in this way; we have successfully entered these awards for five years now and it is testimony to our consistent and fair approach to encouraging responsible pet ownership that we have once again been recognised.  Our congratulations to all those involved!”
Rachel Williams, Senior Parliamentary Advisor for the RSPCA said : “It's fantastic that Fortis has not only achieved a Gold award, which is a great achievement in itself, but have held it for five years to receive the prestigious Platinum too. This is a real testament to the hard work of Fortis staff and their commitment to animal welfare.”
The RSPCA PawPrints Awards recognise and celebrate public service organisations that go above and beyond to ensure high animal welfare standards in their communities including initiatives to see more stray dogs safely into kennels, schemes to safeguard pets whose owners have been taken into care and housing policies that allow tenants to share their home with their pets.
The gold, silver and bronze PawPrints Awards awards – formerly known as CAWF, Community Animal Welfare Footprints – are for four ‘Footprint’ categories, to recognise achievements in Stray Dog Services, Contingency Planning, Housing Policy and Animal Activity Licensing.
The awards are supported by the Local Government Association, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.  Further details are available at
For further information please contact Clare Greensall, Tenancy Services Manager at Fortis Living on 01684 579332 or at