The link

Animal Wardens utilise ‘the link’ between people and animals to address neighbourhood  problems by provide a highly visible, uniformed, official presence in residential and public areas with the aim of reducing crime and fear of crime; deterring anti-social behaviour; fostering social inclusion and caring for the environment.

Their overall purpose is to improve quality of life and contribute to the regeneration of an area. Animal Wardens have a number of roles depending on local needs, such as:


  • Promoting community safety and assisting with environmental improvements, such as litter, graffiti, unsociable dogs, dog fouling and housing.
  • They contribute to community development and provide a link between local residents, key agencies such as the local authority and the police.
  • Wardens engage well with individuals, local residents,  providing an information service to the public.
  • Work with vulnerable groups such as the elderly, the disabled and victims of crime.

What are the Objectives ?
A key strand to the Animal Warden approach is partnership working, priorities include:-

  • Tackling anti-social behaviour and crime
  • Promoting community cohesion and the 'liveability of neighbourhoods
  • Improving the quality and maintenance of the local environment
  • Improving the health of local residents and promoting healthy lifestyles
  • Identifying and assisting venerable people
  • Ensuring safer communities

What is the link?

Pets have a special place in the lives of people and animals provide a conduit for contact with them. Throughout history animals have played a significant role in human customs, legends, and religions. In our own time, the great increase in pet ownership may reflect a largely urban population's often-unsatisfied need for intimacy, nurturance, and contact with nature.

The role of pets in recovering from physical and physiological illness, child development and health correlates in elderly persons. Social and therapeutic aides, increased levels of safety and companionship make pets a good conduit to aid fixing our broken communities.

Even violence against animals cannot be dismissed or treated as an isolated problem. Rather, acts of animal abuse should be considered within the context of a much wider picture of family violence and disturbance.

 People hold those whose role it is to protect animals up in great esteem, they are one of the little officialdom that people, who isolate themselves from society will engage with and have empathy for, making them an asset in communication and identification of issues.

Closer collaborative working between agencies and animal wardens would make a positive contribution to protect the welfare of children, families and animals whilst at the same time improving community cohesion and the environment.

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