The Important Reason Cardboard Dogs Are Popping Up At Polling Stations

The #DogsAtPollingStations hashtag has been awarded its own emoji this year (All Dogs Matter)

Without a doubt, the highlight of the last General Election was the #DogsAtPollingStations hashtag, which saw voters share snaps of the pooches they had befriended while exercising their democratic rights.

With the trend coming back to bark this time around, complete with its own Twitter emoji, dog rescue and rehoming charity All Dogs Matter have jumped on the bandwagon in a bid to help find loving new homes for the abandoned pups in their care.

Two creatives at London ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky came up with the idea of propping up cut-outs of dogs awaiting adoption outside 14 high-traffic polling stations in the city.

Each board will include some details about the dog and let potential owners know how they can get in touch.

Dogs set to be given their shot at social media stardom include Labrador puppy Tilda, cheeky Staffie Rupert and German Shepherd cross Ned.

Ira Moss, CEO at All Dogs Matter, said: “People love posting pictures of adorable #DogsAtPollingStations but of course they’re usually someone else’s dog. This election day, you can find your own canine pal by popping along to your local voting station.”

Keen to see whether your polling station is on the hit list? You can expect to find a cut-out from 10am at the below locations:

Raleigh Road United Church Hall
Raleigh Rd, Richmond

Everyday Church
28-30 Queen’s Road, London
SW19 8LR

Immanuel & St Andrews Church Hall
452 Streatham High Road
SW16 3PY

Effra Road Chapel
63 Effra Road

St Pancras Community Centre
Plender Street

James Wolfe Primary School
(Royal Hill Campus)
The Annex
Royal Hill
SE10 8RZ

St Anne’s Church Hall
Thorburn Square

Fulham Library
598 Fulham Road

St. Paul’s Church Hall
Stoke Newington Road
N16 7UY

St John the Baptist Church Hall
3 King Edward`s Road
E9 7SF

Finchley Youth Centre
142 High Road
East Finchley
N2 9ED

Hilldrop Community Centre
Hilldrop Community Lane
Hilldrop Road
N7 0JE

Hazel Road Community Centre
26 Hazel Road
NW10 5PP

West Hampstead Branch Library
Dennington Park Road

If your polling station isn’t taking part, why not stroll on over to the closest one on the list and take it as a sign that the cardboard doggy you find there is destined to be your new best friend? Failing that, and if your heart can handle it, head to the All Dogs Matter website to find out all about the 31 dogs currently in need of a home.

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