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.
Taking your dog to the polling station? 🐶🗳
— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) June 7, 2017
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.”
— Sam (@ToastMondays) June 8, 2017
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
28-30 Queen’s Road, London
Immanuel & St Andrews Church Hall
452 Streatham High Road
Effra Road Chapel
63 Effra Road
St Pancras Community Centre
James Wolfe Primary School
(Royal Hill Campus)
St Anne’s Church Hall
598 Fulham Road
St. Paul’s Church Hall
Stoke Newington Road
St John the Baptist Church Hall
3 King Edward`s Road
Finchley Youth Centre
142 High Road
Hilldrop Community Centre
Hilldrop Community Lane
Hazel Road Community Centre
26 Hazel Road
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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