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Dogs Trust teams up with Twitter to encourage Polling Stations to host 'Paw-ing Stations' for the country's four legged friends

This year, #DogsAtPollingStations is one of the most eagerly anticipated things about Polling Day!

Amongst the political debate, Twitter users continue to go crazy over #DogsAtPollingStations, and with thousands of dogs expected to attend Polling Stations across the UK on June 8th for the General Election, we've teamed up with the guys over at Twitter to encourage Polling Stations to become 'Paw-ing Stations.' This way, voters bringing their dogs along can consider their dog's wellbeing as carefully as their vote!

We've developed some simple tips for both owners who will be bringing their dogs along, and for volunteers at Polling Stations who can make their local venue, a 'Paw-ing Station' too!

Advice for owners

  1. Get to the Polling Stations early with your dog, especially if it's hot. Earlier in the day will be much cooler for your four-legged friend
  2. Take a friend with you so you can take it in turns to vote, that way your dog shouldn't be tied up outside, and should never be left in the car
  3. Encourage your local Polling Station to have a water bowl - perhaps take one with you that you can leave there

Advice for Polling Station volunteers

  1. Pop a water bowl outside the Polling Station and keep it topped up with water for any visiting pooches
  2. If possible, provide a sheltered place for anyone waiting with their dog so, come rain or shine, dogs and their owners can be comfortable on the day

Download our advice, here!

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Dogs Trust Campaigns Officer, Jon Gerlis said:

“We’re delighted that everyone is as excited by #dogsatpollingstations as we are – and we want to show that with just a few simple steps, Polling Stations can become Paw-ing Stations, by keeping dogs happy and safe, giving the nine million dog owners peace of mind as they vote on polling day. We’d like to thank all the Polling Stations who have taken the lead to become dog friendly already, and invite many others to join us, by visiting our website. Don’t forget to tag us in your photos – we want to see lots of happy dogs enjoying their local Paw-ing Stations!”

Twitter UK Managing Director Dara Nasr said:

“A great thing about Twitter is the unexpected trends that we see borne out of the imagination of the general public. Nothing encapsulates this more than #dogsatpollingstations where we see this levity in full effect. Plus it gets bigger and more widespread every time we head to the polls.”

Get involved...

To celebrate #DogsAtPollingStations Twitter has launched a brand new emoji for anyone using the hashtag. So, don't forget to take a snap of your dog at their 'Paw-ing Station' and share it on Twitter using the hashtag, don't forget to tag @DogsTrust in your Twitter and Instagram posts so we can see lots of happy pooches on Polling Day!