Dogs, cats and a rogue goat bring joy outside polling stations

Just some of the good pets on display on election day

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Regardless of who wins the European elections, pets at polling stations are ahead in the polls.

The hashtags #PetsatPollingStations and #DogsatPollingStations are trending on Twitter as users share pictures of pets waiting while their owners vote.

Dogs lead for most of the day but the cat coalition has clawed back support, and there have been some votes for an independent goat.

Electoral Commission guidelines say dogs can enter polling stations provided they are accompanied by their owner and are kept on a lead.


Happier to vote than some

Martin Crewe took this picture of two dogs in Edinburgh.


Jack the Maltese exercises his “dogmocratic” right to vote

Jack took this snap outside a polling station in Watford which has been liked more than 500 times on Twitter.


Keeping watch outside

Andrea Gadd photographed Bowser the Welsh Terrier in Hertfordshire who turned five last week, which means in human years he is eligible to vote if he could.


Not just dogs at polling stations


In Cumbria, Atty took her pet ferret Agatha along and in Tonbridge a horse was seen outside a polling station set-up in a pub.


Cats trailing well behind dogs on social media

John Griffiths in Sussex has been trying to boost the Twitter hashtag #CatsatPollingStations but dog owners were more successful


Don’t forget the #GoatsWhoVote

Chris Brown triggered an onslaught of puns with this image of a goat outside a polling station in Dorset that received 1,000 re-tweets and 4,000 likes.

The unofficial Twitter account of Larry the Number 10 Cat responded and asked where the goat stood on Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement but Mr Brown and the goat declined to comment.