It’s election day in England, and you know what that means

Dogs outside a polling station
John Shafthauer

There are several important reasons to vote in the 2018 local elections, especially if you’re one of the many people who’ve been failed by Conservative government and councils.

One reason to go out and vote may not be the most important, but it is the most adorable. Because once again, people are taking their dogs out to polling stations.

Best friends

Dogs are affable creatures who find joy in many things. Sometimes it’s the simple things – like treats or balls. Other times, it’s the giddy thrill of democracy in action:

Jeremy Corbyn was so happy to see dogs at his local polling station that he – wait – that’s not Jeremy Corbyn:

It’s not just Labour, however. Look at this sausage dog. Look how happy he is to have that Tory rosette pinned to his breast. Just look. JUST LOOK AT HIS LITTLE EYES:

Other dogs are helping their owners draw attention to important issues like Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI).

In it together

It isn’t just dogs, either. There’s a whole menagerie of animals showing up.

Cats may pretend to be disinterested in the affairs of humanity, but their attraction to polling stations shows otherwise:

This next one reminds us that, sometimes, it’s the slow and steady challenger who wins over their flash opponent:

Lots of animals are voting, and we’re all ‘ferret’:


Voting is so important it’s even brought animals together:

Get out and vote!

Don’t spend too long looking at these precious animals, however. If elections are being held in your area, you need to get out and vote! Dogs like Hugo are watching to see that you do:

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Featured image via Link Humans – Wikimedia

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