Animal advocate and actor Peter Dinklage has teamed up with PETA to get an important message across to Game of Throne’s fans. That message is not to buy or even adopt a Husky just because they hold a striking resemblance to the shows “Direwolves.” The Direwolves are huge and intelligent, almost mythical wolves that are symbolic of House Stark, which is the home of the shows most popular characters including Jon Snow and Arya.
Many people are bringing these dogs home and not realizing that Huskies are a very energetic breed that requires constant grooming and exercise. According to Dinklage, “Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these Huskies are being abandoned — as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs.” In the U.K., there has been a reported 700 percent increase in the abandoned Huskies seen in the country.
Shelters are already under enough pressure with millions of dogs having to be put down because of the lack of space. Adopting a dog simply because of the “novelty,” and then abandoning it, is quite literally a death sentence for another. It seems that whenever a popular show or movie comes along that features a certain breed, not only do the sales of that breed spike but also the numbers of that breed abandoned at shelters. This trend was seen in productions such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Legally Blonde, and Men In Black.
Dinklage pleads, “Please, please, if you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, always, adopt from a shelter.” Also, remember that bringing any dog home requires research, money, and a lifelong commitment.
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