Peter Dinklage and PETA team up to save the huskies

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 15, 2017

With all of that popularity there are a few downsides of course, and Peter Dinklage is calling out one of them in particular.

Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage on Tuesday urged fans of the series to stop buying huskies due to their similarity to fearsome "direwolves", as many were being quickly abandoned. "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".

The Game of Thrones star said families looking for a dog should always look at adoption rather than buying a puppy, and should always make sure they are 100 per cent they want a dog for life. However, after realizing how much work they are to care for, some are surrendering their dogs to shelters, leading to an influx of homeless pups.

Two breed-specific rescue groups in Northern California have seen their numbers double over the last two years, and the United Kingdom has reported similar statistics since the show premiered in 2011.

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PETA also notes in their statement that "Game Of Thrones" isn't the first TV series or movie to cause an increase in abandoned pets. "Please, please: if you're going to bring a dog into your family, make sure you're prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and keep in mind to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter", he pleads.

The campaign group said the films "101 Dalmatians", "Beverly Hills Chihuahua", "Legally Blonde" and "Men in Black" had caused similar spikes in sales and subsequent abandonment of the featured dog breeds.

PETA estimates that more than 6 million animals, specifically cats and dogs, end up in animal shelters each year.

Game of Thrones' incredible popularity has resulted in a surge in demand for the dogs, but many have been abandoned by owners who have found themselves unable to care for the energetic breed.

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