The popular HBO programme is back on our screens and with it comes an alarming trend in the pet world.
The shows’ direwolves have been particularly popular with fans and due to their resemblance of husky type breeds, some viewers are buying their own ‘direwolf’ without doing their research.
Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister in the series, has teamed up with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) to warn fans about the responsibility of owning a husky and how this is effecting shelters and other homeless pets.
Following the introduction of the direwolf in season one, demand for huskies has increased. The dogs are often bought from pet shops or breeders, and then when owners realise they cannot adequately care for them, they are dumped at rescues which are already bursting at the seams with homeless dogs.
In a statement, Peter reminds potential dog owners to be prepared to care for dogs for their lifetime and to adopt – not buy.
Says Peter, “Please, to all of Game of Thrones many wonderful fans, we understand that due to the direwolves huge popularity, many folks are going out and buying huskies. Not only does this hurt all the wonderful homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are reporting that huskies are being abandoned as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding the dog’s needs.
“Please, please: if you’re going to bring a dog into your family, make sure you’re prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, ALWAYS, adopt from a shelter.”
It’s not the first time a TV show or film has sparked demand for a particular breed, including 101 Dalmatians and Men in Black, with many of these dogs ending up in rescue.