Dinklage discourages Game of Thrones fans from buying huskies

Dinklage discourages Game of Thrones fans from buying huskies

Direwolves are big and intelligent wolves that loom large in the mythology on Game of Thrones.

The popularity of Game of Thrones and the Stark dire wolves has spurned an increase in the popularity of Husky breeds of dogs. PETA said that since the hugely successful HBO series started in 2011, animal rescue centers in Britain had seen a 700-percent increase in abandoned huskies from around 10 a year to 81 last year. For now, Canada hasn't adopted the trend; Global News contacted the Toronto Humane Society, which said that "it is not a trend that we have seen here". Even without the popularity of direwolves on Game of Thrones (when production deigns to spend the money on them, anyway), they're already overrepresented in dog shelters because people don't know what they're getting into when they fall in love with a cute husky pup. Help dogs by not buying them and not adopting them on a whim.

The American Kennel Club says huskies are very energetic and need lots of exercise.

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Peter Dinklage is telling Game of Thrones fans to stop buying huskies, which are "direwolves" on the show.

"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", Dinklage said in a statement released by PETA. But they aren't always able or willing to care for those animals. 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. He stated that all dog owners should be prepared for the responsibility and should adopt from a shelter.

When it comes to adopting or purchasing an animal, what matters most is compatibility with the potential owner's environment and situation, says Tegan Buckingham, Manager of Marketing and Communications at the Toronto Humane Society.