Dinklage discourages Game of Thrones fans from buying huskies

Peter Dinklage Asks 'Game of Thrones' Fans to Stop Buying Huskies Because They Resemble Direwolves

"Shelters are. reporting that numerous huskies are being abandoned - as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs", he said, urging people to adopt other dogs instead.

"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".

The Direwolves have featured since season 1 of the series but are fictional creatures created by author George R. Martin.

The Bay Area Siberian Husky Club, as well as Northern California Sled Dog Rescue, reported that the numbers of unwanted huskies has doubled since the show debuted in 2011.

Dinklage is a longtime vegetarian and animal rights activist, who has previously worked with PETA on the "Face Your Food" campaign.

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Danielle Mason, rehoming centre manager at Southampton Blue Cross, said: "Huskies are very attractive dogs, but they do need experienced owners with lots of time to devote to them - they are a working breed and need at least a couple of hours exercise each day to keep them happy". Dinklage cautions would-be pet owners that instead, they'll be adding a lot: huskies require a great deal of attention, exercise and grooming.

"Game of Thrones" is such a cultural phenomenon that the HBO series' impact is even being seen in animal shelters, much to the dismay of star Peter Dinklage. That's also a awful reason to adopt a dog.

According to PETA, 6 million dogs and cats are abandoned at shelters each year, with half of them euthanized within months. Both of these characters' direwolves are still alive and thriving on the show. He stated that all dog owners should be prepared for the responsibility and should adopt from a shelter.

PETA has explained that this kind of purchasing has occurred in the past when such movies as "101 Dalmatians" and "Legally Blonde" were released.

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