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‘Game Of Thrones Syndrome’ Hits NM Dog Shelters

‘Game Of Thrones Syndrome’ Hits NM Dog Shelters

The Siberian Husky Rescue of New Mexico reported that they have 50 huskies, the highest number they've ever had.

If you’re depressed about the lack of new Game of Thrones episodes in your life, console yourself with reruns, not huskies.

It’s being called “Game of Thrones syndrome”: Fans adopt huskies, hoping to add a little Game of Thrones magic to their lives, only to realize that their modest home is no Winterfell and they can’t handle the breed’s energy level.

The Siberian Husky Rescue of New Mexico recently told KRQE that there have been an influx of huskies abandoned at their shelter. Huskies are the breed that most closely resembles the huge wolf-like “direwolves” featured on the hit HBO show.

Huskies returned to the shelters come with names like “Sansa”, “Arya”, “Nymeria” and “Grey Wind” just like the characters in the series.

The Siberian Husky Rescue of New Mexico reported that they have 50 huskies, the highest number they’ve ever had, and are currently looking for foster homes.

“In the last six to eight months we have seen a big increase in huskies. We used to get one or two at a time, it seems like now they’re coming in pairs,” said Steve Eastep, president of the Siberian Husky Rescue of New Mexico, told KRQE.

Paul Castor, animal welfare director for the City of Albuquerque, reported that they’ve already had 170 huskies brought in this year, and currently have eight at city shelters, including two puppies.

All eight of the huskies at the city shelters are currently up for adoption, except for the two puppies. They can be viewed at the east and westside locations, or on their website.

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

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage teamed up with PETA to ask people to think twice before adopting a husky:

“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 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.

“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.”

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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