OAKLAND, California -- A Bay Area dog rescue club says the popular show "Game of Thrones" is leading to more dog surrenders, especially ones that look like the show's popular Direwolves.
Patty LaCava said she could barely make it around a San Francisco block with her two huskies when "Game of Thrones" debuted.
"They'd be like, 'Oh wow, Direwolves,'" she said. "One time, I counted 12 photo ops on a Friday evening walking around the block."
The breed is seeing a boom in popularity, and the Bay Area Siberian Husky Club believes it's due to the popular HBO series.
The House of Stark is known for their connection to Direwolves.
"'Game Of Thrones' uses Inuit dogs, which are a type of sled dog," LaCava ssaid. "A lot of Hollywood uses sled dogs as a stand-in for wolves."
some say the show directly influenced their purchase.
"I already wanted a Husky because of Balto when I was a kid, but I wanted to name her Stark," dog owner Angelica Ingaunzo said.
She adopted a Pomsky, part Pomeranian, part Husky as a compromise, because she knew she couldn't handle a Husky. Others haven't done the research.
The Martinez shelter has seen a jump of 300 percent in Huskies since "Game of Thrones" started.
Tired dogs are good dogs, and two Huskies we encountered had just gone on a five-mile hike. And that's the kind of effort it takes to own a Husky.
When people realize they don't have the strength or the time, they surrender the high-energy dogs to shelters.
The Husky club has meet-ups and resources to make sure huskies are the right dog before adoption.
California dog rescue: 'Game of Thrones' leads to surrender of Huskies
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