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Dramatic spike in abandoned huskies leaves many up for adoption at animal shelter

'Game of Thrones'-like animals possibly root cause of the trend

This husky mix is one of 15 awaiting adoption from the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA. Courtesy of PHS & SPCA.

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is experiencing a large spike in the number of husky and husky-mix dogs at their shelter.

The shelter has 15 huskies and husky-mix dogs currently available for adoption. The animals appear to be the latest in a long history of trendy animals made popular by pop culture, Buffy Martin Tarbox, communications manager, said.

The husky trend might be caused by Game of Thrones, the popular book and television series, which has animal characters that are dire wolves.

"The dire wolves have a wolf-like and even husky appearance. It is possible that fans of the saga were looking for their own replica dire wolf and found the husky. But unfortunately, they may not have prepared for this special and energetic breed,” Martin Tarbox said.

The husky and husky mixes represent 50% of the shelter's current total dogs available for adoption, she noted.

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"Huskies and husky mixes are being surrendered to our shelter and found as strays in record-breaking numbers. These dogs require a lot of activity, both physical and mental. They can be quite independent and escape artists. Because we fully understand the needs of this breed, we are placing our adoptable huskies and husky mixes into homes that are experienced with this type of dog," she said.

Huskies and husky mixes are not only beautiful dogs, but they make excellent family pets, Martin Tarbox said. They are known for their loyalty and thrive on the company of humans.

Staff and volunteers recently organized a "husky hike" along the Bay Trail in San Mateo with many of the adoptable dogs. Each husky and husky mix available is spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. The adoption fees for the dogs are $160 and include a free training package, toy, leash, collar and harness.

Anyone interested can view the adoptable huskies and husky mixes and photos from the husky hike on the the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA website. The shelter is located at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame. Their phone number is 650-340-7022.

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Dramatic spike in abandoned huskies leaves many up for adoption at animal shelter

'Game of Thrones'-like animals possibly root cause of the trend

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Uploaded: Tue, Sep 27, 2022, 8:40 pm

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is experiencing a large spike in the number of husky and husky-mix dogs at their shelter.

The shelter has 15 huskies and husky-mix dogs currently available for adoption. The animals appear to be the latest in a long history of trendy animals made popular by pop culture, Buffy Martin Tarbox, communications manager, said.

The husky trend might be caused by Game of Thrones, the popular book and television series, which has animal characters that are dire wolves.

"The dire wolves have a wolf-like and even husky appearance. It is possible that fans of the saga were looking for their own replica dire wolf and found the husky. But unfortunately, they may not have prepared for this special and energetic breed,” Martin Tarbox said.

The husky and husky mixes represent 50% of the shelter's current total dogs available for adoption, she noted.

"Huskies and husky mixes are being surrendered to our shelter and found as strays in record-breaking numbers. These dogs require a lot of activity, both physical and mental. They can be quite independent and escape artists. Because we fully understand the needs of this breed, we are placing our adoptable huskies and husky mixes into homes that are experienced with this type of dog," she said.

Huskies and husky mixes are not only beautiful dogs, but they make excellent family pets, Martin Tarbox said. They are known for their loyalty and thrive on the company of humans.

Staff and volunteers recently organized a "husky hike" along the Bay Trail in San Mateo with many of the adoptable dogs. Each husky and husky mix available is spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. The adoption fees for the dogs are $160 and include a free training package, toy, leash, collar and harness.

Anyone interested can view the adoptable huskies and husky mixes and photos from the husky hike on the the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA website. The shelter is located at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame. Their phone number is 650-340-7022.

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Heckity
Registered user
Barron Park
on Sep 28, 2022 at 10:53 am
Heckity, Barron Park
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2022 at 10:53 am

No surprise, unfortunately. Dogs were acquired during the pandemic by people who thought they looked cool and then had no idea about training and transition when they returned to work. Very sad. Please research and match a dog with your lifestyle, not a dog that you think is cool or good looking.


Observer
Registered user
Midtown
on Sep 28, 2022 at 11:53 am
Observer, Midtown
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2022 at 11:53 am

Anyone contemplating a dog should dog sit someone else's dog for at least a week. You should really know whether you have the time and attention before getting one.


eileen
Registered user
College Terrace
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:05 pm
eileen , College Terrace
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:05 pm

Also, many people probably found they needed to move or lost their rentals and
found that renting with a dog is almost impossible!


Gerald Glass
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Ventura
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:07 pm
Gerald Glass, Ventura
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:07 pm

"Dogs were acquired during the pandemic by people who thought they looked cool and then had no idea about training and transition."

^ Size is also a consideration along with vet bills and grooming expenditures.

To make a dog responsible for one's own sense of happiness and fulfillment is pathetic and irresponsible.


Leland J.
Registered user
Professorville
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:24 pm
Leland J. , Professorville
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:24 pm

What is wrong with people?


sabra chartrand
Registered user
Midtown
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:35 pm
sabra chartrand, Midtown
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:35 pm

As a Husky owner, this is especially heartbreaking to me. Huskies are a phenomenal breed. A pox on anyone who dumped these dogs!


Miriam Palm
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Sep 28, 2022 at 3:16 pm
Miriam Palm, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2022 at 3:16 pm

I'm with Sabra, and we are parents to an Irish wolfhound. You do not see many of them except in Medieval movies with castles.


Erika Prescott
Registered user
Mountain View
on Sep 28, 2022 at 4:11 pm
Erika Prescott, Mountain View
Registered user
on Sep 28, 2022 at 4:11 pm

Huskies are terrific dogs.

If Palo Alto were Nome, AK all 15 would have been adopted as potential sled dogs.


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