The dog in Harry Potter films needs a home

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Berry, the black, senior German Shepherd who played the canine form of the character Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, has been relinquished to German Shepherd Dog Rescue in the U.K.

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Berry is waiting for a home. (Photo: German Shepherd Dog Rescue)

Fox News recently reported that 10-year-old Berry and his 13-year-old canine companion, Porridge, were given up by a professional stuntman who didn’t have enough time for them anymore. (Read the full story here.)

The news comes on the heels of Petfinder’s Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, which highlighted the pets who can be the hardest for shelters and rescue groups to find homes for, including senior pets and pets with darker fur colors. (See which pets are the hardest to place here.)


Berry’s plight is making international news, and German Shepherd Dog Rescue has already received more than 100 adoption inquiries. ABC News reports that the group won’t consider shipping the two dogs overseas (sorry, guys!).

All this exposure will, I’m sure, lead to great homes for Berry and Porridge. But many other German Shepherds, senior dogs and bonded pairs will still be waiting for homes, without the benefit of publicity.

Right now there are nearly 8,000 adoptable German Shepherds listed on Petfinder and nearly 15,000 adoptable senior pets across North America. Please help us spread the word that many great pets are in need of homes today:

Post this article to your Facebook wall and tell everyone: “You don’t need magic to save a life. Adopt a homeless pet today.”


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