What do “Lassie Come Home,” Ratatouille,” “Finding Nemo” and “Harry Potter” have in common? They catapulted the sales of collies, rats, clownfish and owls.

It seems each time a movie or TV show features an animal in a favorable light, everybody wants one. What they also have in common is that these poor creatures flood our shelters, rescues, sanctuaries and sometimes streets when owners realize they hadn’t done their homework on raising that particular breed or species.

The latest craze is huskies, thanks to the HBO show “Game of Thrones.” Viewers were attracted to the non-existent direwolves, which resemble huskies. So of course, husky sales and adoptions skyrocketed. Then owners got rid of them when they realized the amount of time, patience and money required to take care of them.

Town of Newburgh Animal Control Officer Cris Carpenter reports that before 2019, the only huskies she had in her shelter were the runners, who were later claimed by their owners.

This year, the Town of Newburgh Animal Shelter has taken in five huskies, two pairs and a single, found in the same general area. Three have been adopted, and two remain homeless:

Cher is a 3-year-old found on Route 300 in June. She is a sweet girl who is learning new commands.

“She is very talkative,” said Carpenter, “a typical husky. She loves to run and play.”

Carpenter would like to place Cher in an active home with a big yard. She is selective with other dogs and not OK with cats. She is spayed, housebroken and is recovering from Lyme disease.

Fluff is a 5- to 7-year-old overweight female husky who came to the shelter after being found in a backyard in July.

“She is sweet, easygoing and laid back,” said Carpenter, “not your typical husky. She likes to play and run around, but in her time. She’s lower maintenance for a husky, but she is very chatty.”

Being chatty is one of the characteristics of a husky. Having a husky mix myself, I can attest that it’s not a bark or a whine, it really sounds like they’re having a conversation with you when they want something, it can be hysterical or annoying.

Fluff has lost weight on a diet and exercise plan, which will need to continue in her next home. She is OK with kids and respectful dogs but hasn’t been tested with cats.

Each breed of dog has its own challenges, especially the husky. Not very familiar with the breed, Carpenter turned to Husky House rescue in Matawan, N.J., for advice.

“They taught me basics about what we need to know to care for them,” she said. “We have to groom them, exercise them and be careful if they’re unattended. They run; they’re made to and bred to and doing what comes natural to them.

“It’s important to always research any breed you plan to adopt. Huskies are great dogs if they get exercise and proper grooming. I would never own a husky; I don’t have the time to exercise one that a husky requires, and I have five dogs. Without proper training and exercise, they get nippy or escape fences and get out and become a problem.”