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Berry, Dog of Harry Potter Padfoot Fame, Looking For a Forever Home

LilyBy: Lily

With the culmination of the Harry Potter movie series this past summer, there are probably lots of people looking for new jobs—and there’s also one special canine cast member looking for a new home.

Berry, as Padfoot, in "The Prisoner of Azkaban"


Ten-year-old Berry, who played wizard Sirius Black’s Animagus form, Padfoot, on the silver screen, has been given up to a U.K. German Shepard rescue organization, along with his longtime real-life pal, 13-year-old Porridge. Their previous owner, stuntman Paul Thompson, could not longer care for them due to the demands of his career.

Porridge & Berry


In Berry’s words, from the German Shepherd Rescue website:

My Dad contacted German Shepherd Dog Rescue because he realised he didn’t have the time to look after us properly anymore. His work takes him away from home an awful lot and whilst his friends and family tried to help look after us, we weren’t getting the walks or brushes we were used to.

Unfortunately for stateside Muggles, it looks like Berry will be staying in the U.K.

“At their age we wouldn’t consider shipping them overseas,” Lizzy Brown, a dog coordinator for the rescue organization, told ABC News. However, adoption requests are pouring in, and it looks like (SPOILER ALERT!) the real-life Berry will have a happier ending than his on-screen counterpart.

Both of us are a bit wobbly in our older years but we still love life … If only I had become rich and famous as well then maybe I could have helped these wonderful people help more dogs like me and Porridge. I know whatever else happens, we will be together now and loved and cared for.

Berry, the "real-life" Padfoot

You can visit the U.K. German Shepherd Rescue website to learn more about Berry and how you can help support his caretakers!