An animal shelter in Florida has sprinkled some “Harry Potter”-inspired magic into its dog adoption process.
Dogs at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando are now being sorted into four categories inspired by the Hogwarts houses made famous by J.K. Rowling’s book series.
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Much as the Sorting Hat did at Hogwarts, Pet Alliance staffers divide adoptable dogs into the houses of Gryffindogs (Gryffindor), Ravenpaw (Ravenclaw), Hufflefluff (Hufflepuff) or Slobberin (Slytherin), based on their personalities. Employees observe the dogs interacting with toys and other dogs before assigning them to a house, the shelter said.
When potential adopters arrive at the shelter, they read about the dogs’ characteristics rather than their breeds.
“We want people to look at the dog for their behavior and personality and what their talents …