George R.R. Martin's Charity Campaign: Save Real Direwolves, Die in My Book (Video)

The “Song of Ice and Fire” author's crowdfunding campaign to help a wild wolf sanctuary launched Thursday, and is close to its $200,000 goal

George R.R. Martin is offering “Game of Thrones” fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear and die in one of his novels — while helping some real-life direwolves.

The author has promised to name a character after someone willing to donate $20,000 to his Prizeo crowdfunding campaign. It aims to raise $200,000 in all for New Mexico's Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, which houses 60 wolves and wolf dogs. He is also raising money for the Food Depot of Santa Fe.

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Among the animals at the sanctuary are the ones that appear as direwolves in the HBO series.

One male and one female character will be created, and horribly killed, Martin promises.

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The campaign, which started Thursday, is already close to its goal. Watch the video (above) to hear Martin's plea, and see Jon Snow's pet pal, Ghost, take a break from being menacing on TV to be adorable at home.