For decades we’ve been singing along to the classic sounds of singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. His 1960s hit “I love My Dog” was his first single and struck such an instant chord with people it spent seven weeks in the U.K. singles chart.
That was before anyone really knew the true talent of Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, but at that point I think we all got the message that he, like a lot of us, is crazy about his four-legged friend.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this sweet song, he partnered with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to help spread some more love to those dogs who need it most.
Islam has donated the use of this classic to PETA to help end animal homelessness, and PETA used his song to accompany the sweetest music video celebrating the crazy world of dogs.
The organization wanted to stress to people that adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment and to also encourage people to consider giving a home to an older dog.
The vast majority of people want to adopt puppies or young dogs, which means that the older dogs have to stay in shelters and if a home can’t be found they often have to be put down.
Islam donated the use of his classic song to PETA to help end animal homelessness.
Older dogs are left feeling confused and scared and are often overlooked by adopters seeking younger dogs, according to PETA.
The message of the song and the video is that no matter how long we have our four-legged friend in our lives, every moment is worth it. So if someone has a place in their home and their heart, consider adopting a dog that needs a loving home.
Even if it’s only for a couple of months, it can change a life.
Watch an adorable video that accompanies the song below
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