Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, has donated his very first single, 1966’s “I Love My Dog,” to animal-rights organization PETA for use in a new video promoting its 2017 National “Adopt a Shelter Pet” Day campaign, which takes place this Sunday, April 30.
The initiative encourages people to head to a shelter to adopt a pet, something that PETA says will help curb the homeless animal crisis.
“A dog will love you unconditionally, whether you’re on top of the world or in the pits,” says Yusuf in a statement. “PETA and I encourage everyone to visit their local animal shelter today and open their heart and home to an animal in need.”
The touching video, which uses “I Love My Dog” as its soundtrack, shows a man adopting an older dog from a shelter and sharing quality time with the pooch — taking him for walks, petting him and lounging with him.
The clip then shows the owner bringing the dog to a veterinarian and discovering that he’s ill. Sadly, the dog passes away, but as the video comes to an end, the man is shown preparing to adopt another pooch from a shelter.
According to PETA, more than six million dogs and cats enter shelters in the U.S. every year, and unfortunately, half of them are euthanized because a good home can’t be found for them.
The organization is asking people to sign its online pledge to end animal homelessness. You also can help the cause by never buying a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store.
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