If you’ve ever seen the ASPCA commercial about animals in need, you know it’s just too depressing to watch. If you’re anything like me, you probably scream “No, no, no no!” and dive for the remote to change the channel as fast as you can when the PSA comes on. If you haven’t seen it, take my advice and stay far away from it. It features Sarah McLachlan’s heart wrenching song, “Angel”, gloomy videos of dogs looking depressed in their cages, slow motion shots of pets alone in filthy rooms terrified and injured animals staring into the camera with no hope in their eyes. You get it. It’s upsetting for everyone…even for Sarah McLachlan herself.
Recently she told the video blog Makers, “I can’t watch them, it just kills me.” Although the commercials may bring viewers to tears, McLachlan mentioned they’ve raised over 30 million dollars for the ASPCA. “I said those words, the song went with the pictures, and it raised 30 million bucks. It really hit home in a profound way, and there were articles written about how we’d changed the face of fundraising.”
So when you see that heartbreaking PSA again, remember you’re not alone; even Sarah McLachlan doesn’t want to see it.
Just in case you need a reminder, you can watch the video below (sorry).