Sarah McLachlan Can't Watch Her Own Tragically Sad ASPCA Commercials

Yes, the video you see before you is indeed one of those devastating ASPCA commercials. And now you’re tempting to press play, aren’t you? I know, I know — I’m cruel.

But for what it’s worth, Sarah McLachlan—the singer who appears in and whose melancholy warble haunts the commercial series—cannot handle them either. According to New York, she “admits that even though she is a primary figure in the sad-dog-face commercials...she cannot bring herself to watch them.”

During an interview with Makers, McLachlan confessed, “I can’t watch them. It just kills me.”


Marginally less tragic than her lonely critters commercials is the fact that many undereducated youngsters only know McLachlan because of them. Some, New York reports, allegedly refer to her as “that dog lady.” This will never do. If any of my readers are among the Sarah McLachlan uninitiated, please listen to this and this and this immediately. It’s ok — we’ll wait for you.

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These commercials have never evoked emotion for me. I spent a few years volunteering at a shelter that couldn’t afford to be no-kill, but everyone did their best. Receiving abused and neglected animals, animals abandoned because of age or illness, and too many litters to care for was painful. Having a freezer for the animals who were put down, and a cremator for the bodies, was painful.

I love animals so damn much, neuter/spaying is SO important. Anyone wanna share pet pics?!