Superstar’s Christmas Movie Promotes Animal Adoption and Sheds Light on the Responsibility of Caring for a Dog

For Immediate Release:
December 20, 2017

Manila — An Angel for Animals Award is on its way from PETA to Mariah Carey, who produced, narrated, and provided the music for All I Want for Christmas Is You, the new animated film that tells the story of a young girl and the homeless mutt who fulfills her Christmas wish. While Mariah and her puppy Jack struggle at first, she soon learns to treat him with patience and understanding.

“Mariah Carey is PETA’s angel for homeless animals for promoting animal adoption this holiday season,” says PETA Senior Cruelty Case Officer Jana Sevilla. “Every time someone buys a cat or a dog from a breeder or a pet shop, animals on the streets or in shelters lose their chance at finding a good home. We thank Mariah for encouraging people to open their hearts and homes to loving animals who are anxiously waiting at shelters for a new life.”

As PETA’s team has seen over and over again, the issue of animal homelessness in the Philippines is spiraling out of control and is truly a matter of life or death. Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an astonishing 370,000 kittens. Through our “Kapon/Ligation Immediately, Please” (KLIP) spay/neuter project—which we started two years ago—we have been able to sterilize and supply essential veterinary care to animals in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Manila.

The single most important thing that responsible animal guardians can do for cats and dogs to prevent all the suffering and death that overpopulation causes is to spay and neuter them. The one-time cost of spaying or neutering is less than that involved in raising puppies or kittens (which includes food, shots, training, and time), and it is far less than the cost that communities must pay for animal control and euthanasia.

For every cat or dog bought from a pet store or breeder, one in a shelter loses his or her chance of finding a home—and every year after the holidays, animal shelters see a spike in homeless animals as families find themselves unable to care for the puppies and kittens they received as gifts.

That’s why PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—urges people never to buy animals from pet stores or as surprise gifts. Instead, visit your local animal shelter together with your whole family, after the holiday commotion is over, and choose a companion for life.

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