Yusuf / Cat Stevens Donates Famous Song to PETA to Fight Animal Homelessness

Musician Marks National 'Adopt a Shelter Pet' Day With New Video

For Immediate Release:
April 28, 2017

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Singer-songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens has donated his very first hit song—“I Love My Dog,” which recently marked its 50th anniversary—for PETA to use in a brand-new video in celebration of National “Adopt a Shelter Pet” Day on April 30.

“I love my dog as much as I love you. But you may fade—my dog will always come through,” Yusuf sings. “All the pay I need comes shining through his eyes.” As the music plays, PETA’s video shows the bond between a man and his adopted canine best friend.

“A dog will love you unconditionally, whether you’re on top of the world or in the pits,” Yusuf says. “PETA and I encourage everyone to visit their local animal shelter today and open their heart and home to an animal in need.”

More than 6 million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters every year, and half of them have to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough homes for them. PETA encourages everyone to adopt and never buy from breeders or pet stores, which contribute to the overpopulation crisis.

Yusuf joins a growing list of musicians—including The Beatles, The Black Keys, Morrissey, Chrissie Hynde, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn—who have donated their music to PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”).

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