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Sarah McLachlan on ASPCA Ads: ‘I Change the Channel Too’

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If you’re one of those who changes the channel every time those Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercials come on, you’ll be comforted to know, McLachlan herself does it too.

The singer did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) with reddit.com this week, opening the floor to fans to ask her anything they wished to know. Along with Lilith Fair reunion questions and many fond remembrances of high school dances to the sounds of “Remember Me,” people were eager to bring up her involvement with ASPCA.

“Those ASPCA commercials bum me out so I change the channel. Just thought you should know.,” said Smunny about the emotional commercials featuring ‘Angel’ as the soundtrack to a series of images of neglected and abandoned animals in need of help.

“I change the channel too,” admitted McLachlan “It’s the kitten with the droopy eye, or the 3-legged dog, bless them, it kills me.”

But even those disabled animals have homes by now according to McLachlan.

“The animals from the commercials already have homes,” said the singer when asked if she adopted any of those featured in the ads. “But I have adopted cats from the SPCA.”

McLachlan also said she takes her two daughters to play with the cats at the organization and she doesn’t mind one bit that her song has become associated with the harsh images of animals in need.

“The usage in the ASPCA commercials generated over $30 million dollars of donations, so I think it did a good job,” she said. “I’m all about creating positive social change, so I think that worked.”

And for those who, like the user Ningrim, expressed their frustration at the commercials that make “this grown man cry whenever I see your SPCA commercials,” McLachlan apologized with a simple “Sorry sweetie.”

The singer seems to have fully accepted her role bringing a few tears for a good cause, citing as the first sentence in her introduction, “You might know me as the Debbie Downer from the ASPCA commercials. :)”

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