Sarah Mclachlan Reveals How She Really Feels About Her ‘Brutal’ ASPCA Ad

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Sarah Mclachlan aspca

Sarah Mclachlan aspca
The singer also admits she’s called “that dog lady” on a daily basis

Remember those unbearable ASPCA commercials? You know the ones—Sarah McLachlan’s song, “Angel,” starts playing and you immediately want to flip the channel because otherwise you might burst into tears while photos of hurt animals flash across the screen. You kind of feel bad when you do flip the channel, but don’t worry—you’re not alone. Sarah McLachlan can’t even handle them. 

That’s how it goes whenever a Sarah McLachlan “Angel” commercial for the ASPCA comes on. But ever wonder how McLachlan herself feels about them?

Obviously, just like you do.

“I can’t watch them!” she recently told the video blog Makers. “It just kills me.”

But clearly, someone’s watching. McLachlan, 47, revealed those ads have raised over $30 million for the ASPCA.

“Obviously the mix of the music and my sad face,” explains the singer of the PSA’s tremendous success. “But it was brutal doing those ads.”

Sarah Mclachlan supports the BC SPCA End Animal Cruelty campaign with “Angel”


However, they also enabled McLachlan to reach a whole new fan base.

“I got a whole new audience out of it,” she says. “I swear I’d be at Target in Missouri at 10 o’clock at night getting off the tour bus and I’d be going down the aisle and these two little old ladies would be like, ‘Are you that dog lady? I love that song!’ Daily. Daily this would happen.”

Sarah McLachlan: ‘I Change The Channel’ When My ASPCA Commercials Come On