Mariah Carey is all about holiday spirit, spreading joy with her festive tunes and the extravagant Christmas trees in her home. The holiday cheer doesn’t stop there. PETA announced Monday (Dec. 18) that the singer will receive the Angel for Animals Award for her work on a new animated film, named after her Billboard Hot 100 hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
Carey produced, narrated and provided the music for the movie, which tells the story of a young girl whose Christmas wish comes true when she meets stray puppy Jack. The idea is to encourage families to adopt from their local shelters.
“Her holiday film reminds us all that caring for an animal is a responsibility, not just a fantasy,” PETA senior vice president Lisa Lounge said. “The one sweet day when you meet the dog who will always be your baby, you know that you belong together.”
According to PETA, 6 million dogs and cats end up in U.S. shelters every year. Shelters see a particular spike in homeless around the holiday season, when families find themselves unable to care for the pets they purchased as gifts.