Staff at the Vancouver branch of the BC SPCA decided to try their hand at something different to raise awareness that most of the 66 dogs seized from a puppy mill in Langley are now up for adoption.
They wrote and starred in their own rap video with some of the dogs.
They are dubbed the ‘Langley 66’.
Volunteer videographer, Steven Shea, shot the video on Feb. 24. It took about two hours to film and about seven hours to edit.
The idea for the video came from four Vancouver staff members and they got together and wrote the lyrics.
The video has been viewed more than 15,000 times on the branch’s Facebook page.
“Everyone was so pleased,” said Shea. “It’s nice to bring attention to dogs in need in a fun and upbeat way.”
All the dogs in the video are available for adoption, except for Betty White and Hula Hula, who have not yet been medically cleared.
Anyone interested in adopting one of the dogs was asked to attend an information session on March 2 as many of the dogs have special needs. When they were seized, many had broken limbs, missing ears and eyes, infections and were malnourished. They were living in small, stacked crates and investigators said there were dangerous levels of ammonia in the building due to the accumulated urine.
Vancouver Branch Manager Charlotte Ellice said none of the dogs have been adopted yet, but they are hoping some will be going to their forever homes in the next 24 to 48 hours.
“We don’t know exactly when the first dog might be going home,” she said.
Ellice said with so many animals to take care of, they are going through food, blankets and bedding “like crazy.” Anyone can still donate to the BC SPCA to help out the Langley 66 and other animals in their care.
Updates about the dogs and when the next info session will be held will be posted on the branch’s Facebook page.
“It’s been fantastic,” said Ellice of the response to the video. “It’s nice, lighthearted, it’s bubbly. It’s been received so well.”
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