Uptown Funk Parody Encourages Adoption

East Bay SPCA gets creative
By Karen B. London PhD, April 2015, Updated July 2016

The purpose of this video, according to the East Bay SPCA in Oakland, Calif., is to get the word out that adopting pets is the cool thing to do, but it’s also just plain entertaining. It shows beautifully behaved, well-groomed dogs of all shapes and sizes. I’m impressed with how relaxed the dogs are. Sure, there are a few tongue flicks and yawns, so there was a little stress, but considering all the people and cameras around, it’s pretty minimal. These look to me like delightful, happy dogs.

In addition to the footage of the dogs hanging out with people (and the occasional cat) I love the lyrics. For days, the following lines are sure to be running through my head:

“I’m adopted, Hallelujah!”

“Spay or neuter your pup!”

“When I show up, gonna show you how awesome shelter dogs are!”

“Going to my forever home, break it down!”

My personal favorite is, “If you’re sexy, then flaunt it, if you’re drooly then own it.”

Best of all is the note at the end saying, “All dogs and cats in the video were adopted from East Bay SPCA.”

Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in working with dogs with serious behavioral problems, including aggression. She is the author of five books on canine training and behavior.