LOS ANGELES-Mariah Carey has been honoured with PETA’s Angel for Animals Award.

The 47-year-old singer has been recognised by the animal rights organisation in recognition of the plot of her animated movie, ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’, which she produced, narrated and provided music for and sees a young girl’s festive wish come true when she meets a stray puppy called Jack. Referencing a number of Mariah’s singles, PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said: ‘’Mariah Carey is PETA’s hero for homeless animals for encouraging families to adopt from their local shelter.

‘’Her holiday film reminds us all that caring for an animal is a responsibility, not just a fantasy - but the one sweet day when you meet the dog who will always be your baby and you know that you belong together.’’

‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ echoes PETA’s campaign for people to adopt animals from shelters, rather than buying from a breeder.

They said: ‘’For every cat or dog bought from a pet store or breeder, one in a shelter loses his or her chance of finding a home.

‘’And every year after the holidays, animal shelters see a spike in homeless animals as families find themselves unable to care for the puppies and kittens that they purchased as gifts.’’

According to the organisation, six million dogs and cats end up in US shelters every year, and they have urged people not to buy pets as Christmas gifts. Instead, they recommend gift certificates for a local animal rescue facility.