Molly and Joey Join Forces for No Pet Store Puppies Day

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 10:15am
Puppy and baby girl sitting next to each other

July 21 is “No Pet Store Puppies Day,” and we’re celebrating the third year of our campaign to put an end to puppy mills. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get involved, we know someone looking for help—meet Molly!

Molly, along with her faithful pup, Joey, is out to teach the world all about puppy mills and why you shouldn’t shop at pet stores that sell puppies.

Molly and Joey want to make sure their message reaches as many people as possible, so please share their video with the hashtag #MeetMolly after you’ve watched it.

Join Our Puppy Mill Twitter Chat
Next week we’re hosting a Puppy Mill Twitter Chat to answer ALL of your questions about puppy mills. Where do pet store puppies come from? What really happens to mill dogs when they can no longer breed? Is my dog from a puppy mill?  How can I help? Join us, and co-hosts Thoughts Fur Paws and Dog Book on Tuesday, July 23, at 1:00 P.M. ET. Use hashtag #ASPCAchat to join the conversation.

For more information on No Pet Store Puppies Day, please visit And remember—adopt, don’t shop!

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Esther Fetterhoff

The treatment of our animals in this world is horrible. At least it has started sending a message to people that puppy mills are not an environment for any animals.
There are many steps to take to stop abusing, torturing and killing our animals. This little girl knows that puppy mills are a bad place for animals. Get the word out and teach people about the problem instead of being ignorant and unknowledgeable. Take a step forward instead of doing nothing.

Susan Songer

Well said!



Abner, Rita, Gl...

All five mine, all five micro chipped, all five spayed and neutered, all five have Pet Insurance and none of them came from a pet store, nor puppy mill, nor breeder. They came from shelters and 3 were actually rescued by myself from SC. The ASPCA and so many other organizations do their best to save and rescue animals. We have to help also and it should begin in our own towns. If you see an animal abused, mistreated, chained, call Police, Animal Control, ASPCA and report it. Even Foster groups will put names of abusers on their do not adopt list. I believe if we had laws for the shelters, preventing a dog from being adopted without being spayed or neutered this would help so much. It should not be left up to individuals whether they take and incentive to spay or neuter. Now each Township has a reduced rate for Licences for spayed and neutered laws. What if the rate was $50 for a non neutered or spayed animal instead of $20 for an altered pet. I believe those incentives would help. Each town should adopt their own ordinances in helping control animal population. Now, I see none. People are allowed to breed out of their own homes and on top of that lawn signs are put out for the sale of these exploited animals. None of those people care who buys them nor do they care about the animals they are breeding. These people are just as much at fault as pet stores and puppy mills. They all have one thing in common; to make a buck. What if these people found it was just as easy to earn money, by training, grooming, pet sitting, selling doggie raincoats, toys, clothes etc for these animals. Maybe if they found out helping dogs can be profitable too, they would try being human themselves. I would never buy a dog from a breeder, pet store, or individual period! I have been adopting for over 40 years. I have rescued dogs, cats, horses and fostered also. These animals need people to help save them, not exploit them. If you know of someone trying to sell a litter of puppies, and they ask if you know anyone. Tell them yes, surrender them to the ASPCA and let them find homes and let that organization keep the adoption fee. There is no excuse for letting your dog have a litter of puppies, just to see what they look like or just to let the dog have one litter. I have heard that over and over again. It is just stupidity! GET your dog Neutered/Spayed. Or don't get a dog at all. We need more responsible Pet Owners. Not more more dogs in shelters.
Thank you!


I know she was coached, but it was a wonderful video. Out of the mouths of babes comes the truth. I bought a puppy from a pet store once. It was before I realized that the puppies came from puppy mills.I honestly believe that I saved my dog. The pet store had zero knowledgeable people. Once I found out. I made it a point to educate myself. I then would go in that store and listen as they blatantly lied to people about how to care for the pups, and frequently gave downright dangerous advice. I would talk to the perspective puppy buyer and give them the perfect advice: ask a veterinarian. I noticed the pups were looking bad and when I would bring it to their attention they would say that the vet was just in and all the puppies are fine. I then contacted the MSPCA and they went in and looked around and got law enforcement involved and that got the pet store put out of business.

Margie Gray

This is absolutely priceless-both the dog and Molly. The message delivered is short, to the point, and definitely full of emotion. I agree with this fully. Not only is it bringing too many puppies into the marketplace, puppies that can't be placed, but also the puppies live in terrible conditions. Some of them are in terrible shape by the time they get to shelters.

Shelley Gillman

Not to mention the deplorable treatment that the mothers of these puppies receive. And they never know kindness or love. Or comfort.

Lucy's Mom

15 years ago I saw a puppy mill first hand. I was so shocked! I didn't know that places like that existed. Every dog was in a wire cage with wire bottoms, all pregnant or nursing. I was horrified! Since I know what the mills are like, I can't buy anything in a pet store that sells puppies. Many stores say they don't sell puppy mill dogs, but unless they have rescues for adoption, they are selling puppy mill dogs. No respectable breeder would sell his puppies from a pet store.

Dawn DelPrince

Thank you so much for what you did! God bless you!


Good for you! I hate pet stores but hate dog pounds more! Especially ours. They are a high kill facility!