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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Donna Edwards

It is not just pet stores, it is online as well. Many people think buying a pet online is not the same as buying one at a pet store. It is really the buying and selling of animals in any venue. The key is the slogan, adopt, don't shop.

I can't wait for the day when animal control is not longer in the business of capture and kill and instead in the business of spaying, neutering and managing the licensing of animal breeding. In my humble opinion, the root issue of homeless, neglected and abused animals is that everyone has the right to breed them. I believe that needs to change. Of course, breeders who breed for pedigree will disagree and fight this forever for their own selfish issues. I know that until that changes, this issue will continue. Not just everyone should not have the right to breed domestic animals. It should be licensed and regulated.

Just my .02


While I certainly agree I wonder what happens to the puppies already born and being placed in the Pet Store? I appreciate that we hope to put these puppy mills out of business (although purchasing from a breeder is unbelievably expensive) but what will happen to the 1000's and 1000's of puppies already born through the puppy mills? ASPCA can you provide some insight to this question and concern?


My last dog was from a puppy mill but I didn't know until I went to pick him up. I couldn't bear to leave him when I realized it, but by saving him, I sentenced thousands more to the same torture he came from. He still has signs of trauma 11 years later, as well as lots of medical issues.

At this point, it is a catch-22. As far as dogs already in pet stores, as well as the females at the puppy mills, yes, they will be martyrs to the cause. But - once there is no market, the puppy mills will have to shut down because they will have no income, just expenses. And - we won't have to spend lots of time, money for lawyers to create laws to get it done. We must think long term. THEY MUST BE STOPPED!


Ok, ok, so we have the kid reading a script or memorized dialogue, cute. I have 3 rescue dogs, and one cat, and can say if no one gives those animals in the pet stores a home, they will go back to ratty cages somewhere, not be fed right, and most will die.

Is that what you want?
Go ahead and give them homes. The place to go is the source of the problem itself, the puppy mills, not the puppies. Think, people..

Nina Matera

Loved the video maybe you should see if you could get it to air on TV so more people could see it. Over the years I have adopted many of my dogs from the Animal Care & Control and any time I hear people talking about buying a new puppy for their child or selves I tell them there are plenty of puppies at the shelters to look there before they go spending a fortune to get the puppy. Some people think they only have adult dogs at the shelters and don't think about the consequences of buying a dog verus adopting, the dog is not better it is just more expensive.

Tracy Sanchez

I don't think we will do away with stores selling Puppies, but trying to get them to sell rescue animals instead might be the way to go instead of trying to stop the sale of puppies in stores.


Tracy Sanchez,

Excellent idea, Tracy. The simplest solution proves to be the best. And in the long run, Tracy's suggestion is the simplest. Once this gets a start, with even one pet store, the momentum will enable pet stores that continue to sell puppy mill puppies to be more easily convinced not to or, at least, more easily shamed and humiliated out of their behavior.

wanting one mor...

I have tried to get pets from rescue organizations and was turned down numerous times. because my back yard wasn't fenced. But yet they want you to take them out on a leash. AND the cost to rescue one is outragous for a mixed breed. I was fortunate enough to finally find one(pomarian) and it was given to me by a rescue organization because they didn't think any one would ever adopt him. He has serious health issues for the puppy mill he was from and looked horrible. I love the dog more than anything and am so blessed to have him. But I feel they need to loosen up on the home rules and the costs. I know they need to pay for the vet bills but they also get donations for this. Something need to give so more can be adopted out. I am will to take on another one but can't get myself to pay 200.00 or 300. for a sickly and old dog. I like to get the older ones who need to learn what love is and have a forever home. So now I have decided to foster since I cannot afford the high fees to give another one a forever home and medical attention. mine is now has hair is beautiful and doing so much better but will forever have serious health issues. MY POINT IS THE ADOPTION COSTS NEED TO COME DOWN TO ADOPT AND RESCUE THESE DOGS IF SOMEONE CANNOT AFFORD THE COST AND IS WILLING TO TAKE ON THE COST FOR ADDITIONAL HEALTH ISSUES WHILE GIVING THEM A FOREVER HOME. Such as the rescue organization did for me!

karen langdon

I was wanting to know if a shelter takes their animals to say petco and they sale them or adopt them out thru the store is that considerd the same evenif its not the store saling them?


The shelters sale pets as well. Remember when adoption was adoption now you can pay 3 to 4 hundred for a pet not including shots. They do sale them in stores like petco as well. As I pointed out before since puppy mills are where this problem begins why not regulate puppy mills to d a much better job and treat animals humanely. The shelter may be cleaner right now, but so many animals are not adopted for various reasons not having to do with people not wanting them. Many are put to sleep. I do not see how closing pet stores will help and puppy mills will not go away because a store is closed they find oher ways. Also the idea that people pay for dogs is not a bad thing. no adoption human or animal is free, but unfortunately people put value on things and tend to treat those things they place value on better than things that they had no investment in. See how people go to the shelter and get pit bulls and other dogs and breed them and fight them and them they are back again in worse shape than before. People adopt cats fro shelters and pick them up off the streets as well. Bring the babies home because they are cute and when they get older and destructive they throw them out or use them to kill rats. Animal breeding and selling should be held to standard of quality no matter where it is
done a mill, breeder or shelter/store because all of these places make money from the sale of animals and animal supplies to run thier businesses though shelters may go above in putting out public awareness about the care of dogs in the end the dogs end up in a catch 22 situation depending on the person walking through the door and what their intentions are towards the animal. These mills need re-hauling and oversight with plenty of trained certified staff and vets to assure the proper humane care of these animals with strict enforcement.