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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This is cute, its good that a girl her age can try to take action!


Absolutely spot on and adorable too! Bless the children who are born with empathy.

doug williams

she is not "born with empathy" she is saying her lines like any good little actress you can see that at the end of the video

tom whipp

ending puppy mills is a must! Punishing stores that purchase from puppy mills is a must! That said, lets hope that these efforts do not cause more hardship and neglect to all the poor animals in these places. The things these low life people do for a buck. The punishment doesn't come close to what they deserve. Let me set the punishment!

ann balaban

So many people think they are "saving" a puppy when they see it at a pet store. Everyone I know who has purchased a pet-store puppy has had medical issues. I hope this comecial can put a dent in the number of those puppies sold.

Daniel Bauer

What an inspiration she is to us all and may we only push to do a better job supporting animals and there place in life on earth, we have to learn to live along side of them, not wipe them out and abuse them, we must carry their fight for life and help change the future.


In some areas, local shelters have actually started running their own "pet store" in a mall, where they sell locally-made pet items and bring in potential adoptees for shoppers to see. If you must shop for your next pet at a pet shop, this is the way to go!

Lucy's Mom

The SPCA in Dallas does that at Christmas. The 'store front' clearly lets you know that the dogs are rescues. I think that's a great idea.

L.D. Murphy

Anything that raises awareness of the fact that puppies in pet stores come from cruel and sickening puppy mills is a good thing. My local pet store that sells puppies has people in there all the time. They sell, by the best of my calculation, about 90 puppies a year and they are just a little hole in the wall pet store. Why do people not know the truth this day of unprecedented communication..I can make comments on websites all day but I am desperately angry about this. I feel that we should march on Washington, right up to the doors of the USDA. That would get some media attention on this issue. I call for a conference of the largest animal advocacy groups, HSUS, ASPCA etc...organize a march and have people travel to Washington in Convoys of cars across the highways of America with every care covered in posters, signs, pictures and handing out information on the way...Damn it I am just so frustrated at the glacial pace of change on this issue.


Doing away with pet store pups does not shut down puppy mills. Responsible breeders also sell online and to pet stores. This point of view is very simplistic and throws the baby out with the bathwater. Addressing irresponsible breeding of pets with spay and neuter policies would make a big difference. Taking a real stand against cruelty wherever it is found would make a big difference.