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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God bless this little babe. She is adorable and hopefully people will pay attention to her. A strong message from a sweet child. At least her parents are teaching her right from wrong. Bravo to them!!!


Thank you! Molly & Joey! I do believe that the readers of this article have had the pleasure of meeting the Best Animal Advocate of the future. May God Bless You Molly & Joey


I agree that puppy mills should be abolished and that pet stores should not sell puppies. I believe in adoption. But what happens to puppies in the stores that are not bought?

Lucy Gray

Sorry, I did NOT think this was adorable. The pup behaved much better than the child. I detest seeing a young child swatting at a dog, and its supposed to be cute??? Ending puppy mills is certainly necessary, but after about twenty seconds of this video, I wanted to rescue the dog from the kid. This is why most rescuers are very careful about previewing families with young kids before they hand over a dog that is going to be smacked and shoved by a toddler.


I totally agree Lucy. I do not have children of my own, and don't know if I will or not. I am the proud parent of 4 foster dogs, however. I, too, commented that a child should not be representing this campaign, and I have NEVER disagreed or commented negatively on the ASPCA's choices because I support them in everything they do, and they are a wonderful group. I think they (the ASPCA) and others get caught up in comparing animals to people to somehow justify saving them. (This somehow connects the people who don't believe animals are on the same level as humans.) However, saving animals needs no justification. It goes without saying. Animals are all innocent creatures. Humans are not. Animals love unconditionally. Humans do not. The school I go to refused to acknowledge the term "animal rights" in my constitution for an organization I was trying to start. God created animals before he created people. We are supposed to be their stewards, watch over them, protect them, not be "dominant" over them. I do not think a child can grasp the concept of what a puppy mill even is. How is this believable?


I adopted my cat from my local PetSmart. The animals there are brought in by no kill shelters who only use the facility for adoptions. To say all pet stores are using puppy mills is bordering on slander. Check your local pet store to see if it's a nonprofit no kill shelter that are adopting out. Don't just assume.

Alissa Wolf

No, the distinction the ASPCA is trying to make is regarding pets that are sold FOR PROFIT. The cats available at PetSmart stores are adoptees; they are not sold for profit. There's a big difference.

shirley hofmann

you go girl....your are wonderful keep up the good work


I understand how cute a child's point of view can be, but not being a parent of an acutal human child (I am, however, the proud parent of 4 rescue dogs), I think someone with more knowledge and legal experience should speak on behalf of this serious issue. Puppy mills are horrible. My four babies and I would be happy to be spokes"people" on behalf of this cause. I have seen firsthand the damage puppy mills can do. A girl I used to work with told me her mother bought a puppy from a pet store. However, she soon found out the puppy had very expensive health problems, including seizures. She went back to the pet store, and they offered to take her dog back and give her a "replacement!" This is horrible. She, of course, did not "return" the puppy. Afterall, they are not merchandise like a piece of clothing. She kept her sickly dog, and took the puppy they offered her as well. She got them the vet attention they needed and both are happy and healthy now. This just goes to prove that dogs bought in "puppy stores" are not taken care of, and have many health problems. I educated her daughter on aspects of pet care, such as spaying and neutering, adopting, but most importantly gave her encouragement to pass on to her mother the importance of the responsibility of the life her mother brought into her life. Every question she had, I answered and educated her on. I am in my last year of law school, and plan to dedicate every moment of my life to helping animals and bettering their life, proving to people that animals deserve rights too: The right to be loved, cared for, and taken care of propertly, just like human children. The difference between a human baby and an animal is small. Neither can tell others about abuse that may be occuring, or when they are hungry, or when they hurt. Those who do not have a voice deserve to have someone speak for them.


I would love to be able to advocate on behalf of animals. This is my dream. I want to become an animal advocate. People look at me crazy because they say I will make no money, but this doesn't matter to me. What matters is all of God's creatures having a better life, better rights, and more people who care about them. The animal rights movement has grown tremendously in the past few years, but this field of law is still new and relatively small. This does not deter me, however. I will pursue it. This is my calling. I also plan on opening a 501(c)(3) sanctuary as soon as I get out of law school. All of God's creatures deserve a chance to live and be loved. I know more people feel like us, they just don't speak out. If we got every person who loves animals and believed they should be provided with better treatment, and harsher punishments for those who abuse animals, I truly believe almost every person in this country would speak up. Somehow we must show them this is what they are supposed to do. If everyone voiced their opinions, our government would have no choice but to listen to us and do what we say. For example, removing the gray wolf from the endagered species list, as President Obama is proposing, is horrendous. These animals are a symbol of America. We should do everything in our power to prevent anything bad from happening to any living creature!