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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Molly and Joey, GOD JOB!!! Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I promise I will not or have I shopped at these stores. I hate puppy mills as much as you do. I sign alot of petitions to stop this. I hope and [ray soon there will be no more puppy mills and all the dog homeless will soon find families like your.

Despina M. Andrelus

"A righteous man regards the life of animals" - PROVERBS 12:10; "If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men" - FRANCIS OF ASSISI; "I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs...(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty...." - JAMES HARRIOT; "The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" - MAHATMA GANDHI.


This child is cute but it's very hard to understand her. I think they should have a child that is easier to understand but otherwise, I agree with Dorothea that doing away with the sale of pets in pet stores does not shut down puppy mills, but it will definitely hurt their business and is a great start, especially since pet stores where I live a showing animals from ANIMAL SHELTERS!!!

Dorothea J. Knight

PUPPY MILLS - After WW II (1945) Poor Farmers - primarily in the Midwest - were encouraged by the U.S.Government, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to supplement their incomes by breeding dogs - even though the farmers lacked the knowledge and some used, as shelters and breeding facilities, rabbit hutches or chicken pens. Now, we must rely on the USDA to develop rules and regulations, issue licenses, and perform inspections of these Puppy Mills - some of which contain thousands of dogs. We need a new agency/department - people who recognize that our Dogs & Cats are not Farm Animals nor are they "products" to be used and abused for financial purposes - but they are members of our families.

Alissa Wolf

I write about the pet industry for About dot com. Many pet stores are getting away from selling pets for profit and are instead partnering with pet shelters and rescue groups to offer in-store pet adoption events. Believe me, this is the pet business model that will dominate in the future. Fewer and fewer pet stores will sell puppies and kittens for profit, because the majority of the pets sold for profit in stores are products of puppy and kitten mills, and more people are becoming aware of this. So it makes a lot of sense, from both a humane and business standpoint.

C Grey

However, if puppy mills had no one to sell to, they would go out of business. If people would not buy from pet stores or Craigslist or newspaper ads, puppy mills would go out of business.

Chris E.

I will go to my grave not understanding why our country allows mills that raise any species of animal. If a buck is to be made, the animals always lose. Laws have to change. Get on board at every opportunity to pressure gov't to eradicate these mill practices. On the other hand, not buying from pet stores sends the message that the public is fed up with this cruelty and gov't might want to listen. A 'no-buy' campaign at least gets people to start thinking.

Adria & Bob

Amazing, a toddler gets it yet adults still purchase dogs from these so called dog stores. We own a rescued dog that was deposited in a kill facility by a mill, after living her first 5/6 years in a crate and having litter after litter of pups, because she wasn't producing. Hard to do when you have a litter of mummified puppies in you. And just how healthy are those puppies? Abby was diagnosed with necrotizing encephalitis AND heartworm AND had to have 4 teeth pulled(our vet says they will probably all end up having to be pulled). After 1 3/4 years, she is now being weaned off the cyclosporine for the encephalitis, we're still working on the heartworm and so far no other teeth need to be pulled. She's been "living" with us for 2 1/2 years and is still a very frightened and socially inept girl but has come a long way. She's cost us a small fortune in vet and specialist bills but she deserves the chance at the life she should have had all along. We pray and wait patiently for that day.

MaryKay Ludden

this should be a national tv advertisement!

doreen rasanen

I could not appreciate the video of Joey the dog and Molly the little girl. I found
the little girl to be selfish and brattish...I don't like her one bit. The dog even
looked at little concerned about her quick unthinkable movements. I am totally
against all animal breeders, and animal breeding should be banned, but what the
hell does the leaders of countries care. If they did all animals would live free and
happy as The Devine Creator had intended. The more humans on this planet the
more sick and ugly this planet becomes.