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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Spot on Doug and spot on Tracy, but the Message is Weakened in its Delivery.

The issue of the treatment of companion animals (to include dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles, and so on, both in and out of puppy mills, kitty mills, retail establishments, rescue organizations and on and on is very real and needs to be seriously addressed. But, as we can see from some of the responses in this forum, those who begin the dialogue or comment on it have to be careful to not distract viewers and readers from the issue.

Using a child to relay the message was a mistake. Please try to focus, people. Molly thinks nothing, knows nothing; she's doing only what she has been told to do. If that has the power to convince you of anything, I'm sorry for you. You should know that Joey in the video is smarter than Molly and will continue to be smarter than her until she reaches the age of four.

Note: You can verify the comparative intelligence finding on the Internet, if you like.

This is serious, folks; look at the issue.


We know that Joey is trainable, but is Molly?

Watch the dog. Joey has been asked to perform sit-stays and down-stays for this video. His trainer is off camera but in Joey’s sight. And he does amazingly well considering his youth and the distractions he has to endure. He's not very comfortable at all with the thrashing child beside him. And, it's very obvious that the kid needs some training in how to relate to canines. I watched, shrinking occasionally at what seemed a near miss by those flailing arms. Cute? I don't think so.

Denise Meyer

Our rescue foundation actually works with petco in our area. Petco takes in NO dogs to sell. Instead they invite the local rescues to bring their dogs and cats in to let people adopt and foster. It is such a heartwarming program to be a part of.


We must educate children, parents, teachers and people of all ages to the horrors of puppy mills.
Check out the children's book, S.J. GOES HOME by J.C. Carr, available on
It is the story of S.J., a rescued puppy mill collie, the main character who narrates his story from the perspective of a puppy mill dog. The full, color illustrations, vividly, yet delicately evoke the emotions of the puppy mill dogs. There is no other book that addresses the topic of puppy mills out there.
It will tug at your heart.


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