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At a temporary shelter, veterinary professionals are preparing to immediately tend to any urgent medical needs, then evaluate and provide a treatment plan for each canine. Photo credit: ASPCA
According to a recent study, 78 percent of consumers do not know that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Photo credit: ASPCA

Today marks the third year of ASPCA’s “No Pet Store Puppies Day” initiative, designed to fight against puppy mills. In honor of this compassionate day, the ASPCA has launched a video entitled “Meet Molly” featuring a young girl, Molly, and her dog Joey, who explain the cruel connection between pet stores and puppy mills.

There’s no denying puppy mills prioritize profit over the well-being of animals. Dogs are often trapped in small cages their whole lives, with some never able to once walk on grass. Many of the puppies also develop health issues due to reckless overbreeding.

Many of these dogs end up in pet stores throughout the nation, however pet stores will often deny buying from puppy mills. Instead, stores claim their dogs come from “USDA licensed breeders,” which actually means less than you think, as USDA standards are actually less than impressive.

In a national study conducted by Lake Research Partners, 78 percent of consumers are unaware that most pet stores puppies come from puppy mills.

In order to help close this information gap, the ASPCA is encouraging the public to do the following:

  • Share the “Meet Molly” video across their social networks, thus educating people that shopping in pet stores that sell puppies supports puppy mill cruelty.
  • Take the Pledge not to shop for anything –including pet food, toys, etc – at pet stores stores or on websites that sell puppies.
  • Check out the newly launched consumer tool that allows consumers to see photos taken inside U.S. Department of Agriculture licensed commercial dog breeding facilities that sell puppies to pet stores around the country.
  • Join the ASPCA Puppy Mills Awareness Twitter chat with the hashtag #ASPCAchat, which will be taking place on Tuesday, July 23rd from 1pm-2pm EST.

Watch the adorable video below to see why Molly believes you should always opt to adopt.