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No Pet Store Puppies Day

July 19, 2013 2:00am (EDT)
Molly and Joey are spokeschild and dog against puppy mills and pet stores that sell pups.
Molly and Joey are spokeschild and dog against puppy mills and pet stores that sell pups.

Have you ever wondered where pet store puppies come from? Many of them come from puppy mills and they are not the best places. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has launched a campaign with the mission to educate the public about the filthy, factory-like environments of puppy mills. On Sunday, July 21, join the ASPCA in spreading awareness with the third annual “No Pet Store Puppies Day.”

According to the event’s website, www.nopetstorepuppies.com, “Puppy mills are large-scale dog breeding operations where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Puppy mills treat dogs like products, not living beings, and usually house them in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, socialization, or even food and water.”

In an effort to spread awareness of these awful conditions, the ASPCA has launched a viral video called “Meet Molly.” The video introduces viewers to the disturbing reality of puppy mills through the adorable little girl, Molly, and her canine side-kick, Joey. It is through this video that ASPCA hopes to reach millions of viewers and educate them about the connection between puppy mills and seemingly innocent pet stores. Check out the video below and share it with your friends!

Perhaps just as disappointing as the existence of puppy mills themselves is the lack of consumer awareness on this issue. According to the ASPCA commissioned national study by Lake Research Partners, “78% of consumers are unaware that most pet store’s puppies come from puppy mills.”

So, what now? Help celebrate “No Pet Store Puppies Day” this weekend with the ASPCA. Be a part of the movement for change! Spread the word and help us ensure safe environments and living conditions for our future furry friends. Visit the event website, www.nopetstorepuppies.com, to learn more about where you should or should not purchase your pup, information on certified breeders and to take the online prevention pledge.

All volunteers receive training, free parking and a catered meal provided by Carole Parks Catering.

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