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Iowa Friends Of Companion Animals

Rating: 4.82 stars   57 reviews 1,163

Nonprofit Issues:

Address:

1321 41st Street Des Moines IA 50311 USA

Mission:

To advance the humane and responsible treatment of companion animals through collaboration and public awareness.

Results:

Our research into the conditions in Iowa puppy mills supported the passage of a significant piece of state legislation providing additional protections for dogs in commercial kennels. We'll continue to do similar research and will continue to raise awareness.

Target demographics:

dogs in Iowa puppy mills.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

thousands of dogs.

Geographic areas served:

Iowa

Programs:

public awareness, law enforcement agency education, grassroots advocacy.

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Reviews for Iowa Friends Of Companion Animals

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I wish these people lobby for regulations and humane treatment for the poor dogs that are trucked in and out of the state.
Or better yet use the money the raise to actually help the shelters, instead of "lobbying" for a change in laws rather than lobbying for the enforcement of the laws in place already.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Love this organization and all they stand for - what is right and humane for our furry friends! I'm on your side & look fwd to the day legislation will STOP inhumane treatment of all animals!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have just joined this organization, but I have been impressed with their dedication and energy. I have also been impressed with their political savvy and ability to contact and work in a positive way with legislators and community leaders.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

An amazing organization that works tirelessly on behalf of Iowa's 15,000 commercial breeding dogs that languish inside Iowa's 200 USDA-licensed puppy mills. Iowa Friends is their voice, 24-7...these dogs are lucky to have IaFriends advocating for them and for "Better Laws For Those With Paws."

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Until Iowa Friends was established, I had absolutely no idea that Iowa had such a disheartening puppy mill problem...and I was born and raised in this state. Iowa Friends has brought the very dark topic of puppy mills into the light and into the minds of legislators, the media and Iowans across the state. Now, thanks to Iowa Friends' wonderful work, more Iowans than ever are getting the message - and laws are changing, puppy mills are closing and dogs are being protected. There is much work left to do, but with continued support, Iowa Friends will continue to make a huge positive impact on this very disturbing and infrequently-discussed problem.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This group was how I learned of the puppy mills and why I try to impress on people to adopt NOT shop! Mary LaHay has and continues to fight for legislation to clean up Iowa puppy mills. Iowa Friends of Companion Animals encourages 1. To adopt but also asks you to ask yourself some tough questions as to puppy ownership, 2. To educate the public on how bad the puppy mill problem is in our state and 3. To report issues you may witness to law enforcement.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This is an awesome organization working to change laws to better care for animals. I am a supporter of this group, as their outreach and educational efforts are how I first learned about puppy mills!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Perfect cause for to help the greater good. I fully support companion dogs for the depressed

 
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3 people found this review helpful

This is a phenomenal organization. They are working non-stop for the benefit of animals. The are well organize and well informed and do a great job educating the public. They provide excellent guidance about how to contact representatives and the language to use to be taken seriously. They provided a fantastic speaker for Lobby Day 2015, who spoke about puppy mills and the effects on adult dogs and puppies. This group certainly advocates for the right changes for companion animals.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is an amazing organization who are working so hard to educate and bring awareness to a subject that has been ignored for way too long. There efforts are so very much appreciated and I know they won't quit until the changes that need to happen take place. I am the Volunteer Board President for PAWS & More Animal Shelter in Washington, IA. On behalf of the entire board and staff of our shelter, WE THANK YOU!

 
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5 people found this review helpful

This is a top notch organization dedicated to educating the public about puppy mill operations and the lack of oversight by the USDA and in Iowa any state oversight either. They are working tirelessly to pass legislation in the state of Iowa to begin to provide some amount of humane treatment for these companion animals. This is a professional, very well run organization. The president and board of directors are very conscientious of their purpose and stay focused on their overall mission. I am thrilled we have this organization helping to lead the fight in this battle!

 
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