I was one of the many people who was unaware of the existence of puppy mills until I started to see information posted on Facebook by the Iowa Friends of Companion Animals. My heart hurts for the dogs and puppies in these horrible places, and I support the work done by this amazing group to bring their plight to people's attention. "Man's Best Friend" needs our help, and I feel that the best hope of changing the laws in favor of the dogs is by supporting Iowa Friends of Companion Animals.
Mary Lahay has organized and inspired an amazing network of dedicated volunteers to inform citizens and legislators in Iowa of the outrageous mistreatment of dogs held in puppy mills. She and volunteers have gone through FDA records to identify the worst offenders and have gotten many mills shut down. They have organized lobby days and they are changing laws governing mills. In an agricultural state like Iowa, where dogs in mills are treated as livestock, this is no small task. There is still much to do. Mary and the many volunteers for Iowa Friends of Companion Animals have worked tirelessly to help these abused dogs.
I have donated a few times and have seen first-hand my money put into action to further their mission to improve both the current enforcement of federal and state laws regarding large-scale commercial pet breeding operations and the laws themselves. They are excellent in tracking inspection and enforcement actions then following up with government agencies when breeders do not take remedial action. They are also consistent and assertive with their public relations campaigns.
Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is working diligently to change laws for the 15,000+ puppy mill dogs being tortured in USDA licensed commercial dog breeding facilities in Iowa. Iowa is number 2 in the nation for these types of facilities. These dogs are being denied veterinary care and are being bred to death.....cycle after cycle. They live in conditions with no heat in the winter and no air in the summer. They are producing sick puppies and selling them to the unsuspecting public. Mary Lahay and her team are working tirelessly to educate the legislators in the state of IA and the public in order to get these laws changed. Iowa is the only state in the USA that has no state oversight for these facilities. Only Mississippi has worse Animal Welfare laws than the state of Iowa. The only way to end this misery is to change laws and enforce them and Mary Lahay and her team are working tirelessly to get legislators to do that.
The people involved in this nonprofit are doing a great job trying to bring awareness to the public about the plight of the thousands of breeding dogs being kept in deplorable conditions in Iowa's puppy mills. This is a national problem as puppies from these mills are sold throughout the United States, many with genetic defects or who are sick. IFCA is working hard to get the laws in Iowa changed to help protect these dogs, but in an agricultural State, such as Iowa, this is a challenge, one they appear to be up for.
Iowa Friends is working hard to be the voice of the voiceless dogs!
Great organization with our companion animal friends at the heart of it. I have started volunteering with them to get the word out and it is an awesome experience!!
This organization is the epitome of grassroots. As a new volunteer I immediately had the satisfaction of creating change. Training is provided for lobbying, and all donations are directed to the cause. There is no overhead because it is a 100% volunteer organization with no fixed costs.
This is an incredibly passionate group who spends endless hours helping to educate residents of the State of Iowa about puppy mills; lobbying to change our current laws to make life better for companion animals and the list goes on and on............all of this is done in the most efficient and diplomatic means. We are blessed to have this organization in Iowa!
Iowa Friends is a wonderful non profit, dedicated to getting more humane laws, in place, in Iowa. Many volunteers work tirelessly lobbying, walking in parades, writing to lawmakers, appealing to lawmakers, setting up booths and learning centers at events, fundraising, ect. All to help those poor dogs that are languishing in Iowa's horrid puppy mills. I have helped them, in the past, and will continue to do so, in the future. Sincerely, Adrienne Smith Jefferson
The president of the organization does not take a salary all the money that donated goes toward working for legislation to help the puppy mill male dogs . We are number two in the country which is shameful this organization is trying to I'm not wise to help with their suffering . They're involved in a lot of activities such as the puppy mill walk which just happened. They are going to be at the pet expo to provide information to people that don't realize what's going on. There's also a lobby day in February were members of the group go down showing their support and talking with her legislatures is an ongoing process they have groups of over the state trying to educate people about what's going on .
I have been involved in animal rescue and transport for several years. Not long ago, I attended an informational meeting held by Iowa Friends. It was following that meeting that I decided my rescue work was important, but still there needed to be greater change. IFCA is dedicated to changing legislation to provide enforced protections for our voiceless and beloved companions. To me, Iowa Friends is like the "little engine that could" - this organization is not giving up. Through optimism and hardwork they continue the march for humane and responsible treatment of companion animals.