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Iowa Friends of Companion Animals

Rating: 4.84 stars   62 reviews 1,347

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Many people don't even know that puppy mills even exist (and the torture that the dogs in them endure) and Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is working hard to change that. Bringing this to the attention of our legislators and fellow Iowans is so important. Working to get the laws changed is crucial. The work that Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is so important!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Bringing awareness to the plight of the dogs and puppies who are forced to live in puppy mills is very important to me and I believe that Iowa Friends of Companion Animals does great work.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A very respectable Iowa based, all volunteer organization focusing on improving the welfare of companion animals in Iowa. There are so many great organizations who do phenomenal work in providing care and rescuing animals in need. It is great that there is an organization focusing on the heart of the problem through educating efforts. It validates and supports the work of shelters and rescue operations.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had my first contact with Iowa Friends of Companion Animals about four years ago. I loved how this dear lady, saw a need and instead of just thinking it was a sad situation, she actually started a movement to help animals-primarily dogs!!! A lot of people see a problem, but few are willing to put the time and effort into fixing it like Iowa Friends has. I enjoy helping with their work to spread word that there are dogs in need and there are positive ways in which to help them. The organization provides a lot of valuable information that is beneficial when talking to others who are interested in joining. They are willing to answer questions. They have cool merchandise to purchase. Their events are fun!! I love working with Iowa Friends of Companion Animals!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Caring, committed and compassionate! Mary LaHay and all volunteers with Iowa Friends of Companion Animals are so amazing and NEEDED! There is such a need to educate Iowans on the issues with puppy mills and how one does their homework to ensure you are working with a responsible breeder. One of the many things I appreciate about this group is it is fact based. Data is so important and this group does it's homework. The numbers tell the story and why change is needed. This can be such an emotional area, and I hope we never lose that piece of it, but in the data is critical to show the need for change.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 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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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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