Iowa Friends Of Companion Animals

Rating: 4.82 stars   33 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 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.
Geographic areas served: Iowa
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mary, who founded this organization and has worked tirelessly for the dogs for over five years, has taken on the issue of puppy mills in Iowa with a determination I've never seen before in a non-profit leader. She created Iowa Friends after discovering on her own what damage irresponsible breeders can do to the dogs in their "care." Mary did her research, and when she first went to the state legislature, she wowed them with the facts. Since that first successful couple of years, the pushback from the Iowa Breeders Assn., Farm Bureau (yep!) and Big Ag has increased enormously. Fortunately, the numbers of animal/dog lovers who have discovered Iowa Friends has increased exponentially. It's hard to change laws. It's hard for a relatively small, unfunded organization to fight huge lobbying interests. It's disappointing that our legislators are more afraid of losing donations from Big Ag and farmers than they are in helping the poor dogs languishing in cages across Iowa. Oh, and the lies those breeders tell the legislators! We have a state full of Pinocchios! To Mary and all of the volunteers and board members of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals: Keep up the GREAT WORK! The dogs are counting on you all!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization that works to make life better by changing laws for dogs living a life of horror in puppy mills.

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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  

I stumbled upon this page and am so happy I did. I had no idea Iowa is second worse in the nation for puppy mills. This non-profit fights for the dogs and puppies who are stuck in these tiny cages with no voice. Mary is a passionate person who constantly is using her time to educate Iowans and to raise awareness on the puppy mill issue. She is even taking the next step to get legislation passed that will help protect Iowa's dogs and hopefully one day will get rid of these mills.

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This organization helps put an end to the suffering of poor animals in puppy mills.It is so wrong, and many would prefer to look the other way, but this organization steps up.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing Organization! Mary's ongoing dediciation is inspiring. Her concern and caring for the animals trapped within the confines of Iowa Puppy Mills has given me hope. With her leadership and strength, I envision much needed changes to be made to better the lives for many many humans and animals.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

A well organized group that has been working hard towards their goals for several years. I have been involved with this group for over 4 years and hope that I can continue to support the efforts for many more to come.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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