Iowa Friends of Companion Animals

Rating: 4.84 stars   62 reviews

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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515-556-5949
www.iafriends.org

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Reviews for Iowa Friends of Companion Animals

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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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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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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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 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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4 people found this review helpful

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!!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I have seen puppy mill dogs come into the Arl it hurts to see it. This site helps educate people not to shop but adopt and educate the people that dogs are family and so much more

 
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3 people found this review helpful

An organization tirelessly dedicated to improving conditions for dogs in the 200+ large scale breeding operations in Iowa. Educating the public and legislators about this issue.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

A wonderful group working on meaningful legislation in Iowa to better control puppy mills.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Terrific organization who works for better laws to protect our companion animals in Iowa. Iowa has a terrible reputation for its puppy mills. Thank you Iowa Friends of Companion Animals for caring for those dogs who desparately need advocates!!! Please support this wonderful organization.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I foster for the ARL and I picked this wonderful organization because of how each animals needs are addressed.
As a foster I have worked with puppies, dogs, cats. Cindy Gerke you are an exceptional foster coordinator. The team at the ARL gives so much to make this rescue stand out and shine.

 
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