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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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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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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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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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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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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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3 people found this review helpful

This is Iowa's flagship organization for reducing, maybe even eliminating, Iowa's large, well financed and absolutely inhumane puppy mill business. Puppy mills, small and large, are making money off of squalor and cruelty. Breeding dogs deserve better. Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is on their side.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Pet Mills All Stink! They are Pure Evil and as un-caring as can-be.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Kudos to Mary who got the ball rolling and has never given up even when it seems that she is banging her head against a brick wall. It will happen, then thousands of mistreated companion animals will know how it feels to be loved, cared for and finally free to walk on grass and cuddle in a warm bed. Go IFCA, you rock.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

As the adopter of a ex puppy mill dog I know first hand some of the residual effects, both physical and emotional that these dogs can and do suffer from.
This group is doing a stellar job educating the public about puppy mills and what to do when looking to add a puppy to your life. They have also been instrumental in getting some of the laws in Iowa, concerning the care of dogs in puppy mills, tightened up. They know there is more to do but have a tough row to hoe here in an agricultural state. They have made great strides but need all the help they can get to carry on their great work on behalf of these poor, abused animals.

 
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Helping to educate the Iowa public about the terrible conditions in the state's puppy mills is such an important task and IFCA does it well! I have educated a large number of people by sharing knowledge gained from them.

Thank you for all you do!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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I met Mary several years ago and learned of her passion to help Iowa's puppy mill dogs. She has worked miracles on her own and now has the help and admiration of many people. It is true that a "squeaky wheel" can get things done. There is still much to be accomplished but those very important first steps have been taken and Iowa Friends for Companion Animals is doing all it can to educate people and law makers of the suffering and lack of oversight these these dogs have to put up with.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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