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Iowa Friends of Companion Animals

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Causes: Animals

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.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Becky103

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iowa Friends for Companion Animals is a nonprofit that is working to end the suffering of the dogs being kept in puppy mills in our state. The founder, Mary LaHay, started out as just one concerned citizen who shockingly found out about the puppy mill situation in Iowa. She has grown the organization to regional advocacy groups that focus on contacting their state representatives and on educating the public as to the need for change in the way the dogs in commercial dog breeding businesses in Iowa are treated. In February we all gather at the capitol to talk to our congressmen/women. Wearing our gold shirts lets all those who work for us know that we are serious about our desire for the betterment of the treatment of the dogs who are caged for breeding purposes. Mary has created a powerful advocacy group for the puppy mill dogs in Iowa!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is an exceptional animal welfare organization working in Iowa, an exceptionally challenging state for such work. The organization's data-driven and strategic approach has not only raised public awareness, but has put animal welfare firmly on the legislative agenda. Comprised of compassionate, intelligent, and dedicated individuals, they are raising the bar for the benefit of animals and people alike.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So impressed with the diversity of followers to this organization. I have attended a few of their fund raisers/events/parades, and the passion is real! Great job!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Very well run and organized - for a very good cause.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Improving animal welfare is a complex issue in a state like Iowa. Iowa Friends of Companion Animals' tireless efforts to educate and inform the public and our elected officials through hard facts are changing the discussion in both rural and urban corners of our state. Finding common ground and common language we all share is the surest way to make a future for Iowans and our animals free from unnecessary cruelty.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Iowa Friends of Companion Animals works tirelessly toward its mission of humane treatment for dogs in Iowa's commercial dog breeding facilities. The team is always looking to improve – evaluating tactics, finding new ways to support volunteers, and above all else, seeking ways to reach a larger audience with their important message.

Sally Cooper S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is one of the most passionate, committed and fiscally responsible non-profits I have ever encountered. In the four years I have been involved with the organization, they have made tremendous strides toward raising awareness of the puppy mill problem in Iowa. Through their work, they have shined a light on the worst dog breeders in the state, and in turn saved countless dogs from a life of torture.

Donor

Rating: 5

I can’t think of a more meaningful cause than to ensure the humane treatment of thousands of dogs that are kept and bred to provide puppies to the pet trade - sadly known as puppy mills. A grassroots organization, for years now Iowa Friends of Companion Animals has been committed to putting an end to shameful Iowa puppy mills. This singular mission has lead to a springboard for action including educating the public, lobbying to change laws and organizing events throughout Iowa to bring attention to the blight of Iowa puppy mills.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! Working relentlessly for the dogs and puppies being held captive and tortured in prisons known as puppy mills! We will not back down until our legislators listen and do the right thing buy these dogs!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Passionate, informed, diligent and invested - working along side these people helps me believe my time and resources are invested with integrity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This group is and has been working hard, in an anything but friendly political atmosphere, to raise awareness, educate and try to toughen the lax laws regarding inhumane and callous dog breeders - puppy mills - in Iowa

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Lauris O.

Advisor

Rating: 4

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.

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

mlarue

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iowa Friends is working hard to be the voice of the voiceless dogs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

1 Marti6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Adrienne14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 .

Rhonda40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.