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Iowa Voters For Companion Animals

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Iowa Voters for Companion Animals works to advance the humane and responsible treatment of companion animals in Iowa. We lobby for better laws, support pro-animal candidates and legislators, and empower Iowans to take action for compassion and against cruelty.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Iowa Voters for Companion Animals is the organization Iowa needs to better protect
our pets! They are committed and hard working individuals working with legislators of both parties to get meaningful laws passed. Their action alerts and timely information also makes it easy for individuals to get involved and help make an impact.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Iowa Voters for Companion Animals at one of their Lobby Days. I was initially impressed by their professionalism and organization. They continue to impress with their expertise, approach, and willingness to work across party lines and with other organizations to improve the lives of animals in Iowa. Thank you for leading the way and bringing Iowans together.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IVCA is the voice for Iowa’s animals at the State Capitol. Strategic, professional, and determined. The tools they provide the public are invaluable in getting individuals involved and holding legislators accountable. They work tirelessly and effectively behind the scenes. As the next legislative session is quickly approaching, I’m happy they are on duty and leading the way for better laws. Thank you for making animal welfare a legislative priority! You are all rockstars!

Donor

Rating: 5

Iowa Voters for Companion Animals is an incredible organization working strategically to improve Iowa's animal cruelty laws. They are a wealth of knowledge, professional, and the strongest voice at the Capitol for animals. The tools and information provided to the public make it easy to get involved and make an impact. The new executive director is enthusiastic, dedicated, and determined. Grateful to have such an organization and individuals working for animals in Iowa.

Piebird

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IVCA is truly Iowa's advocate organization for humane treatment of dogs, especially in the fight against puppy mills. From humble beginnings several years ago, the organization has become one of the loudest voices for better legislation at the Iowa Capitol. I'm proud to be affiliated with this wonderful non-profit organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A well-organized force at the state capital. The web site and tools for voters are in-depth, reliable and very helpful!

Board Member

Rating: 5

So honored to have been behind the formation and management of this org as a volunteer for the past several years. Even more honored to have a professional and committed person at the helm as exec director now. Our groundbreaking research has led to multiple "spin off" organizations; all of us doing good work in our own way on behalf of animals. Iowa will never again be the place where companion animals will be abused and neglected without SOMEONE bringing it to the attention of the public. And the public has no patience for animal abuse. Please help us keep up this good fight. Because we're all better for it.

John David L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Well-run with complete devotion to their mission ... and hard working

ScruffysMom

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is truly the brainchild of Mary Lahay, who founded this impressive organization back in 2013'ish once she learned that Iowa was leading the nation in terms of puppy mills. In just two sessions working with Iowa legislators, she led the charge to adopt changes and new laws protecting these unfortunate animals. Unfortunately, that woke up the puppy mill operators, so it has been a tough battle, but a righteous one, to stave off efforts to weaken the original protections. Mary started Iowa Friends of Companion Animals and its legislative/lobbying counterpart and almost singlehandedly raised thousands of dollars in funds, spoke to hundreds of groups to educate the animal lovers of Iowa as to what a puppy mill looks like. "Iowa Friends of Companion Animals" grew and flourished under her leadership. She continues to lobby, speak, seek funding, run the Iowa Friends board of directors, and otherwise advocate for the dog-mommies and daddies and the conditions in which they "live." The Des Moines Register, KCCI-TV and other statewide media have interviewed with Mary, which increased awareness of the huge problem this agricultural state has in terms of "puppy mills." Mary Lahay is an indefatigable standard-bearer for greater protection for these poor dogs. As a result, Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is one of the most worthy, efficient, and effective organizations in this state.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Iowa Voters for Companion Animals is an exceptional organization dedicated to improving Iowa's weak companion animal protection laws. As Iowa is currently the second worst in the nation for inadequate animal protection laws and fourth worst for puppy mills, such work is critical. The organization has placed animal welfare firmly on the legislative agenda and continues to educate and inspire Iowans to get active for animals.