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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

32 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!

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.

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.

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.

Patty P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping to bring awareness to the huge problem of puppy mills.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IA friends is a great organization that does wonderful advocacy work for companion animals in Iowa!

kathapfaff

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IFCA is 100% volunteer-ran and instrumental in making laws better for the 15,000+ dogs living in Iowa's puppy mills. If you want to help us make better laws for those with paws look our way!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the single best way to volunteer in animal welfare. Eliminating puppy mills will lessen the burden that local shelters and rescues face, due to over-saturation and over-production, all to the dogs' dismay.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4 FridaB

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Sabrina F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3 MaryAnn11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 ppete127

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2 Tammy26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.