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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.

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7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



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.

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.

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.

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.

3 ShelterVet

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I wish these people lobby for regulations and humane treatment for the poor dogs that are trucked in and out of the state.
Or better yet use the money the raise to actually help the shelters, instead of "lobbying" for a change in laws rather than lobbying for the enforcement of the laws in place already.

4 Maggie27

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Top notch organization! Donations are spent wisely and they are true to their mission. I am grateful to IVCA's work in my state.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is a first class operation. They work tirelessly to improve the quality of animal welfare regulation in the state of Iowa, as they relate to puppy mills. Education of the public is essential to the well-being of companion animals and ending suffering in Iowa puppy mills. This group is making it happen. I recommend that anyone who is even a remote pet lover find a way to get involved with or follow this group!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Far above any others I've worked with professionally, this nonprofit organization adheres to their mission and provides factual data to inform the public and our legislators. I'm proud to have them in the corner of animal advocacy.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization works tirelessly to protect animals from harm. We run a rescue which is honorable but what Mary is doing is so much more. She is working towards prevention! This organization continues to inform the public of the horrors of puppy mills. I hope that one day they will prove to law makers that puppy mills have no place in Iowa. Scott Shehan co-founder Lusco Farms Rescue, Malvern, Iowa