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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

30 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.

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!!

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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.

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iowa Friends of Companion Animals works to educate the public about puppy mills and other animal welfare issues. They work with those in position to make and enforce laws governing animal welfare to promote health and humane treatment for Iowa's companion animals. This is a positive, grassroots organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this organization and all they stand for - what is right and humane for our furry friends! I'm on your side & look fwd to the day legislation will STOP inhumane treatment of all animals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization working to change laws to better care for animals. I am a supporter of this group, as their outreach and educational efforts are how I first learned about puppy mills!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Perfect cause for to help the greater good. I fully support companion dogs for the depressed

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is an amazing organization who are working so hard to educate and bring awareness to a subject that has been ignored for way too long. There efforts are so very much appreciated and I know they won't quit until the changes that need to happen take place. I am the Volunteer Board President for PAWS & More Animal Shelter in Washington, IA. On behalf of the entire board and staff of our shelter, WE THANK YOU!

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.

3 Peg_8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the proud owner of a former puppy mill pug. He actually came from the hell known as Pratt puppy mill. He has overcome many obstacles but has many hurdles left. He may never shed the fear of men, overhead objects , hats, boots rain, and hunger. He may never be completely house trained. He may never do a lot of things a normal, healthy, well adjusted dog will but he will always be loved. It is sad and sickening to see what the human race will do for money. I thank God that there is an organization such as Iowa Friends of Companion Animals to fight for, protest for, lobby for, and educate about these voiceless precious creatures. Thank you Mary

3 westiemum

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Finally an organization helping thousands to stand up for Companion animals. They take the headache out of trying to stay on top of things! So proud to be a grassroots member!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's all about raising awareness of puppy mills! Working with government to being about bills to change this horrendous behavior.

1 Peggy41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful Organization for the State of Iowa. Iowa has a lot of Puppy Mills so there is always a need to try to change laws. Mary LaHay and Iowa Friends of Companion Animals work tirelessly for all of us. I have worked with rescues for years and adopted many of the dogs that have been saved from Puppy Mills. God Bless them for working so hard and never giving up.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iowa Friends of Companion Animals does a great job in educating the public about how truly awful puppy mills are and what it means to purchase a puppy mill dog. Their newsletters, Facebook updates, action alerts, and organized events to end inhumane treatment and breeding of dogs reach so many people. Puppy mills are so prevalent in Iowa; however, it seems that, slowly but surely, the tide is turning against them. Yeah Iowa Friends of Companion Animals!

Becky71

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have great respect and appreciation for the tireless work that Iowa Friends of Companion Animals and Mary LaHay are doing to educate us about the dirty business of puppy mills in Iowa and for bringing to light the deplorable conditions that these dogs have to exist in. May we all join in to help right this wrong and help to end the suffering of these animals.

Connie44

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without this Puppymills would be not as understood as they are. Dont get me wrong there is still A LOT to do. But they have started and that to me is something iowa needs. Information and honesty is 2 things they are kniwn for. Please help get the word out it takes a village to an end such suffering.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group has worked tirelessly to help solve the puppy mill crisis in Iowa. Mary LaHay's passion to alleviate the suffering of up to 15,000 dogs in our state is evident! She refuses to give up until there are no more puppy mills!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have visited out there a couple of times and the staff out there seem to genuinely enjoy taking care of the animals and you can see the love that goes into caring for all of them.

When we are ready again we wont hesitate to visit out there. They go out of their way to make the visit an enjoyable one.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am proud to be an Iowan and just as proud of the work Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is doing to help fight the fight for those who have no voice. We need more people to do work like this for our companion animals, for all animals right really. Together, we will all put an end to puppy mills!