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.
I joined the board of this organization because of its precise goal of improving the welfare of dogs held in commercial breeding facilities. More humane laws, better oversight and stiffer penalties for animal welfare violations are much needed and long overdue. No one would condone as "humane" the well-documented conditions under which many of these dogs spend their entire lives, existing solely to turn a profit for their owners. Now is the time for change. We are their voice.
Upon learning that Iowa is second in the nation in the number of established puppy mills, I was drawn to help serve this organization and its mission. In just a couple short years IFCA and IVCA have seen great results towards better legislation and education on puppy mills in Iowa. We still have a journey ahead of us as there are still far too many dogs living in horrible conditions, but are definitely gaining momentum with the help of great volunteers and donors!