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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

13 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very well run and organized - for a very good cause.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Improving animal welfare is a complex issue in a state like Iowa. Iowa Friends of Companion Animals' tireless efforts to educate and inform the public and our elected officials through hard facts are changing the discussion in both rural and urban corners of our state. Finding common ground and common language we all share is the surest way to make a future for Iowans and our animals free from unnecessary cruelty.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A very respectable Iowa based, all volunteer organization focusing on improving the welfare of companion animals in Iowa. There are so many great organizations who do phenomenal work in providing care and rescuing animals in need. It is great that there is an organization focusing on the heart of the problem through educating efforts. It validates and supports the work of shelters and rescue operations.

Donor

Rating: 5

I can’t think of a more meaningful cause than to ensure the humane treatment of thousands of dogs that are kept and bred to provide puppies to the pet trade - sadly known as puppy mills. A grassroots organization, for years now Iowa Friends of Companion Animals has been committed to putting an end to shameful Iowa puppy mills. This singular mission has lead to a springboard for action including educating the public, lobbying to change laws and organizing events throughout Iowa to bring attention to the blight of Iowa puppy mills.

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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.

Donor

Rating: 4

The people involved in this nonprofit are doing a great job trying to bring awareness to the public about the plight of the thousands of breeding dogs being kept in deplorable conditions in Iowa's puppy mills. This is a national problem as puppies from these mills are sold throughout the United States, many with genetic defects or who are sick. IFCA is working hard to get the laws in Iowa changed to help protect these dogs, but in an agricultural State, such as Iowa, this is a challenge, one they appear to be up for.

Leigh6

Donor

Rating: 5

Many people don't even know that puppy mills even exist (and the torture that the dogs in them endure) and Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is working hard to change that. Bringing this to the attention of our legislators and fellow Iowans is so important. Working to get the laws changed is crucial. The work that Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is so important!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bringing awareness to the plight of the dogs and puppies who are forced to live in puppy mills is very important to me and I believe that Iowa Friends of Companion Animals does great work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This group was how I learned of the puppy mills and why I try to impress on people to adopt NOT shop! Mary LaHay has and continues to fight for legislation to clean up Iowa puppy mills. Iowa Friends of Companion Animals encourages 1. To adopt but also asks you to ask yourself some tough questions as to puppy ownership, 2. To educate the public on how bad the puppy mill problem is in our state and 3. To report issues you may witness to law enforcement.

5 Denise125

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a top notch organization dedicated to educating the public about puppy mill operations and the lack of oversight by the USDA and in Iowa any state oversight either. They are working tirelessly to pass legislation in the state of Iowa to begin to provide some amount of humane treatment for these companion animals. This is a professional, very well run organization. The president and board of directors are very conscientious of their purpose and stay focused on their overall mission. I am thrilled we have this organization helping to lead the fight in this battle!

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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Donor

Rating: 5

This is Iowa's flagship organization for reducing, maybe even eliminating, Iowa's large, well financed and absolutely inhumane puppy mill business. Puppy mills, small and large, are making money off of squalor and cruelty. Breeding dogs deserve better. Iowa Friends of Companion Animals is on their side.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pet Mills All Stink! They are Pure Evil and as un-caring as can-be.

Kara B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping to educate the Iowa public about the terrible conditions in the state's puppy mills is such an important task and IFCA does it well! I have educated a large number of people by sharing knowledge gained from them.

Thank you for all you do!