You've been told to never buy a puppy if you can't see the mother and where she lives.
Yet, when you ask a breeder to see the mother you are often told that they don't allow people in these areas for various reasons, such as "their insurance doesn't allow it", or "they need to protect their dogs from germs that you could bring in".
Well, now you can see what the breeders don't want you to see!!
Through the Freedom of Information Act, Iowa Friends of Companion Animals has received THOUSANDS of pictures from USDA inspection reports of Iowa breeding facalities.
This is just a start. We have MANY MANY more pictures to get up on the site. It's a LOT of work, but we are working around the clock to get this done.
Check out the pictures. Don't like what you see? Help to make a difference. Subscribe to Iowa VCA emails (on the left side of this page under the "Contact Us" section).
Puppy Mill Awareness Dog Walk
Saturday, September 15th turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL day for our 3rd Puppy Mill Awareness Day Dog walk. We got some great pictures of the event!
The 23,000 Challenge!
The purpose of The 23,000 Challenge is to raise awareness and funds to stop abuse and improve conditions for dogs in Iowa's puppy mills, and to promote passage and enforcement of laws that will ensure their humane treatment in the future.
Through The 23,000 Challenge we are seeking donations of:
Click the Bronze button to donate $23!
Click the Silver button to donate $230!
Click the Gold button to donate $2,300!
Click the Platinium button to donate any amount!
Why the number 23?
To bring attention to the approximately 23,000 adult breeding dogs in Iowa puppy mills. With every dollar, you will be helping dogs. We have no paid staff so every dollar goes directly to prevention efforts:
Education programs for law enforcement personnel to ensure they have the tools they need to investigate and prosecute potential animal abuse and neglect in commercial dog-breeding facilities
Education programs for students to teach them responsible dog-ownership
Public-awareness campaigns geared for the general public.
Tax-deductible donations in any amount are gladly accepted via
Just click on one of the buttons above and log into your PayPal account
Just click on one of the buttons above. On the page, in this section (example below) click on the "Continue" link.
Write a check payable to Iowa Friends of Companion Animals and mail to:
Iowa Friends of Companion Animals
PO Box 30062
Des Moines, IA 50310
Simple way to set up automated weekly or monthly donations!
Go to the Iowa Friends Dwolla page, enter the amount you want to donate and indicate if it is a single or recurring donation, then create a Dwolla account to complete the transaction.
Since 2009, reduction in the number of commercial dog-breeding establishments from 450 to 250
But there's still work to do and we need your help.
Please consider donating and joining our community by subscribing to Iowa VCA emails (above left side of this page). By doing so, you will receive occasional email updates on our work to improve the welfare of Iowa's companion animals.
Let's make Iowa a better place for companion animals!
Puppy Mill Awareness Info to Share
The Financial & Emotional Impacts of Owning a Puppy Mill Puppy
The heath issues of dogs born in puppy mills often don't show up until the dog is older, or more likely, until the family loves the pup so much that they will do anything within their power to make it well, which can run into thousands of dollars very quickly.
This is the story of a little Yorkie who had the cards stacked against her on the day she was born. It shares with you the deep love and the heartaches of having a puppy mill puppy.
The Puppy Mill / Pet Store Connection
Moving video explaining the connection between pet stores and puppy mills. Bottom line? Don't buy a puppy from a pet store.
Iowa Friends Speaker
Iowa Friends would like to speak to your group about the issue of Iowa puppy mills.
Contact Mary LaHay (email@example.com) to learn more or to schedule a presentation.
Join Our Sister Group - Iowa VCA
Help us gain better laws to protect dogs in USDA-licensed commercial kennels!
By joining, you'll be added to our newsletter mailing list and we'll keep you posted on what you can do to HELP US HELP THEM!
GET POLITICAL FOR COMPANION-ANIMALS AND WIN THE LAWS THEY NEED!