Donations Have Been Made in Memory of These Special Individuals

Facing the loss of a beloved friend, family member or pet can be a difficult experience. A memorial gift is a beautiful way to honor them. Your donation to Iowa Friends of Companion Animals honors those who have passed away by supporting our effort to end puppy mills.

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Our dear Spokespup,Eddie was rescued from a terrible Iowa puppy mill by Hearts United for Animals in Auburn, NE. That’s where I found him. Seeing the damage inflicted upon him from his time in a mill is what spurred me to action; to start this organization and work to get the word out. Too many of these breeders are indifferent to the pain they inflict, too many never give a thought to the way they deform the lives of the dogs they hold captive. That needs to change, and the fight we are fighting is the only thing that can make that happen, however elusive our progress might seem at times. We are on a justice train that is sometimes slow but always headed in the right direction, so please stay on board for the trip! My sweet little boy is gone, replaced for now by a profound sadness but also genuine gratitude. We will miss him for a long, long time, and remember him forever. But he deserves a legacy that makes a difference for other dogs like him, and I want to see that he gets it.



Denise Van Heuveln was an amazing supporter of our organization. Early on she helped us compile and analyze the USDA data we obtain. Without a doubt, had it not been for Denise’s help, we never would have gotten off the ground. We know she’s watching over her family and the animals. “Thank you for caring so deeply, Denise.”


In Memory of Ryan Elliott Ryan Elliott was one of our board members. He was doing wonderful work to help dogs in Iowa puppy mills. He cared deeply about these animals. We’re so saddened by his sudden passing and will miss him greatly. The world has lost a wonderful man much too early. We wish his family peace.














Rosie Grace lived in a puppy mill in Iowa for a little over 9 1/2 years and had many beautiful puppies. She was rescued when the owner of the awful puppy mill decided she was no longer able to produce more puppies. Here’s Rosie’s story: “I don’t know why Mom picked me out of all the dogs out there, but I’m glad she did. When she picked me up from the rescue organization that had me, I was a little scared. But when we got to my new home I met my new brother, Bo, and I liked him right away. He told me I’d like my new Mom so I felt better. I didn’t know it, but Bo was very sick and, sadly, he crossed the Rainbow Bridge the very next day. Mom was devastated and cried and cried. I tried to comfort her by cuddling next to her. That’s how I got my middle name, Grace, because Mom said that I was her saving grace. Bo was right – I grew to love my new home and my new Mom. She told me she loved me all the time. But all the love in the world couldn’t save me from the terrible toll that the mill took on my body and just a few months later I got very sick. Mom did everything she could to help me but I was just too sick. She held me and kissed me and told me that she loved me, like she had done so many, many times before, and then the doctors helped me cross the Bridge to join my brother Bo. Now we’re there waiting for Mom and our other brother, Dixon. I’m so glad I got to have a wonderful Mom on earth, if only for a little while.

In memory of our dear Katie. She was very loved and is greatly missed.

Mika was rescued from a MN puppy mill. She spent the last year of her life in the care of two of the best mommies in the whole world. Her moms and grandma miss her very, very much.

You would have loved knowing Bayou Beau! Beau was a Hurricane Katrina and Rita survivor. He was found five weeks after the first storm, buried up to his neck in mud in the wreckage in New Orleans. He was severely emaciated and near death. Through rescue efforts he was brought to Iowa where he recovered and found a “forever” home. He was a brave and faithful little soldier. No dog was ever more devoted. He is very much missed.

This is Riley. She was the apple of her mom’s eye. Mom unknowingly purchased Riley from an Amana, Iowa puppy mill. Riley suffered significant health issues her entire life and left this earth way too early.

One of our wonderful supporters, Tim Johnson of Newton, made a donation in memory of his dear brother, Mark, who passed away in January 2015. Thank you Tim. We hope you find peace.












Sadie is so very lucky to have been rescued from an Iowa puppy mill. She currently resides with her new family in Des Moines. Her new mom, Debra, made a donation to IAFriends in Sadie’s honor. Debra says, “Sadie is thriving after 1-1/2 years post-captivity (and at age 10-1/2 years!).  Her only remaining ‘issue’ is separation anxiety….particularly from her ‘mama’!  Her confidence in every other respect grows daily…as observed by many friends who have spent time with us since her adoption.  Sadie has, in fact, become the de facto ‘shop dog’ at my hair salon whenever I have an appointment – taking it upon herself to personally greet everyone in the place.  Welcoming her into our home has been one of the best things we’ve ever done.  And I tell her story to everyone we meet, educating them about the evils of the puppy mill industry.  Sadie has, quite simply, become the face of anti-puppy mill legislation among our circle.”Next time someone justifies their decision to buy a puppy so they won’t end up with a dog with issues, tell them about Sadie and the joy she brings to her new family.

Dougal and Scooter lived long, happy lives with their respective families. One of our great supporters made a donation in their memory. How special is that! Dog-lovers are the best people in the whole world. Dogs help make us better people. They deserve our love, support and protection! Rest in peace, Dougal & Scooter. We’ll see you again one day.

Dougal’s brother, Rory had a wonderful life with his mum and other westie siblings. He lost his valiant fight against cancer recently and is now chasing squirrels somewhere with Dougal. One of our great supporters made a donation in Rory’s memory, just as she did for Dougal. RIP, Rory. Your mom and all your friends look forward to seeing you again one day.

A donation has been made in memory of Chloe. She’s no doubt waiting patiently to be reunited with her beloved family members, Sheri & Eugenia, and her many friends, including Lori. Rest in peace, dear Chloe.


In Memory of Connie Younger Connie Younger, shown here with his dear dog Mia, was a wonderful animal welfare advocate and husband of one of our board members. He did a lot of great work to help dogs in Iowa puppy mills. He cared deeply about animals and jumped in to help whenever he was needed. Some of our other dear advocates made donations in memory of Connie. We wish his wife and all his family, peace.


Molly, was the beloved dog of one of our wonderful advocates. She’s waiting patiently at the Rainbow Bridge for Pam to join her again one day. Another of our wonderful advocates made a donation in Molly’s memory. People who care about dogs are some of the most giving people you’ll ever meet. Pam, we are all sorry for your loss.