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Thank you for considering being part of the story. Hercules' Haven is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. All donations are tax deductible. EIN: 82-2367818
Donations go to feed, vet bills, fencing, more feed, vet bills, building shelters, purchasing supplies, insurance, farriers, more feed . . .
Bea was nabbed by Cedar Rapids Animal Control. They knew that instead of incarceration, Beatrice needed tender care at the Haven. She was nearly blind from “morbid obesity,” had skin infections, was in dire need of a balanced diet, and craved wide open spaces. Bea bonded with Hercules, while working to get in shape. Veterinarians from Anamosa and the University of Wisconsin were unable to spay her. Now, she is on hormone therapy and anti-inflammatories for stress caused by her weight. Bea eats a special feed that will help her lose the pounds. Miss Beat hopes to be on the farm version of the Biggest Loser — she thinks that Bob Harper is darn cute.
Tessa (White Pass) was born in 2014 and had a short racing career that left her permanently disabled. She can never again be raced, run or ridden. Thoroughbreads like her can face slaughter if not rescued. She was brought to the Haven by our friends from Unbridled Spirits Thoroughbred Retirement Ranch. She is like a Porsche that needs to learn to be a horse of leisure.
Finn arrived in 2016 as a two-year-old full of spunk. He and his mother were rescued from an overpopulated horse-hoarder farm. While still young, Finn's mother died unexpectedly.
Finn was our first medical emergency and fundraising project. In March of 2017, he suffered a severe episode of "choke." Our local equine center was not able to clear the blockage in his esophagus. We had to rush Finnegan to Iowa State, where their team was able to clear the obstruction and re-hydrate his system. We've heard that mini-horses were trouble. Huh, who knew.
Joey is a seven-year-old mini-horse trained to pull a cart. His original owners surrendered Joey, because his "lumpy jaw" made him undesirable to show. Joey joined our team in March of 2017. He is fond of apple snacks and loves to antagonize Finn.
Ginger is the queen of the farm. In her youth, she nearly lost her tongue in an accident. As a 22-year-old, she loves her semi-retirement relaxing on green fields and enjoying the occasional romp of the Fox Sac Trail. She loves binge watching Downton Abbey.
Juno was rescued from a farm auction in August, 2017. She was in a row of crates next to three dying calves. We could not save them all, but we were able to save this little angel. She loves to romp with the pigs and Hermes, the sheep dog. Juno is great with kids and hates to be alone.
Fiona is a very, very fertile three-year-old potbelly pig. She is the mother who could not care for Hercules. Fiona lives with her daughters, Aphrodite and Luna. She loves sunrises and snacks of all varieties. She is very protective and demands respect.
Meet Hercules' litter mate. She is shy but loves treats. Aphrodite is in her own "training pen" that allows our volunteers to give her one-on-one attention. She is learning to welcome people and will soon love belly rubs.
Bob and the boys were just babies being used as an attraction at a garden center. He was rescued by a friend in Tiffin and was nursed back to health. The boys joined our team as three-year-gentlemen in September, 2016. They love visitors and are proficient at gentle nibbles.
Bailey and the boys were just babies being used as an attraction at a garden center. He was rescued by a friend in Tiffin and was nursed back to health. The boys joined our team as three-year-gentlemen in September, 2016. They love visitors and are proficient at gentle nibbles.
Benny and the boys were just babies being used as an attraction at a garden center. He was rescued by a friend in Tiffin and was nursed back to health. The boys joined our team as three-year-gentlemen in September, 2016. They love visitors and are proficient at gentle nibbles.
A local farmer kept this folck as a seasonal attraction. They were destined for a fall dinner, but moved to the Haven in November 2017. The ducks are a tight-knit group that loves to forage and explore the property.
The mini-pig brothers came to the farm in September of 2016. Their mother had a surprise litter and was in failing health. As our first pigs, they were great ambassadors to the world of snouts and rooting. Alcide loves people and makes the most amazing sounds when he is excited for food.
The mini-pig brothers came to the farm in September of 2016. Their mother had a surprise litter and was in failing health. As our first pigs, they were great ambassadors to the world of snouts and rooting. Lafayette is well mannered gentleman with a kind heart. He loves to be scratched behind his ears.
Early in September of 2017, the Cave Family of Council Bluff's found Babe covered in road rash on I80. Her amazing will to live helped her escape and make an full recovery. The Cave's called around the Midwest and eventually found that we still had space at the Haven. She loves to romp and frolic with Blossom, Juno and the dogs. She naps on the front porch and tears up the lawn with exultation.
Blossom was delivered to a an Iowa hog farm in April, 2017. By September, she weighed only 20 pounds instead of the anticipated 200. The farmer allowed the Haven to rescue her in September. Poor girl was just skin and bones but with loving care made a miraculous turnaround.. Blossom plays with vigor and loves belly rubs. She bunks with Babe and Juno, because everybody at the Haven gets a buddy.
Free range girls (and boys) at their best. Cedar Rapid's urban chicken program were our first step towards farm life. The flock is friendly and eagerly approach visitors in the hopes of getting treats. New girls are always welcome -- we have volunteers who host the cranky roosters offsite.