Apollo & Hermes
Apollo came to us from the Cedar Valley Humane Society in 2016. He was a six-month-old import from Tennessee. He loves to snuggle and has and amazingly small bladder.
Hermes, a presumed Border Collie, was six-month-old adoptee Alison spotted on Craig's List in 2015. He was kept in a dark basement and dreamed of running in sunny fields. Now that he has a farm, he has discovered the joy of jumping, running through Squaw Creek and frolicking with the mini-horses.
Finn came to us as a two-year-old full of spunk. He and his mother were rescued by our friend Mary from an overpopulated horse collector farm. While still young, Finn's mother died unexpectedly. Mary loved Finn though his loss and gifted him to the Haven in September of 2016.
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.
Tessa (White Pass) was born in 2014 and had a short racing career that left her permanently disabled. She can never again be raced or run. Even as the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Secretariat, thoroughbreads like Tessa 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.
Joey is a eight-year-old mini-horse trained to pull a cart. His original owners surrendered Joey, because his "lumpy jaw" made him undesirable to show. He joined our team in March of 2017. He is fond of apple snacks and loves to antagonize Finn. Joey is on a strict diet to help him overcome flare up of laminitis.
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.
Fiona is potbelly pig born in 2015 and adopted by the Haven in 2016. She is the mother who could not care for Hercules. Fiona lives with her daughter, Aphrodite. She loves sunrises and snacks of all varieties. She is very protective and demands respect.
Meet Hercules' litter mate born in 2016. 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.
Lafayette & Alcide
These handsome boys 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.
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.
Benny, Bob & Bailey
The goats were one of Mary's best rescue adventures. The boys were just babies being used as an attraction at a garden center. Once home, she nursed them back to health. They joined our team as three-year-gentlemen in September, 2017. The boys love visitors and are proficient at gentle nibbles.
Blossom & Babe
The girls arrived the summer of 2017 as rescues from Iowa hog farms. Blossom weighed only 20 pounds at 5 months and was going to be killed. Babe fell of a truck and had road rash from skidding across I80. The Cave Family of Council Bluff called around the Midwest until they found her a home at the Haven!.
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.
Boots and Chompers
Our new goat friends were transported by Madison's Heartland Animal Sanctuary in December. They grew up at a petting zoo, were rescued by a private party but had to be surrendered to a new home. They may be small, but they are mights!
Solo & Daisy
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.
Aella was a winter adoptee from the Cedar Valley Humane Society. She is high energy and needed to find a home with lots of space and friends. She is all PUPPY and even makes Hermes tired!
Hercules is the farm mascot and namesake. He was born on October 20, 2016 near North Liberty, Iowa. Hercules' mother had a surprise litter and unfortunately pushed out three piglets. Alison and Danny worked to save all three, but Hercules was the only one to make it through the weekend. He needed feedings every two hours, battled an infection and wanted cuddles to keep warm. At the nine month mark, Hercules topped out at 34 pounds.
He was a bit spunky and obstinate. Hercules loved mulberries, belly rubs and sleeping under a blanket. On cold winter days, he slept by the fire. In the warm months, he filled his his days nibbling in the pasture, lounging in his pool, playing chase with the horses, napping in his bed and composing Haiku poetry.
We lost Hercules shortly after his 2nd birthday. On November 24, 2018, he suffered a heart attack caused by a congenital cardiac defect. Everyone at the Haven is still stunned to have lost our “little boy.” Miss Bea is learning to cope as a lonely house pig.
On December 3, 2018, we had to say goodbye to Tux, the Haven’s well-dressed welcome cat. Haven friend, Dan Herrick, found the lean, but strong stray cat last Spring. The vet estimated that Tux was at least six years old. Tux immediately became a fixture at the farm. He welcomed guests, helped with chores and loved to sneak in the house to relax by the fire. In the summer, he claimed the spot of honor and slept on the front porch. He took the heated igloo in the garage/food prep building for the cold months. He knew that volunteers were helpless to his charming pleas for more cat food.
On his last Saturday, Tux supervised the team processing the Hy-Vee produce, took a nap on Issy’s bed, and he spent the afternoon with Emma and Noah as they cleaned the barn. Within an hour of saying goodbye to his friends, Tux suffered a blood clot that cut off circulation to his legs. A “Saddle Thrombosis” is very painful, and the Stone Family rushed Tux to the Anamosa Vet. The blood clot and underlying heart disease were too serious for treatment. The Haven turned out to be Tux’s home for his final eight months – we were his hospice family. Tux will be remembered every time we welcome friends to the Haven. He taught us well.