Meet the Animals

We can’t introduce you to our animals without first telling you about Hercules. Our namesake, Herc was born on October 20, 2016 near North Liberty. His mother, Fiona, had a surprise litter and unfortunately abandoned three of the five piglets. We worked to save all three, but Hercules was the only one to survive. He was a bit spunky and obstinate, but loved mulberries, belly rubs and sleeping under a blanket. In the warm months, Hercules filled his days nibbling in the pasture, lounging in his pool, playing chase with the horses, napping and composing Haiku poetry. We lost Hercules shortly after his second 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. Hercules lives on as our guardian angel. Now, let’s introduce you to his friends at the Haven!

Hercules - Guardian Angel
Solo "The Mighty Duck"

Solo "The Mighty Duck"

Solo came from a local farmer who kept ducks as a seasonal attraction. He was destined for a fall dinner but instead was graciously surrendered to the Haven in November 2017 instead. Solo loves to forage, explore the property and keep our chickens out of trouble.

Lafayette "Kind Gentleman"

Lafayette, Alcide’s brother, spends his days in the warm sun or in the cozy hay pile in the Pig Palace. He is a well-mannered gentleman with a kind heart who loves scratches behind his ears.

Lafayette "Kind Gentleman"
Boots "My Boots are Made for Walking"

Boots "My Boots are Made for Walking"

Boots and Mr. Chompers were transported by Madison’s Heartland Animal Sanctuary in November of 2017. They grew up at a petting zoo, were rescued by a private party but had to be surrendered to a new home. Our goat friends may be small, but they are mighty! Boots is still recovering from over-exposure to people at the petting zoo. He is slowly warming to life at the Haven

Mr. Chompers "Sir Head-Butts-A-Lot"

Mr. Chompers is making great progress from his days at the petting zoo. He approaches his Haven caregivers occasionally nibbles his human friends. Mr. Chompers doesn’t let the big goats push him around…he is our flying head-butt champion.

Mr Chompers "Sir Head Butts A Lot"

The Chickens

Free range girls (and boys) at their best. The flock is friendly and eagerly approaches visitors in the hopes of getting treats.

Juno "Haven Cuddle Coach"

Juno was rescued 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 dogs. As the lone sheep on the farm, she may be a bit confused about her species…is she a dog, a pig, or a horse? Who cares…all are welcome here!

Juno "Haven Cuddle Coach"
Joey "Eeyore Impersonator"

Joey "Eeyore Impersonator"

Joey is an 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. Joey is fond of apple snacks and loves to antagonize Finn. Like many of our animals, our pal Joey is on a special diet to ensure he stays healthy.

HERMES "Protector of the Farm"

Hermes, a presumed border collie, was six-months-old when Haven co-founder Alison spotted him on Craig’s List in 2015. He was kept in a dark basement had been traumatized in many ways. Hermes dreamed of running in sunny fields. Now that he has a farm, Hermes has discovered the joy of jumping, running through the creek and frolicking with the mini-horses. Hermes takes his role of “protector of the pack” very seriously…and all the animals are his pack.

Hermes "Protector of the Farm"
Ginger "Farm Mom"

Ginger "Farm Mom"

Ginger is the queen of the farm. In her youth, she nearly lost her tongue in an accident. As a 24-year-old beauty, she is enjoying semi-retirement, relaxing on green fields and enjoying the occasional romp with Tess.

Fiona "The Grouch"

Fiona is a potbelly pig born in 2014 and adopted by the Haven in 2016. She lives with her daughter, Aphrodite. Fiona loves sunrises and snacks of all varieties. As the mother of our namesake (that’s right, Fiona is Herc’s mom), Fiona has a very protective personality and demands respect.

Fiona "The Grouch"
Finnegan "The Trouble Maker"

Finnegan "The Trouble Maker"

Finn arrived in 2016 as a two-year-old full of spunk. He and his mother were rescued from a horse-hoarder and fostered in Tiffin. While still young, Finn’s mother died unexpectedly. Finn was our first medical emergency. 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 heard that mini-horses were trouble… Now we understand why!

Bob "Leader of the Pack"

Bob is the kind, benevolent leader of Team Goat. He has worked hard to recover from a life-threatening brain infection. Our angels from the Anamosa Vet Clinic saved this guy’s life! He now is struggling with some arthritis in his joints as he ages, but daily medications help him manage the discomfort. Bob looks forward to his nightly medication hidden in a strawberry (wait, maybe it’s the strawberry he looks forward to….). Our goat leader loves being brushed and scratched.

Bob "Leader of the Pack"

Bailey "Friend to Everybody"

Bailey is a bit of a trouble maker. He loves to sneak into the horse pasture and romp with the giants. Bailey is devoted to his brothers (Benny and Bob) and is excellent at racing for pine branches. Alpine goats prefer Christmas trees over any other snacks!

Benny "Welcomer-In-Chief"

Benny welcomes everyone who visits the barn. You can stare into his big, beautiful eyes for hours. He prefers to always be near his brothers and never gets into mischief — unless everyone else is up to shenanigans. Benny loves snacks of all kinds, but fruit is his favorite. Give our pal a slice of apple or a strawberry and you may have a friend for life!

Blossom "Belly Rub Champion"

Blossom was rescued from an Iowa hog farm. She was left in an enclosure with her litter mates who grew to 200 pounds while she was just a mere 20 pounds. Blossom was near death when she was surrendered to the Haven. Fortunately, she was tended to by local veterinarians, given lots of tlc, and made a miraculous recovery! Blossom now bunks with Babe, because everyone at the Haven gets a buddy.

Babe "Mud Bath Queen"

Early in September of 2017, the Cave family of Council Bluffs found Babe covered in road rash on I-80 after she leaped from a hog truck traveling at high speeds on the highway. Babe was a tiny 25 pounds on arrival to the Haven but has grown to over 600 pounds! She spends her days eating fresh fruits and veggies, taking spa days in her mud hole and cuddling at night with her BFF Blossom.

Aphrodite "Learning to Love Belly Rubs"

Meet Hercules’ litter mate born in 2016. Aphrodite is shy and loves treats. She is learning to welcome people and has most recently allowed a select few volunteers the honor of becoming her friends. Aphrodite lives in the Pig Palace with her other herd mates.

Alcide "The Lounge Singer"

Alcide loves to sing! He and his mini pig brothers came to the farm in September of 2016 when their mother was in failing health. As our first pigs, they were great ambassadors to the world of snouts and routing. Alcide loves people and makes the most amazing sounds of exuberance. Stop by for a tune when you visit the farm!

Apollo "Protector of the Couch"

Apollo came to us from the Cedar Valley Humane Society in 2016. He was a six-month-old import from Tennessee. Our couch king loves to snuggle and has and amazingly small bladder.

Sunny "Ambassador of kindness"

This little girl was brought to the Haven by a good friend. She had wandered onto their property and was in poor health. When she came to us, she was fighting an upper respiratory infection that severly affected her eyes, a severe mite infection in her ears, probable worms, and ring worm. With loving care from our vet, Haven volunteers and some good antibiotics, Sunny quickly bounced back to health.

Tess - Haven Diva

Tess "Haven Diva"

Tess (White Pass) was born in 2014 and had a short racing career that left her permanently disabled. She can never again be raced or ridden. Even as the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Secretariat, thoroughbreds like Tess can face slaughter if not rescued. She was brought to the Haven by our friends from Unbridled Spirits Thoroughbred Retirement Ranch. Tess longs to be the center of attention and will let you know if she feels slighted.

Bea - Worlds Best Belly Flopper

Bea was picked up by Cedar Rapids Animal Control in the summer of 2018. 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. Her weight was so extreme that veterinarians from the Anamosa Vet Clinic and the University of Wisconsin were unable to spay her due to her weight. Now, she is on hormone therapy to tame her heat cycles until she is healthy enough to have surgery. Bea eats a special feed that will help her lose weight and get healthy. Miss Bea hopes to be on the farm version of the Biggest Loser — she thinks that Bob Harper is darn cute.