Kindness Comes in ALL Forms

saving chickens

This past weekend kindness came in the form a collaboration between Animal Place, Hercules’ Haven, Inner Light Sanctuary, several good Samaritans, and a farmer who chose a humane option of offering 1,000+ hens for rescue rather than euthanasia. I will not lie, Saturday was the toughest day of my life. You can research, watch documentaries, read books, […]

Eat Like You Care: Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”

cauliflower wings

Football fans eat roughly 1.4 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, this comes at quite the cost for chickens worldwide. A farmed chicken’s life is not a life worth living. More chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined. Birds raised for their flesh are bred to grow […]

Healing Broken Souls

Freya and Odin

By now, you have likely read or watched the news reports of the horrors that took place at Cricket Hollow Animal Park near Manchester. On December 9, following a lengthy court battle lead by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, we were part of a team who traveled to Manchester to rescue the animals who lived […]

Finding Grace

Finding Grace

Lead with Grace. That is my new tag line. For me, this means to meet each and everyone with love and kindness. My journey to plant-based eating has been a roller coaster.

Mini Horse Emergency


Friends, we had an emergency come up last night and are expecting a big vet bill. Can you help with a donation? Finnegan, one of our mini horses, suffered through an episode of “choke” last night. WHAT IS CHOKE? Choke is a condition in horses in which the esophagus is blocked, usually by food material. Although the […]

Eat Like You Care: Vegan Foil Dinner

Vegan Foil Dinner

Is it the end of the week and you have a fridge full of veggies that if not eaten tonight will likely go bad and end up in the trash (or in our case… in the animals’ food dishes)? We have all been there! This has led my family to one of our favorite dinners… […]

Why I Volunteer

Why I Volunteer

Everyone volunteers for a different reason. Every time I do, its for a different reason.  Sometimes it’s a social component. I live alone and spend a lot of my time alone. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Through volunteering I have met all types of people with various backgrounds. But we all come […]

Eat Like You Care: Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday

Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesday? Today, I’d like to share my personal favorite recipe. No specific amounts of the ingredients is required, add ingredients as you like to fit your taste buds. Throw it all in a bowl, toss and enjoy! It does not keep well in the fridge as it gets pretty soggy! But, […]

Around The Haven

bonding time with a goat

Another productive day at the Haven! Mary, Nicole and I started out the day with food prep. Lots of yummy greens this week! After food prep I spent some time taking treats around for the boys and girls. Tess was a bit of a diva and wanted all the apples for herself. Bailey, Bob, Benny […]

The Three Little Pigs

surrender an animal

This is the story of Hercules’ Haven and the three four little pigs… On June 4th, a couple of pigs were spotted on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids’ animal control agents were sent to catch them (because they were running loose, but also because pigs are not allowed inside Cedar Rapids city […]