Hercules’ Haven begins with the story of Alison and Danny Stone who had a dream to live on a farm surrounded by animals. The family moved to the Lilly Street farm in Cedar Rapids in late 2015. In the spring of 2016, they welcomed a puppy. By September, Alison found two mini-pigs. Goats and mini-horse arrived soon after.
Hercules came to the farm as a one day old runt with his brothers in late October. Alison, Danny and their daughter, Issy, worked furiously to keep the boys strong, but two died by the end of the weekend. The Stones found their mission and the farm had a namesake.
Hercules’ Haven was founded in 2017 to be a place of healing and care for animals and people. That same year Hercules’ Haven welcomed two more pigs, a retired mare, another mini-horse and a cute little lamb.
In May 2019, Hercules’ Haven moved to its new home outside of Springville, Iowa. Now with 40 acres for animals, guests, and hay production, we have been able to rescue almost 60 individuals from abuse and neglect.
Stories from the Haven
Hercules’ Haven is Hiring
Position SummaryWe are looking for a dedicated and compassionate employee to provide for daily care needs of the sanctuary’s residents and support Hercules’ Haven’s mission. Duties and Responsibilities Barn and
Hercules’ Haven chose as participant for The Gazette Gives Back Program
𝐖𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐲 𝐀𝐌𝐀𝐙𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞! 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬’ 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐚𝐳𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐆𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐁𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐! 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐚𝐳𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐆𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐁𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧
You did it! You helped Hercules’ Haven cross the 2020 finish line
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