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

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 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

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Kindness Comes in ALL Forms

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+

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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

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Finding Grace

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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

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The Three Little Pigs

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

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The Haven’s Next Big Adventure

We have some exciting news! Hercules’ Haven has found its forever home just outside of Springville. We are proud to announce that our scrappy little farm animal sanctuary is moving

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