Cedar Rapids animal rescuers work through the night to keep livestock warm

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Hercules' Haven in Cedar Rapids is home to pigs, mini horses, goats, a sheep and more. Keeping that livestock warm takes a lot of effort.

Danny Stone checks on a horse at Hercules' Haven on Monday, January 1, 2018.

Some of the pigs are in a pin in the yard. However, they have a warm shelter.

Danny Stone calls them "hyper-insulated enclosures" with heat lamps inside.

The pigs are warm and comfortable, not even wanting to come out at the promise of a treat.

The heat lamps keep them warm, but the Stones also rely on the pigs sharing body heat.

"Nobody sleeps alone," Danny Stone said.

The Stones make sure the pigs have enough food and water. Each water bowl is heated to ensure the water doesn't freeze.

The Stones check on the animals throughout the night. They say it's hard work, but so worth it.

"We'll go out and it could be like this morning, 19 below, and their heads will pop up and they're happy to see you because they had a safe warm place to sleep," Danny Stone explained.

Three goats are also kept outside.

They too have an enclosure, as well as "goat coats" to keep their core body temperature up.

Inside the barn, they use the same techniques that are used outside: heat lamps, heated water bowls, and sleep buddies.

They have a sheep, more pigs, mini horses and a horse.

Each animal at Hercules' Haven was rescued from a bad situation; they probably wouldn't be alive without the Stones.

"It's our passion. My life goal is to really be here to nurture these animals, to give them safe refuge from the harms that are out there," Alison Stone said.

Rescuing these animals and taking good care of them is the number one reason the Stones do what they do.

However, they also believe these animals have so much to offer people in the area.

Danny Stone said, "we've had people struggling with depression or children who have been on the Asperger or autism spectrum who open up when they get to be with one of these animals."

In the spring, they hope to host workshops, open barn days and more to get the community interacting with their animals.

For these reasons, they say they will continue to brave the cold at all hours of the day if it means keeping these animals safe, warm and happy.

"Even when it's 19 below, we're out there and we care," Danny Stone said.