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Our Story

Gail & Richard Pope with Joey
Richard & Gail Pope with Joey

In 1990 British-born businessman Richard Pope and his wife Gail opened their home and hearts to countless unwanted animals facing certain death. For nearly 30 years, BrightHaven offered sanctuary and hospice to senior, disabled and chronically ill animals. We have evolved into a unique holistic healing arts and education center. Our rescue arm helps shelter animals most at risk for euthanasia.

The BrightHaven sanctuary has directly saved over 1,000 of these precious beings by giving them the gift of a loving and dignified home for life—however long or short that life may be. The BrightHaven sanctuary is the place where the unwanted find acceptance, love and family. BrightHaven has indirectly saved thousands more animals through its various programs.

In July 2013, BrightHaven Co-Founders Gail and Richard Pope received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service, in acknowledgement of their devoted service to this extremely vulnerable population of beings.

Gail has an international consultation practice and is contacted by many vets and animal caregivers regarding BrightHaven’s natural methods and protocols for animal care and hospice. Book a consultation with her by sending an email to

Gail has written five books on holistic healthcare and animal hospice that are available on

In the The BrightHaven Guide to Animal Hospice online self-paced learning series, Gail and Richard are thrilled to share what they’ve learned since 1990 by following the wisdom of the animals. It’s all about living well through the last breath!

Journey into Natural Medicine

Raw feeding and supplements
Raw feeding and supplements—preparing the yummy BrightHaven diet!

During their journey into the world of natural medicine, Gail and Richard were privileged to witness amazing returns to better health and longevity for many of the animals.

As a result, they experienced a profound mind shift about healing and wellness.

BrightHaven’s evolution became one of in-depth learning about healing–of body, mind and spirit.

The animals have taught that for some, healing will bring about new and wonderful life. For others, healing is necessary to prepare for death and the beyond.

Well-respected Educators of Holistic Animal Care & Hospice

Lovely Lily studying the details.

BrightHaven is unique because of the way we work and the results we get. It’s all about living well, in an optimal state of balance, through the last breath!

Our education program is designed to lead the user through BrightHaven’s Menu for Healing for the best quality of life at all life stages. Gail and Richard convey what they’ve learned since 1990 about holistic healthcare and supporting animals to live the best life possible and to complete the circle of life in peace and love. They share their experiences, resources and tips gleaned from working with animals of all ages, particularly senior, disabled and chronically ill animals.

Consultations, books and other publications and online learning are key components of our education program.

Gail and Richard are popular speakers who love to share their powerful personal experiences of holistic animal care and animal hospice, to help people help animals. They give many presentations that deal with the art of dying, animal hospice care, restorative living and natural, hospice-supported death. Gail and Richard are frequent presenters at the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) annual conferences.