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Who are we?

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 has 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 [email protected].

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!

What are our mission, vision & values?


BrightHaven is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization providing rescue, hospice and holistic education, with an emphasis on senior, disabled and chronically ill animals.

We are committed to giving animals the gift of tomorrow.


We look forward to a time when animal lovers from all walks and professions come together to experience love, compassion and respect for animals with special needs and those in the autumn of their lives.

  • Embody respect and awareness for animals as sentient beings, and foster this respect and awareness in others.
  • Listen to and honor the wisdom of the animals in everything we do.
  • Promote an understanding of death as a natural part of life.
  • Provide leadership in the development and application of holistic senior and special needs animal care, and animal hospice and its philosophy of care.
  • Help people to help animals by sharing the miraculous results we have experienced by utilizing our Menu for Healing at all life stages.
  • Celebrate the healing power of love!

What makes us unique?

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Odie (far right) and the geese girls, Hilda and Louise.

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!

The BrightHaven Menu for Healing, which is the foundation of our work, focuses on the best quality of life at all stages. Our menu is also affectionately known as “The Love Sandwich” as it begins and ends with love, and the healing power of love can never be overstated.

Our holistic approach is grounded in classical veterinary homeopathy and the feeding of a natural raw meat-based diet, including the use of nutraceuticals, animal Reiki, and other alternative healing modalities as needed. Our goal is one of healing for body, mind and spirit.

The BrightHaven animals live out their lives in a beautiful, cage-free and well-balanced environment as part of a loving family. They are respected as teachers and have taught us so much about the circle of life and living each day to the fullest.

Why should I donate to BrightHaven?

BrightHaven has evolved into a unique sanctuary, rescue, hospice and education center, with an emphasis on senior, disabled and chronically ill animals, a vulnerable population that has an overwhelming need to find love and care in our society.

Your donation will help BrightHaven to continue to expand our service to these magnificent and deserving beings.

BrightHaven is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mahatma Gandhi