These beauties represent our lovely chicken girls, of which there are too many to mention by name!
Gracie was named for the miraculous way she found her way to BrightHaven in February 2015 after being orphaned by the side of the road at about 5 days old! We quickly learned how to be “pig parents” as orphaned piglets only have a 50-50 chance of survival in their early weeks–they must be kept in 90 degree heat for the first month, 24-7. Gracie thrived and is now a full grown pig. She loves sleeping in her dog beds and eating veggies. Gracie is also very smart!
Itsy came to BrightHaven in early 2015 at age 13. She is a real sweetheart! Itsy loves to sit on your lap and snuggle. She plays with Gracie more than any of the other animal family members. Her favorite spot is out on the patio in her particular chair. Itsy loves to eat and will chow down three helpings during breakfast, lunch and dinner. She is quite the talker with everyone — so you always know where to find her!
Can you imagine leaving this adorable 14 year old in a shelter to be euthanized? Neither could we and so Lali came to BrightHaven early in 2014 where she quickly fell deeply in love with Richard and became his shadow! Dear Lali doesn’t see very well and has some nasty lumps in her tummy that she doesn’t care to discuss, as she has life to live right now — and with a capital “L”! It is quite inspirational to see this old soul leaping and bouncing as she runs after her new Daddy, without a care in the world. These wonderful animals have so much to teach us – if only we will listen!
Meet Layla! She arrived at the sanctuary in September of 2013 with her babies George and Pattie. Layla has a very rare and unique disease called bilateral arthrogryposis multiplex congenital (AMC), which affected her front legs. She spent her first few months here caring for George and Patti and exploring the sanctuary. She quickly found she enjoyed her time away from the babies and now loves to sleep on Gail’s bed. Layla can run very fast and climb up the cat trees with great confidence and grace.
George and Pattie were adopted together by Richard and Gail’s daughter, Kirstie and are enjoying a life of love, respect and fun!
In the time we have been graced with dear little Lil’s sweet presence since 2012, she has fast become the BrightHaven sweetheart! Born around 1995-6 this little “possibly Beagle” mix was found as a stray and taken to a shelter. She was diagnosed as diabetic, and with dangerously swollen eyes. Lily had also clearly had many litters of puppies.
Richard fell for her sweet and accepting little face on a euthanasia list one day and, after eye removal surgery, great homeopathic medical care and a raw meat based diet, her diabetes is well under control and she is now spending her life teaching others that life is all about love. Just LOVE.
Louis & Ted
Odie & the Geese Gals, Hilda & Louise
In September 2009, Odie (far right) was left in the drop box at the Martinez Animal Shelter, with a note asking them to please find someone to care for her. Odie arrived at the sanctuary shortly after. Odie is the largest bird in the sanctuary and was mistaken for a girl when he first arrived. He has a big, black beak and is a stunningly beautiful, brown Chinese goose. Odie loves to make noise!
Odie has even more to honk about these days with not one but two girlfriends after Hilda and Louise arrived in January 2016. They think he’s pretty special too!
Sasha arrived at BrightHaven after being rescued in Los Angeles after a car accident left her with a broken back. Born around 2007, Sasha joins with all the other BrightHaven paraplegic cats and dogs to teach us silly humans not to offer her sympathy but to see and understand that although she may have a broken back, her spirit is strong and vibrant, and life is good! Sasha can scoot easily and quickly and also climb to a couch if she so desires… in fact there really is nothing she could not really do if she set her mind to it we are sure. Mostly Sasha is to be found in the gardens, sunning herself and watching the world go by…
Having come to BrightHaven in 1995 at less than two years old, Sophie, our longest inhabitant is now headed for her middle twenties! Sophie fell victim to the nasty disease stomatitis when young but after an amazing response to homeopathy plus the loss of most of her teeth, she remains vibrant, feisty, dominant, by and large sleek. Somewhat shy of humans, Sophie spends her days more often than not in our office, preferably curled on her adored Gail’s computer. Sophie loves the adjacent garden and is the well-respected queen of her domain for she has no qualms about her interactions with cats and is the unchallenged matriarch. It’s funny though to watch how a little stroking with a gentle human hand can render this tough cookie completely senseless and drooling in ecstasy!
Sweet Pea is the happiest dog in the world! Despite her challenging past in a puppy mill, she makes every day brighter. We think that Sweet Pea was around 8 years old when she arrived here in 2015. She loves to go on walks and take in the sights and smells, whether she’s trotting along or being pushed in a stroller. It’s all good!
Born approximately in 2007, Talya came to us from Turkey. Her back was broken when, while nursing from her mother, she was hit by furniture thrown from an apartment window above. She suffers occasional and serious bladder and kidney trouble, but her spirit remains strong and tough!
This once stray girl can best be summed up by adjectives such as strong, vibrant, feisty, loving and passionate. Many visitors to BrightHaven have been charmed by, and lost their hearts to this incredible monkey with her inherent sweetness and surprising gymnastic ability as she scoots faster than most can walk, climbs the highest cat trees, adores her life with a passion and never hesitates to bite if she feels her wishes are not being respected. Look out!
These lovelies will reside in the sanctuary until we find the perfect home for each of them!
Siamese beauty Annie came to us in 2016 at the age of 13. She is loving and sweet. Annie loves her cat tree by the window. Sadly, Annie was declawed so is timid around other cats.
Annie does have a trick! She will sit on her hind legs and put her front paws around your hands.
This handsome boy was about a year old when he arrived in 2016. Max will play with the other cats. He adores attention. He also loves napping in the cat trees throughout the house.
Peanut was 15 years old when she and Max, who are bonded pair, came to us when their owner passed in 2015. She has beautiful green eyes. Peanut loves to snuggle and receive attention. She prefers not to play with the other cats but will hang out with them. Peanut much prefers people to anything else. Speaking of preferences, she loves a bed that looks out the window.
This super handsome guy arrived in 2016 at the age of 3. He has gorgeous eyes, as you can see. Smokey likes to play and sometimes irk the other cats. He runs all over trying to find someone to bother! Smokey loves to snuggle on your lap and be stroked. He is a bit shy with people he doesn’t know. He is very good at finding new places to sleep!
This female Siamese beauty with stunning blue eyes arrived her in 2016 at the age of 6. She doesn’t like to be held but does love a stroke or two. Sophie loves playing with the other cats. She has her favorite cat tree that she sleeps in every night.
Sophie is extremely camera shy, so we feel very lucky that she let us take this one!
Arriving in 2016 at the age of 7, Thomas is extremely loving and playful. He is a friend to everyone (including dogs), especially anyone who isn’t feeling well.
Thomas loves to run throughout the house and plays with everyone. His favorite place is his bed by the fireplace with a nice toasty fire going. Thomas loves to be in the garden romping with the other cats. He is FIV positive.