The New Year Brings a New Chapter for BrightHaven!


It’s a brand-new year, and BrightHaven is starting a brand-new chapter! The Santa Rosa (Northern California) sanctuary property has been sold, and our sanctuary is officially closed. However, BrightHaven as an organization is NOT going away! We’ve been caring for abandoned animals since 1990 and we will continue our critically important work of serving senior … Read more

Loss of Beloved Animal or Human, Grief is Grief is Grief

As BrightHaven’s Gail Pope wrote in “The Art of Dying—What Animals Teach Us” article that recently appeared in the Natural Transitions online magazine: “The death of a beloved animal companion is one of the most difficult things we as animal lovers ever face. In my experience, sometimes this loss is more difficult than that of … Read more

What About Quality of Dying?

BrightHaven President and Co-Founder Gail Pope and I recently returned from the 7th annual International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) Conference where we introduced the Quality of Dying Checklist. We met many wonderful and like-minded people who wish to provide peace, comfort and the best possible care to animals as they approach … Read more

When Should I Consider a Holistic Vet for My Animal?

Please note: None of the information contained in this post is intended to replace consultation with a qualified veterinarian. Since holistic approaches form the foundation of BrightHaven’s Menu for Healing, in most cases a classical veterinary homeopath is our “go-to” vet when an animal shows symptoms. All classical veterinary homeopaths are also DVMs, or Doctors … Read more

Will You Be a BrightHaven Animal Ambassador?

As you may know, after saving animals from desperate situations since 1990, BrightHaven’s sanctuary is now in dire need due to unexpected financial challenges. Thanks to the generous support of over 450 donors, we have raised in excess of $48K to help keep the BrightHaven animals from losing their home! Will you be a BrightHaven … Read more

Strong Show of Support for BrightHaven Animals!

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UPDATE: “Save BrightHaven Animals” Crowdfunding Campaign All of us at BrightHaven—animals and humans—are incredibly grateful for your tremendous show of support! Since we launched our fundraising campaign on March 9 to save our unique sanctuary from closing, more than 385 generous donors have helped us raise nearly $41K! We remain confident that our rallying cry … Read more

Unique BrightHaven Animal Sanctuary Facing Closure!

Losing BrightHaven’s one-of-a-kind animal sanctuary due to unexpected financial challenges will be a great loss to the community and the many more animals who would have been served by our work, in addition to the significant negative impact closure will have on current animal residents. Since 1990, unwanted, old, disabled and chronically ill animals have … Read more

2016 Was Exciting Year for BrightHaven Education Program!

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It’s always important to take time to celebrate accomplishments, and the start of a new year is the perfect time to do just that! Key Accomplishments for Our Education Program BrightHaven’s primary goal for 2016 was to expand our education program so that we could share with the community what we’ve learned over the years … Read more

How to Help Your Animal Live Well Through the Last Breath!

At BrightHaven, we often say that it’s all about living well through the last breath! But what exactly does that mean? Living Well Though the Last Breath the BrightHaven Way BrightHaven is unique because of the way we work and the results we get. Our Menu for Healing forms the foundation of our work. It … Read more

New Book: Walking With My Dog Through (End of) Life

Pet loss, anticipated or otherwise, is often an extremely challenging time for any animal lover. My new book, Walking With My Dog Through (End of) Life, shares how the last few months of a cherished animal’s life can also be a time of many gifts including deepened love and connection, and and transformational life lessons. While … Read more