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

Bidding Farewell to Lily & Sophie

BrightHaven’s President & Co-Founder Gail Pope recently honored Lily and Sophie with moving memorials. In Memory of “Big Dog” Lily (Written December 30, 2018) “At 324am on Friday 29th December 2017 BrightHaven bade fare-thee-well to our dearest Lily dog, AKA “Big Dog” (she was affectionately called Big Dog by Blanca as she was small in … 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

In Memory of a Dear & Joyful Old Lady

Here is a heartfelt memorial to lovely Lali, written by BrightHaven’s President & Co-Founder Gail Pope: “Dear friends, On January 30th 2014 BrightHaven life changed as a dear and joyful old lady skipped into ourlives. Lali was rescued in the nick of time from The New Hope Animal Shelter by our friends Barbara and Sue, … Read more

Saying Goodbye to Two Beloved BrightHaven Beauties

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BrightHaven’s President & Co-Founder Gail Pope recently wrote loving tributes to these two magnificent souls, Chelsea and Talya. Farewell to Chelsea the Beautiful: A New Butterfly Soars   “I am writing to you all today to share the news of our dear Chelsea’s passing on Friday 28th July shortly before 5am – a time you … 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

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

A Practical Way You Can Help Bring Comfort to Dying Animals


Melissa recently contacted Gail for a consultation regarding her treasured cat Dexter. About a year and a half ago, he was diagnosed with a cancerous nasal tumor near his right eye. The journey that Dexter and Melissa shared was challenging, and they found Gail’s ongoing animal hospice support extremely helpful. To honor Dexter and to … Read more