You Can Help BrightHaven Reach for the Stars!

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We’re very excited to share with you how BrightHaven’s work has been helping even more animals!     BrightHaven President and Founder Gail Pope recently recorded a presentation called “Understanding the Animal Dying Experience” for the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC), the premier industry organization. We’re really proud to say that this … Read more

The New Year Brings a New Chapter for BrightHaven!

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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

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

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

Welcome to BrightHaven’s New Online Learning Series!

In the The BrightHaven Guide to Animal Hospice series, BrightHaven Co-Founders Gail and Richard Pope 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! We’ve partnered with e-trainingfordogs.com to make this material available in an online, self-paced format. BrightHaven … Read more

What Forms the Foundation of the Best Animal Hospice Care?

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The answer to this riddle: human hospice care! Guidelines for Human Hospice Care The guidelines for hospice care for humans have been very carefully created over many years and form the foundation for animal hospice upon which we must all build: Hospice is a special philosophy of care designed to provide comfort, support and dignity … Read more

What a Beautiful Cat Taught Us About Natural Death

Once again, one of our animals helped to shift our thinking and led us to the natural path of death, which became part of BrightHaven’s Menu for Healing. BrightHaven’s Gail Pope shares Mariah’s story: “In BrightHaven’s early years there was no such thing as natural death for us, as we believed euthanasia was always the … Read more

Welcome to the New BrightHaven.org Website!

We are thrilled to introduce our new website to you. We redesigned it so you can easily find the information you seek, to help you help the wonderful animals of the world and in your life. BrightHaven continues our dedication to “giving animals the gift of tomorrow” by providing rescue and sanctuary to animals in … Read more