- Who are we?
- What are our mission, vision & values?
- What makes us unique?
- Why should I donate to BrightHaven?
Who are we?
Founded in 1990 by Gail and Richard Pope, BrightHaven is a renowned animal rescue, hospice and holistic education nonprofit organization. We offer a variety of caregiver resources.
Our primary focus: senior, disabled and chronically ill animals, a vulnerable population that has an overwhelming need to find love and care in our society.
BrightHaven is a pioneer and leader in the ever-expanding field of animal hospice and palliative care, and our experience with hospice-supported natural dying is distinct and well known. We are privileged to have provided hospice care for and shared the dying experience with over 600 animals who taught us so much. At BrightHaven, it IS all about living well through the last breath!
From 1990 until 2018, over 600 unwanted, old, disabled and chronically ill animals found love, acceptance, family and a safe haven at the BrightHaven sanctuary.
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.
Our Northern California sanctuary property was sold in 2018 and we closed the BrightHaven sanctuary due to financial sustainability concerns. We felt this was the best decision to enable our organization build today for a brighter tomorrow for animals.
You can learn how to help your loved one live the best life possible each and every day with BrightHaven’s publications and online courses for caregivers! We share what we’ve learned from our wise animal teachers since 1990 about holistic healing, animal hospice and living and dying well.
President and Founder Gail Pope has an international consultation practice and is contacted by many vets and animal caregivers regarding BrightHaven’s natural methods and protocols for animal and hospice care and natural dying. You can book a consultation with her by sending an email to email@example.com.
What are our mission, vision & values?
BrightHaven is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization dedicated to helping people help older, disabled and chronically ill animals via our Rescue and Caregiver Resources and Education (including animal hospice and holistic healthcare) programs.
We also foster respect and compassion for all animals, honor animals as wise teachers and provide caregiver resources to the public about holistic healthcare, animal hospice and natural dying.
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.
- Provide leadership in the development and application of holistic senior and special needs animal care, animal hospice and its philosophy of care and natural dying.
- Promote an understanding of death as a natural part of life and nothing to fear.
- Exemplify and foster respect and awareness for animals as sentient beings.
- Listen to and honor the wisdom of the animals in everything we do.
- Help people 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?
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, and to live each day to the fullest.
BrightHaven is a pioneer and leader in the ever-expanding field of animal hospice and palliative, and our experience with hospice-supported natural dying is distinct and well known. We are privileged to have provided hospice care for and shared the dying experience with over 600 animals who taught us so much. At BrightHaven, it IS all about living well through the last breath!
Why should I donate to BrightHaven?
BrightHaven has evolved into a unique rescue, hospice and holistic education center. We offer a variety of caregiver resources.
We focus 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 and 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