A Beautiful Tribute to Rico, One Amazing Cat

We are honored to share the loving tribute to Rico written by longtime BrightHaven friend and supporter, Dr. Kathryn Marocchino of The Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets. Along with BrightHaven’s Gail Pope and Dr. Ella Bittel of Spirits in Transition, Kathryn co-created the Quality of Dying Checklist, which assesses quality of life as the hospice journey progresses … Read more

The End of a BrightHaven Era: Fray

BrightHaven President and Founder Gail Pope shares her heartfelt tribute to Fray:   “Somewhere around the beginning of 2003 we welcomed a new volunteer to the BrightHaven fold, Fray Huffman. After 17 years of devoted and unwavering service to the animals to whom she dedicated her life, I find it still hard to believe that … Read more

What Animals Want Us to Know About Living a Full Life

One of the many things that this shared COVID19 experience has brought front and center is the omnipresent impermanence of everything, including life itself.  That’s why setting the intention to live fully each and every day is so important, and animals can definitely show us how! The importance of Joy & Play I’ve been reading … Read more

A Loving Tribute to a BrightHaven Legend

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BrightHaven President and Founder Gail Pope pays loving tribute to Bailey, a larger-than-life being: “March 26 th at 730pm saw the ending of yet another BrightHaven era, with the death of our amazing super-dog-man and old soul, Bailey. I am not sure that I can do justice to this larger-than-life character and the depth of … Read more

Saying Farewell to Our Lovely Layla

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BrightHaven President and Founder Gail Pope shares a heartfelt message about her beloved Layla: “I would like to share with you today the story of my Layla: a cat who lived, loved and died with us and along the way taught me more than I can ever say about love, dignity, acceptance and perseverance. Layla … Read more

What Really Matters Most Each & Every Day

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I often feel uncomfortable when I hear that an animal or person has been given a specific number of days, weeks or years to live when they receive a terminal diagnosis. When it comes right down to it, who actually knows? None of us has an expiry date stamped in ink across our forehead! Of … Read more

In Memory of Another BrightHaven Angel

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BrightHaven President & Founder wrote a lovely memorial in honor of beautiful Annelie: “On July 6th our heartstrings were challenged yet again as we said fare-thee-well to another BrightHaven angel called Annelie. This sweet lady was brought to the BrightHaven sanctuary in 2016 and when it became apparent that the sanctuary property had to be … Read more

It’s time to bring back the dog energy!

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Meet Rosie and Ziggy! They recently joined our Hospice/Specialized care unit! BrightHaven President and Founder Gail Pope shares their stories: “During the last several years as we realized the sanctuary property may be in jeopardy, we made the decision that the BrightHaven sanctuary should stop accepting new lifetime residents—clearly a good one as things have … Read more

In Memory of a BrightHaven Gem

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A heartfelt memorial to our beautiful Gem from BrightHaven President and Founder Gail Pope:   “Gem died at 5am on the 11th of April 2018.   To see one who fought the odds for all her life, and succeeded by reaching double figures in age, is a testament to all the wonderful people who helped … Read more

What a Perfect Way to Help & Honor Animals!

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***THESE SHIRTS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE–FUNDRAISER ENDED MAY 7, 2018*** At BrightHaven, we are committed to helping animals and we honor them for the many ways they help us humans. For example, how many times has a special animal shown up in our lives just when we needed them most, essentially rescuing us? And how … Read more