Save the BrightHaven Animals!

$38,177 of $225k goal

Raised by 349 people in 25 days
Carol Hulse
on behalf of Richard Pope
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 found love, acceptance, family and a safe haven for life at BrightHaven (

We have saved over 1,000 senior, disabled and chronically ill animals by giving them the gift of a loving and dignified home for life—however long or short that life may be. BrightHaven has also rescued and helped thousands more animals through its various programs.

Why We Need Your Help
After nearly 30 years of taking in and helping the most vulnerable beings among us in their time of need, the BrightHaven sanctuary is now in dire need of its own. 

BrightHaven’s Northern California sanctuary is in serious danger of closing its doors soon, as a major donor who generously paid the property mortgage since 2014 is no longer able to do so. We need help to make these payments.

Also, without additional funds, BrightHaven will be unable to make essential repairs to the sanctuary property to keep it in proper working order for the animals.

Our animals share what BrightHaven means to them: 

With your generous help, BrightHaven can keep our doors open and continue our work to save defenseless, priceless beings like Bailey and Talya, who would not be alive today without our sanctuary.

Bailey, a BrightHaven Favorite

Bailey is our special world traveler, who came to us all the way from the streets of Taiwan! A lovely couple rescued him from almost certain death in 2009 and contacted BrightHaven. Bailey has touched the hearts of many since he arrived at his new home.

Bailey has a broken back, most likely from being hit by a car while living on the streets, and his hind legs are paralyzed. When he’s not in his wheelchair, Bailey’s favorite place is on the sofa where he can keep an eye on all of the activity going on around him.

Bailey also loves to feel the wind in his fur as he zooms fearlessly around in his cart. Look at him go!

Talya the Invincible 

Born in 2007, Talya’s back was broken when, while nursing from her mother, she was hit by furniture thrown from an apartment window above. Talya suffers occasional and serious bladder and kidney trouble, but her spirit remains strong and tough!

This beautiful girl can best be summed up by adjectives such as strong, vibrant, feisty, loving and passionate. Many visitors to BrightHaven have been charmed by and lost their hearts to this incredible monkey with her inherent sweetness and surprising gymnastic ability as she scoots faster than most can walk, climbs the highest cat trees, adores her life with a passion and never hesitates to bite if she feels her wishes are not being respected.

See for yourself what Talya can do!

If we all work together we can give the gift of tomorrow to many more precious animals and carry on this important work.

Please contribute to our cause and share our plea with your networks.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.“
—Helen Keller

We are forever grateful for your generous support!!!

(BrightHaven is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. )

Meet Our Animal Family
Meet Our Team & Board of Directors

“The energy at BrightHaven is almost indescribable. As soon as you enter the house, you know you are someplace magical. The love is present everywhere. When I die and come back, I want to be a cat living with Gail and Richard and all the wonderful people and animals at Brighthaven!”
—Jenny S.  

“Gail and Richard are a Godsend, not only for the animals but for us too. The work you do is such a contribution, it merits no measure.”
—Candy G.

“As I left I realised how apt the name BrightHaven is for this special, one of a kind animal sanctuary. It is a haven for these animals no doubt, but the love, care, hope and dedication shines a light so bright that it could not help but move my heart and affect me in a profound way. As I continue to learn more about BrightHaven, its forward vision and the stories of the animal residents I feel truly blessed I was able to visit such an inspiring thought provoking institution.”
—Carolyn T.

More About BrightHaven

BrightHaven ( ) is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization providing rescue, hospice and holistic education, with an emphasis on senior, disabled and chronically ill animals. We have operated for nearly 30 years on self-funding and public donations.

Since 1990, BrightHaven has evolved into a unique holistic healing arts and education center. Our rescue arm helps shelter animals most at risk for euthanasia.

Co-founders Gail and Richard Pope received the Jefferson Award for public service in July 2013 in acknowledgement of their service to the vulnerable population of senior, disabled and chronically ill animals and for providing sanctuary to animals facing certain death.
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Update 3
Posted by Carol Hulse
3 days ago
Wow! Your generosity is overwhelming, and so appreciated. We’re are rapidly approaching $38K!

We’d like you to know that BrightHaven is unique because of the way we work and the results we get, and that we've followed the wisdom of our animals every step of the way!

Our video shows what they have so persuasively taught us about the importance of balance of body, mind and spirit.
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Update 2
Posted by Carol Hulse
10 days ago
BrightHaven is in the news!

Our sincere thanks Wilson Walker & Channel 5 KPIX for the moving story about BrightHaven’s animals and fundraising campaign! It aired on the 6 pm news on March 14, 2017.

Here’s the link:

The BrightHaven story inspired many viewers to made donations—we truly appreciate the ongoing support!
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Update 1
Posted by Carol Hulse
15 days ago
Thank you for donating and sharing! Because of your incredibly generous support, we’ve raised over $15K since we launched our campaign last week!

Watch this video to learn more about BrightHaven’s work and our emphasis on senior, disabled and chronically ill animals. At BrightHaven, it's all about living well at every live stage!
Welcome to BrightHaven!
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$38,177 of $225k goal

Raised by 349 people in 25 days
Created February 28, 2017
Carol Hulse  
on behalf of Richard Pope
Carole Gill
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Kevin Williams
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Samantha Foster
3 days ago

Such a unique and incredible organization. We cannot lose this here in Sonoma County!

3 days ago
Jenny Coupe
3 days ago
Kevin Wiley
3 days ago

If there is a God, let her shine on your organization and the wonderful work you do!

Victoria Kress
3 days ago

Brighthaven is a beautiful organization. I have loved taking animal reiki classes with Kathleen at Brighthaven.

Janis Lovi
3 days ago
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