Save the BrightHaven Animals!

$48,028 of $225k goal

Raised by 447 people in 2 months
Carol Hulse
on behalf of Richard Pope
 SANTA ROSA, CA
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 ( www.brighthaven.org).

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. BrightHaven's Tax ID number is 33-0576248.)

Meet Our Animal Family
Meet Our Team & Board of Directors

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Testimonials
 
“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 ( www.brighthaven.org) 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 8
Posted by Carol Hulse
2 days ago
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Thank you again for your heartfelt support! We’ve already raised over $47K with the help of over 400 contributors.

“Donate and share” will get us there! Please continue to share our plea on behalf of the BrightHaven animals with your networks.

We are thrilled to show you this timeless video from BrightHaven’s past that clearly shows one of the everyday miracles we see at our sanctuary. The healing power of love, friendship and balance is truly amazing!
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Update 7
Posted by Carol Hulse
9 days ago
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Thanks to your generous support, we have raised nearly $43K to help keep the BrightHaven animals from losing their home!

We need your help to build more momentum and to reach as many people as possible with our plea. Will you be a BrightHaven Animal Ambassador?

Here are just some of the ways a BrightHaven Animal Ambassador can make a big difference to our animals:

--Donate to our crowdfunding campaign: http://bit.ly/bright-sos.
--Share BrightHaven’s plea with your networks and any media contacts you may have
--Request each person you contact to share BrightHaven’s plea with his/her networks
--Ask for donations from your networks
--Solicit matching donations
--Distribute and/or post a flyer at your workplace, vet’s office, local pet supply store, etc. (Please contact me via this campaign to request a flyer.)
--Organize and complete a fundraising event on behalf of BrightHaven
--Forward to me any media contacts that may be helpful (Please contact me via this campaign.)

Our heartfelt thanks to BrightHaven Animal Ambassador Chase Rader! He donated his time & talent to create this great video to promote our campaign.
"Donate & share" will get us there!
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Update 6
Posted by Carol Hulse
18 days ago
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All of us at BrightHaven—animals and humans alike—are incredibly grateful for your tremendous show of support! Since we launched our fundraising campaign on March 9 to save our one-of-a-kind sanctuary from closing, 396 generous donors have helped us raise nearly $41K! We still have a ways to go and remain confident that our rallying cry of “donate and share” will get us there!

While we’re on the subject of generous BrightHaven supporters for whom we are very thankful…

Local entrepreneur Ted Robb (CEO of New Barn; CEO & Chairman of InHouse Creative) has been a tremendous help to BrightHaven. InHouse Creative has designed a new logo and branding that highlights the vivid, welcoming beacon of hope and healing that BrightHaven has been to thousands of animals since 1990. All at no charge to us!

In February 2017, Ted and InHouse hosted an exciting fundraising event full of good company and great food called BiteHaven. It was a big success and raised over $5K for the BrightHaven animals!

Ted shares his personal story of BrightHaven and why he’s such an avid supporter in our recent blog post—and how Buttercup and Benjamin-Brownie became BrightHaven residents: http://bit.ly/2oVml6D

We would also like to give a special shout-out of thanks to Adam Jacobi who volunteered his time and superb web expertise to update our website with the new logo and branding. It looks great—check it out! http://www.brighthaven.org/
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Update 5
Posted by Carol Hulse
26 days ago
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Thanks to you, we are closing in on $40K in donations!!! “Donate and share” is our ongoing mantra.

We’re thrilled that BrightHaven’s Gail Pope was recently interviewed by Adam Clark* for an article in Psychology Today! The topic is "Hospice and Natural Death For Our Pets: An Expert Interview” and here is the link: http://bit.ly/2o2wxsT

Gail definitely knows her subject matter! Since 1990, she and her husband and BrightHaven Co-founder Richard Pope have supported over 600 animals through hospice and the natural dying process. The animals have shown them how to complete the circle of life with dignity, peace and love.
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* Adam Clark, LSW, AASW is a published writer, educator, and adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Adam focuses his work on the psychology behind the human-animal bond, specializing in endings and transitions.
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Savana Rain Byspalko
7 days ago

Consider starting a Teespring campaign! You design apparel, the site deals with the production and shipping and the profits made go to your charity. I've used this before and know many others who have as well with success. I hope you raise the money you need, keep helping those beautiful animals ♥

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Sherri Facciola
1 month ago

Also, I forgot to mention I have an empty well kept chicken coupe at my house and could take some chickens or birds of some type if you need help Sherri Facciola

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Sherri Facciola
1 month ago

Hi, I have donated and shared your story. I talked to the ASPCA and found out you can apply for grants from them. You may want to give them a call to see if they can help. If anything happens to the facility I could foster some of the animals. Please don't put them to sleep.

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$48,028 of $225k goal

Raised by 447 people in 2 months
Created February 28, 2017
Carol Hulse  
on behalf of Richard Pope
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Jackie Morales
1 day ago

Your ministry is such a gift...good luck!

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2 days ago
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In remembrance of Steve Lin

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Savana Rain Byspalko
7 days ago

Consider starting a Teespring campaign! You design apparel, the site deals with the production and shipping and the profits made go to your charity. I've used this before and know many others who have as well with success. I hope you raise the money you need, keep helping those beautiful animals ♥

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Sherri Facciola
1 month ago

Also, I forgot to mention I have an empty well kept chicken coupe at my house and could take some chickens or birds of some type if you need help Sherri Facciola

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Sherri Facciola
1 month ago

Hi, I have donated and shared your story. I talked to the ASPCA and found out you can apply for grants from them. You may want to give them a call to see if they can help. If anything happens to the facility I could foster some of the animals. Please don't put them to sleep.

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