Gail Pope is the Founder and President of BrightHaven Animal Sanctuary, Rescue, and Hospice (www.brighthaven.org) in northern California near Santa Rosa. For more than two decades, her focus has been on helping senior and special needs animals on a journey of holistic healing, all the way through hospice care and transition. She has also created a comprehensive education program for caregivers to realize these options for their own animals.
Born and educated in Harrow, England, Gail's early career path included investment banking and the airline industry before her relocation to the United States in 1986. Living in Southern California, Gail was employed as personal assistant to actress Stefanie Powers and by the William Holden Wildlife Foundation, afterwards forming her own travel agency with daughter Kirstie. The agency was sold three years later when Gail, after a life-changing revelation, decided to form an animal rescue organization. She then worked for several years with veterinarian Dr. Douglas Coward to gain experience suited to her new direction.
Since 1991, Gail's work in the world of animal healthcare and hospice has been widely acclaimed. Gail primarily employs classical veterinary homeopathy in the care of her animals and is a certified Animal Reiki teacher. She is proud to have served as a founding board member for The International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.
Gail and her work have been featured in many publications, including Best Friends, Animal Wellness, the LA Times, Orange County Magazine, and the Orange County Register, as well as on Access TV, Channel 50, and in regular appearances on Animal Talk Naturally.