Moving from human to kind

In a world that has seemingly gone mad, you would be forgiven for wondering if an effort like rescue is trivial in comparison to the headlines these days. But it’s not. There are lessons here.


It’s not just the hundreds of dogs that we rescue each year through our own effort at Homeward Bound – but the untold number of rescuers, advocates and angels all over the globe working together for a common good.


It’s not just the dogs saved, but the countless number of people whose lives are touched…




and transformed as a result.


It’s not just the act of rescue, but the education that accompanies it. Not that long ago, rescue networks were non-existent. We have a long way to go – but we have demonstrated that a difference can be made against seemingly impossible odds when people stand united together. The dogs, and our work on their behalf, teach us about acceptance of others,




and healing.


We learn to face adversity without losing hope…


and how to say “good-bye” – while still carrying on.


Rescue reminds us that despite all the difficult things we see and experience, human beings still have the capacity for care and compassion.


And in this crazy world – maybe that matters most.

“The next evolutionary step for humankind is to move from human to kind.” ~ Author Unknown

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

22 thoughts on “Moving from human to kind”

  1. Your writing moves me each and every week. Thank you for putting the work we do, the dogs we save and the people that put their hearts out there into beautiful blogs. You are amazing.


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  2. Thank you for the good, important and caring work that you do. Life with our rescued dog, Bella, has taught us many of the lessons you mention here. Thank you.

  3. Wow, such powerful writing followed by images that grab my heart strings – bless your heart Audrey and the good works that rescuers and Homeward Bound does. Take care ~

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