In November, 2011, I joined a group of volunteers answering a call for help from Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary serving Northern California. The volunteer organization rescues and heals displaced, abandoned, and homeless Golden Retrievers and Golden/Labrador mixes, no matter their age or health. The Memorial Garden had been equally abandoned. What should serve as a tribute to rescued Goldens had fallen into disrepair. The hope is that pride of ownership will kick in with a small army of volunteer gardeners, leading to the restoration of the garden as a place of peace and remembrance, as well as an opportunity for fundraising.
As a recipient of two beloved rescues from Homeward Bound – Bella and Jackson – this is my opportunity to support the work of those who go to extraordinary lengths to save and place hundreds of dogs each year.
Through this story of a rescued garden, I hope to inspire others to share the love of rescued pups.