About Leashes End

Our mission is simple.  We provide a retirement home for senior pets who found themselves homeless in their later years of life. Sadly, because of their age and associated ailments, most people will not adopt or care for these senior pets.

Our pets come to us from different backgrounds.  Some spent their whole lives in loving families, which they lost suddenly due to death, illness, or adverse circumstances.  Some spent their lives as strays on the street or as breeders in puppy mills.  What they have in common: they are old, frightened, and frequently in need of extensive veterinary care.

Our position is: no matter what their stories, senior pets deserve to spend their remaining years in a caring home that will love them, care for them, and spoil them. Shelters are brimming with these older animals, who are often overlooked and frequently put to sleep for no other reason than their advanced age.

We established Leashes End in 2016 with an abundance of love and a vision. We acquired a private 5-bedroom home that sits on nearly three acres of bucolic, fenced-in land in Rockville, Maryland and began to adapt it to our mission. We live a life that so many can only dream of!  And … some of our original seniors are actually still with us in 2021! 

Our senior cats and dogs are family and we treat them as such: They sleep with us in our beds at night; they relax with us in the living room, library, or den during the day; they accompany us on frequent off-leash outings and walks around the grounds each day; and they enjoy meals cooked at home​ especially for them. Having endured so many physical and emotional trials and tribulations throughout their lives, our seniors can at last rest easy that they will never be shuffled around from one location to another again. Leashes End is their forever home and our animals are with us for life. 

OUR PETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION.

But if you are looking to adopt a senior pet in need, Bravo!  We’d be happy to help you locate the future LOVE of your life!

It is our greatest pride and highest achievement to facilitate the dramatic transformation that many of our seniors experience. They frequently come to us sick, injured, scared, in pain, and underweight. With proper nutrition, veterinary care, and a safe and loving home environment, it’s not long before they are up and running again, happy, playful, and trusting, purring away contentedly, or enthusiastically wagging their tails. Their physical and emotional recovery is nothing short of amazing.

While our hearts have unlimited space, our home sadly does not and we simply cannot take in every senior pet.  For senior pets that we cannot accommodate, we engage our network of friends and partner rescue organizations to help them find new loving homes. It takes a community effort to ensure that none of these precious animals gets left behind and we are proud to be a part of that community. For our own residents, although we are limited by funding in the number of senior cats and dogs we can take in at any given time, we place no limits on the quality of life that we provide each and every day, including:

  • Veterinary treatment for their injuries or illnesses as needed
  • Nutritious meals, prepared to meet each animal’s special dietary needs
  • Regular grooming by a professional groomer, in our own home
  • Soft pillows and orthopedic dog beds, elaborate cat trees, toys, and treats
  • Pet steps and ramps for those who prefer couches and human beds
  • Nearly three private acres of verdant, fenced-in lawns for frequent off-leash outings and walks
  • A network of secluded park trails right off the property for longer on-leash walks for our explorers
  • Resident caregivers who provide constant comfort, cuddles, and hugs
  • Volunteers and friends who spend extra time playing with and loving our seniors

We are an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered in the state of Maryland. This means that all donations to Leashes End, Inc. may be tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Leashes End is staffed exclusively by unpaid volunteers and funded entirely through the generous donations, grants, and private gifts. We pride ourselves on being excellent stewards of Leashes End’s resources. Moreover, because we take care of most administrative tasks ourselves in-house, we can maintain the lowest possible overhead, which enables us to spend nearly every penny of Leashes End funds on the care and feeding of the animals themselves. Check out our profile on GuideStar.

Rescuing seniors is a costly affair and donations make our work possible; without the help of our generous benefactors, none of our amazing pet rescues would be possible.  So please consider making a donation and helping us save a senior.  Thank you!

Risa B. Simon

Founder and Director

Leashes End