Our Pets in foster homes - not available for adoption

Mario: 9-year-old Mario came to Leashes End in December, 2021 at the request of our veterinarian.  A younger, but special needs Shih Tzu, Mario was struggling with kidney disease and inappetence.  He was losing weight so our vet persuaded his previous owner to surrender him.  Our good friend and volunteer/donor Diana took him in immediately as a forever foster!  Mario is thriving in Diana’s care with a specialized kidney diet augmented by special low sodium sardines from Portugal and thin-sliced pork from an actual butcher shop!  

Robert Redford: (Now called Annan.) Annan is Hebrew for cloud … and Annan is living it up in Philadelphia. Anan is more of a teddy bear than a cat … he’s a huge, cuddly, 15-year-old bumbler.  He was born the runt of his litter (something his current stature makes difficult to believe), with a crippling birth defect, and not breathing! His original family managed to resuscitate him and in spite of his physical disabilities, he got on rather well most of his life. But in 2018, his human mom got pregnant and was told that she would not be able to tend to Annan’s special needs during the pregnancy or her baby’s infancy. Poor Annan! He was born with neurological impairment that denies him the full use his hind legs. He was also born without a tail … no tail at all! And worst of all, his impairment affects his bowels and he requires periodic cleanings of his bum. In 2019, it became clear that Annan needed a slightly quieter home than Leashes End. So he moved in with my brother’s family, where my nephew and nieces can spoil him rotten!
Tova:  Still alive and doing well!  Tova the long term “foster” or the one who got away? I think it’s safe to say at this point that Tova has moved in with our neighbor Tom. Tova is a healthy young Tuxedo female who was ostensibly on loan to us from an Army veteran. Tova came to live with us in March 2016 while her human mom worked through the transition from military to civilian life and focused on recovering from physical and emotional traumas suffered in the line of duty. But alas: Tova is a high energy loner who prefers the great outdoors to being cooped up inside the house. In 2018, we discovered that she had taken up with our neighbor Tom who takes great care of her and who even built her a whole heated kitty condo in his garage!