Risa Simon takes in older dogs and cats who need a place to live.  Her goal is simple: She wants them to enjoy the time they have left.
By Caralee Adams
Photos by Liz Lynch

NBC4’s Leon Harris Presents:    Harris’ Heroes!

Local Naval Officer Opens Sanctuary for Senior Pets

Leon Harris introduces a local hero and Naval officer who started a retirement home for senior pets. We at NBC4 learn every day about so many amazing things happening in our community. Every week, veteran Washington anchor Leon Harris shines the spotlight on the work that’s being done by people and organizations to make where we live a little brighter.

Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!): Another Interview with Tracie Hotchner

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-01-2021) #738: Featuring Ryan Yamka, Risa Simon, and Sharon Morris. Veterinary nutrition consultant Dr. Ryan Yamka explains why the presumably high mercury levels in pet foods (discussed last week with a researcher) are actually not a reliable measure, and he also explains why DNA testing of food is untrustworthy, as in the Subway tuna sandwich question of whether it is actually tuna; Risa Simon talks about her work in the Defense department of the U.S. Navy, along with her own senior dog and cat sanctuary Leashes End and the perpetual care agreement they have created for themselves and other old dog rescues; pet finder Sharon Morris, who can be found on the Missing Animal Response Network and specializes in cat and birds per an article in the Guardian, gives suggestions on how to find your lost kitty. (Hint: he has not gone very far from home!)

Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!): An Interview with Tracie Hotchner

A Sanctuary for Special Needs Senior Dogs & Cats

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-31-2019) #638: Featuring Risa Simon, Rob Kugler, and John Torrens. Risa Simon [who is a Commander in the U.S. Navy] talks about having created a sanctuary for special needs senior dogs and cats in a home she bought for them in Rockville Maryland called Leashes End; Rob Kugler talks about the network of veterans nationwide who support each other in his book A DOG NAMED BEAUTIFUL: A MARINE, A DOG, AND A LONG ROAD TRIP HOME; John Torrens explains the finer points of how CBD is bioavailable for people and pets.

News You Can Use

Biden family dog Major returns to the White House and will get a new feline friend

By Elise Brisco

Major Biden is out of the dog house and back in the White House. 

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have confirmed that their dog Major is back at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. after being sent to an off-site training “to help him adjust to life in the White House” earlier this month. 

“He’s back, yeah,” Jill Biden said in an interview clip released Friday on NBC’s “Today” show. “He is such a sweet loveable dog, he really is.” 

In March, Biden’s two German Shepherds, Major and Champ, were temporarily sent back to Delaware during a pre-planned trip earlier this month to receive training after Major caused a “minor injury” to an employee of the U.S. Secret Service on March 8. 

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President Trump Signs Federal Animal Cruelty Bill Into Law


In a rare display of political unity, President Trump on Monday signed a bipartisan bill that, for the first time, makes acts of animal cruelty a federal crime punishable with fines and up to seven years in prison.

The bill, called the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, was introduced in the House this year by two Florida lawmakers — Representative Vern Buchanan, a Republican, and Representative Ted Deutch, a Democrat. It expands a 2010 law signed by President Barack Obama that banned videos that show animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or subjected to other forms of torture.

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Sanctuaries Provide Safety Net for Senior Dogs

Mary Jo Dilonardo
3 May 2019

Check the residents at any animal shelter or rescue and you’ll see that puppies and young, healthy dogs typically move in and out relatively quickly. But senior dogs tend to linger, often overlooked by people looking to give a pet a forever home.

Hoping to give elder canines a happy, soft spot for their twilight years, senior sanctuaries offer a retirement home of sorts for elder pups. They take older dogs from shelters or owners who can no longer care for them, giving them a place to stay for the rest of their lives.

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International Cat Show brings the world of cats to your own backyard

TOLEDO (WTOL) – It was a feline frenzy on Saturday in Maumee. The Toledo Cat Show took over the Lucas County rec center for the weekend, drawing hoards of people eager to see cats from all across the globe.

Toledo’s show has been around since 2000 and is one of the largest cat shows in the world, featuring 71 different breeds.

The show is more than just a competition. Cats are available for adoption as well. However, even the adoptable pets get to compete, so you could have the chance to bring an award-winning cat back home with you.

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Assisted Living for Seniors with Pets:

By Caring.com

Pet ownership can bring plenty of unexpected benefits for seniors. For starters, research shows that older adults who own a dog walk an average of 22 minutes a day more than seniors who don’t have a dog, and pets are even used in therapy techniques to help seniors with mental illness or dementia.

To learn more, visit the full article on the Caring.com website.