ABC Channel 7: How to Care for Your Senior Pet

They make sure every senior or rescued pet has a safe space to call home.

Leashes End is a group that works specifically to care for pets in their waning years.

Interview:  19 December 2023

Montgomery Magazine: Cold Noses, Warm Hearts

Noses and eyes are trained toward this Rockville kitchen, where food is being prepared.  Impatient diners pace or whine, with one perched on the counter overseeing the process. The rest wait attentively for their meal. This is dinnertime, and Risa Simon is feeding her brood: 16 small dogs and 12 cats on a fall day. On a recent spring Sunday, she was up to 17 dogs and 13 cats. Her house is their retirement home, their haven, their hospice.

STORY AND PHOTOS By Andrea F. Siegel

Defense Information School: Serving With a Purpose

Aim High … Fly-Fight-Win! Let’s hear it for the US Air Force! SRA Kim Barerra, USAF made this video as a graduation project for the Defense Information School videographer course! I say she gets an A+! Thanks so much for featuring us, Kim!
By Kimberly Barrera

Bethesda Magazine: Happy Endings!

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.

Washington Jewish Week: No Dog Left Behind!

It’s dinnertime. Risa Simon is feeding her brood: 16 dogs and 12 cats.  Her home is their retirement home.
By Andrea F. Siegel

CNS: U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer transforms home into pet sanctuary!

Rockville, MD – Risa Simon started Leashes End out of her home in 2016. It’s a nonprofit to help senior dogs and cats as they near the end of their lives.
By Jack White

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

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) #859A: US Navy Captain Risa Simon talks about why and how she created Leashes End, a home setting sanctuary for senior dogs and cats in Maryland (her “day job” is Deputy Senior Naval Intelligence Manager, Near East, assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence).  These podcasts are available on Apple, Spotify, Audible, Buzzsprout, and Amazon.

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.