Bandit: On 25 March 2022, we welcomed now-18-year-old Bandit into the Leashes End family! Poor Bandit’s had a rocky few months! His caregiver was hospitalized last summer with late-stage cancer. Bandit & his littermate bounced around a couple of homes, ultimately ending up spending a few months at the county shelter where Bandit’s sibling passed away. When Bandit’s caregiver returned home from the hospital in February, the shelter returned Bandit to her. But a few days later, SHE passed away (RIP)! A Good Samaritan vet tech had been stopping by to feed Bandit for over a month, but Bandit’s time in his deceased owner’s home was running out. If this tragic tale has a silver lining, it’s that Bandit is doing well here at Leashes End. He’s adjusting quickly to his new digs, eating well, and winning hearts. Bandit has stage 3/4 kidney disease but will live out his life here in as much comfort as we can provide.
Bootsie: 15-year-old Bootsie joined Leashes End family on 10 January 2023. Bootsie came to us in the company of 13-year-old Susie. Both ladies lost their families and homes to circumstances beyond their control and ended up at the Linda L. Kelly Animal Shelter in Calvert County. Bootsie took hardly any time to adjust to her new digs … just happy to be out of the shelter after so many months there! She has a very healthy appetite, which is not surprising due to her hyperthyroidism. She’s very low maintenance though … when she’s not plowing through bowls of wet food, she mostly snoozes in a soft bed in Risa’s bedroom.
Girly: God bless 24-year-old Girly!!! When the MCAS shelter asked if I could take in senior kitty Girly in 2019, we had no idea the she was a celebrity! Girly (along with Kizzy and Pootie) is one of three seniors dubbed the “Golden Girls,” who needed OUT of the shelter ASAP. So we opened up a special room for them! We were completely overwhelmed by how many volunteers and fosters at MCAS loved and cared for these senior girls and who now are eagerly following their lives here. Girly weighs all of four pounds but has a giant personality. She is very assertive when it comes to cuddles and attention. She loves to be rubbed and purrs like a muscle car! She also eats like a horse and we have no idea where she’s putting it all!
JinJin: JinJin is a 10-year-old male, bob-tailed orange tabby. He was found in the pouring rain with a jaw that had been malformed at birth and hung open. Although the condition was not operable it was manageable. Today, he’s still unable to close his mouth all the way, but his jaw no longer hangs open. JinJin is a voracious hunter of mice, which he likes to present to Kelley as tribute! He also loves to be held and cuddled by his human companions. In addition to purring, he wags his bobbed tail like a dog when content. JinJin is a social animal and he loves to interact with the dogs, humans, visitors, and any other creature that wanders onto or near the property. He also likes to jump in volunteer Rachel’s convertible when the top’s down!
Kizzy: 21-year-old Kizzy is still going strong! When the MCAS shelter asked if I could take in senior kitty Kizzy in 2019, we had no idea the she was a celebrity! Kizzy (along with Girly and Pootie) is one of three seniors dubbed the “Golden Girls,” who needed OUT of the shelter. So we opened up a special room for them! We were overwhelmed by how many volunteers and fosters at MCAS loved and cared for these senior girls and who now are eagerly following their lives here. Kizzy loves to eat and relax; she’s gotten kind of fat and looks like a pumpkin! When not entertaining company, she can be found snuggled up in a fuzzy blanket in a closet corner she’s claimed as her own.
Lady Valentine: is a healthy, 13-year-old calico. She came with Grandpa Kitty (who has since passed away) as a package deal and boy are we glad she did! This is quite possibly the sweetest kitty EVAH! She is a total snuggle-bunny-purrring-love-machine. She also likes to accompany us on outings when we walk the dogs as long as she’s not too busy holding down the couch for us. A bit of an Epicurean, Lady V. has to sample ALL the food bowls each morning before the other cats may partake.
Matza Ball: When 13-year-old Matza Ball joined Leashes End (with her littermate Motzi) in March 2013, she was just plain Matza! But over the years, our sweetest of all kitties, has demonstrated a penchant for marathon noshing! Not that you could tell: Um, does this sofa make me look fat? No shocker that our vet recently prescribed laser play exercise as a means to help Matza Ball recover the svelte kitty we all know is still somewhere inside her! In addition to food, Matza loves relaxing. Matza has turned relaxation into an art form! While she does enjoy walking around the grounds with the pack, she never strays far from the house … well, not without whining the whole way!
MollyCat: In mid-May, 2022, we welcomed now-14-year-old MollyCat and her littermate Boots into the Leashes End family when their original caretaker passed away. MollyCat is very shy … she has taken up residence in the library and scarcely leaves the room. She especially loves one particular cubby hole to hide in. MollyCat loves treats and comes to life, giving kisses and and ankle swirls each evening during treat time. She is also extremely affectionate and loves everyone. Welcome home, MollyCat! We sure do love you!
Motzi: 13-year old Motzi (and her littermate Matza Ball) joined our family in March 2013. A disabled veteran surrendered both to us when his third companion-cat had kittens, a burden too great for him to handle. Motzi absolutely loves to roam the great outdoors where she gets especially dirty! But she also enjoys coming inside to relax and like her sister never misses a meal! Uh, yeah! These girls could definitely stand to shed a few pounds!
Susie: 13-year-old Susie came to live at Leashes End on 10 January 2023. Susie came to us in the company of 15-year-old Bootsie. Both ladies lost their families and homes to circumstances beyond their control and ended up at the Linda L. Kelly Animal Shelter in Calvert County. Susie had undergone a bit of a tumultuous life prior to coming to us. First her owner died and she went to live with a family friend. The circumstances changed, forcing the friend to have to give Susie up! Susie took ill almost immediately upon coming to live with us. Thankfully, she’s doing better now, but laying low despite having been a marauding indoor-outdoor cat most of her life. Special thanks to the Senior Cat Action Network for a veterinary grant to assist with her care!
Tigger: 17-year-old Tigger came to live at Leashes End in mid-July 2022. His human mom had to leave the country and asked us to take him in. She was afraid that Tigger’s thyroid condition, advanced age, and slightly fractious personality would hinder his chances of adoption. And Tigger did not disappoint! He started out his tenure here downright surly. But after a while, between realizing he’s safe and cared for and receiving medication for his hormonal imbalance, he mellowed significantly. Tigger mainly sleeps during the day or watches a few reels of videos for cats. He ventures outside at night where he enjoys stretching out on his favorite bench. True to his feral roots, Tigger likes to roam and often disappears for days on end! Welcome home, Tigger.