Abandoned but Not Forgotten: The Story of Chuck

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
chuck the pit bull

From factory farming to kitten season, we focus a lot on the big issues facing animal welfare in this country. But behind each “big issue” is the individual face of every single animal touched by our work. One such animal is a 40-lb., 2-year-old pit bull named Chuck.

When Chuck first came to the ASPCA in 2013, he couldn’t walk. Abandoned and left for dead, he had lost the use of his hind legs from joint disease and hip fractures—both of which had gone untreated. He was taken to our premier Animal Hospital in New York City, where he received surgery to relieve his pain. Once healed, Chuck was enrolled in an intensive physical therapy regimen in conjunction with Animal Medical Center in Manhattan.

“Chuck is a happy dog whose personality was very friendly, energetic—let’s go, let’s go—all the time, despite his disability,” says Dr. J’mai Gayle, Director of Surgery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital. He was a perfect candidate for rehabilitation.

Over the next six months, Chuck underwent an astonishing transformation. Through physical therapy, which included hydrotherapy, treadmill work and other vigorous exercises, he slowly regained strength in his legs and learned how to walk again. The once-crippled dog was mobile once more.

“The intensive physical therapy work that everyone put in made all the difference for Chuck,” says Dr. Gayle. “He made a believer out of me.”

See Chuck’s recovery for yourself: 

But Chuck’s story is just one of thousands. Every single day, we meet animals just like him—animals who have been abandoned, forgotten, or otherwise forsaken. With your help, we can continue to provide hope and healing for these animals, and continue to do the kind of work that truly changes lives. Please make a donation to the ASPCA today.

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Together, we will help more animals like Chuck begin their road to recovery—one step at a time. 

If you're interested in adopting Chuck, please call our Adoption Center in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.




Great Job ASPCA...this is exactly the reason my monthly contributions are so worth it! Keep up the outstanding care so these abused animals can finally be on the receiving end of human kindness.


Wow. Nice to see that a potential killer dog gets so much money spent on them when there are hungry people out there or plenty of non killer dogs that need treatment or adoption. Sick!


What a bigot you are! Killer dogs???? You should be ashamed of yourself.


What monsters people can be! Having adopted 2 rescued pitties, one from a dog fighting ring, we have seen how much healing power love has! We would love to adopt Chuck but we simply don't have the room with our two! I hope that he finds his own family to love him really soon--he's just adorable and deserves it!


i have two lucky dogs. They are both PITS and one is black. The black one we rescued from a shelter and the red one we got from a friend who could no longer care for her. They are both happy and the biggest babies ever.


You are angels to these precious animals, that is why I donate! Did Chuck find his forever home? Praying!!!


Bravo! i love you guys!


When I read stories like this one, I'm so glad that I donate monthly to the ASPCA and can sleep better at night knowing that my donation helps beautiful creatures like Chuck. I am so thankful that ASPCA exists and that there are people out there that give their heart and soul to help animals that other people have harmed or forsaken. We can all learn a thing or two from his story, and feel grateful as well. Mil gracias!


Wonderful...I love. ASPCA!!

Tricia O'Neill

Hello, I donated after reading this article, could not adopt Chuck because we have a cat and my husband is allergic to dogs. Would so appreciate a follow up from the ASPCA. No word on the facebook page either but Chuck shows up as adopted--yippee--when I search for adoptions. Let us know where he landed please, asap.
Thank you, Tricia