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.



Judith Curless

Since I am a monthly donor to the ASPCA, it is stories like Chuck's that make me so proud that my donation can help all animals that are rescued. Chuck is adorable and I hope he finds a new home soon. Bless you ASPCA for the wonderful work you do.

Dena Schlee

Job well done. May Chuck find his forever home soon.

Dena Schlee

Job well done. May Chuck find his forever home soon.

Michael Guest

Great story.


Thank you everyone for caring for Chuck.
I would adopt Chuck if I didn't all ready
have 5 cats and 1 dog.
You guys are the best!!!
Chuck you are wonderful man.
Yes this also why I donate monthly to the ASPCA

Sunny Milke

I've seen such cruelty & always bad endings for innocent animals, it's wonderful that U found Chuck, he's a little trooper! I'm glad he's better, if I didn't have so many 4-legged children I would take him. I pray someone will make room for him, he needs a lot of Love!

Linda B

Great Job!! I also would like to say Thank You for all you do for the animals.

Anna C

this is why I donate to ASPCA. If only I could adopt him but after loosing my rescued chocolate lab I am just not ready and I live in Oklahoma.

Thank you ASPCA you are my hero's.

Maryann B

Never underestimate the will of the Canine.

Maryann B

Never underestimate the Will of the Canine.