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.




What a wonderful story. I hope Chuck finds his forever home soon. Keep up the good work ASPCA!


Love you guys! :-) Chuck's a beautiful guy.


Great work ASPCA! Thank you for not letting our animals down. Thank you ASPCA!


I'm an animal advocate and lover and when I see stories like this I know may donations are truly helping. Great job for the Dr. and staff at ASPCA, not to mention Chuck's will and determination. I will never understand how an individual with any semblance of consciousness can mistreat any of God's wonderful creations so inhumanely, particularly when all they want to do is be loved and please their masters/friends! God bless...

wendy Sefcik

What a touching story! Seeing Chucks progress is why I continue to give to the ASPCA. Many thanks to all who had a hand in showing this animal the kinder side of humans. You can certainly count on my continued support.


Yeah !!!!! What a great story - Thank you for considering him worthy as they give us back so much more - He is a cutey pie !

A. L.

Thank you!! These stories make me so happy and bring such joy.
We don't know how to do what you do so we try to help with our monthly donation.
Thanks again to all of the wonderful staff.

Linda B. M.-Cal...

Thank you ASPCA for doing the wonderful work you do. I am so pleased to know that my monthly donation may in some way contribute to the rescue and rehabilitation of these beautiful and worthy animals. I love ASPCA!


Great story! Please let us know when Chuck gets his "forever Home'!

Maria Roberts

Thats why we donate monthly! It is so worth it to help the helpless creatures that our fellow man has treated so badly