Harley Goes Home

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:15pm
Michael and Victoria with Harley

When Midnight, a six-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, came to us, he suffered from severe skin disease and ear infections and looked emaciated. He underwent treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital and slowly began to recover. When he was ready, Midnight stayed for months in our Adoption Center, waiting patiently for someone to take him home.

 In February, Victoria D'Asto and Michael Pisula did just that, giving Midnight a new life as part of their family.

“My husband and I waited a year and a half after the passing of our last dog before visiting the ASPCA in Manhattan,” Victoria says. “After looking at all the dogs and meeting several of them, we settled on Midnight, now known as Harley.”

Harley has come a long way, but he still suffers from chronic ear infections. With medication and TLC, Harley’s ear infections are manageable.

“Even with his health issues and difficult past, we felt that he would be a great addition to our family,” Victoria says.

And they were right. Harley is thriving in his new home.

“It turns out that we really lucked out—Harley is so well trained and sweet with everyone he meets,” Victoria says.  “He seems to enjoy his new diet and exercise program as he gains those last five pounds to bring him back up to a healthy weight.”

Victoria tells us that Harley loves to go for walks in Manhattan’s Riverside Park, on shopping trips, and enjoys romping around at Victoria and Michael’s country home on the weekends.

“He loves destroying his toys, fighting for the peanut butter in his new Kong toy and lounging by the fireplace,” she says.  “It's been almost two weeks, and he's already become our best friend!  Thanks, ASPCA!”

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What a great thing u did for Harley,u guys luv eachother forever


Mike and Vicky - you guys are awesome and I know you will give Harley a loving home. Thank you for sharing your story!


Thank you for adopting Harley and giving him a chance at life!!!
God bless you all! :)


Bless you for you new family member.

Janet Pokershing

I think this couple is awesome for rescuing Harley, every dog in this world deserves the best, I had four dogs, one went to rainbow bridge on Feb 4th, my heart still hurts, but she is in a better place and she had the best life ever. Harley deserves it all. Thank you

Louise Nercessian

What a beautiful thing that you did. I have a rescue dog also. Good luck to all of you!!!!!!

Tammy Shackelford

You guy's are fantastic, Harley has new loving parents,
a roof over his head,love and warmth. All of us Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.

C Lee

Congratulations on your new beautiful addition to your family!
May you all enjoy yours of happiness and love.

Eileen Taylor

What a wonderful thing you did for Harley! Thank you so much. It's a story with a beautiful ending thanks to your kindness.

Diane Monaghan

Thanks for giving Harley a fantastic forever home and family!