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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Linda C

Thank you both so much for adopting Harley and for giving him a wonderful, loving life.

John R

Brilliant! You guys are fantastic. Harley will give far more than he gets too. I know that my 2 rescue dogs do.
Best reards.


Congratulations to you and to Harley!

Just anote on the ear infections. Our Eurasier, Honey, had MANY, MANY ear infections. Treatment would help, but they always came back...until the vet suggested Honey might have food allergies that we couldn't test for. She now eats Hypoallergenic food that we get at the vet's and her ears are so much better.
Continued best luck in your happy life together!

Yay !!!


Harley is one lucky fella! Rescuing my 8 year old basset hound, Huck, was one of the best decisions of my life. There is truth to they saying, "Who rescued who?!". Congratulations and blessings to you all!

Marty Gorelick

Dear Harley,
It certainly sounds like a perfect fit between you, Vickie & Mike. When my Mom & Dad took me home 16 years ago, I felt like the luckiest puppy in the world. Just between you & me, (Parents can be a little strange at times), watch what they make you wear when the three of you attend a community art fair !!! All kidding aside, I hope you enjoy the life my parents have given me. And if you're ever in the neighborhood, give me a sniff.
Warmest Regards, Tinkerbell, a Mini-Doxie.

Linda Vega

wonderful god bless you and yours


So happy for everyone involved in this rescue! This pumps me up to go to our local shelters and finally start looking for our 'Harley.'

Joanne Budd

I always love to hear a good adoption story. It is very sad the previous owners considered Harley disposable!

I too have a rescue who had constant ear infections, but after researching possible causes, I decided to change foods, being the most common cause. Try a food with simple ingredients, and avoiding chicken and certain grains. My Donovan is ear infection free!

Sharyn Shields

In 1972 I was living in NYC and wanted a companion for my roommate's dog. So, I adopted a sad looking mutt (part Rhodesian Ridgeback)from the 59th Street ASPCA shelter because I didn't think anyone else would adopt her. She turned out to be my very best friend, and we were together until she died at age 15. Loved that dog.