Hope and Healing for Waffle the Chihuahua

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:15am
Brown and tan chihuahua

Meet Waffle. This charming Chihuahua spends her days playing with toys, snuggling into warm blankets, and running around with fellow dogs. But that wasn’t always the case. Waffle first came to the ASPCA as one of a hundred dogs rescued from an animal hoarder. Her life at that point had been defined by loneliness and neglect, and the traumatic experience left her with an extreme distrust of humans. When we met her, she was anxious, timid, and very, very afraid.

While others may have seen Waffle as a lost cause, we knew that she was a perfect candidate for the ASPCA’s Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey. The center, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this week, is the first-ever facility dedicated entirely to behavioral rehabilitation for canine victims of cruelty.

Waffle spent more than two months working closely with the staff at the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center. Through our comprehensive treatment plan, she was able to tackle her fears and transform into the sweet-as-syrup pup she is today. She is now an official “graduate” of the Center, and she’s ready to take on the next chapter of her life.

When you donate to the ASPCA, you are supporting projects like the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center. With its combined mission of welfare and research, the Center is at the forefront of progress in its field. But it can’t run on good intentions alone. With your support, we can continue to give dogs like Waffle a chance to heal, and, more importantly, a second chance at life.

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If you live in or near New Jersey and are interested in adopting Waffle, please contact Second Chance Pet Adoption League at [email protected]. Waffle is looking for a home with another friendly dog!

Before and after of neglected chihuahua

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Way to go Waffle!!! happy graduation to you and you are setting an example for all your furry friends that its possible to overcome. Thank you all who were apart of Waffles road to recovery from the 1st person who took Waffle into their arms from her past and to all those who have opened their arms to let Waffle go into a new and happy way of life. You all have a place in heaven waiting for you. The love, compassion and faith you have are incredible. Keep up the great work and God bless


Much happiness and peace to Waffle, I wish I could take her. Thank You for the work you do and the love you showed this amazing wonderful little pup.


Waffle, you are a precious little Angel. And you so deserve to have a
wonderful loving home with a human who will love you and spoil you. I am a ASPCA member and thank you for all the wonderful work you do.


What a huge difference love and compassion makes! And bless everyone at ASPCA for their time, love and patience. You are truly amazing. Enjoy your new life Waffle ~

Marilyn Mesler

Long live the ASPCA, keep up the good work!


My heart is jumping with joy! You guys are the best!

Monica Shay

I always said that when/if I hit the lotto... I will definitely donate to the ASPCA

Monica Shay

I always said that when/if I hit the lotto... I will definitely donate to the ASPCA

Kim Sether

Oh my gosh, what a sweet little dog. I truly wish I lived closer to Jersey as I would snatch her up. I am confident she will find her forever home very soon. Good luck to you Waffle.

Sheryl & MacKenzie

Waffle, you are absolutely adorable!! Love your cute little ears. You've come such a long way, with the help of some wonderful people. It's your turn now to really enjoy your life. Have fun being a carefree little dog...