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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Wish I had known about this project 10 years ago. We adopted a Jack Russell from a woman that was worried that her husband would kill this little dog. They also owned the dog's father. Both dogs were alfa males. The one we took was only 6 months old. The husband allowed the father to beat on the puppy and draw blood. In short, the husband hated this puppy and would often kick it across the floor forcing it to continue fighting with its father. We took the dog and we love him, but he hates other dogs (all other animals). He dislikes most people. There is only a handful of people he will tolerate. My vet said he is fortunate to have us because there aren't many people that would have the patience. He has been to group training classes--it was a nightmare. We also had a private trainer come to the house for months and months. He learned to do a few things, but his attitude did not change. He is great with my husband and myself, my mom, my granddaughter and a couple of friends, but that's it. However, he is treated like a prince because we love him. I hate animal abuse and wish anyone that harms an animal could spend years behind bars. The laws aren't strict enough for these horrible people. I'm so glad Waffle was saved--what a beautiful little dog! Thank you for all you do. I donate monthly. It is automatically put on my credit card. Keep up the good work.


Bless you Diane for saving "A Jack Russell". I have owned 12 Jack Russells at different stages and know their heartaches and challenges when they are abused. It takes A SPECIAL PERSON to know how to and care for an abused Jack Russell.
I have three right now - believe it or not - one will be 19 in May, one 14 and one 11. He's a "lucky little boy"!

Eileen Gaines

Thank you Diane for your love and kindness. I have to fight off random thoughts of hatred towards animal abusers because hatred will never stop abuse. We need to expose and publish the animal abusers names and pictures. Never let them get away with it. I would make sure every person in your town or city knows who the man is that kicked a puppy. Don't hate the person; just make sure justice is served.


What a sad before picture!!! I have a dog that was in a hoard for 9 long years. She's been with me for 2 years now and is an absolute sweetheart. Hopefully, she's forgotten her past life. Dogs are VERY forgiving!!!


I totally agree with Emmas comments, precious dog

Susie Amerise

MY husband and I financi
ally and prayerfully support ASPCA..we know that God will find Waffle a forever home just perfect for her....Thank God for everyone who helped her get over her fears of man....she is soo precious....Lord, Find her home!!! Amen!!


God bless you Waffle :)


Waffle you are so cute and adorable. I can't imagine what you have gone through in your lifetime. By the looks of your before and after pictures you have come along way. I think I need to come to the rehabilitation center. I have 2 rescue dogs that I have had for almost 5 years and they are still so shy, timid and afraid of everything and everyone except me and sometimes still of me. I feel so bad for them. they are a lot better then they were but still have a long way to go. I don't think they will ever be accepting of other people. You are a very lucky little girl Waffle and so precious! It won't be long before you are in your Furrever home, I am sure of that!

Marilyn Suarez

We adopted a Shitzu mix (I guess) from a foster family. He was with them 4 mos. Before that he was with a hoarder. We adopted him a month and a half ago and he is 4 years old. He has all the signs of being abused, and being raised with a hoarder. Although he has made some progress, he is still very fearful. We have tried to socialize him, but he so frightened. He goes from loving me to being scared of me. All in the same day. We have no children with us but we have 2 marvelous cats. They all get along and have from the beginning. I really think we should be doing more, but I don't know where to turn I wish the ASPCA had a video showing how they work with these dogs. I donate monthly to the ASPCA Is there any help out there from the ASPCA?

Candee Lovell