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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Lindsey Cole

THANK YOU!!!! the wonderful work you all do is wonderful. I adopted my baby boy from the SPCA in Delaware County,PA. He had been in a wonderful foster home. He is my BABY. no matter how bad my day has been, coming home to his wagging tail and sunggles is just what I need.


God Bless the ASPCA and the wonderful people who help along the way. Thank goodness Waffles found the right people to help her. Here's hoping that she finds the most special parents she rightly deserves.


THANK YOU ASPCA, Waffle is another great example of your amazing work.

gregory walker

I love reading stories like this. I have been an ASPCA guardian for many years now and it pleases me to see such terrific results

micheline dm

What a cute little angel you are Waffle!I wish I could fly over and get you.I live in Belgium and its the place for waffles .I love your name.How did you get to name like this?You are sweet like a Belgian waffle!


That is such a great story...I wish Waffle much happiness!

angela eckert

Waffle, you look so happy now and you are adorable!

Michele Gregoire

I hope Waffle finds a loving home soon. She deserves it. Thank you ASPCA.


Waffle, what a beautiful change you have shown us in these before & after photos! Truly the work of the dASPCA team ! The patience that the team has shown to help you on the road to recovery , you & others !
I personally have adopted 3 precious dogs, whose life prior to coming into a loving home was not the best. Giving a loving home, patience & understanding has made them part of the family . You Waffle will soon be part of a loving family too ! Best wishes to you joining that lovely family soon !

Alberta McVay

This is one of the most heart warming stories I have ever read. Your program gives hope to neglected and abused dogs. I give to the ASPCA monthly and am thrilled to see projects and programs come to fruition even with my small part. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.