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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It warms my heart to see the peace and contentment on little Waffle's face. Good luck in your new life little precious pup.

Caren Boyd

This is just one of the many reasons why I have always supported the ASPCA and will continue to do so. What a difference in the before and after photos! You people work miracles! Waffle is a beautiful pup and I just know you will be able to find that forever home, baby! We lost our chihuahua, Skippy (also a rescue) in 2013. He was 15, also a victim of abuse, and lived with us for 10 happy years. We miss him everyday. I live in Florida, and have six animals here at our home (all very pampered and loved dearly), but if I could, I would run down to NJ and adopt you, Waffle! You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a long, happy life!

George Miller

Stories like this make me want to open my wallet and donate. As a matter of fact, I think I will. What a good cause!! God Bless you all!! George

George Miller

Stories like this make me want to open my wallet and give, which I will. What a great story, what a great cause!!

Second Chance P...

Huge thanks to the great staff at the ASPCA rehab center who have worked so hard with Waffle and all the other shy dogs there to help them learn to trust people and succeed in homes!


Waffle you are so sweet I bet it won't be long before your forever family finds you. Bless all of you who saw the wonderful little dog that no one else could see.


I just want to thank everyone for a wonderful job that they with Waffle. You can tell the difference between the before and after pictures. I donate every month and I feel so good that its helping all the animals. I love all animals.


Waffle....what a precious name and what a precious pup. I hope you find a forever home soon sweetie

Deb G

This is exactly the reason that I donate every month...I wish I could take them all but the next best thing is knowing that I can help this way.