Abandoned but Not Forgotten: The Story of Chuck

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
chuck the pit bull

From factory farming to kitten season, we focus a lot on the big issues facing animal welfare in this country. But behind each “big issue” is the individual face of every single animal touched by our work. One such animal is a 40-lb., 2-year-old pit bull named Chuck.

When Chuck first came to the ASPCA in 2013, he couldn’t walk. Abandoned and left for dead, he had lost the use of his hind legs from joint disease and hip fractures—both of which had gone untreated. He was taken to our premier Animal Hospital in New York City, where he received surgery to relieve his pain. Once healed, Chuck was enrolled in an intensive physical therapy regimen in conjunction with Animal Medical Center in Manhattan.

“Chuck is a happy dog whose personality was very friendly, energetic—let’s go, let’s go—all the time, despite his disability,” says Dr. J’mai Gayle, Director of Surgery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital. He was a perfect candidate for rehabilitation.

Over the next six months, Chuck underwent an astonishing transformation. Through physical therapy, which included hydrotherapy, treadmill work and other vigorous exercises, he slowly regained strength in his legs and learned how to walk again. The once-crippled dog was mobile once more.

“The intensive physical therapy work that everyone put in made all the difference for Chuck,” says Dr. Gayle. “He made a believer out of me.”

See Chuck’s recovery for yourself: 

But Chuck’s story is just one of thousands. Every single day, we meet animals just like him—animals who have been abandoned, forgotten, or otherwise forsaken. With your help, we can continue to provide hope and healing for these animals, and continue to do the kind of work that truly changes lives. Please make a donation to the ASPCA today.

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Together, we will help more animals like Chuck begin their road to recovery—one step at a time. 

If you're interested in adopting Chuck, please call our Adoption Center in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.



Angels from Bar...

Thanks to Aspca. I wish this dog found a beautiful family.


There are days when I feel overwhelmed by humanity's callous indifference to the rest of our planet. I receive emails daily regarding inconceivable cruelty inflicted on innocent animals by men who then go home to their families.
It is the few small jewels gleaming in the darkness, like this story, that revive me, knowing that some people do care enough to help.

Thank you.


Awesome! God Bless you ASPCA!

Charlotte R Wolfe

Thanks to everyone around the world, who take care of our beloved animals. What devotion you give, and believes everyone, man or creature deserves to live.

Donna Mc Kee

Exactly why I donate to your organization...Success stories like this. Bless all who work there,,,,,this ASPCA is 5 STAR.....Wonderful, wonderful work. Love to see these happy pups and kitties.


Chuck is such a brave and beautiful and fantastic boy. Thank you for the aspca and the animal medical center for sticking with this precious dog and helping him to walk again. I hope Chuck finds a perfect family very soon so he will feel nothing but love, safety, and joy for the rest of his life.

The water therapy is sensational. I loved watching the therapists manipulate chuck's legs in the water and massaging him. Great, inspiring work, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you.

Georgie Cavitt

What a beautiful pit bull Chuck is! His will to live and go - go - go are what kept him going when he was in pain & needed help. The ASPCA is a fantastic organization and thank God you folks are there for animals that need specialized care. I hope Chuck finds a really good home with lots of love for him - he deserves it ! ! !


I love Chuck!!!

Diane W. , Indiana

To the surgeons, staff at ASPCA, and those who donate what a blessing you skills and donations make. My husband and I donate after witnessing the physical recovery and personality changes to our two Yorkies boys. These little boys were timid, sad, recluse. in pain, and indifferent to humans. It took each of them approximately two years to fully recover and feel confident in being a member of the pack. My husband and I feel blessed to have the money, time and patience for them since they do give more than we will ever give back We have enjoyed all five of our Yorkies but these two Yorky boys have taught us what caring for all living beings is about. Again, thank you surgeons, SPCA staff and all the people who donate . . .


That is also why I donate each month and to thank all of you for taking great care of these dogs