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.




This is why I donate every month. Thanks to all for all you do!!


was feeling down today. received this email from aspca and it lifted my spirits. Our animal family is so inspiring and strong. we have so much to learn from them. they teach us more than we can ever teach them. thank you chuck. you are wonderfully genuine and strong.


Chuck is beautiful. Thanks for helping him!


Hey, GREAT JOB ASPCA. That is a Great Story to help out this Beautiful Pit. I give a monthly give every month, just wish it could be more $$$$$. Love animals more lately, then the NASTY Humans that hurt them.


Proud to support you ASPCA!


Proud to support you ASPCA!


Proud to support you ASPCA!


Guts, heart and love. Way to go, Chuck and staff.


i want to thank all people, who like myself love animals and will go above and beyond to help them. thank you to all the people for giving our four legged friends a second chance instead of being so quick to give them the needle.

Linda M.

God Bless you for all you do for our precious furry friends! We need more folks like you all in this evil mean world!! Thank you Thank you!!!!