ASPCA Happy Tails: A Dog Worth Waiting For

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 11:00am
Happy brindle pit bull

In 2011, Spike (also known as Spice) was living in a squalid basement. Tied to a wall with a short leash, he had no access to food or water. He was severely emaciated, weighing only 32 pounds when the ASPCA rescued him. Over the next two years, staff at the ASPCA nursed him to health and brought his weight up to 54 pounds. But despite his sweet, loving temperament, Spike just couldn’t find a home. We worried he might never get adopted. Then, on Christmas Eve, we got the greatest gift of all.

Joe and Lou, two brothers from New Jersey, first learned about Spike on Facebook. They had been looking for a dog for a while when someone shared Spike’s photo on their timeline. “I figured the right dog would come along eventually, and he did,” said Lou. The very next day, December 24, they went to the ASPCA Adoption Center and adopted Spike.

Emaciated pit bull

Many ASPCA staff said goodbye to the precious pit bull with tears of joy—no one more so than Animal Care Technician Trevor Simms. Trevor worked with Spike daily during his time at the ASPCA. Despite the bittersweet goodbye, Trevor couldn’t have asked for a better holiday miracle.

“Finally,” was all he could manage to say.

Spike now spends his days with Joe and Lou at their racing shop in New Jersey. He spends his nights in their warm, loving home.

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ASPCA staffer hanging out with dog

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This was a story that brought tears to my eyes. When I watched the video of Spike with his ASPCA handler, Trevor Simms, and saw how much compassion and respect Mr.Simms had for Spike, how infectious his love for Spike was, I was deeply, deeply moved. This poor dog had been through so much torture and cruelty at the hands of monsters, but he was cared for by a righteous angel.

Now Spike is finally adopted by two more angels of good will, Joe and Lou. Spike must have a field day at work with his new family and he must be so happy in his new, warm, caring home. It took a long time for Spike to get adopted into a wonderful home, but he's there now.

Thank you to Joe and Lou, to Trevor Simms, to the doctors and behaviorists who nursed Spike back to health. Good people, brave dog, beautiful "happy tail."


I just rescued a white husky with the same story. She was tied outside on a short chain with no food or water for 2 yrs. She was 32 lbs when Animal Control was called. Now she is 53 lbs and a beauty! She loves everyone despite not having a puppyhood!


Good for you Joyce! And yay for Spike! Being in animal rescue for 7 years, I think there's nothing left that would surprise me, but the cruelty still takes my breath away.

Lin Gould

There is a special section of Hell where people who tortured animals and children experience exactly what they did themselves.

Cherie Marshall





I think the furnaces of hell get turned up a notch for the monsters.... I love all fur babies they are not just a 4legged companion, they are part of your home.


I totally agree! My animals are my babies.

Yvette Perry

I agree with all of the breaks my heart every time we rescue those poor and precious souls out there and it make me feel so sick and sad. But good people like you ,being the guardian angel for the lil ones in need ,keep me/us going.I think this is what all of us feel when reading great stories like Spike's ,its medicine for our deeply hurt hearts.Every little effort makes such a big difference in some animals life and its always worth doing it.We keep fighting for them..together we will stand against cruel bastards and their ignorance.

Jacqueline Glasco

WELL SAID... I only wish there were more people in the world that felt as deeply about our furry friends as we do... I cant even put into words the immense pain that I feel deep within my soul with every thought, story & experience I have or hear of, of abused, neglected and homeless animals... The feeling doesnt go away after a minute or two, either. It seems to root itself deep within my heart & soul. I will just NEVER understand how anyone would EVER treat an animal with anything but love & respect. They deserve to live happy & healthy lives and get the kind of love they give to us all... UNCONDITIONAL... I could go on for days about this... but I'll stop here... I think you get my point... UGH!