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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God Bless the two brothers who adopted Spike; who obviously are giving spike a good, loving home! Happy endings for this handsome dog!!!


The "before" picture brings tears to my eyes. I would like to believe that there aren't people so devoid of any feelings that they could starve a dog like that.



This is why we do what we can, foster, volunteer in shelters & adoption events. If we believe and wait long enough a miracle can happen!! Spike is living proof:-) What a great family - all of them are so lucky to have found each other!


I'm thrilled Spike found a new home and is now healthy and happy! He's such a handsome boy, such a cutie. I have a pit bull mix too, and he's absolutely the sweetest thing - ever! I love his shy nature but when I hug and kiss him, you can hear his sighs - pure heaven! Thank you Joe and Lou for adopting this wonderful boy!!


This is wonderful news. However, it makes me sad that there are situations like this in the first place. God Bless those who opened their hearts and home to Spike.


I sure hope they treat him well.

Joanne Theodorou

The cruelty of humans never ceases to amaze me, it's incomprehensible that someone could treat a living creature with such disdain.
And it thrills me when a abused, neglected animal is ready to forgive.
Great story...keep up the good work! Congrats to Spike and his new family. Bravo Trevor.

Rita Shaffer

YAY for Spike and for his guardians! Long life and happiness to all!


Awww, Trevor Simms you made me cry! It takes special people to care for animals. I have a blind siamese cat and he's just like one of my kids and he runs things, lol.


You rock Spike, live it up. God bless the furever home.