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 you all for helping homeless dogs get a home.....I have two adopted also...they are the loves of my life!!


Tears of joy. Thank you!


What a wonderful Christmas present for both Spice (Spike) and for Joe and Lou. You do great work.

Eileen Thompson

That God there are compassionate people in the world who will give Spike a good, loving home. Too often we see the other kind of stories.


I am happy Spike or Spice went to such caring and loving people after the ordeal of having no water or food for a very long time....


I love happy endings! Thank you, Trevor for your care and Joe and Lou for their compassion.
Gives one faith in the human race.


I'm so glad to be a member of ASPCA especially when I read stories like this. I wish Spike a wonderful life with Joe and and Lou. Thank-you Lou and Joe for a adopting this special dog.


Wow! It's true how sad people how they treat this pets. I will continue to support ASPCA with my monthly donation.

Thank you Joe and Lou :-)
Thank you also ASPCA.

God bless you all.

Melinda Santa Cruz

Why would anyone do this to an animal? Now the crooks and child molesters are a different story...


What a wonderful story! This dog was meant to bring love to people, and that is why he is still with us. May God bless everyone who worked with Spike, and brought him to his wonderful forever home. I live in a county that puts Pit Bulls to sleep as soon as they pick them up, because the dumb voters of Miami-Dade County have outlawed these beautiful dogs. How sad. It warms my heart to see that most places still let people give homes to Pit Bulls, because they are such sweet dogs. I hope someday to live in a different county where I can have one of these for my best friend. Love to you, Spike.