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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We rescued a pit mix from the local shelter 8 yrs ago. We had lost our previous dog a few yrs earlier & I promised myself I wouldn't hv another dog cuz it hurts so badly 2 lose them. One day, my hubby came home & announced he had "found me a dog". I told him I didn't know we were looking. He said he couldn't stand 2 c me crying over dog food commercials any longer. Needless 2 say, I fell in love w/her immediately! She is the sweetest, smartest, most precious blessing. She's also a great watch dog who sleeps right next 2 me @ night. Adoption is wonderful!


Wow he is beautiful. So happy he got a good home. Bless the man who adopted him.

rose hayes

A lot of rescue groups make adoption next to impossible!


Not impossible Rose, just a bit complex, requiring a modicum of time and energy devoted to answering reasonable questions about your intentions for the animal, and your resources to care for it. Considering the widespread incredible abuse that makes organizations like this one so important, the vetting process is essential. Suck it up, and save a life (or two, or three. or...).

roz goldstein

All the best to you three... You are wonderful people.. Enjoy each other


This is another great story of survival and hopefully much love...
Lorraine, great question and mine too. Does the ASPCA do follow-up visits on their adoptees? With Pitties especially, I believe everyone always should........just to make sure all stays good...and the love remains......Great work!


I have no reason to suspect Joe and Lou of anything but the warmest intentions. Yet I can't help but worry. They have the dog present at their enterprise daily, and one can only hope that this is not just another Junkyard Dog. I hope that their care of Spike is being monitored by ASPCA, at least for an initial period of time. Just saying. Under the best of intentions my heart is full of gratitude for their compassion.


Hey Richie, they've been posting pictures of Spike on their Facebook page. He looks very happy!


I am so happy for Spike. He definately had angels with him. There should be tougher laws for people that abuse innocent and defenseless animals. I'm happy I joined the ASPCA,thanks to them, animals have a voice.

Denise Armbruster

I rescued a pit four days ago and nothing would mak me happier than to find a home for her. She spent her life being outside 24/7 and last week when the temps got waaaaay below zero, a facebook post showed up on an adoption page I follow and work some with. I couldn't get her off my mind. The owner was willing to let her go. She was spayed yesterday and vaccinations given and micro chipped. SHe's ready for a forever home. Sweet, loving girl.