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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Grandma Speedy

Ahh, this is wonderful. Praise the Lord, God is so good to all. I am so happy. Thank you Joe and Lou. God bless you both. He is a beautiful boy and it makes me so angry that people can do this to them. All I can hear is the Lord saying vengeance is mine, other wise I would want to hurt them the way they hurt this poor baby. Again thank you for being his guardian angels.


I cannot see how Spike/Spice wasn't adopted before, what a lovely pair of brown eyes. I am so pleased for all 3 of them and wish them well in their new lives together.

For anyone thinking of it, please foster. Hubby & I specialised in senior dogs until our current baby came, bred out, dumped and needing lots of medical care. We just couldn't let her go so she stayed and then we started fostering cats........


Isn't it amazing how the eyes look so sad when they first are rescued and then they brighten up after they are taken care of. The before and after transformtion really shows on the face.


Spke could have a Facebook Page! Would love to see him sporting around in his Race shop!


Spke could have a Facebook Page! Would love to see him sporting around in his Race shop!


Please excuse my doubting nature, but I have 7 special needs rescues that mean the world to me and have seen what cruelty is inflicted on these innocents. I can't help but wonder, how do you know that this precious Spike is living a good life, with a wonderful loving home? Is there anyone that checks up on these dogs to make sure they are really living the good life? Or are they just taking the word of the two men that adopted him? He could easily be put back into a life of misery/fighting, etc. I know we need to trust, but I also feel we need to verify as well.


Hi Mary, the brothers have been posting pictures of Spike on their Facebook page. He looks very happy!


Thank you, Joe and Lou, for having a big CARING HEART. I am sure that you both will be blessed in life, you certainly deserve all the best for your generous and kind heart. All the best to you both, and Spike too!


This is such a beautiful ending for Spike. He now has his loving forever home. And I hope his previous owner is never allowed the privilege of owning any other animal ever again!

Marie Dorr-Curley

Reading about this precious dog being adopted into a loving forever home makes my day. My husband and I have a very precious beagle/lab/rhoadesian ridgeback mix rescue dog named Hannah whom we affectionately call Hannah Banana because of her fun personality. Not only is she an important member of our family unit to us and our extended family, but she is an important member of our apartment community as well. So many people stop what they are doing (adults and kids alike) to come over and interact with her, when we are out walking every day. Knowing that Hannah is so loved, appreciated, and valued by so many people after what she went through in her much earlier life is such a big deal to us. Every dog deserves to be treated with kindness and dignity and receive back the unconditional love they so freely give. Seeing the love on Trevor's face as he interacts with this gorgeous animal is so uplifting. I feel so grateful when I hear about circumstances like what Spike endured, come to a screeching halt and turn into the wonderful outcome that has happened in this situation. Thank you so much to all the rescue missions out there and the wonderful dedicated people who so unselfishly give of themselves to "man's best friend." God bless you all.