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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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Myrna

G-D bless Trevor and the 2 brothers, Joe and Lou, who adopted Spike.

Teresa

I am so grateful to the many people who care for these precious furry members of our lives. My heart just aches when I hear of situations like this, but the light that these people bring to these situations make it more bearable knowing that there are happy endings for some of them.

Teresa

I am so grateful to the many people who care for these precious furry members of our lives. My heart just aches when I hear of situations like this, but the light that these people bring to these situations make it more bearable knowing that there are happy endings for some of them.

Michele

Dear Joe and Lou,
I am shedding tears of joy!!!! I am so happy that you rescued Spike may you all have a long happy life together!!!!!!!!!!! And of course thank-you everyone who took care of Spike until both of you came and rescued him!!!!! I just wish there were harsh punishments for animal abuser's maybe if they had a price to pay there would not be so much abuse to sweet loving animals, all they want is to give and get love!!!! I pray to God that I win the lottery all the time my dream is to have my own rescue someday!!!!!

shakasmom

Does the ASPCA check up on Spike and other adopted out animals to make sure
the new owners are caring people? We wouldn't want Spike to be adopted by
someone who was going to use him for fighting again. I have nothing against the new owners, but some people cannot be trusted and I just wanted to make sure you do not just hand the animal over to anyone who says they want to adopt him.

Mary

I think chaining dogs should be outlawed. I see so many beautiful dogs tied up that it makes my heart ache. I am so happy that Spike a/k/Spice found his forever home. I am sure that he is very grateful and will make a good companion for his new owners.

Edythe Wrather

I agree with Kim. I HOPE EVERYONE THAT ABUSES LITTLE ANIMALS ROT IN HELL. Especially Michael Vick...He is the poorest excuse of a human I have ever seen. He shouldn't have the privilege of breathing our air.
It's a shame that humans treat animals (and probably old people and babies) the way they do. I use to be in rescue and had to quit because of all the abuse I saw. We need to have stricter laws and they should spend jail time (not a few hours) I'm talking years!!!!!!!!! and in a lot of cases treated the same way they have treated other living beings. I am so happy that this precious baby has a good home. I just pray every baby-elderly person and animals in the world feel loved and have food, water and shelter and loved unconditionally.

Gail

So glad he finally found a forever home! Great picture! He looks so happy now!

Lynn

Will SOMEBODY explain to me why anyone gets a dog, and then chains it up like a box on a shelf. How do you keep a living being and never walk towards it with food, water, a blanket, or a loving hand? I go beyond no patience with this kind of human trash, and, sad to say, I have no compassion for them - so that's one more harm that they do.

Tee

The first picture is why we need tougher animal protection laws. Slaps on the wrist do nothing to deter idiotic sadists.

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