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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Janet in NYC

Stories like Spike's make me proud to be an ASPCA Guardian!


What a heart-warming story! Thank God for his new "parents" & those who helped heal him! He is an adorable dog.


I agree with very harsh punishment for all that cause these precious animals to be treated so cruelly . I have rescues and have had others that I found homes for. It takes all I can do to even read about these precious babies. It brings such hard heavy tears to my eyes. And Spike you are a very very lucky dog. And ASPCA thank you for all that you do.


Thank you all for loving and taking care of Spike.
God bless you all and Bless his new owners.


This was a story that brought tears to my eyes. When I watched the video of Spike with his ASPCA handler, Trevor Simms, and saw how much compassion and respect Mr.Simms had for Spike, how infectious his love for Spike was, I was deeply, deeply moved. This poor dog had been through so much torture and cruelty at the hands of monsters, but he was cared for by a righteous angel.

Now Spike is finally adopted by two more angels of good will, Joe and Lou. Spike must have a field day at work with his new family and he must be so happy in his new, warm, caring home. It took a long time for Spike to get adopted into a wonderful home, but he's there now.

Thank you to Joe and Lou, to Trevor Simms, to the doctors and behaviorists who nursed Spike back to health. Good people, brave dog, beautiful "happy tail."


Hey, Tony, you copied my message -- word for word. Use your own heart and feelings to write your own message! It's better that way. I am sure you care about Spike, too.


why get a dog to torture them like that!? do these sick f$%^& do this deliberately? get a dog just to treat them like that? it must be, because if they did not want that dog anymore a NORMAL person would take the animal to a shelter or find a home for them. all I can say is thank god for KARMA! I wish I could be there when karma kicks these assholes' assses!! better yet how about an eye for an eye, they get the EXACT treatment they inflicted on that animal!!!


God bless you for giving this dog a loving ,forever home.

Ruth Villars

That is so great that Spike has found a wonderful knew home. My husband and I have a dog almost like him. Got him at our local shelter. Could not have found a better dog. God bless you for giving him a second chance at life. : )