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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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Donna

I love happy endings and Spike is now where he belongs and deserves to be. I also have a deserted pitty and she is the most wonderful baby girl. She has been with me for almost a year now and gets sweeter every day.Her name is Sugar!! She is only about 2 years old now so we have a long time to be together..

Donna

I love happy endings and Spike is now where he belongs and deserves to be. I also have a deserted pitty and she is the most wonderful baby girl. She has been with me for almost a year now and gets sweeter every day.Her name is Sugar!! She is only about 2 years old now so we have a long time to be together..

Tammy M Robbins

You guys are great,Bless you

sandra

I look at the poor faces of the most abused dogs in the world, and I wish I could adopt them all. It makes me so happy that there are people like the two brothers
who want to give these beautiful faces a chance. They bring so much love to their owners ,"its a relationship that is true", they love you no matter what! thanks to the two brothers who are 'GODS Angels on earth!! wish there were more people like this. Good luck with that beautiful face. KISSES TO ALL.

Theresa

No amount of inhumane treatment by human beings surprises me. What is amazing is the unconditional love of every dog that God has made. A friend gave me this: "It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog that comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be a dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." These beautiful babies show this to be true!

Louise

This is a heartwarming story with a great ending. All dogs deserve a second chance after suffering!

Lynn B

God Bless !

Diane Z

The look in his eyes change. What a beautiful sight! (no pun intended). Their eyes always tell the story. Congratulations Spike! May you have many years of well deserved love and respect!

Penny

I love this story, thank GOD for men like this. Blessings on Spike, Joe, and Lou. I wish hell on whoever did this to Spike!!!!!!

Sharon

What a precious story and special young people that adopted this wonderful animal. God's blessings on you both and special hugs/treats for Spike!

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