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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Thank God for care givers & loving people, Spike found a home.....but I want to know what happened to the Monsters that put him in that basement! They deserve the same, I want to know what out laws did to them! W

Rosa Caldwell

So glad you found each other. Just like you were made for each other. Thanks for sharing. May you have a lifetime of happiness. Thanks for providing a forever home and thanks to those who rescued him and for all the care you gave him to prepare him for his new loving and warm forever home.


Beautiful!!! Hooray for Spike (aka Spice)!!! Wishing Joe, Lou & Spike a lifetime of shared love and happiness!! Pittie's give good love and tons of kisses. Thank you Thank you Thank you to Trevor Simms, and all the angels of the ASPCA for caring wholeheartedly, and respecting ALL life.
I wish the beautiful animals at NYAC&C had the same opportunities for a happy new beginning as Spike. Please everyone, encourage your family and friends to rescue the dogs at NYAC&C; they are beautiful, loving animals who have experienced abuse similar to (and unfortunately,even worse than) sweet Spike. Yet, they still just want to love and be loved.


Will you be able to follow up with the adopters to insure Spike continues to remain in a safe home? I would love to have read a little about the new adopters and why they would be the best home for Spike. Praying it remains a happy ending.

Marilyn Rutherford

I think it is wonderful that Spike has now a new home. I truly hope it is a warm and loving home as well. From what I understand, SPCA's check out the adopting parents before an animal is released into their care. Is this true with all agencies? I would hate to think that Spike or any other animal was turned over to another life of abuse.


I have 6 rescue dogs that I have taken in as family. I love each one`as if they were my human family. I am constantly being teased and made fun of by friends and family, they think I am crazy but when I get home from work and I get all the licks and love from them I know I did the right thing!


Wonderful news. Such a heartwarming story. So happy for you Spike. Enjoy your new life, you deserve it. God Bless!


This is such a wonderful ending/beginning for Spike. I have two rescued dogs and they bring joy to my life. Both were abused by their former owners but in spite of that are loving members of my family.


I love this story! Spike once was a sad soul who looks so defeated in his earlier photo but clearly he was given lots of love and care from Trevor and from all of the wonderful people at the ASPCA while in their care. He looks like a different dog in his most recent photo. His eyes are bright and sparkly and full of life! and I love his cheeky grin!! Two wonderful brothers walked in on Christmas Eve and made Spike's dreams come true. You two guys Joe and Lou are pretty awesome people, at least this stranger thinks so and I KNOW your beloved Spike thinks so too! I so wish more people would do what you guys did, go and ADOPT an animal in need. The shelters are bursting with beautiful animals just waiting for a hero to save them. You two will forever be a hero in Spikes eyes. At the risk of sounding like a nut, I can speak from my personal experience that shelter animals KNOW when they've been "rescued". They just do. They make amazing companions for life!! I wish you all many lovable years filled with great times, slobbering wet kisses and great health always!! Congrats Spikey!! You deserve the BEST and a very HAPPY LIFE!! Keep smilin' you handsome doggy! I'm sending you a big cyber smooch!! MOOOAHH!