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 you so much to Jou and Lou! A special thank to very kind Trevor! Love you all...God bless you...Huge kiss to Spiky! Sabrina from Italia.

Rosaleen Crotty

What a great story. Where is John and Lou´s racing shop in N.J.? I would like to support a business which such caring owners?


to lou and joe. what wonderful people you must be. I have 2 pits myself and you will have a wonderful life with spike. they are so devoted and loving to their people. wishing the 3 of you a happy life together!!

joan devito

that's why we need more aspca guardians


I agree with all the comments. My three rescue cats are my babies and they get the most respect and love that my heart has to offer. Shame on Humans who abuse animals. They will find their day in hell.


I do believe there is a special place in hell for these monsters who torment these precious furry creations of God. I have rescued many, many animals over the years and every one of them in some way knows that they have been rescued and shows their gratitude and loves us unconditionally. One precious kitty, who was just thrown outside after the teenage daughter grew tired of her, became one of our most unforgettable rescues. My husband at the time had sleep apnea and whenever he would stop breathing, she would jump on his chest and wake him up. His doctor told me she saved his life many times. The night before she passed away, she came to his rescue one last time. She passed away peacefully in my arms at the age of 19. I tell her story to anyone who is wondering about rescuing an animal. In loving memory of MaryAnn.


Are you going to keep following up with Spike?
Wanting a pit bull and owning a racing car shop, worries me that he could end up being a guard dog that is left out alone and not at all be a part of the family!
I hope very much this does not turn out this way, but I have seen too many animal cases that do not end well for the animal and people can act fine but end up being abusers!


I know, I was thinking the same thing, too.


But why is there never any information about the monsters who did this? Did he/she/they get arrested? Taken to court? Punished? It's absolutely wonderful of course that this poor dog was found and saved in time and ultimately had a happy ending but if there are no consequences for these abusers, how will it ever stop?


I am so happy for Spike, Joe and Lou. May you all have a wonderful life together. I am sad for Trevor but he can be so proud of what he did for Spike! Good luck to all!