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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Thomas Moran

When you read stories like this I realize what I am doing with all makes sense. Helping those dogs that often times don't get to live a long and happy life. The ASPCA has been a cause that our company supports and sponsors and hope one day that they return the favor and make our cause as well know as theirs. Thank you Joe and Lou and the ASPCA for making the world and those dogs live in harmony!


this story thank god has a very happy ending... thank god for all of you who cared and took spike. thanks also to joe and lou who have him now,you are all angels to the animals. may joe and lou have many many happy years with him,he is a beautiful dog. god bless you spike and may you have many many wonderful years with joe and lou.

Heidi Lohrfink

Yeah for Spike! I'm so happy for him. Take good care of him Joe and Lou!


Awe....I love these stories with happy endings. I just can't believe that there are people who do this to animals. So many heartless people in this world, but thank god for the millions of angles who have a heart and save these animals. It's a lot of work to have animals. You have to care for them like your child, so it doesnt make sense for people to get animals if they can't care for them. God bless all animal lovers and hope one day we will all have a heart be kind to every living thing.


Thank God for people like Lou and Joe, and people at the SPCA. I'd love to get my hands on Spike's former owner for about five minutes.


I am an ASPCA and HSUS member and donor, however, these organizations, even though they do such wonderful work, need more help from us. I don’t mean to preach and if the following sounds like I am, I apologize in advance, because that is not my intent, but because I too cry over abused animals, I get really frustrated and angry about how slowly things are improving for animals in general in this country. This is just my opinion, but I believe that it is our government representatives that can make the biggest change for animals and that we, the people, have immense power in our vote. All of our government representatives want to be reelected or run for a bigger office when their term is up and if they know that their constituents will not vote for them if they don’t support and fight for the protection of animals, I think we’d all be amazed how quickly things could get better for animals in this country! We need to do something to counteract the lobbyists who lobby and ply our elected officials with expensive perks and gifts on behalf of greedy businesses and entities that exploit animals for monetary gain. The only way we can counteract the influence of the anti-animal-rights lobbyists is with our votes and we should not be wasting this tremendous power we have. Please take the time to write and call your federal and state and local government representatives and tell them that you don’t like the animal cruelty that is going on and that if they don’t do something about it, they will not get your vote. Also let them know that you will be watching their voting record on the various bills that come up that relate to animal welfare and that you will vote accordingly. (It’s especially important to write and call your elected representatives when a specific animal benefiting bill comes up that the rep will be asked to vote on and ask them to please support and vote for the bill.) I always tell the elected representatives that I contact that this is what I want…Frequent unscheduled inspections of all facilities where animals are bred, raised, or kept; the offering of worthwhile rewards to persons who report animal cruelty with the assurance that the identity of the reporting persons will be kept anonymous; and severe punishment for people or facilities who neglect or abuse animals, and I always state that I will vote for the representative who supports these types of positive changes for animals. Everyone of us who loves animals, if we have the time to read sites like this and post comments, we should have the time to do something that is actually going to make a difference to the animals, e.g., lobby our representatives and get them to fight and vote for the protection and welfare of all animals, sign animal rights petitions, don’t buy things from stores that sell live animals, etc. It should become our mission to set aside some time each day or week to be a vanguard for animals in a way that will amount to something. Animals are helpless….they can’t speak and they can’t vote, but we certainly can do it for them. Please don’t let them down. (I apologize again for “preaching”, please don’t hate me for it…it’s just that I know we can do more than we are currently doing and the animals are still suffering so!) PLEASE PASS THE MESSAGE TO LOBBY AND VOTE ALONG TO WHOEVER YOU CAN! THE ANIMALS WOULD THANK YOU IF THEY COULD!


This is a wonderful story and I am so happy for Spike and his very loving new family. What a blessing for all of them. Unfortunately, these what happened to Spike happens much too frequently to amazing animals out there. Let's all pray that one day we will be having to save less and less of animals caught up in these situation. Many years ago, I saved a dog in a similar situation, nursed her back to health, and kept her until my landlord threatened to evict me. Fortunately, a family member adopted her and gave her a wonderful life! Let's all help the animals.


yep! i've been saving/rescuing stray dogs and cats since i was a little girl! i just love caring for them - they're my babies. ^_^

Kat in Virginia

Many heartfelt thanks to all involved in saving this precious fella. He deserves the best life has to offer, and it sounds like he is getting that!! God love his heart.