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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Carole Fetterman

Let's hope.

Tongbai Mason

I like to belive it.. but i rather see the not be cruel to animals or kids period, no matter what the after life will do to them. I just love children and animal I hate to hear about their pain.. that cause me to have heart broken and so painful since I can not be there to rescue them.


I hope sound I hope it's a. Million time worse! That would make me believe in a God


Amen to that! Anybody who hurts innocents deserves a little bit hotter place in hell! Hell is for evil people and Heaven is for naughty people! A priest told me that and I love it (even good people are a little naughty!)


Agree 100%


Agree 100%

Jill Laughlin

I hope so….

Susan Canale

So glad this dog now is rescued...the person who did this should be shot


Wholeheartedly agree. Find this person and shoot off his (her) kneecaps.


Amen to that !!!