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.

Ready to help more animals like Spike in 2014? Join us! Become an ASPCA Guardian, and for just a few cents a day, you can make a huge impact on countless lives.

ASPCA staffer hanging out with dog

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Couldn't have said it better myself. This story choked me up. We have four rescues ourselves. <3


We have four as well. All "dropped off" at our Ranch. There is nothing like the love from a dog who has been rescued.


Wow...It is so sad the way people treat this loving pets. It breaks my heart but I am so greatful for people like you. I pray that you will find all mistreated pets and that there would be angels around them.

Nancy Flood

God bless the aspca.

Ruth Geary

i'm with you. I am a Guardian member of the ASPCA. It is the most satisfying way to spend my money each month. I worked for a rescue in New Jersey and am the proud and lucky owner of four rescues myself.

Debbie Dube'

Thanks Joe and Lou,
happy , loving times with Spike

Allen Sumpter

Ditto!!!! GOD bless the ASPCA!!!!!!!!!


Ever since I was a little kid I've wanted to join the ASPCA. I'm so glad the organization exists.

Bobby Magnante

Thank God for the heroes that save and then adopt these beautiful animals.


God bless ALL of you angles who cared for and now caring for Spike May God watch over all of you!