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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Darcy Hoyes

Thank you Joe & Lou!
God Bless a You!

Pravina Chatterjee

God bless you Joe and Lou. You are god sent for Spike.


I only wish this were possible for all animals who are neglected, abused, abandoned and in high kill shelters. I pray every day for all these babies! I am so overjoyed that SPIKE received the best CHRISTMAS GIFT ever. May more animals receive the same gift in this new year. I LOVE YOU, SPIKE.

Debbie Guindon

I send my love to Spike and his wonderful new family! xoxo

Debbie J.

I've held pretty much the same title as Mr. Simms at the shelter where I've worked for the past 8 years. I was very moved to read of his dedication to this beautiful dog as I have felt the same love for many dogs who have come through our doors having suffered terrible neglect and abuse. Although sad to see them leave after caring so much for them for so long, it is still so gratifying to be able to send them off happy and healthy to a new, loving home. Beautiful story.

Linda Stemberger

I am so happy for the sweet boy, I hope he never has to go through any more pain. People that hurt animals and children make me so angry I could just break them into little peices and throw them in the garbage, I do not care what their so called excuse is I would not want to hear or understand it. I hope the dear dog has a beautiful life now and a furever home xo to you Spike.

sandra orta

wow wow this story is alike of our pink nose pit-bull Juan that was rescue from the streets about a 1 1/2 year ago- he was rescue thanks to a person that loves animals and connect a veterinarian that save his life/ Juan was adopted by a guy and later on he lost his job and have to move to NY and he return juan after that 2-3 persons adopted him and returned him back because a lot of problems- finally I saw an SOS looking for an urgent foster home for juan and I saw it and We bring Juan to our house "Just for a foster home" but we get in love with his behavior he is so lovely that we decide to stay with him and give him a "Forever home"

Denise Bowen

Brava! Sandra you brought me to tears reading your story about Juan. I hope you and your family enjoy many years of loving this sweet pup.

E.A. McRae

All I can say is there are angels helping these animals, children and the elderly. I have been rescuing animals, mainly Labs, Brittany's, Donkeys and Horses for over 20 years. If, I ever win a large lottery God help some of these abusers....I plan on taking out a full page ad for Horse Slaughter and how they treat them on their journey to DEATH. How they tie donkeys up to posts and starve them. Also, for any one who mistreats Children, Animals and the elderly I would CAMPAIGN heavily for TOUGH LAWS to have them serve their days exactly how they treated their victims.


Hi E.A., Do you know Jo Diebel, who is the owner of Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue in southern Pennsylvania? She is a huge proponent in stopping horse slaughter. Look up her web site, and maybe you two can do great things together. The more who join us, the better the animals will be cared for. Good for you!