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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That is a great story--what you did is wonderful and for Juan to have a happy ending is really great--he could have ended up like so many other pits, in a shelter that only holds them for 72 hours and never having anyone to love and care for him. Thank you so much!!


Trevor, Joe, and Lou,

You are all my heroes! God unites ANGELS like the three of you and Spike. Thank you for being so kind and compassionate to Spike. I have two precious angels here myself that I would go to the ends of the earth for. Yes, they are work but their love is unconditional, they will keep you smiling, and, take it from me, you will meet neighbors that you would never meet otherwise without Spike. I have made some very good friends through my dogs - an unexpected benefit:-) The best part of all is knowing that you have each saved Spike!


THANK YOU Trevor!!!!!!!!!


one they saved to the thousands they put to sleep a year. even when you call or email about an animal there is no answer or a busy phone. they need to be reealuated for their put to sleep everyday orders

Barbara Bell

What a wonderful story! This is exactly the reason why I donate to animal organizations such as the ASPCA. It makes me feel very good to know that my donations help animals in distress like Spike


Wonderful news!! please give him the love he so needs!!

Sharon Saunders

ATA BOY SPIKE!!! Merry Christmas to you - am so happy that you found your new forever home. Remember Spike that no matter what you are loved!!! Thank you to your new family for making your Christmas Merry and bright.

Suelyn Crisp

There is a very sweet Pit at the Animal Control in Port Lavaca, TX. He is going to be euthanized unless a rescue organization takes him. Can anyone in South Texas take him? their number is 361-553-8916

Ron leonard

God gave them his name only backwards for clarity. Folks who treat dogs for fighting should, and will, be in hell.

Lauri jones

You are so right, just the disregarding like trash pisses me off. I would like god to take all these evil people out, remove them from society, great people and things done every day for the fight with these presious animals. Gd is dog backwards. Irony