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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im so glad spike got adopted what a nice present I've been waiting for this day to come finally it did
Ive seen him on the adoption list for so long crying every time I saw he was still waiting for a home I was ready to go there myself and pick him up but I could not i already have 3 rescued dogs and were not ready for another but as soon as i went on the website a couple days after christmas i saw the adopted sign on spike it made my day shine and a smile spread across my face the boy deserved a home. and thank you so much Lou,Joe and Trevor!


What a precious face this baby has! I am grateful he has a loving 4-ever home. Any animal abuse should be reported immediately even anonymously because we have to be these precious creatures voice. Do not ever sit on a fence post and do nothing, have the courage compassion and plain ole guts to stand up for those that have no voice, let us all shout loud and clear, we are watching and we will not stand for animal abuse or cruelty and will expose those that commit these acts for the trash they are and hope they will also be treated accordingly. It may even save a life! Peace and ecology now!


Strong and well spoken, L.D. Thank you for giving us courage.

Debbie Burwell

Thank you Joe and Lou, and Trevor for working with him.


What a great story with a wonderful ending. Thanks to all who contributed to Spike being rescued and his recovery and transformation into the beautiful dog that he is today and thank you to Joe and Lou who recognized that he was a great dog and took him to what is probably his first real loving home.

Angelika Carroll

Thank you ASPCA for rescuing and protecting Spike and other sweet little animals from cruelty and neglect and making it possible for this handsome boy to find a loving home.

Special thanks to Joe and Lou for opening their hearts and home to this great little guy. You guys are my champions!



God Bless you Joe and Lou!!!


fabulous, miracles do happen

David Webster

“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” Martin Luther King Jr.,

Audra Ashton B

I am so happy to see this sweet baby get a loving forever home and sometimes the best is saved for last! God Bless all who love and care for precious children and animals. Thank you for sharing this awesome story of adoption and love! :)