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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Thank-you guys for taking Spike. God will reward you for your kindness and will punish those who abused this poor dog and justice will be served.....


All that I have to say is God Bless Them and Spike !!!


From the bottom of my heart, thank you Trevor Simms for all you do.


Yeah Spike. So happy for you!! Happy life.

Joyce Mayberry

It's so good to hear of a happy ending. What a blessing.


God Bless all the staff at the ASPCA for the wonderful work you do.


As it did for so many others, imagining Spike's life before the ASPCE found him absolutely breaks my heart. I cannot fathom how a human being can just subject an animal to the life that Spike suffered for 2 years. The deepest thanks to the ASPCA and to Joe and Lou - I believe God will indeed bless you for loving Spike. My question for the ASPCA: what happens to the people who neglected Spike in the first place? They should be severely punished - how else do we send the message that animal neglect is unacceptable?


I wish all animals could find a good home. I cant believe how people treat animals. Abusers should be punished!!! Great story with a happy ending!! Spike is BEAUTIFUL!


Congrats to Spike, Lou and Joe. I hope this will be Spike's forever home forever.

Audrey Barberi

Were the people (?) prosecuted who had chained that canine in a basement with no food or water? WHEN are we going to get laws in this country that allow us to find and punish these animal abusers? Attorneys will not take cases because "they can't make enough money"? That is what they told me when I wanted to sue an abusing veterinarian.