Check Out Spike’s Photo Shoot…Then Help Us Write His Happy Ending

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 12:00pm
Happy brindle pit bull terrier

Goofy ASPCA adoptable Spike is sweet, playful and very affectionate. He’d love nothing more than a long game of fetch followed by a cuddle session with his special people, and he’s available right now. Recently, our photographer snapped Spike at play at our Adoption Center in NYC, and we wanted to share the results with you. Check out his album on Facebook.

Can’t adopt Spike? He still really needs your help. He’s a great dog who deserves a family, and we’d love it if you’d spread the word about him. Here’s why:

At the ASPCA, Spike is a staff favorite. Everyone’s had a chance to fall in love with him because he’s been with us for nearly two years—longer than any other dog currently in our care. Spike came to us through our Humane Law Enforcement department in 2011. Back then, Spike was emaciated and undersocialized, afraid of most new people and things.

Dog playing catch with ball

Naturally, as soon as he was medically ready, our behavior counselors set to work socializing this special guy. They took him to new places, like the park and on busy streets. They introduced him to many volunteers so he could learn how great people can be. Before long, Spike blossomed into a dog who couldn’t wait to shower his favorite staffers with kisses.

Behavior counselors also taught Spike basic manners, and he eagerly showed us how smart he is, learning Sit and Drop It very quickly. Due to chronic lung disease, Spike needed an inhaler for a time, and he shocked behavior counselors with how fast he learned to use it. (Today, Spike no longer requires an inhaler.) Late last year, Spike became eligible for adoption. He’s been waiting for his family ever since.

Brindle pit bull laying on floor with toys

So what gives? Why hasn’t Spike found a home? (We ask ourselves these questions all the time.) He’s shy with new people, and sometimes when Spike sees adopters through the glass of his habitat, he barks his unique, hoarse-sounding bark at them. Understandably, that can make some people feel unwelcome and move along to other dogs.

It’s a shame those folks miss out on Spike, though. He’d so like to get to know them better—just slowly. That’s why we’re asking you to share Spike with all your social networks. Together we have the power to write Spike’s happy ending. What are you waiting for?

Spike would love a teens-and-up home. He loves to play with other dogs, but can play a bit rough, so a resident dog would need to be up for that. To learn more about adopting Spike, check out his page.

Dog jumping to catch ball

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Francesca Beahan

I hope you get him Tracy. If I owned my own home I would grab Spike in a heartbeat. He looks like a great dog. He has come so far and will succeed further with love and care from the right person.


go for it dont let spike get away i have one just like him only a girl and adopted her that was going to be put to sleep and she turn out to be outstanding dog lucky i got her in time


Way to go Tracy! He looks like a winner. Good luck.


You go, Traci! I would take him in a NY minute if I already didn't have 2, and one would love to play with him but the other came from a very bad situation and is too shy to handle him....Bless you for opening your heart and home to this special guy!

Megan Moore

I hope Spike gets a home soon! xxoo


Wonderful Spike!!! You're a great guy for the deserving human!!!



Jill Arsenault

I knew it wouldn't take long - yay Spike!

Lisa Gilman

Wish I had room for another dog...already have two that I have adopted over the past few years. One looks like she could be spikes sister! She is awesome dog, so smart, so playful, and oh so lovable! I hope and pray someone reads his story and shares their home with him!
ASPCA is a great organization to support!!

Lisa Gilman


He's absolutely beautiful! I'm a proud Pitt parent of one and my son and daugther-in-law have 3. I love my Penny. She has me spoiled rotten!
I wish people wouldn't pay attention to the "breed" but just look at the dog themselves. Their reputation is caused by people not their blood. They're the best "family dog" you could ever hope to have.
Good Luck Spike! Your new people are out there! They just haven't found you yet. Maybe it's Tracey!