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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Well said!


I would love to adopt spike, but live in va.I would be willing to come there to pick him up.Just love him!!!!!!


I live in Indiana and already have a rescue kitty who needs to be the only pet. But Spike is sure a winsome pup! Love that brindle color and that pitt smile. Hope someone gives him a cuddle for me.

Deb Schweisthal

I have a dog just like Spike that I rescued from a kill shelter the day before Thanksgiving! He looks and sounds like Buster Barnabus Brown III (I needed a name of substance). Buster was a foster but I loved him so much I could not part with him so I adopted him. He is very loving and fun and very smart. He plays rough too and my rescued blue tick coon hound loves it. I just have to watch when they are tearing past me playing that I don't get in the ruckus. Then after rough play they curl up next to each other and sleep. Spike would make a wonderful pet. It is almost like they know they were saved and are very loyal. Good luck Spike I hope you get a home very quickly so you can begin spreading more love.


Lovable Spike I hope he soons gets a loving home that he deserves.
He is a great looking dog! : - )


I hope that Spike finds a loving new home soon. Thank you for posting these great photos of a wonderful dog! Kudos to the ASPCA for bringing Spike back to happiness and good health. I hope whoever hurt and starved him is in jail!

Joan Marie Dunsworth

what a sweetheart. Unfortunately I live in Canada which makes adoption from the U.S. alittle more difficult. But I have rescued dogs that are happy and healthy and enjoying being pampered by this big softy.
someone please give him a home. He deserves it! Bless his heart.

Joan Walker

If I didn't already have 2 dogs and 4 cats and 2 horses, I would consider Spike, but I did put on my social media. Hopefully, somebody will see him and want to adopt. His special family or person is out there and I truly believe he will get his forever hoe soon.


Way to go, you wonderful people at the ASPCA

la farina

How is he with male and female dogs and cats?