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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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Soraida

Pitts are really beautiful and loving animals. I have two and I love them as my children.

kay fogleman

How do you expect to find a home for him when you don't say where he is ?

Jessica

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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"

Joan Gatlin

Yay!!!!! Tracy, so glad you are getting Spike he looks like a wonderful,sweet and playful boy!!!!! You are getting him aren't you????? Let us know!!!

Laura Todd

What a good dog! I hope Tracey got him! If so, congrats to both!!

Adam Winters

Spike is still up for adoption.

Pat

It's silly that someone would move on just because a dog barks. It is their only way of saying, "Heh, look at me, do a meet & greet and see how great I am. I want to go home with you". He's a good looking boy and I pray he finds his forever home very soon. He deserves the best a new family can give him. Hang in there Spike. We are all pulling for you.

Patrick Oliver

Good luck Spike!

Kris

It is bizarre to me that a rescue organization would waste so much time, money and resources on a single dog of a breed that was created to fight. I've read far too many news articles about this breed/type of dog to want one near me or my family. How many other nice dogs were euthanized because you people had to hold this space for this one questionable dog? THAT is criminal. And if Spike goes on to get adopted and then his instincts kick in and he mauls a family member or friend, is your organization liable? You should be.

Christine Giuliano

Any dogs instincts can kick in at any time. They are all have instincts of wild animals, not just pit bulls.

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