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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Kim Beach

He looks like an awesome dog!!!! I hope Tracey can take him!!!
God Bless all animals!!


Chocked me up to know he hasn't found a family. Sike deserves one. At 73 yrs old,, I cannot take him, but I know he'd make anywone so happy. I would if I were some younger.


Lin, I'm 84 and just took in my 3rd senior special needs rescue. What's 73 years old have to do with it?


Sending Spike some CaliLove...if I had space for another dog, I would take the first plane ride out for you ;-) are in my prayers Spike!

Cindie White

Spike would be a tremendous dog for a family. He's trained, socialized, likes other dogs (I have a pitbull from NY ACC, and he mostly lays around all day), he's handsome, and he'll keep you warm on a cold winter night. What's not to like?? go get him!!

marge roccio

Bless you and I hope you and the dog love each other.Love will conquer all

Pamela Bannister

I just watched an informative documentary titled Shelter Me. In it there was a segment on pairing veterans returning from war with PTSD and how being paired with a trained emotional support dog all of which were pulled from shelters by Various groups for this specialized training. It was so moving to see how much these dogs bonded and healed one another. Would Spike be eligible for any of those kinds of programs? He looks awesome but I understand his bark is intimidating. Just thought I would mention this program and keep my fingers crossed for Spike to get another chance.


As the owner of 5 rescued pit-bulls (4 females 1 male) ages 3-10 years. I'm so glad that Tracey Allen Hess has stepped up and offered to adapt Spike. You ARE AWESOME !!! I wish you a lifetime of good blessings !!! I hope it works out for you two.


I shared Spike's story on Facebook! Tracey, I hope you do adopt him! You rock!


I think it is wonderful what can be done to take a pit and turn their lives into love and joy. People can make them mean or they can teach them love! My stepdaughter and her boyfriend have 2 pits, Cash and Bandit, and they are the sweetest most lovable babies!! They know only love!!