Spruce was a three-pound, weeks-old puppy when we met him, just after he and his siblings were rescued from the streets of the Bronx. We watched him play with his littermate, grow and ultimately get adopted…and then come back to us due to a change in his adopter’s life. Unhappily for Spruce, it happened a few more times—always because of circumstance.
By the time Spruce was nearing his first birthday, he’d almost logged as much time in the ASPCA Adoption Center as out of it in his short life. We didn’t want to wait for the perfect person to walk into the shelter, so via social media we asked our members to help us find a great home for Spruce. Our wonderful supporters responded in force, sharing Spruce’s story and goofy pictures and spreading the word about this special boy.
No surprise: It worked! Cindy B. of Maine saw Spruce on Facebook and knew in her heart that he was her dog. As soon as she could, Cindy drove down to New York City and picked up her new best friend.
Even on the ride home, Cindy tells us, Spruce began to blossom. He was a “perfect gentleman” in the car, and at home, he made fast friends with resident dogs Precious and Roscoe. That night, Spruce curled up on the bed with Roscoe and Cindy as though he’d been sleeping there since puppyhood.
Spruce adjusted quickly to country life, marveling at six wild turkeys he saw on his first day, then relaxing in front of the sliding glass door in Cindy’s house, soaking up the sun and watching all the birds and squirrels in the yard. These days, he loves to play kickball and hang out with his other dog pals doing normal doggie activities.
“It is very peaceful here in the country, and he is so much more laid back,” says Cindy. “He doesn't jump or run in the house, and he is respectful to the other dogs…He is a very intelligent and awesome dog.”
“Sprucegoose,” as Cindy calls him, has finally found his forever home, and we can’t imagine a better one.