A New Spirit Happy Ending Featured on Petfinder.org
Happy Tail: Nina has the “right stuff” for agility
Posted on Jul 01 , 2014 by Joan, staff writer, Petfinder.org
Benah Stiewing, 16, of Baltimore competes and trains in dog agility. She had been working with her toy poodle, Kodi, for several years, but the dog didn’t seem to enjoy it. “And he’s pretty slow,” Benah says. So she and her mom turned to Petfinder to search for a new agility partner for Benah.
Though Border Collies are the masters of the sport, Benah wasn’t sure she was ready for that breed’s “endless energy.” So they began looking for an Australian Shepherd, or a mix, and started submitting applications to various animal welfare organizations.
New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue in Collegeville, PA, approved them as adopters, but unfortunately, the dogs they’d been interested in there had already been adopted. No problem. “The amazing crew of people knew of another dog in one of their foster homes,” Benah says. “It was our sweet Nina.”
Benah and her mom were a little apprehensive
at first about Nina because she was a Border
Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. “We were
worried she might be ‘too much,’” Benah says.
But after talking with the foster mom, they
decided to take a chance.
“We are Nina’s fourth home. It took her a long
time to settle in completely but we loved her
and … her intelligence was obvious. Now I can’t
even begin to express our deep, deep, deep
love for our amazing girl.” Benah has taught
Nina lots of tricks, and her first trial in
agility is coming up soon.
The teen’s interest in animals goes beyond just dogs and agility. She started a website, steppingupforanimals.org, to spread awareness about factory farming and the joys of a cruelty-free lifestyle. She hopes to begin working in animal welfare when she graduates.
Nina may be Benah’s new best friend, but all animals have a best friend in Benah.
What we do: We evaluate Australian Shepherds and Australian Shepherd mixes from selected shelters and private owners no longer able to keep their Aussies. If we judge a dog suitable for placement with an average adopter, we foster it in private homes and get to know the dog. We then post the dog to our website and place it in an adoptive home where the energy levels, expectations and personalities are a good fit.
Think of us as a "doggie dating service"!
New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue, Inc.
New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving Australian Shepherds and Aussie
mixes in the United States and Canada.
Don't want to adopt
but do want to help?
We depend on donations to supplement our adoption fees.
Sometimes, the cost to rescue a dog far exceeds our adoption fee.
You'll receive a letter acknowledging your gift for your tax records.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Donate with PayPal *
(You don't need to have a PayPal account yourself.)
You can do a little or a lot:
no experience necessary!
Make reference check phone calls, do home visits, help with transporting dogs, fundraise, maintain webpages, help at rescue booths, or become a foster home.
Your fellow New Spirit volunteers will be there to help every step of the way!
Donate in Honor or in Memory
of A Loved One *
The New Spirit Aussie Ambassadors:
left to right, Kye, 15, Shasta, 4, and Ranger 2, appeared at many fundraising events in 2009 and thank you for your generous support of New Spirit.
Saturday September 6th
Cedar Creek Parkway
Dogs' Day in the Park
Saturday September 13th
Marge Goodfellow Park
New Freedom, PA (south of York)
Sunday September 21st
Sheep Herding Clinics - 2014
Sept 13th and 14th, Oct 18th and 19th, Nov 15th and 16th
BarkBucks for Rescue
Get $10 off any BarkBox subscription and support our rescue! For every coupon used on BarkBox.com, our rescue will get a $10 donation from BarkBox. Be sure to use our special promo code: NS4ABBX1
Help us meet our goal of 100 subscriptions and raise $1,000
What is BarkBox? BarkBox is a New York City based dog-lovin' company that
sends high quality dog products to your pup every month. Each box is
full of 4-6 goodies like bones, bully sticks, toys, treats, gadgets,
shampoos, hygiene products, and more.
Twitter: Get $10 off any BarkBox subscription using the code NS4ABBX1
& @getBarkBox will donate $10 to our rescue for every coupon codes used!
Glad Dogs Nation
Get unique toys and other items your dogs will love and NEW SPIRIT gets 20% of your total purchase!
Glad Dogs Nation adorable handcrafted dog toys start out as unwanted children’s stuffed toys. They wash them in hot water using biodegradable detergent. They remove hard eyes and put cute appliques in their place. They replace the hard noses with colorful pompoms. And they always add at least one squeaker inside. Then they offer the toys at a price below what you’d pay in a pet store – so no one needs to shed a tear if the toy is destroyed during play.
Finally, they spread the gladness by donating 100% of their profits to Glad Dogs Foundation which funds initiatives to rest of 2013, they are donating 20% of every purchase of toys and anything else at gladdogsnation.com to New Spirit Aussie Rescue when you use coupon code NS4AR.
* Florida residents are advised that New Spirit is not registered under the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act (Chapter 469 Fla Statutes) to solicit contributions from Florida residents. Accordingly, nothing on the website should be construed as a solicitation from a Florida resident.
That being said, nothing in Florida law prohibits any Floridian from contributing to any cause he or she supports, provided that it is a lawful activity, and done voluntarily. And by coincidence, no Pennsylvania law precludes New Spirit from accepting donations from out of state residents.
Thinking of getting an Aussie?
Nina shows off her talent for agility.
In Honor of Dixie...
Through our journey of giving a second chance at a happy life through adoption, we take on the responsibility of one day saying goodbye.
Sweet Dixie came into rescue in 2009 with her adult puppy Black Jack after their previous family surrendered them to animal control. She was adopted and cherished for the last 6 years by the Van Den Heuvel family. Dixie's life journey ended today due to a brain tumor and if she could speak, I'm sure she would let her people know how grateful she was to be surrounded by such a loving family in her final moments.
NS celebrates Dixie's second chance at life today and the compassion and love her family gave her through adoption.