Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
Please visit our adoption page to read about applying for a New Spirit dog. The link to the application is at the bottom of that page. Our fee is $250 and dogs come spayed or neutered and up to date on basic shots except under unusual circumstances. See the adoption page for more detail on what vetting is done.
Many times, a dog on this page will already be adopted by the time we process your application. If a dog you were looking at no longer appears on this page, please check our "Happy Endings" page to see if they've been adopted.
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The dogs in Coming Attractions are not yet available but if you see one that interests you, please submit an application now to allow time for processing. Hold: These dogs in the New Spirit program are currently undergoing medical treatment or behavioral assessment. No applications are being accepted on them at this time. Please check back for updates.
This tiny little girl is too sweet for words. Dahlia was picked up stray in TN where the shelter feared given her age, approximately 10-11, she would not generate much interest. New Spirit was happy to take her. At 24 pounds, there is just not much to her, but what there is there is pure sugar! Her eyes are a little cloudy but she sees fine, and she does hear but "selectively". However, her bright little brown button eyes follow you everywhere, and she loves to toddle around wherever you go. She is very interested in anything food-like you might be willing to share. She has a little white hat, and also a tail which wags a lot, and gets around just fine despite some arthritis in the hips, but more than a few stairs are probably too much.
As with many older dogs, she does like to sleep and appreciates a nice dog bed, but she is also very gracious about being nudged awake for a trip outdoors where she is very interested in exploring and strolling the grounds. She's wonderful on leash, and polite with other dogs though not interested in playing with them and cats: meh. But did we mention she really likes food? Snacks, treats, a bite of your bagel, some of your spaghetti--you name it, she's there!
With her classic red tri marking and her ultra sweet nature, this girl is a classic Aussie delight for anyone who appreciates the seniors.
Dahlia is fostered in Collegeville PA Apply here for her. NS 2224
We're still working on getting a routine for toileting purposes but she is more than happy to go out when the chance is offered, so it might be the human who is harder to train in this case.
This adorable guy was placed four years ago and was just recently returned to program after his adopters had some setbacks with health. Waldo is a loving companion, 9 years old, a handsome black tri with a big personality. He's great with other dogs, walks well on leash, and loves to be by your side--and he will bump you with his nose to get your attention if you go too long without petting him. He likes to go out, quickly does his business, but doesn't want to spend a lot of time outdoors without you. He will alert you with a big bark when he wants to be by your side again.
Waldo has a luxurious fluffy coat that is very addictive to pet, and although he has a big frame, he only weighs 50 pounds, which is just right for him. He rides well in the car but has a little trouble getting in too high a deck, like a larger SUV. Hes hips are a little off and stiff, but he is very happy to do regular walks and can manage stairs as long as you don't need them climbed in a hurry.
The years have brought some challenges for Waldo, notably some layrngeal paralysis which often affects older dogs. It makes his regular breathing sound loud but he does get plenty of air. This can progress and require surgical attention but often it doesn't. The worst that usually happens is the dog gets excited and can't get enough air, passes out, and in that state gets enough air and comes around again. Waldo is no where near that dire a situation though, and as he has settled into his foster home, it has become much more subdued
If the footing outdoors is wet or slippery, he may need to be told “Go pee” as he looks back at you with big sad eyes. But a firm “Go pee!” and he takes care of business and comes right back. At night, it helps to close him in the bedroom where he likes to sleep on the floor, or gate off the hallway so that he doesn’t have free rein of the house—he tends to get to thinking about a snack or something and goes “on patrol”, but gated in a smaller area, he settles right down. Waldo is fine left loose when you’re away from home, but he doesn’t like to be crated, and he’s not cat-safe.
Overall he is a delightful and engaging companion who will really keep you company on your daily rounds, and make you feel special!
Waldo is fostered in Collegeville PA. Apply here for him. NS 1502
Olivia is a silky-soft, blue merle, aussie mix female with a tail. She is around 10-12 years of age. She is 50 lbs of sweet, cuddly, awesomeness (she will be working on losing a few lbs. in the near future).
So far, Olivia is wonderful around kids and other dogs. She will go in a crate, and has a very nice off button (that lasts most of the day) after a brief romp in the back yard. She hasn't been on a walk yet, but she is probably a dream on the leash.
Olivia is being fostered in Collegeville, PA.
Apply here for her. NS 2277
Snowdrop is a sweet, black bi girl that is about ten years old and weighs about 35 lbs. She has the cutest polka dot front legs! Snowdrop exhibits some signs of hearing loss so we are teaching her hand signals as well as verbal cues.
Snowdrop comes from a neglect situation and arrived frightened and bonded to Alyssum NS 2257. She refused to go out for several weeks. It took more than a month for her to relax her tail. Now Snowdrop enjoys walking around the yard. Sometimes it takes encouragement to get her started, but then she enjoys a leisurely stroll of sniffing. She perks up at the sight of squirrels and birds and feral cats. If you are looking for a running partner, Snowdrop is not your dog.
Snowdrop is still adjusting to home living and is learning steps. She is quite reliable in the house and crates well. Right now she prefers to have her crate so she can retreat when she is not comfortable. As the days go by, Snowdrop is leaving her crate more frequently and exploring the house. She will chew on a toy or antler occasionally. Snowdrop is very food motivated, and we're working on basic training skills. She is not a snuggler, but we're working on that too! She enjoys being brushed and having her teeth brushed. Stay tuned as Snowdrop blossoms into the great dog she will be!
Snowdrop is very easy going. She and her foster sister enjoy a mutual relationship of ignoring each other. Other than a few sniffs, there isn't a lot of interaction. Snowdrop does look to her sister for cues.
If you are looking for a low energy friend who you can help adjust to a world of love and understanding, Snowdrop is for you!
Because of her probable hearing loss she will require a fenced yard or to be leashed at all times.
This adorable sweet girl is fostered near Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS 2258
Although born deaf, then rescued at 1yr old, Charissa lived a full and happy 6 years with the couple that adopted her. Recently both of them had to go into an assisted living situation that does not allow dogs.
Charissa is as funny as she is sweet. She gets so excited when you pick up her lead to walk that she vocalizes and wags her pretty tail. She prefers to be leashed to go out in the yard; otherwise she may just stand at the door, even when encouraged.
Outside she will trot and run around, smelling everywhere, sometimes showing a desire to play with the other dogs. Once out for a few minutes, and taken off her lead, she walks all around, and may even lie down outside. The NS volunteer who held her for transport stated “I’ve been leaving doors open, front and back. Seldom does Charissa go out on her own, a couple of times just to potty and then right back in.”
Her play might look like mild aggression, when she initiates it, but it's just her out of character quick movements when she feels like playing. At her temporary WV foster home she got along well with cats and dogs from puppy to senior, and found her place easily.
She has compensated well for her lack of hearing, by being very observant. When you go to get in the car, she shows a desire to go with you, and is an excellent traveler. With her soft, spotted, feathery coat, and delicate legs, Charissa at 33 lbs., is a lovely dog looking for a home that appreciates her many attributes.
Charissa is being fostered in Trout Run, PA
Apply here for her. NS 2365
She isn’t fearful, but because of her deafness, until you know her, it is best to approach with touch to her side or back. All she does is a mock growl and move away a step from you if you reach for her head. However once she knows you, Charissa is happy for some scratches and pats to her ears and head. She comes and seeks attention when she wants some loving, but is not needy. Charissa is a terrific house and companion dog with her moderately low energy.
Scamper was released by his owner to a very crowded rural WV shelter for being too old. Luckily the shelter realized what a wonderful boy he is and contacted New Spirit. His evaluation was stellar, his only issue was some hind end stiffness and limping. Upon arrival his foster home placed his age about 8, based on the stiffness. So a trip to the vet was in order. Scamper was the perfect gentleman, pushing, pulling, x rays, he tolerated it all.
The x rays showed a narrowing of his spinal cord which appears to be congenital. It doesn't appear to cause him pain, just a funny walk. The vet put his age at about 3 years old. Scamper is a young, happy guy with a funny walk. He is about 50 pounds and should be kept on the slim side. His exercise does not need to be curtailed, but strengthen exercises and an occasional trip to the chiropractor or masseuse is on his to do list.
Scamper is an easy dog. Currently he is residing with 4 other dogs, happily playing and resting as needed. He spent the weekend at another foster home, and he happily coexisted with three cats. Scamper loves to cuddle, and he will mouth your arm for attention. Hey, pet me!!! This week he got to spend the week with 2 kids under 5 years old. The kids were polite with Scamper and he really liked them. The big surprise, though, was that he loves men! Scamper loved a visiting male friend, jumping into his lap and begging for attention.
Scamper likes being with his person, but he also will do short patrols of the yard to verify the perimeter is secure. Scamper is an easy keeper, currently not too energetic, content to do whatever you want. If you are looking for a wonder boy to share your home, please consider Scamper!!
Scamper is currently located in Western PA. Apply here for him. NS 2367
Lucille Ball is one of our honorary Aussies. She is an adorable 6-year-old mix who is a solid 45 pounds - a medium sized love bug who oozes sweetness. Lucy is a little shy at first but warms up to people quickly.
Lucy is fairly low on the energy scale, although she does like a romp in the yard several times a day. Inside she settles down and is content with some belly rubs. She doesn't play with toys much, but will try an antler or bone. Lucy is fine with kids, but is way too interested in cats and other small furry critters. (The outdoor cats here won't let her near them and they are usually good judges of dog character.) Lucy joins us for daily walks and runs and does quite well leashed. She is quiet, barks appropriately, and will carry on a conversation with you sometimes!
When meeting other dogs Lucy acts tough and starts talking trash, but in reality she is quite submissive. She needs slow introductions with other dogs until she feels safe - then she happily gives and accepts kisses. When it's biscuit time, Lucy is the dog sitting in the back. There isn't a lot of interaction with the other dogs in this house, but that could be because they are not that interested in socializing. Lucy will try to initiate play but for the most part is content to just be with her person or on her own in the yard. Lucy knows basic commands. If you have to correct her, she is devastated - she just wants to do everything right! Although we are working on it, Lucy lacks attention outside, especially when there are other animals around, so she will need a fence or leashed walks. Lucy crates easily and quietly, but is also fine loose in the house when her people are away.
Lucy is just a joy to have in your home - quiet, stays off the furniture, doesn't counter surf, doesn't shed much....and when you're ready to go she's right there! Okay - she's not an Aussie, but what a wonderful sweet loyal dog she is! If you are looking for a lower energy dog to keep you company at home or on your walks, Lucy is your dog! Need to snuggle? She'll happily oblige - as long as you rub her belly!
You can meet this cute honorary Aussie near Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS 2209
Little Boy Blue is 9 weeks old and ready for his forever home.
Apply here for him. NS 2383
Little Miss Muffet is 9 weeks old and ready for her forever home.
Apply here for her. NS 2384
A very sweet 12 year old boy. Stay tuned for updates as we learn more about this fellow.
Turner is 5 and maybe 50 lbs. Very social and affectionate with people--will paw you gently for attention. He hopped right up on the bed to cuddle :) He is reliable in the house, rides fine in the car, and is great with other dogs. His coat is a series of mats but already the worst along his back and around the ears are gone. He does like to be brushed and accepts the scissoring but doesn't like hair pulled too hard. Just yips and tries to leave.
His right front paw looks like it was run over and flattened to some extent a while back. He doesn't favor it but it looks a little strange, and he probably wouldn't do great at running longer distances on hard surfaces with someone who jogs.
Fostered in SE PA
Hooch is 7 and was shaved (badly). He still has mats around his ears but we're working on it. He is super sweet and quiet and likes to be near you but doesn't have to be on you. He is very relaxed and social but also puts himself in the crate or on the floor and settles down. Hooch does fine with other dogs. He also rides fine in the car. Moderate energy, reliable in the house, weight about 45 lbs.
Fostered in SE PA
Only two of the nursery rhyme puppies are left.
Mom and three siblings have found their forever homes.
Cowboy Bob is a jaunty, blue-merle, male aussie mix weighing in at about 40 lbs and is estimated to be about 1 to 1-1/2 years old. He was recently transported from NC to PA by eight volunteers and the feedback about him was consistent...Very Sweet! Great Dog! Best Co-Pilot Ever! He is a sweet, gentle & sensitive soul mixed with high-energy smarts. His adopter must be willing to snuggle with him and kiss his face…he LOVES it! He also needs his adopter to positively exude calm, assertive energy so that he knows without a shadow of a doubt that he’s NOT expected to run the show.
Walking into his new foster home, he was quick to make friends with all the resident dogs. Knew right away who was not to be antagonized, and wasted no time zooming around the yard with the fun ones. He’s still trying to gently nudge the cranky ones into loosening up a little! He is hesitant with new people and new situations, but a little TLC, patience and following the New Spirit Guidelines of please DO NOT DO TOO MUCH, TOO SOON sorts that right out. A nice, simple and consistent daily routine will help him feel safe and confident.
He is pretty high velcro and pretty high energy as well. He's ideally looking for a large fenced in yard and a playful, good-natured canine sibling to run around with, play with and get to the "a tired dog is a good dog" portion of his day. And then do it all over again! If you do not have another dog but are truly an extremely active person (in all weather conditions) that should be fine. He loves to play frisbee and is an excellent candidate for agility and possibly flyball. With his intelligence and energy, he’d love it. Cowboy needs to be challenged and engaged. He crates well, but is not the kind of dog that can be expected to spend 8 hours in a crate, 5 days a week.
Now due to his young age, Cowboy Bob is still working on some things like house-training and walking with that pesky leash. He’s not a puller but does try to walk in constant circles around you. But he's smart as a whip and would really enjoy and benefit from some nice dog training classes. He's inquisitive, bright and energetic and his potential is just sky-high. He seems to be ok with cats, but was tested with an extremely dog-savvy cat that takes exactly zero nonsense from canines. He would most definitely chase a cat that runs away from him. No counter surfing but he will chew shoes unfairly left lying about to entice him.
If you're looking for a fun & loving BFF and have lots of patience, time and love to give, Cowboy Bob's your pup!
He is being fostered in SE PA. Apply here for him. NS 2372