Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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The link to the application is at the bottom of that page.
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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.
Lucille Ball is one of our honorary Aussies. She is an adorable 7-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 fostered near Reading, PA. NS2209
Weber is about 2-3 years old and has just arrived to New Spirit.. He will be fostered in the mid Atlantic area. Stay tuned to learn more about him as we watch him unfold and get settled in his foster home. Weber is fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ. NS3037
Tugger is about 9 months old and a red tri male. He is a sweet pup, who needs a little bit of a behavior lesson. He has a loud strong bark and is not afraid to use it! He does not trust strangers which makes it difficult to get close to him. He does love to play with other dogs, has great energy, and will cuddle any human he approves of. He was able to fall in love with his foster family, so for now, they will be working with him to gain confidence around other people. Stay tuned for Tugger updates! Tugger is fostered in Philadelphia. NS3036
Jacobo (true name Jake) is a 4-5 year old red-tri wiggle butt weighing in at around 55 lbs. He is the sweetest boy you'll ever meet, and no dog has a bigger heart. Once he knows you, he will bowl you over (sometimes literally) with his enthusiasm, with so many kisses, and with his irrepressible joie de vivre.
Jake was originally adopted from a dairy farm, and then lived with a family that loved him very much. But he has a very strong guardian instinct and could not adjust to a change to apartment living. He is HIGH on the velcro scale, and a medium-high energy boy. He is house trained and crate trained.
One of his favorite things to do is putter around in the backyard, but only if you're out there too of course. And as you can see from the picture, a baby pool is a must! He will gleefully grab one of his many stuffed toys and trot outside with it and proceed to roll around with it. He is a renowned player of "keep away" and is also an excellent gardening supervisor. He also LOVES long, daily walks in the country. Jake is sensitive, smart and has a sweet sense of humor. You simply could not ask for a better boy.
Jake has been working so, so hard on being less of a guardian. If he could only find a loving and quiet home with a solid routine, he would finally feel safe and secure. No children or other pets, please. A fenced-in yard is strongly preferred so he can putter about and have unlimited pool time, too! Calm, assertive people familiar with the breed would be the best fit for him. His adopters will need to continue to work with him to slowly but surely show him that the world is a safe, fun place. If you have time, patience and love to shower him with, please apply for our sweet boy.
Jacobo is fostered in New London, PA
Apply here for him. NS3032
George Sterling is a male blue merle and such a wiggle butt! We guess he’s about one year old. He weighs 52#. He plays well with other dogs. He hasn’t met the resident cats yet, so we can’t report on that yet. He settles quietly in his crate at night and is well mannered. He will be fostered in Littlestown PA as of Sept 24. NS3098
Owens is a one year old black tri with a tail and he is super sweet. He weighs about 40 lbs and we are just getting to know him better but he was well liked by the shelter staff to whom he bonded very nicely. He will be coming north sometime in Sept. NS3115
Leland is just a baby about 1 year old, and has had a rough start in life. He came to us emaciated and has managed to put on a few pounds, but he has a larger leggy frame and still only weighs in at 43. He should probably weigh closer to 50 pounds when he is properly fed and regains muscle in his hindquarters. His red merle coat is just a dry and scratchy shadow of what it will be after a few months of good food.
But has all this depressed his spirit? it has not! He is a loving boy who likes being handled and brushed and petted. He is a dream on leash and accepts crating though it's not his favorite thing. After a few initial accidents in his first foster home he has been reliable in the house too.
Leland has been wonderful with kids he meets out on the street at the bus stop, but he doesn't care for living indoors with them so we want children over 12 only. He just gets irritable and snaps, nothing worse, but with adults he is always warm and ready to cuddle around the house. He thinks cats are fun to chase so we don't recommend them. He likes other dogs and gets along well with them, but doesn't care for too boisterous a play style.
Leland is fostered near Reading, PA
Apply here for him. NS3097
Jake Tapper, aka JT, is a beautiful black tri male, weighing in at about 50 pounds. He is just over one year old and is very high energy. He is food motivated and very smart so he needs a home that will reinforce obedience and manners. JT is an athlete who loves to fetch, catch, and jump high in the air; he would make a great frisbee and/or agility dog. An active household is a must!
JT is about a medium on the velcro scale. He LOVES people and cuddles, but he is also totally fine to relax on his own. There hasn't been any exposure to children, but he may play a bit rough for kids under 10 or so. He plays well with other dogs, although it seems he prefers toys over friends. If given the chance, he would probably chase a cat, although this is just a hunch with no actual proof.
He is housebroken and crate trained.
JT loves going for walks and does
relatively well on the leash. He does
pull a bit, so a good harness and some
training will help with that.
JT is being fostered in Philadelphia, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3123
This delightful girl is 3 years old and is just a simple happy uncomplicated dog! She loves everyone she meets and loves all other dogs, and gives them kisses on first meeting them, almost like a mom dog meeting up with her own puppy again. IT's very sweet but some dogs would settle for a handshake . . . Scarlet is a big girl at 71# but tends to be gentle and doesn't jump up. She does cavort and frolic though, out of sheer joy, when new people come in or new dogs.
Scarlet had some stiffness and a lack of flexibility in her hind legs which we have had evaluated and it turns out her right hip joint is not very tight, and the knee on that side had a torn cruciate ligament that didn't get fixed and the window for a surgical fix has passed. The good news is she shows no pain and is happy to gallop and run and whiz around in play. The main effect is she has less range of motion on one side, and will sometimes skip steps when moving fast, but we are going to get her some physical therapy to help develop the muscles around her hips. The vet thinks that is all that is needed to give her better movement, and then maintain flank muscle with walks and hiking will do the rest. She has no problem jumping into a car though.
This is just a nice, sweet, big girl. She might have some mountain dog, like Bernese in her, but they are usually pretty dignified and reserved and Scarlet is anything but, so judging by looks and personality, she is just an Aussie that closely resembles the old working style Aussies of previous years that were typically a good deal bigger than what people are used to now.
Scarlet will be fostered in Mt Laurel NJ, and should complete a course of PT by the end of October.
Apply here for her. NS3126
Stefie is a sweet little girl, about 2 years old, weighing about 40#. She doesn’t pay much notice of the resident cats. She loves to play with the resident dogs.Stefie is medium energy and friendly with everyone. NS3129
Baby Girl is a 2 year old sweet sable and white Aussie mix weighing in at 48 lbs although she appears smaller. She was quite timid when she first came into her foster home but is quickly coming out of her shell. Loud noises and situations that are new to her will cause her to retreat but her natural curiosity gets the better of her and she will cautiously return to see what's going on. In this way she has learned that simple household noises such as the vacuum , garbage disposal and hair dryer will not eat her and they no longer phase her. She also approaches new people cautiously but a gentle touch and some baby talk and this little girl will be attached to your leg wanting more pets within seconds.
BG walks very well on leash and loves her walks. Passing cars and other dogs on leash don't phase her at all. She does like other dogs and gets along with her foster brother . There are no cats in the home but she shows no prey drive so I suspect she's fine with cats. BG is totally housebroken, not one accident since she got here and crate trained, although she is totally reliable out of the crate. We are working on basic commands but she has wonderful house manners. No inappropriate chewing and no counter surfing no begging at the table...
BG loves the 4 older kids in her foster home and initially came from a home with three small children. Smalller children might be too much for her but she has come such a long way in such a short time that she might be just fine with them. She is learning how to play and can fetch a ball. A little more training and I'm sure she will be bringing it back.
BG is a tremendously sweet gentle girl low to medium on the energy scale, high on the Velcro scale. A super easy keeper that just wants lots of pets and snuggles.
Baby Girl is fostered near Phoenixville, PA
Apply here for her. NS3125