Available Dogs - Midatlantic

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.
Don't wait until you see the dog of your dreams to put in an application!
Coming Attractions: 
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. 
Tiny Tim is a wonderful playmate for other dogs – he is very respectful and has great dog manners.  Tiny Tim does fine on a leash and in the car.  He lives with 4 cats and while he will occasionally try to get one of them to play with him, he otherwise leaves them alone.

Tiny Tim had a professional grooming and he is looking beautiful and feeling great.  He would love to find a forever home with some dog playmates and kind and gentle humans who will help him to become more confident.  With his intelligence and sweet disposition, he should do great with formal training. This sweet and smart boy is a love bug and would love to snuggle with you!

He is being fostered in Lehighton, PA. 
Apply here for him.  NS 2242

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
Waldo needs more frequent opportunities to go out: every 3-4 hours is ideal.  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

Lakota is a special needs dog who came to us after life on a chain.  He's a neutered Blue Merle, with docked tail,"18 mo's" old, 45 lbs. and needs to learn everything about being a house-pet, stay tuned!  Already we are thinking he has *some* sight and hearing.  Regardless, so far he's proving to be good with other dogs and very sweet.  During his ride home he put his left paw on his foster mom’s shoulder and laid his head down, nuzzle and gave kisses. Lots of sweetness in this package!
He is skittish at first, but warms up quickly with petting and treats.  He needs to work on his leash skills.  He does not guard food, toys, or chew bones. You can remove from him without incident.  Lakota crates easily and can be move to a secured room without fuss.  He doesn't try to jump gated entrances. He settles in and is quiet for his rest periods during the day.
He has not been cat tested.  He likes to play with the resident small dog (Toy Aussie), but he's unsure of dogs his size or larger (at least the resident DB Merle who's Lab size).  If they should bump into each other, he hasn't reacted, the DM growls and moves away from Lakota.

Lakota is high energy at present and medium Velcro.  He is working on refreshing his housebreaking and is already responding well to notifying of when he needs to go out.
He is good with women, undetermined with men and children.

Lakota likes to plays fetch with a rope bone in house. He is not good on a leash, he pulls and is in a hurry.  He loves to snow surf.  He has face sensitivity and we are working on desensitizing and it is going well.  He does counter and flat surface surf.

He does not have a prey drive.  A fenced yard would be best, due to sight and hearing issues. As he learns manners and commands he might be able to be outdoors under strict supervision.  He likes to chew bones to decrease his anxiety while traveling, he does tend to bark at passing cars while being transported.

Lakota is being fostered in Trout Run, PA. 
Apply here for him.  NS 2253

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
Tiny Tim

This 2 year old, 25 pound cutie is super shy at first, but once he gets to know and trust you, he is a love bug!  He needs to work on building confidence and needs a home where the humans will be patient and kind.  He LOVES his foster brothers and would do best in a home with other dogs, as they help him to relax and feel safe.  Tiny Tim is very smart and is quickly catching on to proper house manners and some basic commands.  He is fearful of coming in from outside, which can be a bit of a challenge, but he is improving every day. 

Django is a friendly, go-with-the-flow, loves everyone, 6 year old male Aussie mix who will eventually be looking for his forever home.  He was such a neglected boy that the only way we could get to his old collar was to cut through the mats. 

He has pneumonia and is heartworm positive, but give us a couple of months and this great guy will be ready to enjoy the rest of a long and happy life!  Django is being fostered in Roanoke, VA.  Check back for updates!  NS TBD


Donna is a 7 year old BC or Aussie cross with a bobbed tail and prick ears. She has a short straight coat and freckled white feet. She is about 20 inches at the withers and 35 lbs. Nina has been trained very well. She knows all her obedience commands and can fetch with the best of them. She has been trained for agility and our test of her skills reveal that she is competition ready.

Donna comes with a full bag of tricks including;  Sit, Stay, Down, Wave (paw it), Rollover, Speak, Turn, Hug, Bow, Touch, Walk through your legs, back up and all the commands for agility.
Donna doesn't come with out a few challenges. She is very vocal. But when given something to do or alternatively asked to crate, she will quiet down. She presents with leash reactiveness, when walked around a lot of people, dogs, bikes and autos. Walks with a toy help to distract her and keep her focused. She is fine with other dogs, she is more interested in interacting with people. She hasn't chased the resident cat at all.She is a smart, loving, alert, kinetic dog that needs a job and a committed and understanding owner that is interested in doing agility with her, taking her on long walks and working to allay her anxiety.  

Donna is fostered in Flemington, NJ. 
Apply here for her.  NS 1909


Fonzi is a 2 to 3 year old, 60lb, red tri aussie mix, probably mixed with border collie.  He is an extremely smart, adorable piece of work!  He was originally found as a stray and definitely reminds his foster home of Tramp from the Disney movie...always up for adventure, charming and absolutely irresistible! 

Fonzi is medium energy, maybe medium/high but not a lunatic.  (He is down for some quality binge watching as long as he's had a good day full of play and as long as you share the sofa & popcorn.)  He is medium velcro, maybe medium/high but not obnoxious (but he does INSIST upon sleeping in bed with you).  And, oh ok, he will follow you into the bathroom just to be sure you're not escaping through the window or anything.  He loves loves LOVES the man of the house, even though said man does not do much (any) of the work associated with dog ownership.  He also loves kids, but we recommend kids 10 years old or older as he's very strong and untested with little little ones.  He's housebroken and does ok in a crate.
Fonzi absolutely requires a cat-free home with a large, fenced yard and at least one playful canine pal to romp with.  He's extremely dog savvy...sashayed into his foster home as if he was a long lost member of the pack.  Instant acceptance.  

He does not counter surf, he does have a high prey drive but zero resource guarding.  His achilles' heel is he is weirdly reactive on leash.  It's not aggression because once he gets to the dog or person in his sights he's all "woohoo let's play!"  But he has a very deep, loud, startling vocalization that accompanies it.  Which is odd because he's not much of a barker.  But please know that what he lacks in leash manners, he more than makes up for in sheer, unbridled devotion, a willingness to please and a loving, trusting soul. 

Fonzi is fostered in New London, PA.  Apply here for him.  NS 2165

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Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr is a gorgeous red-bi male who was an owner surrender.  He appears to have been very well taken care of.  He is 5 years old but he does appears to be younger.  He weighs about 35 lbs.

Ringo Starr loves to cuddle.  He also loves lots of attention!  He is very well behaved and gets along well with the foster home’s two small dogs.  

Ringo Starr likes to jump on to the couch next to you looking for cuddling and attention.  
He walks extremely well on a leash. He is all around a great dog!!  Although he has not been around kids in his foster home, the foster home is sure he would do well with children.

We are not sure how he does with crating because he is so well behaved the foster home has not had a need to crate him.

Ringo Starr is fostered in Egg Harbor, NJ. 

Apply here to meet him.  NS 2280
Meet Sheppy...a beautiful blue merle male. He is about three years old and just a sweetheart! He cannot go to a home with cats. He will be fostered in Bath, PA.  NS 2279
Douglas is a 3 year old neutered male Aussie mix who will be making his way to the Heartland region soon.  He is a friendly guy who gets along with everyone - people, kids, other dogs and cats.  He is a little shy but a very sweet boy who loves to give and receive affection.  He will be fostered in Langhorne, PA. NS TBD
Noelle is a very affectionate but shy young female Aussie mix who will be fostered in Collegeville, PA.  NS 2300
Flint is an 18 month old blue merle male that is nice with people and other dogs.  He will be fostered in Ewing, NJ   NS 2321
Cocoa Bean is a 4 year ol red bi male.  He weighs about 60 lbs and is great with other dogs and people.  He will be fostered in Collegeville, PA. NS 1608
Beary Gibb is a black tri male.  He is 7 years old, great with other dogs, lovely with people, very sweet and affectionate, and ignores cats.  He will be fostered in Collegeville, PA.  NS TBD