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.


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
Lucille Ball

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
Phred and Phonzi

Phred is a five-year-old handsome Blue Double Merle weighing in around 50 pounds. Unlike many Double Merles, he is an exception with the ability to see and hear. Phred is a sweet dog with a nice personality. He is reliable in the house, obedient, and adapts very well to changes. He loves to make new friends and is good with older children. Not cat tested. He is a very good watch dog. Phred is the one who initiates any action although he is a low energy Aussie and loves to settle down at the glass front door where he can keep an eye on the world.

He and his litter mate brother, Phonzi have been together since birth and the ideal home for them would be for them to be together.
Phonzi is a Blue Merle weighing in around 73 pounds.  He is a little more velcro than his brother Phred. Phonzi is a gentle dog with a nice personality. He is also reliable in the house, obedient, and adapts very well to changes. He is excited to meet new friends but settles right down. He is good with older children. Not cat tested. As far as activity goes, he takes the lead from his brother Phred. He is on the low energy side and is very content to settle down next to you.

They are being fostered in Mechanicsville, VA

Apply here for them.    NS2546 - Phonzi and NS2547 - Phred
Check back for updates.
Mr. Lucky

Mr Lucky was picked up stray in NC with a nasty injury to his right hind leg.  We suspect he had an argument with a car and lost.  He's been operated on by the very skillful and caring team at NC State Vet School now, and has an external fixator to immobilize his tibia while it heals.  The prognosis for complete recovery and full mobility and a long happy life for this dear boy is very good.

He's about 2-3 years old, 37 pounds, an has super soft silky fur and a cute face that just makes you go awwwww.  He was pretty matted but we're working on that and he already looks much better.  His tail will wait till last--he is not keen on having that brushed LOL.

This lovely dog loves everyone and every dog he meets.  You couldn't ask for a nicer temperament.  He is also being very patient and sweet about having to wear the cone of shame and also spend so much time in his crate as he is healing.  With 7 pins and two carbonite rods on the exterior of his leg, one can only imagine how uncomfortable he is, but he has been nothing but cheerful and glad to meet everyone and go anywhere you want him to.  He rides like a dream in the car.
We will recheck healing in 4 weeks (3rd week of May) and see if the pins and rods can be removed.  It may take another 2 weeks beyond that though.  Meantime, he is getting 3 walks of 10 minutes a day on each, to encourage him to start using the leg, and some range od motion exercises to help the knee and ankle joints to stay flexible.

Mr Lucky is being fostered in Collegeville, PA. 
Apply here for him.  NS 2439
Dawson will be fostered in PA.  NS1225
Mickey Bobo Blue Eyes will soon be on his way to the Mid-Atlantic region.  NSXXXX

Rover is 5 years old and about 60 pounds with long, silky white fur with brown patches and a full fluffy tail.  He is just learning all about life with people and living in a house. You see, he lived with an elderly owner who kept him in an outside kennel his whole life.  And while she loved him, she was also afraid he would knock her over, so she never took him out of his kennel. 

Everything is new, exciting and sometimes scary, but he is really enjoying learning about life. Each day his leash skills improve and he loves going for walks with the crew. He wags his tail constantly, excitedly exploring.
View a video of Rover learning leash skills here.

Rover is being fostered in New London, PA.

Apply here for him.  NS 2419
When confronted with a new situation, Rover is cautious but does not shy away.  He trusts his people will take care of him.