Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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Helen Keller Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. Her coat is soft like mink and we think she is really a cross with a Jack Russel but anyone's guess is as good as ours. Kelly loves toys and will carry them around and stash them in her bed. At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. Kelly is reliable in the house but she needs to take Proin which is a chewable tablet, twice a day, to help her keep bladder control. Unfortunately, Kelly still leaks urine when at rest, and she is on the highest dose allowed her little body. We are researching alternative treatments, but for now she will stay with New Spirit. NS2399
Thidwick This wonderful guy was dealt a bad hand by nature but his heart issues are being nicely controlled by a regimen of meds and he gets follow up check by a cardiologist or regular vet every 3 months. When you think about the good that donations can do, think of Thidwick-- only through the generosity of our donors can we afford to give him this excellent care which is improving his quality of life and prolonging it as well. HIs chronic heart failure (CHF) is due to a faulty mitral valve which we hoped to get surgically repaired with a specialty team of Japanese vets who were planning to come to the vet school at University of FL in Gainesville, but with the pandemic, international travel and elective surgeries have been cancelled. Most dogs in CHF have 6-24 months life expectancy once diagnosed, with 9 months being the average. Thidwick was in full CHF when we got him 9 months ago but so far he is doing very well and we hope he will live to the longer end of the expected span for this condition. He is also on an inhaler now twice a day to help with a wheezy lung condition that is not attributable to anything the vets can find, other than we see on xray that he has some scarring there. He is such a sweet and patient guy that he tolerates the inhaler which is a specially designed one for dogs--as long as he gets his half a Milkbone treat afterward :) On the better diet in his foster home, he has grown the most gorgeous soft and bounteous white coat imaginable, and also put on a bit of weight. He loves the fenced yard to wander safely despite having only 5% vision, and he gallops in when called, and looks a lot like a polar bear when he does, with the new coat and a little more weight. He does love his food! He adores having visitors and just hones in on them like a heat seeking missile and then if they sit down, lays his head in their lap and stands there perfectly still for petting as long as he can get it. We can't fix what's wrong with this guy but he sure is having a happy life for now. He is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS3401
9 months of loving care; the results are beautiful!
Ropyr is a neutered, 1 year old Border Collie / Aussie mix. His previous adopter returned him to us because he started resource guarding spaces in the home. We are still not sure what triggered this behavior. He has spent the past month + at his current foster home and has been nothing short of excellent with behavior. He loves to fetch, play frisbee, and knows all his basic commands. He rides well in the car, and makes an excellent hiking pup. He would likely really enjoy agility or disc dog classes.
Ropyr does have a prey drive. A home with no cats is ideal, or a *very* dog savvy cat who doesn't mind a game of chase every now and then. He definitely will benefit from having another pup sibling or two in the home. He's a follower and likes having a dog to keep him calm and in check. He is med-high energy and med-high velcro. At night he will jump on the bed and "melt" into you for cuddles.
Ropyr gets along well with all dogs, people, etc. Although he was returned for resource guarding behaviors he has not shown these at the foster home. He shares toys, treats, etc. politely. He does pull on the leash out of excitement initially but will go to heel and pay attention once you remind him of the rules.
Ropyr is fostered in Brick, NJ.
Apply here for him. NS3549
Guppy/AKA Gus is 4 years old. He came in at 100lbs, but with his previous foster's persistence he is now 87 lbs. He's made progress but still needs to lose more. He is housebroken, whines when he needs to go out, and he promptly pees all at once and squats. He is a great, responsive walker. and corrects easily (no lunging). He greets everyone (adults, both men and women) appropriately on walks and will sit or lie down if you stop. He is great with strangers in the house.
The first night he slept in our room, but he has another nicer bed downstairs in the living room and he has freedom to choose. He has house manners, rides well in the car and knows to sit and knows down on his bed at this time. We left him for a few hours in the kitchen and he was fine.
Captain Cooper is a beautiful red tri, about 55# and 2 - 3 years old. Naturally bobbed tail. We have learned he’s ok with the resident cats. He’s ok with the resident grumpy old dogs. He doesn’t counter surf. He loves to sleep on the bed. He’s house trained and crate trained. He doesn’t like sudden or loud noises. He avoids them. He thinks his rightful place is the driver’s seat. Front passenger seat is an acceptable second. He expects you to get in the back. NS3612
This guy came in in terrible condition from either lying in his crate or a kennel, and not being let out to do his business. He came in severely matted with skin issues and his back end had to be shaved (yes that is his tail) and it is a full tail and will be fluffy again. His skin issues have since cleared up. He will need your patience when he is being groomed. I am only able to use one grooming tool at this time, while not the preferred one, and at this point shorter grooming sessions. He has a few mattes that a professional groomer will be taking care of behind his ears. He is showing signs of a luxurious, full coat and with that he will need to be groomed/brushed regularly like all Aussies. Special care will be needed to ensure he is never matted behind the ears or anywhere else. Whoever adopts him will need to be patient.
He is loving, joyful, goofy at times and obedient. He is alert, but looks out our window and door, not an excessive barker nor has he gotten in the bay window. He will need a home of his own, no small children (movement from toddlers make him nervous), and may need to be an only dog. He needs a quiet, structured home dedicated to keeping him happy and healthy. He hasn't been left off leash yet in our yard as we have one side that is 3 1/2 foot. He lived with and respected an underground fence system in his previous foster home. He will need to keep up his exercise routine and likes to have tennis balls tossed to him (we haven't done this as he loves his walks). While you are petting and rubbing and greeting him he can get overstimulated and will mouth. A sharp no and removal of your hands and he quickly calms down.
He really is a big laid back, low energy, loving boy, very easy to live with plus he is a true gentleman. Guppy deserves a wonderful home and will be a great addition to any home!
Guppy is fostered in Spring Grove, PA. Apply here for him. NS3606
Archie Andrews is a 28lb blue merle tri, who was turned into a shelter down in Kentucky. He was harassed by neighborhood kids, so with that history we think he would do best in a home with no small children. He is a bit fearful of other dogs, walks well on a leash, and ignores cats. We are still getting to know more about him, and when he is available for applications he will be moved to the "Available" section of the website. NSXXXX
This little girl is Mya, just over six months old. She was rescued from a situation with almost 40 other youngsters being kept outdoors in a common pen. The good news is she wasn't abused and has no fear of humans—quite the opposite! She craves human attention and will bring you toys, and jumps up and does everything she can to win you over and entice you to pet her and play with her.
Mya currently weighs 31 pounds and is quite energetic so she might knock small children down without meaning to as she seeks out more humans to play with her. The teen in the foster home is a total favorite, as was a friend who came over—just for Mya's benefit Mya was sure! Like all puppies she will need lots of outlets for her energy and so far she is very receptive to the few commands we are working on.
Having lived outdoors her whole life, this indoor living thing is brand new so housebreaking is job one. Indications so far are that she will quickly learn to potty outdoors only. The crate isn't her favorite but she accepts it and is being crated now when her foster people are away from home and overnight. Walking on a leash is a foreign concept to Mya right now, and she just "drops anchor," but with a little patience, we're sure she'll pick up on it.
Mya is being fostered in Reading PA.
Apply here for her. NS3631
Meet Sweet Sophie! Sophie is a 10-month-old black and white spayed female with heterochromia- one brown eye and one icy blue eye. She is just under 50 pounds and is on the smaller side for an Aussie. That may be because she is part silly goose! Sweet Sophie is a wonderful puppy who loves to play and snuggle, and sometimes cause a little bit of mischief. She loves good chew toys, and loves destroying squeaky toys and the occasional sneaker. She has even offered to share her bones with her foster cat siblings. Such a generous girl! She has proven to be a great working-from-home coworker, happily laying under a desk or on the couch. She is very calm around the noise of the city and she loves to look out windows and watch what's going on in the street.
Sophie gets along very well with dogs and cats, and loves all people once she warms up to them. Sweet Sophie does not have a high prey drive, but she does have a play drive that can be too much for small dogs or shy cats. She is about a 6 on the energy scale, able to keep up with any activities like hiking or jogging, and happy to settle herself down with a chew toy when playtime is over. She is a medium velcro dog, happily following her people from room to room but with no separation anxiety. Sophie is crate-trained and housebroken and has had no accidents since she has arrived.
She has been introduced to men, women, and children as young as 3, and after her initial fear was very comfortable around everyone. Sophie does pull on leash, but can you really blame her? Walks are so exciting! We are working on it and she is quickly learning how to have nice leash manners.
Sophie has had a couple of meet-and-greets and hasn't quite found her perfect place. She can be reactive towards people on leash, so an adopter with reactive dog experience is preferred, or someone who is willing to immediately start work with a professional. We are working on this issue in her foster home and are making good progress. Once she can make it in the big city she can make it anywhere! She's a very good puppy who's just looking for a nice forever home. Ideally her family would have an older or more confident dog to help her build confidence in her doggy behavior.
Sweet Sophie is fostered in Philadelphia, PA
Apply here for her. NS3618
Lapis Myplace is an adorable 8 month old boy who gets along great with other dogs and loves people. He's a little overwhelmed by all the changes in his life recently but he's adapting very fast and well. He will be coming north for foster in RI Oct 1. NS3640
Meet Ollie Ver! Ollie is an approximately six year old black/tan/white tri with the sweetest disposition. This distinguished gentleman has clearly had a rough go of it recently, yet he retains his puppyish good looks and happy nature. He weighs about 38 pounds and probably needs to gain 10-15 pounds. He has some skin irritation on his hips and some scars and healing scrapes on his legs and neck. Despite whatever he has experienced in his past he's very affectionate, and loves being pet and scratched. He has a tiny little docked tail that has barely stopped wagging since he's been here.
Ollie Ver has so far been pretty low energy, maybe a 3 on a scale of 1-10, but he shows enthusiasm on walks, so as he gets healthier and more comfortable his energy level might increase and he might show more of his personality. He prefers snuggling on the couch to playing with his younger foster siblings, and if they get too rowdy for him he will give them the most adorable old man barks. He is entirely comfortable coexisting with the resident cats, and doesn't seem to display any prey drive, but again, that could change as Ollie settles in. He is a low on the velcro scale, entirely comfortable staying in his comfy spot on the couch. He is totally housebroken however he is not vocal about needing to go out, so he and his future family will need to learn each others' signals and routines. He LOVES people, and will happily walk up to a stranger on the street to get pet.
Ollie is truly a lovely boy looking for a nice calm place to call home. He doesn't have any health or behavioral concerns, but he is very timid. He is going to stick close to his people. He does not have a high prey or herding drive. Ollie will tolerate the crate but does not enjoy it, much preferring to snooze on the couch. He is safe to be around children, however he does like to give a soft howl if they get too rowdy. Overall, Ollie is the sweetest fellow, and will make a wonderful addition to any family.
Ollie is fostered in Philadelphia, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3635
Charlie Doodle is a 2.75 year old black tri male. Charlie grew up in a house with 5 kids. His family life was seriously upended and so now he is working through some resulting fear and insecurity in his foster home. A sweet boy underneath with a silly grin who loves to chase balls, he is about 33lbs. Charlie has pretty good manners, walks nicely on a leash and knows his basic commands. He is pretty quiet around the house but is starting to show the energy you would expect for a 2-3 yo. dog. He is getting used to living with other dogs and we'll know more once he settles in a little more. Charlie is being fostered in Lancaster PA. NS3637
Jack B. Nimble This handsome 11-years young red tri Aussie doesn't let anything slow him down. Every person he meets falls in love with his sweet disposition. Jack is housebroken (loves the doggie door and his fenced yard) and gets along well with his 3 Aussie siblings (not cat or children tested). He loves belly rubs, walks, and playing with toys. Jack has mobility issues and requires further medical evaluation so he is On Hold until he is able to function at his optimal level. Jack is fostered in Holland, PA NS3617