Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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Mishka This handsome fellow just turned 5 and after a life lived on a sheep farm he has hard a hard time adjusting to city life. So after three failed placements, we are just going to let him stay where he is for now, where he is doing well with a fully fenced yard and some careful management (ie put in another room) when new dogs or people come in. He tends to love both but gets over-excited so introductions are best put off for a few hours and then handled when the emotions are calmer. Unfortunately he turned out not to have good working instincts either, so the attempt to place him on a highly experienced working farm was also a miss. We love this guy but he is not for just any home. NS2770
Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. It takes her only a day or two to get oriented in a new place. 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.
At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. Helen, whose everyday name is 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. That runs about 27 cents a day. She is fine when left loose when you're out, and is just a little love to have around.
She loves toys, especially anything that squeaks, and especially balls she can carry around and chase and then curl up with.
Helen Keller is fostered near Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS2399
Bradley Cooper will be 2 years old in December and weighs almost 60 pounds. He is VERY energetic and VERY enthusiastic. He loves people and attention. You won't find a better dog for kids! He does great in the car and is decent on a leash (he does some pulling so a good harness and some reinforcement is a must). He is very trainable and smart and the biggest love bug!
He gets along with most other dogs and loves going to the dog park. His playing can get rough though and he will sometimes bully other dogs if they don't pay attention to him. Bradley Cooper would love a rough-housing roommate, but absolutely no cats or other small animals due to his high prey drive.
Bradley Cooper has a lot of energy so he will require an active household. If he gets bored, he will make sure everyone knows just how bored he is. Any dog brother/sister should also have a decent amount of energy and love to play! His foster parents think he would do best with a fenced in yard; he loves to run, play fetch, and just hang outside chewing on toys. Previously, apartment homes have not worked out for him.
Bradley Cooper has a history of separation anxiety so he needs a family willing to be patient with him. There seems to be an adjustment period going to a new home; it will take some time for him to settle in. Despite having moderate to severe separation anxiety when he's alone, he has done much better if he's not in the crate and there is a trusted (and calm) doggy pal with him. Crating is not an option because he's willing to do anything to get out, especially tip over the crate or bite at the metal bars.
Over the last year, Bradley Cooper has made tremendous progress towards overcoming his separation anxiety. He is so smart and so sweet, he just needs a family who is willing to have the patience and time to spend with him. Could that be your family?
Bradley Cooper is fostered in Philadelphia PA.
Apply here for him. NS3137
This delightful and exuberant girl is ready to go! Abigail is estimated to be about 2 but she sure has a lot of puppy left in her-- just over the top loves playing and fun and will steal shoes to chew on with her gorgeous bright white teeth. Although Abigail only weighs 40 lbs, she is a big personality, full of energy and love for all other dogs and every person she meets. She LOVES to play with other dogs for hours, running, chasing, wrestling, indoors,outdoors, any time, and manages to get most of them to return the favor. She should go to a home with at least one other dog that loves to play. Abigail is a bit of a rougher player-- fast and loves to wrestle, but all the other dogs so far seem to go along with her style just fine, or they give her a snarky correction if she gets too rough and she backs right off.
She has a slightly turned out back foot from an injury before we got her, but after an exam and x-rays the vet wanted to see if she could recover some muscle tone. We couldn't be sure when the injury occurred but the muscle tone was low, about 40% of what it should have been. After 6 weeks of lots of play and running, it has built up to 60% and we expect continued improvement. Our vet says she lacks full rotation of the leg but she doesn't seem to have any pain, and she uses the leg pretty normally except when she wants to go really fast-- then she tends to carry it. But otherwise, when walking and trotting, she is weight bearing and it doesn't seem to hold her back at all. He feels it would be premature to consider any kind of surgery since her function is so good and pain free.
Abigail is fostered in Collegeville, PA
Apply here for her. NS3326
Shinsey is a 3-4 year old Blue Merle mini Aussie with a tail, weighing in at just 30 lbs. Shinsey has one blue and one brown eye, and has beautiful markings.
Shinsey has been in two foster homes and has acted differently in both so finding the right home environment will be crucial in order to allow her to thrive. She is currently in a home with a quiet 12 year old child and 2 miniature Aussies, both just under a year old. She is almost completely reliant on them for cues as to how to behave. In order to call her we must call them and she will follow, so we believe she will need a well-trained, non-reactive companion to help her learn the ropes so she does not feel intimidated.
She has taken to the smaller of the two Aussies and has tried to play with him a few times, and has shown interest in fetch and tug but has not followed through on either. One of the resident dogs can get a little crazy and she will just watch unless they get too close to her, then she lets them know to stay away, but it ends there. She would not do well with reactive dogs.
While Shinsey would be okay as an only dog, we'd like to see her go to a home with another pup to help her gain confidence. We would not recommend a household with small or rambunctious children, or one that has visitors coming and going a lot. This sweet girl needs to feel safe and secure in order to thrive. She crates well for about 4 hours at a time.
Grandpa is a 4yo, 45lb purebred red-tri Aussie who will soon be looking for a new home. Grandpa is a friendly boy who likes adults, children, cats, and other dogs. He was previously adopted and is being returned to NS by no fault of his own. Grandpa would do great in a home that can offer him a lot of attention and positive training, as well as a traditionally fenced in yard. Grandpa ran away from his previous home when he got nervous and a door was left open, so he’s looking forward to getting back to home life and being spoiled in his foster home. Please keep checking back for updates on this sweet boy! NS3331
Good things come in small packages! Meet Miss Azalea, but we call her Azie. Azie is a sweet little girl, about 2 years old, and weighs around 30-35 lbs. While Azie gets along fine with quiet older dogs, we think she would love to be an only dog in a quiet house with dog savvy parents who can help her bring out her best. She would really love to run around in a fenced yard as she's a medium-high energy girl.
Azie enjoys going for rides in the car, hanging out in her crate, and walks fairly well on leash. She sleeps quietly at night in the bedroom and was a perfect lady at the vet. She knows basic commands like sit and shake and is extremely athletic. She loves treats and should be very easy to train. Since she is so athletic and trainable, she would excel in tricks, agility or fly ball.
Azie can be shy around strangers at first, so she would do best in home that can ensure positive initial interactions with strangers. Azie can be reactive to the energy of other dogs so we recommend avoiding dog parks. She has not been assessed with cats.
We're looking for the perfect home to bring out the best in this little girl - could that be you???
Azalea is fostered in Waterford, VA.
Apply here for her. NS3299
North - ADOPTION PENDING
North is 1.5 year old 30lb blue Merle mini with very light blue eyes. She is a very shy low energy girl who loves quiet nights curled up in her dog bed, cuddling her favorite lamb chop toy. She is very sweet and offers a ton of licks and cuddles once she's comfortable with you, but that may take 3+ days. She seems to be house trained and sleeps quietly in her bed through the night in our bedroom.
Her perfect home would be very patient, with no kids, as she is very scared of them. She needs a quiet home who enjoys long walks and understands that it may take some time for North to come out of her shell. She loves treats and is very smart but training "sit, stay, down" has taken a back seat to building her confidence around petting and living with humans.
She currently lives with another dog and has greeted several others on leash with no issue but too much energy makes her nervous so If you have a quiet home with a low energy pup, North May be the perfect fit for you!
North is fostered in the Philadelphia area.
Apply here for her! NS3379
Shinsey loves to be pet and loved on but is very skittish when approached by people. She will likely run from you unless she is in a "safe spot" or you are down at her level. Once you are, she just wants endless amounts of petting and love and will paw you to let you know she wants more. A leash/lead or fenced yard will be a must until she gains some confidence and recall skills. She is lacking any type of training outside of toilet training, and barks when people knock on the door. We have been working on name recognition and "touch" targeting, which can be used for recall, but she will continue to need training to become her best self. If you feel like Shinsey may be the right dog for you, please apply!
Shinsey is fostered in Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3374
Finley is a 2 year old red merle Male who weighs 60lbs, and has a tail. Finley is happy to be out of the southern shelter he ended up in, and is enjoying life in a foster home with two other dogs. Finley is described as very sweet and kind. We know he will make his new adoptive family very happy. Finley will be coming up north in late November, so keep an eye out for updates on this handsome boy! NSXXXX
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This adorable 9 year old mini Aussie will have the whole family singing "Dipity doo dah, Dip-a-dee-ay". She is full of energy and always up to play or snuggle with anyone. She is in love with the bag of tennis balls her foster family got her! She would play fetch for hours if her humans let her. She hasn't had any accidents in the house and sits nicely by the door when she needs to go out. She loves to be outside exploring. She was trained very well in her past life as she often times sits by the sofa and waits for permission to jump up. (Her favorite spot to sit - is on top of the sofa like a cat!) She sleeps nicely through the night at the foot of the bed and hasn't needed to go out during the night.
Dipity hasn't had direct exposure to cats but has seen some in the neighborhood and hasn't really reacted. She is great on the leash and doesn't pull. She has barked at a few dogs/people while on walks, and other times she isn't bothered by them. She doesn't seem to have issues with men or visitors coming to the house. She stumbled upon a bake sale on a walk and got a lot of attention from young kids petting and picking her up, and she didn't seem to mind at all! She is on the lower end of the Velcro scale but sometimes will whine if she wants to be in the same room as the family. She doesn't really have much interest in playing with the other dog in the house. She will sniff him, lay near him, and walk with or follow him around - but when he wants to play and chase she politely declines. (Sometimes even needs to give a bit of a growl if he doesn't get the hint.)
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