Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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.
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.
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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.
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 a gorgeous 2-3 year old black-tri weighing in about 50 pounds. He is a sweet and loving boy. Weber plays well with other dogs, not sure about cats though. He loves to play ball and go for rides in the car, especially to the park with his foster home pets. He is crate trained and house broken. Weber also walks nicely on a leash. He is very eager to please his "human".
Weber is being fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ with 3 other aussies and they get along great! But he has a very strong guardian instinct and when company comes to visit he does not want to share his "human" with anyone else. Weber would do well with a single person who would be willing to crate him when company comes to visit. . He is such a lovebug with his foster dad and so gentle when taking treats or food. Don't miss out on this wonderful boy!
Weber is fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Apply here for him. 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
Owens is shy but quick to wag his little half length tail if sweet talked and treated gently. He is said to be about 2 years old.
He will come along nicely if his person is not too impatient with him over the way he panics on leash. If you are slow and gentle and sweet talk him and tug gently, he doesn't do too badly, but that takes someone with a little more patience. He is ready to blossom, and off leash in the house he is happy to explore and follow you around.
He's very small, much more so than you would think from his pix, maybe 17" at the shoulder and 35 lbs at the most, with prick ears. In person, he looks more like a mini border collie than anything.
He really is a loving little soul just waiting for
that special someone who can give him the
time and love he needs to gain confidence.
Owens is fostered in Collegeville, PA
Apply here for him. NS3115
Zayne is a very nice typical young male! Pretty in person, nice medium size, classic Aussie look though he is still a little shorter coated due to his young age-- he's only a year old. He weighs about 40 lbs.
He has a nice balanced temperament, and is ready to rock and roll and play with other dogs (though he can come on a little strong and needs to be reminded "play nice" and then he settles right down).
Very happy for affection, nice on leash, listens pretty well. This guy is ready to roll out the door with some folks who run or walk a lot or go hiking or just want to play in the back yard-- he does need an outlet for his youthful energy and enthusiasm but he is by no means over the top.
Zayne is fostered in Collegeville, PA
Apply here for him. NS3145
Little Harley may be a pocket-size Aussie, but she is a giant in every other way.
She pounces like a lion on a rolling ball. Don’t you dare hit a squeak toy!
At about 20 lbs, this red merle with powder blue eyes might qualify under Amtrak’s new carry-on policy. She is a medium to high energy pup. But, she settles nicely and will walk into her crate when it’s time for bed.
Little Harley has been to school! She knows sit, down and is working on her stay and recall. She rides well in the car. With a tasty treat, she has been receptive to clicker and target training. She still needs a bit of help staying focused on her handler when outside. Little Harley can be distracted by other dogs, motorcycles and bikes and will tug on the leash when excited.
Little Harley was half a bonded pair in her previous home. Both were surrendered when family circumstances took a turn. Her ideal home would include a buddy dog and humans who appreciate a good cuddle. She loved cats and children in her previous circumstance.
Meet Miss Little ! She is about 11 years old and full of spunk. She is petite and weighs about 24 lbs .but she can run and play with the big dogs.
Miss little is very gentle and sweet with people but she may bark when first approached by strangers. Once she is allowed to sniff she warms up quickly. Miss little likes to follow you around and wants to be where her human is. She walks nicely on a leash and rides well in a car. She loves to go for walks or hikes in the woods and wants to say hello to every dog she sees. Miss Little is reliable in the house and is also crate trained.
Miss Little likes to play with her toys and chew her bones. She is a great little companion and so easy to love. She will steal your heart and give you hers.
Miss Little is fostered in Bel Air, MD.
Apply here for her. NS3132
Maxwell is spreading his wings while adapting to a more active lifestyle from his previously sedentary life. Although he may not actually fly, he does bound along at times while out for a walk. Mostly he is happy to just mosey along enjoying the sights and smells. He is getting his walking chops back while adjusting to the loss of his dad and home.
Maxwell is a Mini Aussie or Aussie mix approx. 7 yo., about 17-18" tall and 45+ lbs. Although rather barrel chested he could stand to lose a few pounds. Hence the walking. He lived with a dog previously and has done fine in a foster home with 3 other dogs and a cat, but at times can be a bit bossy. Maxwell is friendly with dogs he meets but is more interested in people, eliciting as many pets as he can. He is easy to walk on a leash, is house trained and does fine in a crate when needed.
Generally a low energy dog, he does love a game of fetch with a ball or some tugging with a toy at times. Laid back at home and in the car, he would make a great companion for someone looking for an easy pet who doesn't need hours of exercise each day. Just a nice walk will do along with a couple games of fetch at home (for a few minutes). Maxwell is a happy boy who takes pleasure in the small things, like food, and tasty bones, and a good butt scratch. Let him brighten up your day with his sweet smiling face!
He is fostered in Ellicott City, MD
Apply here for him. NS3146
She is currently fostered in Washington DC and is scheduled to be spayed in December.
Apply here for her. NS3135
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 or dogs come in.
Scarlet had some stiffness and a lack of flexibility in her hind legs which we had evaluated and it turns out her right hip joint was 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 had less range of motion on one side, and sometimes skipped steps when moving fast, but she has had physical therapy to help develop the muscles around her hips to give her better movement. Walking and hiking will help maintain her flexibility.
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 Riverside, NJ
Apply here for her. NS3126
Zeda is a lovely blue merle girl with nice copper trim, docked tail, brown eyes, six years old, about 35 lbs, underweight. Her previous owner died, leaving several breeding dogs in need of rescue, so Zeda found a spot with New Spirit. Her puppies were born prematurely and most died but three babies made it. She is a very good mom despite the fact that this was her first litter.
Zeda loves, loves, loves people. She is very affectionate and could lie on your lap and soak up the lovin' all day, she really is desperate for human contact. Right now she has no interest in other dogs or play, she is focused on people and on her babies. Like most moms, she needs to put on some weight and we expect that to happen once she is no longer nursing. She will need to be spayed after she is done nursing.
Zeda has the aussie grin, it is so cute. She is very protective of her babies and does not like other dogs around them, but she seems okay with other dogs when outside and away from the kids. She still needs more time to settle down and accept that her babies are not in danger. This is not unusual for a first time mom. She is happy for people to handle her babies and to handle her.
Zeda has had no housebreaking issues but does counter surf, and we are working on that. She has learned to use the steps - they were very scary at first. This is such a new world! Watch a video of Zeda here.
Zeda should be ready for adoption around the first week of December. Zeda and her pups are fostered near Gettysburg, PA
Apply here for her. NS3157
Greyson, Qasir and Sylvia
The puppies were born October 7, prematurely. They are the result of an accidental merle x merle breeding. Daddy is Yogee, NS 3139 (his picture is on the Happy Endings page). The breeder was in a prolonged illness and ultimately died. At this point we believe these pups have no vision or hearing issues; we will know more about them as they get older. They are eating well and learning to get around appropriately, chewing on shoelaces, learning to play, very appropriate but understandably seem small for their ages.We expect them to catch up with time. Watch a video of the puppies here.
Apply here for him. NS3158
Apply here for him. NS3159
Apply here for her. NS3160