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 beautiful girl is Sugarbear.  She is a beautiful red merle girl with blue eyes and a bob tail.  Our best guess on age is 9-11, and we have done a dental on her to make sure she is in great health for a new home.  Sugarbear is a very sweet girl who is loyal to her family, following them around in the yard and tolerating the three resident dogs as well as another foster.  She gets along with everyone...the neighbors, the other dogs and even the vet when blood was drawn for her check up!  She rides really well in a car, is quiet in her crate and loves to go for walks and be outdoors!  She weighs 60 pounds and would love to lose a little.  She loves going for leash walks and has perfect leash manners!.  She loves to be brushed and petted and is very laid back. 

Sugarbear is fostered in Collegeville, PA.  Apply here to meet her.NS 1919

Dodger is approximately a 21 month old healthy white male and approximately 45 pounds. He gets along really well with the foster home's two small dogs(a Chihuahua who is 5 lbs and a Shih Tzu who is 18 lbs). He tries to play with them but they are not interested therefore we feel he would do well with another dog to play with.

He is full of energy and absolutely loves attention. He gets along well with the foster home's older children. We don’t see any issues with younger children because he is just a big love bug. He absolutely loves loves loves bones. He thinks toys are bones because he tears them apart. We have been working on some commands with him, he knows sit, down, and give me your paw. He is a very smart dog and given the time will learn even more.
He is housebroken and crate trained. He does well on the leash and prefers a retractable leash because it gives him a little bit more freedom. If it is not time for his walk and he needs to go out he will walk around near the door and whine. He will also whine when he feels nervous about a situation but a little coaxing and reassurance goes a long way.

He is fostered in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ.   Apply here to meet him. NS 2113
Peregrine White

Peregrine White is a 40 pound Aussie mix male who thinks life is one big happy experience! We’re not sure what he’s mixed with but what he doesn’t have in Aussie-ness he makes up for with his positive, happy, wiggly personality and intelligence.   His ears are delightfully floppy and when he hears something, you're often treated to an adorable one-ear-up situation. Perry loves to meet people and if you happen to sit on the sofa, he’ll gladly snuggle up next to you or on your lap. 
Being young, Perry is curious about everything and at times can be a bit of a nose poke but is learning when it’s not appropriate to put one’s nose in certain areas. His foster sister is submissive and tolerant - it's not known how he will be with a more dominant dog. He will chase squirrels and any other animal that runs, but is learning not to when told to ‘leave it.’ The outdoor cats will not let him near them so it’s not clear how he will be with cats. If the cats sit still Perry will walk right by them – it’s no fun if they are not running! The biggest challenge for Perry is learning to be calm and quiet at home when his people are at work during the day. He’s working hard on this and is making progress. He can be a bit jumpy and mouthy so a home with very small children would not be appropriate.

Perry would like nothing more than to wiggle his way into your heart and your home!
This happy, intelligent dog is fostered in Reading, PA. Apply here to see if he is right for your home.  NS 2039

Watch a video of Peregrine White

Dilly is a three year old male with a stub tail.  He weighs approximately 50 pounds, but he could stand to gain another  5lbs.  Dilly is a love bug.  He wants to get up on you to give hugs. His paws can wrap around your waist and he stands content until you ask him to get down.  

Dilly would do great as an only dog, or with a dog that has a high energy level that loves to play.   Dilly has high energy, and he is still very much a puppy. He is house trained and does well in a crate when the foster family has to leave.  Dilly doesn't understand fetch but loves his knuckle bone to chew. 

He is a quiet dog, and the family has not heard much if any barking!  Dilly has the aussie hearding instinct.He is working on not jumping unless asked for a hug.    Dilly is up to date on vet work.

Dilly is fostered in Galloway, NJ. 

Apply here to meet him.  NS 2028
Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller is a goofy yet delightful senior--11 years young and getting younger every day he is off his chain.  He has fit right in at his foster home.  No crating necessary, excellent house manners and good with cats, kids and dogs and all people.  Dusty is a large blue merle, right now tipping the scale at a very skinny 70 lbs. Yes, 70 lbs and we are working hard to get weight on him with 3 meals a day; he's not a big eater.  When his last owner entered the hospital, Dusty lost about 30 lbs because he wouldn't eat (much) when left alone.  He'd always had someone stay and keep him company when eating, even as a puppy.  So once his foster mom figured it out, he always has human company now when he eats.  No problem.

Dusty's favorite time of day is walkie time.  He gets quite excited and just can't wait to hit the trail--he's got 11 years of inactivity and boredom to make up, after all.  He has really learned a lot about walking on a leash and we aren't too worried about formal leash work, we'd rather he get muscled up.  His coat is re-growing after his summer hair coat.  When he was tied out, he wore a harness and it rubbed a lot the hair off, so Dusty is a bit of a patchwork right now but it's growing back and he should be a very pretty boy once his full coat is in.

Dusty Miller craves attention and loves being petted and loved on. He's a happy boy right now.
Another time of day that he really likes is bedtime, when he gets to settle down with the other
dogs and his foster mom for the night.

Dusty is a very low maintenance dog.  All he wants is to be loved on.  His eyes are amazingly clear considering his age and both vision and hearing seem fine.

Dusty is a big, old country boy, just a big, old goober.  Nothing bothers him very much--lightning/thunder, vacuums, loud vehicles. Dusty says to bring it on, he's cool!

Dusty Miller is being fostered near Collegeville, PA.   Apply here to meet him. NS 2150
When he was in another foster home he demonstrated he could play nicely with a much smaller dog. (see video) Perry loves to play with other dogs! Unfortunately his current foster sister has rebuked all his efforts, but he does listen to her and backs off with a sigh. Being young, Perry does have medium level energy, but he channels it appropriately. If you are busy he will keep himself occupied with his toys. He enjoys the daily runs and walks and would like to find an active home that would include him. If you're not athletic, a trip to the dog park will work just fine! He has shown an interest in agility and would like to continue it if possible!
Perry is about one year old so he is still learning about life. He is completely housebroken and only chews on inappropriate things once in a while. He loves toys, other dogs, playing fetch, learning new things, splashing in water and going for car rides and walks.   It’s difficult to find anything Perry doesn’t like!   If you’re feeling blue, just watch him roll around his treat ball and all your worries will fade away! Perry is learning basic obedience commands quickly, as well as a few agility tricks. Perry wants to please and is easily corrected. His recall is quite good, and he’s mastered fetch.
Gussy Gus

Meet Gussy Gus.  He's smart, big, fairly active (but settles nicely), velcro boy.  And not too hard on the eyes,  a gorgeous blue merle.  He's 3 yrs old with 1.5 blue eyes, docked tail.  Gussy Gus is a character, has plenty of personality, and he's looking for a forever home where the people have personality to match.  Kindred spirits who'll say, "Now, that is what we are looking for!"  Gussy Gus did well in basic obedience and loves the structure it entailed.  If his forever home were to resume such work, it would really help Gussy Gus' confidence because he's not always sure that things are under control.  If his person has the "con," so to speak, Gussy Gus is happiest.  So any potential adopter should be a take-charge kind of person, ready to be his confident leader and help him know what is the right thing to do.  We believe that if NILIF is employed, it would be very useful.
It's a long story, but Gussy Gus' "issue" is uncarpeted floors.  They scare him.  As do some stairs.  When he's on lead or simply "forgets," he's fine and walks calmly across them.  But if he's in a hurry, he panics and goes "splat," right on his face.  That scares him.  As we say, how this came to be is a long story but we do expect it to improve.  Just the other day, we dropped a gummi bear onto the kitchen floor and he took 3 steps on uncarpeted floor to get it, then backed out again calmly.  No problem.  Of course, another dog took his gummi bear from him, but that is just the way Gussy Gus is.  A sweet, affectionate, lovable boy.  A big old country goober who needs a person of his own, he promises to be a 100% devoted companion-someone who is willing to put out a few throw rugs and leg Gussy Gus figure things out on his own.

Gussy Gus is being fostered near Gettysburg, PA.  Apply here for him. NS 2054

See Gussy Gus playing here!
Gussy Gus is fine with the resident dogs and cats in his foster home.  In fact, he'd love a cat who likes to play.  He will wrestle with the other dogs and occasionally chase, he is completely appropriate.  But mostly, he just wants to be with his people.  He prefers to be indoors unless he's on a good walk.  If you walk him 10 times a day, he's happy 10 times a day.  He's got plenty of get up and go but also is an excellent footstool.  Gussy Gus has not been crated for a very long time and is very reliable in the house.  Gussy Gus has no separation anxiety, fear of storms, or food issues and will let every other animal in the house stick a nose in his food unless the people stop it. 

Do you have a gaping, 50lb void in your life?  Are you looking for a second shadow?  Look no further.  Kendall is a stunning blue merle who is approx 18 months old.  The first thing you need to know is that these pictures do not do him a hint of justice.  He is one million times more gorgeous in person.  The other thing is, you have no idea how hard it is to get a decent picture of him because he wants to be SO close to you, the only thing you end up getting is the inside of his nose.  He is a ridiculously happy, unbelievably smart and extremely sweet, high-velcro wiggle butt.  One glance from you sets his tail into serious overdrive.

He does well with the foster home's dogs, although they do not 100% appreciate his enthusiasm 100% of the time (but they can be cranky).  He is medium-high to high on the energy scale.  This is NOT a dog that you can crate for 9 hours a day, 5 days a week.  If the velcro scale is 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, his number is infinity.  Can you work on the computer with one hand?  Good, because the other one will have to be on him.  He loves everyone, but he REALLY loves men.  Never mind that foster mom does all the work, foster dad walks through the door and it is Christmas morning every time.  He is good with children, but exuberant.  He will sort of play fetch if you want him to.  He doesn't seem to understand toys.  But he'd try to get to the moon if you asked him to.
Kendall does pull a bit on the leash.  Leash walking seems to be a new experience for him.  Does counter surf but does not jump on people.  He is untested with cats, but does seem to have a bit of a high prey drive.  He WILL 'sing' in an absolutely heart-breaking and charming way if anyone in the house is playing the trumpet.  He does not seem to be completely housebroken, but we have no doubt that he will be soon.

Kendall is heartworm positive, but will be ready for adoption mid-December.  And please remember...if you need privacy in the bathroom, or anywhere else for that matter, this is not the dog for you!

Kendall is fostered in New London, PA.  Apply here to meet him. NS 2163
Charlee is 18 months old, housebroken and ignores cats (at least at the shelter).  He is 30 lbs, 16" at shoulder and higher energy.  Also very treat motivated.  Arriving in PA on Dec 13. NS TBD
He loves to have good chew bones to occupy him.  When in an especially playful mood, Gussy Gus will put his toy or tug in a lap and invite that person to play.  The look on his face is pure mischief.  He likes to play tug and is more than a match for the 43 lb dog who plays with him.  In fact, he pretty much always wins.

The normal household chaos entailed with small children gets Gussy Gus overexcited and we believe it's best if no small children, please.  He isn't mean, but he does play rough sometimes.  And he's fairly clumsy, he'd knock a toddler right over in his exuberance.  Gussy Gus isn't especially barky unless it's the UPS man.  [What is it about UPS men???]
Primrose is an adorable 7 lb. (yes, 7 whole lbs.) blue merle female.  She is about 3 years old and is wonderful with everything.  Stay tuned for updates.  NS 2199

Stormie is a 3 yr old blue merle female with what appear to be partial cataracts.  She is awaiting an eye examination by an opthalmologist.  Check back for updates. 

She is being fostered near Gettysburg, PA.  NS 2198