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.
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

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
This is Red Buddy, a red bi color border collie.  One owner died and another left him at a boarding kennel where he has been living ever since.  Then the kennel owner passed away and friends stepped in to find homes for the dogs that remained there including this dear fellow, who is 12 years old and blind. We had him seen by an ophthalmologist and there is nothing we can fix with his sight, but he is in otherwise splendid shape for a boy his age per the blood work and such.

He is such a sweetie and responds well to your voice, and quickly finds his way around in a new environment. He likes other dogs and loves to follow you around.  He also has some favorite toys that he will toss and play with all by himself, but he will play endlessly with you if you will kick his special squeaky ball that makes noise as it rolls so he can follow it .  Red Buddy is a gentle soul with a tail that wags at the hint of sweet talk.

He is fostered in Collegeville PA       NS2632
Melvin  is a cute little 5-year old mini blue merle male with one blue eye and one brown eye.  He was turned in as a stray for the third time, and the family decided to turn him over to the shelter.  So far he is doing well with toileting and meeting the other dogs.  Melvin has some gait issues - he is wobbly and sometimes tumbles.  This does not stop this little guy!  The family said he has always been this way.  We will have him evaluated to see what is going on before he will be available for adoption.  Melvin is fostered near Reading, PA. NS2660
Leevi ADOPTION PENDING was a stray rescued from a very rural shelter in North Carolina.  Look at that face!! This handsome black tri is 6-7 years old, weighs 45 pounds and is a sweet, low-energy kind of guy.  He gets along great with other dogs and with cats, even cats who swat him on the nose!  Unfortunately, Leevi is heartworm positive and is starting a 2 month treatment program.  After that, he will be as good as new, so please check back for updates.  He is fostered in Jackson, New Jersey.  NS2734
Ruff

Ruff is a beautiful, big, purebred 9 year old black tri weighing in at 78 pounds.  He is heartworm negative, neutered and up to date on his vaccines.  Ruff spent a good portion of his life on a farm, and would do well in a home with a fenced yard to run in.  He is housebroken and has never had an accident.

Ruff should have a home without cats or other small animals as they interest him too greatly.  He's met numerous dogs and loves them all, sleeps through the night, and loves cuddles!

He would be fine as an only dog too.

Fostered in Fredrick, MD.

Apply here for him.  NS2736
Pauley  is a smaller 35# female black tri Aussie with a full tail.

We don't know much about her, yet. We look forward to discovering her personality as she unfolds.    NS2472

Kody is a nice boy, 3.5 years old, and about 60 lbs.  He loves to be outdoors and is very keen to rid the immediate environment of squirrels and rabbits so he'll need a fenced yard.  He's a big, strong boy and could use a little more work on walking on a loose leash, especially if prey is around.  But that can almost certainly be dealt with.  He does well with other dogs that are friendly, but is not comfortable in larger packs.  One on one or with one other playful dog though, he is wonderful.  Due to his size and exuberance, he should not be placed where there are children under 10 for fear of him knocking them over, usually with happiness to see them, or if they get between him and a ball or a squirrel.  Definitely no cats.  He crates well if needed, but is fine left loose when you're away from the house.  Kody is fostered near Baltimore, MD .  NS2161
Stockings

Stockings is a 4 year old blue merle girl, loves men, seems okay with women if there isn't a man around to glom on to (remind you of your friend in high school?)

Stockings is fostered in Mt Laurel NJ 

Apply here for her.  NS2666
Rocky Two

This red tri boy is just under a year old and is very loving.

He is  fast and has a high jump. He enjoys catching a frisbee and does bring it back.  Super sweet, willing young boy.

Rocky is great with other dogs and did well with kids in his former home.

More updates to come as we get to know him better.  Rocky is fostered in Waterford, VA

Apply here for him.  NSXXXX

Bearman

Bearman is an 18 month male black tri - a smaller guy at 35 pounds.
Bear is good with kids, cats and other dogs.  He is housetrained and quite handsome!


Bearman is fostered in Bath PA 

Apply here for him.  NS2761

Janette

New Spirit welcomes "Janette " into our rescue.  She is  a beautiful  border collie/Aussie mix?   Please feel free to change her name!   She is from Kentucky and believed to have been a stray.

She is a 3 yr old female mix weighing about 35 lbs  and is a calm, well mannered, low key dog and a sweet girl that likes other dogs and even cats.  She is house broken and would benefit from a fenced In Yard.   For some reason she prefers to do her business in a yard rather then on a leash!

She would be a great second dog or a wonderful dog with children as she does not jump on people and is very calm.

Janette is heart-worm positive and is completing her treatment and should be available late May.  She is spayed and updated on her vaccines and would not need to be crated.  Her foster home has 2 other dogs and a cat and they all get along wonderfully.

Janette is fostered in Furlong, PA


Apply here for her.  NSXXXX
Cactus Mack just joined New Spirit. He is about 7 years old, between 50# and 60#

He seems to be lower on the energy scale, but is quite the talker. He's learning that human touch is a good thing, and all the dogs and cats just want to meet him. Stayed tuned as we learn about him.  NS2781