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 is a handsome 4-6 yo double merle Aussie who weighs 50lbs, and is blind except for about 5% shadow and light vision in one eye. Nevertheless, he navigates well. He is unfortunately suffering from chronic hear failure due to a bad mitral valve, and his lungs seem a little questionable, too. We have him on a wait list for valve repair which is only done at the University of Florida Vet School by a Japanese team that comes in every other month, but due to the corona virus they are unlikely to be able to get visas or travel to the US in time for Thidwick. The average lifespan from diagnosis to death for CHF is 6-24 months with an average of 9 months. Thiddy was diagnosed in December 2019 and probably had the condition well before that, so his time is very limited. However he is a happy boy and will get all the love and life he can while he is with us. He is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS3401
KY Casey is a 5 1/2 year old male Aussie who is on the large side, both weight and height. KY Casey weighs in at 65 lbs. which is mainly bone and muscle. KY Casey is a black tri, being predominantly black with small areas of tan and white. KY Casey is a shy boy, and he does take a little while to warm up to new people. However, once he warms up to you, you will have a friend for life. Once you become a friend to KY Casey , he will follow you around the house.
He is great with other dogs, both small and large. KY Casey is a medium energy dog, as he likes to just lay around but he will get a burst of energy and want to play with another dog or with his person. He isn't much into playing with toys. KY Casey walks very easy on a leash (until he sees a squirrel), and will sit when attaching his leash and taking it off. He does like to venture while out walking, and loves checking the smells on the trails in the woods. KY Casey is not completely housebroken, but we are working on that and he is coming along pretty quickly. He does have a tendency to drool, especially when nervous and when meeting new people.
KY Casey's new home will have to have a fenced in yard. I do recommend at least a 5' fence as KY Casey does know how to climb a fence, as well as dig under. KY Casey has a small prey drive in that he will chase cats, squirrels, rabbits, etc. KY Casey is great with women and children but, he can be a little nervous with some men. He will bark and give a little growl when meeting men for the first time. I recommend a home with children over the age of 10, due to KY Casey size.
KY Casey is fostered in Gloucester, VA!
Apply here for him. NS3427
Gramaussie is the sweetest little old lady ever, and at age 15 finds herself without a home. This little 35 pound Aussie girl is hard of hearing, can't see quite as well as she used to and walks a bit stiffly thanks to some arthritis, but she can still find those dog biscuits, loves everyone and enjoys a daily nap in the sunshine. We have started treatment for her “aches and pains”, we are monitoring her progress and will post updates here! Gramaussie is fostered in Collegeville, PA. NS3283
Capri is a 6 year old Black Tri mini Aussie who weighs 40lbs. Capri came into a southern shelter with 3 of her puppies and, although we don't know much about her life before that, we know that she is as nice as can be! Capri is a low energy girl who enjoys laying in the backyard ignoring the world around her. She is fostered with other dogs and cats and mostly ignores them, so she is not really looking for animal companionship, but tolerates them. When she's not sitting out in the grass she loves to have her head in your lap, asking for belly rubs. She is high on the velcro scale. NS3460
Simon is 60lb red Husky/Aussie mix who we estimate to be about 8 years old. He's very lovable, and is looking for a slower paced family to be spoiled rotten by.
Simon prefers other dogs who are mellow, low key, and not interested in playing. He was previously kept as an outdoor dog, and all he really wants is to fully enjoy being an indoor dog right now. He is very polite and wants nothing more than to lay by your feet or a few feet from you, while he stares at you adoringly with his piercing blue eyes. He is low energy and med-high Velcro. If he feels you're not paying enough attention to him he will gently nuzzle your leg until you're back to petting him. He is tolerant of the house cat from afar, but gets spooked if the cat goes too close to him. A home without cats would be ideal. He doesn't pull on leash, but he gets excited initially. He doesn't appear to play with toys, but is curious about toys being thrown, so that can change as he learns from observing his foster siblings.
Simon does resource guard food when other pets are present.
Simon is fostered in Brick, NJ.
Apply here for him. NSXXXX
Mifflin is a 40lb tri-color Aussie approximately 2-3 years old. She was picked up as a stray with another Aussie companion by animal control in CT. She seems very sweet and allows us to handle her but she is extremely fearful both on/off leash. She is currently being fostered in Brick, NJ while we continue to work with her. She will not be available for adoption for a few weeks. NSXXXX
Aces High, Ace for short, is about 45 pounds of pure joy. He is about 2 years old and full of life! Ace is up to date on shots, neutered, and currently being treated for hookworms. Unfortunately, Ace suffered a femur fracture prior to coming into rescue and it has healed poorly. This caused his right leg to be a little shorter than his left. Despite what you may think, this does not slow Ace down one bit! Our vet has determined that he is pain free and any type of orthopedic surgery was not recommended; best to just let him be.
Ace would love a playmate who loves to run around and rough house as much as he does! He LOVES water and being squirt with the hose. With a good harness, Ace walks decently on a leash and has been non-reactive to other dogs. In fact, he just wants to play!
His foster home is working on some manners and commands, but he will need lots of reinforcement. We are not sure how Ace is with children, but he is mouthy when he plays and runs around recklessly. Small children probably won't be a good idea. Ace has seen cats before around the neighborhood, but never up close and personal.
This guy would love to go home who is active and has other dogs to play with!
Aces High is fostered in Philadelphia PA.
Apply here for him. NS3482