Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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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 a 17 month old red tri male. He’s a sweet, cuddly boy, with a heart of pure gold. He can be quite guarded of his heart. He does not let people in so easily – he’s quite fearful. It takes him some time to learn that people around him are not scary. But once does, he loves his people wholeheartedly. He is full of joy and excitement when he greets his people and it melts his foster mom’s heart.
The city is full of overwhelming experiences. He is an anxious boy when he’s out and about in the city, because it’s a pretty scary place for him. His foster mom takes him to the park early in the morning before the school and work rush, and he likes that time at the park. We tend to avoid long walks during the day. He is getting better walking around the city, but he tends to pull on his leash when he gets frightened.
Outside of the city, he enjoys off leash hiking adventures with his foster mom and his foster brother - the resident Aussie. He likes to explore new smells, but never too far and always checks back in with his foster mom. He is super smart and learns new commands quickly. He looks to his foster brother for guidance and security. He’s also very playful and social with other dogs. A home that has a dog to help show Tugger the ways is optimal. He has not been tested with cats. Tugger loves relaxing with a bone, but he will protect his most prized possession from other dogs. He is crate trained, but he prefers to snuggle closely with his people. He rides well in the car, as long as people outside do not approach his safe space. If they do, he tends to bark.
Tugger is working hard to let go of his fears, he makes little bits of progress every day. He’s looking for a patient and loving family who will continue to work with him to give him the guidance he needs to overcome his fears and anxieties. He would do well in a quiet home and neighborhood with a fenced back yard or country living. 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 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. He will gleefully grab one of his many stuffed toys, trot outside 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, incredibly 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 required so he can putter about, sunbathe and bird watch to his heart's content. 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
Rocket Man is a handsome, sweet and somewhat shy purebred Aussie in search of a new home. This 8-year-old black tri is a bit thin at 38 pounds and should weigh just over 40. His coat was quite matted and he was shaved when he entered our rescue, but in a few months his coat will be as long and soft as you expect on a purebred Aussie! Rocket Man is housebroken, crate-trained and rides very well in a car. He is learning his basic obedience commands and his foster mom is working on his leash-walking skills as he does pull on the leash.
Rocket Man absolutely loves people although very small children frighten him. He is also great with other dogs. He has not been cat-tested, but we know that he ignores the neighbor’s cat and chickens when outside and even ignores the foster family’s parrots inside the home! Rocket Man was not able to play with a lot of other dogs in his past life, and it is so cute to watch him learn to play with other dogs, learn to be a hiking partner and learn how to enjoy playing in water! We would describe Rocket Man as a medium Velcro, medium energy guy. He loves to play and loves to be near his humans, but he will also settle nicely.
Meet Mamma Tessa. She is 8 years old and searching for her forever home. Tessa was a puppy mill dog and has had a hard life but with patience, soft words, and a gentle touch she is blossoming into a loving dog. Tessa shows you her appreciation by laying down for pats and belly rubs.
Tessa is finding out what it is like to be a carefree dog. She is house trained and loves her crate. It is her safe place. She likes to keep her toys in it and plays with them by herself. Each day she spends less and less time in it and is getting comfortable exploring the house. It took a few days for her to get used to stairs but is now running up and down them to keep up with her foster brother and sister.
Tessa is afraid of men and will growl when they come into the house but settles with no look or contact from them. If they sit, she will come over for a sniff and allow a pet. Tessa is fine when out walking and she gets along well with other dogs. Tessa walks like a lady on a leash and rides well in the car
Tessa has a lot of love to give and when she looks at you with those big brown eyes she melts your heart.
Tessa will make a wonderful companion but she needs to go to a quiet home. She get nervous with a lot of movement so she cannot go to a home with small children.
Tessa is fostered in Bel Air. MD
Apply here for her. NS2978
Rocket Man’s ideal home includes adults and older children who will continue to work with him so that he will be the best dog ever. A fenced yard and a playful dog pal are also important. Rocket Man is a wonderful guy who has so much to offer. If he sounds like a great match for you, please consider applying today!
Rocket is fostered in Roanoke, VA.
Apply here for him. NS3173
Buster the Man
Buster is a sweet 9yr old, neutered, Black Tri male with a docked tail. He is looking for a quiet home setting where he'll be most comfortable being around children 10 yrs and older "only" who are very dog savvy and understand they need to move and speak calmly around him. Due to his total lack of familiarity with younger children, Buster becomes frightened and nervous about them, with their quick, unpredictable, busy activity.
Due to his having lived in an outdoor kennel and having minimal human contact, he is under socialized and unsure of new things and situations that have opened up in his world. He's shy and unsure at first but warms up after checking out new people or situations without being pressured. He lavishes in praise, and shows it by joyful butt wiggles once he gets to know you.
He's socialized and playful with other dogs; he currently has a low play level that may increase as his muscle tone improves. Once rested he's ready to play again. A home with another fur companion to interact with and show him the ropes would be a wonderful treat for him. He would also do well as an only dog in a quiet peaceful setting with adults he can put his faith in. He loves being close to his people, being pet, praised, groomed and loved on, and will follow you everywhere and melt hearts with his beautiful brown eyes.
He has had limited contact with cats, so would require a slow introduction and socialization to co-habitate with them.
Buster needs help getting into a vehicle because they are new to him. Once inside he's calm, rides quietly and enjoys the trip. He has good leash manners and enjoys walks and taking in all the new smells. He's also crate trained but prefers the company of his family, once he's settled in.
Buster is fostered in Trout Run, Pa
Apply here for him. NS3180
HE'S BACK! Bradley Cooper is about 1 year old and weighs about 45 pounds. He is VERY energetic and VERY enthusiastic. He loves people and attention. He does well in the car, is crate trained, and is decent on the leash (he tends to do a lot of pulling so a good harness is a must). He has had severe separation anxiety issues in the past as a single dog; he does much better when he has another dog to keep him company when his humans aren't home.
Bradley Cooper plays great with other dogs, but can be a bit of a bully so he would need a brother or sister that can hold their own. His ideal household would have no cats or small animals due to his high prey drive. Bradley Cooper has a ton of energy and will require an active household and a lot of stimulation. He tends to get into trouble when no one is watching and he will eat anything off the street. He likes to chase the ball and has been recently learning to bring it back.
Bradley Cooper is a quick learner, but will require a lot of patience and time. If you are interested in taking on a loyal, energetic pup, Bradley Cooper is your guy!
Bradley Cooper is being fostered in Philadelphia, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3137
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
Cactus Mack came into the program in KY two years ago and we were told he was 7 at that time, but experience tells us that he was much older. We guess him to be 12-13 now and a very hard 12-13 at that, as the vet expressed it. He had been adopted for 18 months but was returned to us and we figure he is now with us "for the duration". His eyesight and hearing are not the best, and his general mental state is pretty geriatric, but with lots of patience and care he has now adjusted to his foster home and knows the lay of the land. He seems happy enough and really is quite able physically to roam the fenced yard happily. NS2781
Speckles is a shy, sweet purebred Aussie in search of her new home. Just 5 years old, this pretty black tri weighs 40 pounds – a great weight! Speckles is housebroken, crate-trained and walks pretty well on a leash. She is just starting to learn her basic commands.
Speckles had a very rough start in life but she is making up for it now! She is very shy, but once she trusts someone she is a very affectionate little girl. Speckles really loves other dogs and LOVES a good romp around the yard with a dog pal. She is also starting to enjoy playing with toys. She was underfed when rescued and so she is very food motivated – you will not have to worry about her leaving even one speck of food in her bowl! Overall, Speckles is a medium energy girl – she loves to play hard but then settles nicely when playtime is over. Speckles has been introduced to cats and understands that dog-savvy cats are to be admired at a distance.
Speckles’ ideal home includes an active, adult family who has the patience to work with this little girl as she learns to appreciate life in a warm, safe home, and who will continue her obedience training so that she can be the best dog ever! A fenced yard and another active, playful dog pal are absolute requirements. If you have room in your heart and home for this sweet girl, please apply today.
Speckles is fostered in Haddon Township, NJ.
Apply here for her. NS3195