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.

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
Sophia Loren is a beautiful red Tri girl is just as sweet as they come. Quiet in her crate, walks nicely on her leash and has tolerated many other dogs in the foster home nicely. She weighs 32 pounds and is a bit under weight; probably 40-42 pounds would be a good weight for her

She will be arriving in mid Atlantic soon but is presently in the Heartland.  NS2510

Rooney is a 1-2 yr old, handsome, black tri male with lovely tail who was very shy upon arrival in New Spirit.  After just one month in foster care, he has made great strides and now we can say that he simply has a
strong reserve.  Within 15 minutes and a few belly rubs, he's fine with most people.  He's grown so much and we are so proud of him for being so brave.  The normal household sounds like tv, kitchen pots & pans banging
that were so scary are fine now.  What he really loves to do is run, run, run in the fenced yard, chasing butterflies.  Yes, not balls or frisbees--butterflies.  He has even been observed shaking flowering bushes, trying to get those butterflies on the move! He's a riot.  He so loves being outside that he almost has to be forced to come inside to cool off from time to time.  He is a very happy boy.

Rooney is great with his foster aussie brother, and with visiting dogs.  He was initially believed to not be good with cats but the foster parents now believe he is just curious and confident cats are fine--we don't know about cats who run.  There are indoor and outdoor cats at the foster home, with protective zones.  Rooney has never even offered to breach a gate to pursue a cat.  Instead, he watches  curiously.

Rooney has yet to meet small children.  He might still be a bit overwhelmed by a large group of noisy kids, but would soon recover, we think.  His energy level is much higher than it was upon arrival--good food and exercise--so he'll need a fair amount of exercise each day.  His ideal home would have a fenced yard and doggie playmate or lots & lots of exercise, plus patient and understanding people who'll help him continue to come out of his shell.  A tired aussie is a happy aussie.

Rooney is still in a chewing phase, unfortunately, he is a busy boy.  So he still is being crated at night.  He's coming along and this phase should soon pass, especially if he has some good marrow bones.  He should be crated when left alone for the present time.

Rooney will probably top off at 50+ lbs, he has a lot of filling out to do.

Rooney is being fostered near Gettysburg, PA.

Apply here for him.  NS2501


Rugger is a sweet four-year-old boy with a lovely mahogany coat that looks chocolate or deep red depending on the light. He also has a beautiful full tail and weighs about 70 pounds. He is extremely well-behaved indoors and just wants to be loved.

Rugger is a low-energy guy who loves to cuddle on the couch or bed. He's not crate trained, but is housebroken and doesn't get into any trouble when left alone during the work day.  He was initially nervous with large male dogs at his second foster home but as soon as he realized they were friendly, he was just fine with them, though he hasn't accepted a play invitation yet.  All the dogs coming and going since that first 24 hours, he has been great with

Rugger came from NC where he was able to run and play freely in the woods.  He was out of his element in the big city but he loves the large fenced yard in his current foster home.  He's okay on leash but pulls a bit and does better on an EZ Walk.  He doesn't misbehave-- he is just eager to go say hi to other dogs, which he does very politely, including at the vet's office.  He's not the most energetic of walkers. An easy stroll is just fine with him

Rugger is looking for a home where he can adore his people and spend lots of time cuddling.

He is being fostered in Collegeville PA                Apply here for him.  NS2482
He loves to ride in the car and is an excellent passenger.

Pete is a beautiful and delightful 13-1/2 year-old Blue Merle with shades of brown in his coat and a full tail. He has one blue eye and one brown eye. Pete is a very sweet low-energy affectionate dog who enjoys walks and the outdoors. He is content to stay in the foster home's fenced-in yard for long periods of time. When Pete's foster parents return home from errands, Pete greets them enthusiastically at the front door.

Pete has excellent house manners, does not need to be crated, and is currently living very peacefully with another dog and two house cats. Due to a new job which kept the owner away from home over 12 hours each day, he was turned in by his former owner of 11 years.
Pete is fully vetted and neutered.  Along with his age he has some hearing loss and is being successfully medicated for low thyroid hormone output.    Pete will make a wonderful companion to a senior who doesn't want a young, wild dog, but rather a quiet, mature canine citizen.  Pete very much enjoys going for walks, it's good for him, body and mind.

Pete is being fostered near Gettysburg PA.

                Apply here for him.  NS2488
Helen Keller

Meet Helen Keller affectionately known as “Kelly”.   Kelly is a low energy, 5 yr. old red Merle Aussie mix, who is blind and hearing impaired in one ear. She hears best in her left ear and eagerly follows your voice by turning her head to that side.                                                                                                                                                            
She is small in stature measuring a mere 13 3/4” H, weighing approx. 35- 40 lbs., with a soft short coat and cute little bob tail.  She is extremely sweet and as smart as she is adorable.

Kelly has begun to bloom and show how very smart she truly is in the short time she's been with her foster. She enjoys being outdoors and loves being on loose leash showing how well she can navigate through yard obstacles by voice direction and kisses.  She has great recall, being told what she's coming up on she'll veer around it like a pro. Of late she's gotten involved in short periods of play with resident dogs and is all smiles.  She absolutely loves praise and encouragement.

She doesn't fuss about being crated overnight and actually lets her foster mom know when she's ready to turn in.  She is wonderful loose in the house and normally rests in her crate or on a dog bed in the room. She does a happy little dance when she hears her foster's voice and is eager to rejoin her.
Kelly's impairments definitely do not hold her back!  Impaired dogs make wonderful pets and family members and are no more difficult to raise or train than their hearing / seeing counterparts.The most important thing to remember with impaired dogs is " Don't put limitations on what they can do."  The  New Spirit community is available to answer questions and offer helpful information and tips. Blinddogs.net is also great resource to look into when considering an impaired companion.

Kelly would do best as a single companion or with other lower energy dogs.
This sweet girl is ready for her forever home!   Kelly is currently fostered in Trout Run, Pa.

Apply here for her.  NS2399
Lobo  is a very sweet male border collie approx 10.5 years old.  He is pretty shy with other dogs but shows absolutely no aggression.  He is housebroken and loves his crate and bed.  Lobo is very affectionate and not at all hyper-he’s a very calm gentleman.  His tail is always wagging-even when eating and drinking!  He would make a wonderful companion for senior(s) who want to be active but don’t want to run a marathon.  Lobo has learned to love car rides and walks.

Lobo is undergoing a medical assessment and we will have an update on his status early October.

Lobo is fostered in Mount Laurel, NJ.

This wonderful gentleman is Rosco, whose owner suffered a major health setback and is unable to care for him now. He lived on 20 acres in CT, and is beloved by the adult children who unfortunately can't have a dog.  He was the greeter and chief social organizer on the place and is continuing in that role in his foster home, where he enthusiastically welcomes all visitors and other dogs. He's also great with cats. 

Rosco is 7 years old and weighs 62 pounds.  He's in excellent health and loves to play with other dogs, likes his marrow bones, and did very well at a dog fair with other dogs, large and small on leash, and adults, children, and some folks who were smoking, and one impaired adult who was a bit clumsy with him.  Rosco tolerated it well and gently extricated himself from a full body hug by someone else when it got to be too much. 
He does pull hard on leash but he hasn't really had much practice and it was all out of happiness to see and be seen.  A little work and he should be fine.

He's reliable in the house and doesn't need to be crated when you're away.  He's not inclined to get on couches or beds unless he's invited, but he's never far away. He's great in the car, too. 

Rosco is being fostered in Collegeville PA

Apply here for him.  NS 2619

Emmy Lou

Emmy Lou is coming back into program - they tried but he works nights - and she is a day dog! She is 2 years old and weighs about 40 - 45#. She gets along well with other dogs; knows basic commands such as sit and wait. In her enthusiasm, she sometimes forgets. But, she is smart, learns quickly and wants to please. House broken and crate trained. EmmyLou is high energy, leaps tall fences in a single bound, and is inquisitive. Very velcro.
Emmy Lou is being fostered in SE PA

Apply here for her.  NS 2458
Lexi Lou

Lexi Lou is a spayed female, 10 years old (est), and small at 36 lbs. She is house trained, does okay on a leash, is a little shy meeting new dogs and people, but warms up immediately. She is quite playful and if she's really 10, we'd say she's quite a playful 10.  She’s a sweetheart!

Lexi Lou is being fostered in Bel Air MD

Apply here for her.  NS 2617

Cissy is a blue merle female, 18 mos to 2 years old, 40 lbs, but needs some weight and some more fur, which will happen now that she's on a good diet. Look at those striking eyes!  She has a damaged right front leg and paw. X-ray showed sound bones and joints so radial nerve paralysis may be to blame.  However,  she gets around just fine. We will have this evaluated and it's possible she can be fitted with a removable walking splint to help her get the most fun out of life, and she is all about fun.  She is house trained, okay on a leash, okay with dogs. A real happy, loving sweetheart!
Cissy is fostered in Collegeville PA 
NS 2631
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 will have him evaluated to see if anything can be done to restore his sight though.
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 thay he will toss and play with all by himself.  Red Buddy is a gentle soul with a tail that wags at the hint of sweet talk, and is in overall very good health.
He is fostered in Collegeville PA       NS 2632