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.
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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.
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 This wonderful guy was dealt a bad hand by nature but his heart issues are being nicely controlled by a regimen of meds and he gets follow up check by a cardiologist or regular vet every 3 months. When you think about the good that donations can do, think of Thidwick-- only through the generosity of our donors can we afford to give him this excellent care which is improving his quality of life and prolonging it as well. HIs chronic heart failure (CHF) is due to a faulty mitral valve which we hoped to get surgically repaired with a specialty team of Japanese vets who were planning to come to the vet school at University of FL in Gainesville, but with the pandemic, international travel and elective surgeries have been cancelled. Most dogs in CHF have 6-24 months life expectancy once diagnosed, with 9 months being the average. Thidwick was in full CHF when we got him 9 months ago but so far he is doing very well and we hope he will live to the longer end of the expected span for this condition. He is also on an inhaler now twice a day to help with a wheezy lung condition that is not attributable to anything the vets can find, other than we see on xray that he has some scarring there. He is such a sweet and patient guy that he tolerates the inhaler which is a specially designed one for dogs--as long as he gets his half a Milkbone treat afterward :) On the better diet in his foster home, he has grown the most gorgeous soft and bounteous white coat imaginable, and also put on a bit of weight. He loves the fenced yard to wander safely despite having only 5% vision, and he gallops in when called, and looks a lot like a polar bear when he does, with the new coat and a little more weight. He does love his food! He adores having visitors and just hones in on them like a heat seeking missile and then if they sit down, lays his head in their lap and stands there perfectly still for petting as long as he can get it. We can't fix what's wrong with this guy but he sure is having a happy life for now. He is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS3401
9 months of loving care; the results are beautiful!
Maui is a male black tri aussie weighing in at about 45 pounds. He is 1.5 years old and is a true puppy at heart. He took a few days in his new foster home to really come out of his shell, but he is turning out to be a spunky dude with a lot of personality. He started out as a 2 on the energy scale, but in the week he has been in foster care, his energy level has increased to about a 7. Maui can be a little scared of loud noises and timid of new experiences, but with the help of a loving family, he will really thrive!
Maui has shown a lot of interest in playing with the dogs he meets. His foster mom and dad think he would do best in a home with at least one other dog to show him the ropes and to help guide him through life's scary moments. He walks okay on a leash; not a lot of pulling, but tends to walk behind the human. He shows the most confidence when he walks with the resident dog.
Sweet Sadie - ADOPTION PENDING
Sweet Sadie is a 6.5 year old Red Merle Aussie with beautiful amber eyes.
Sweet Sadie is fostered near Trenton, NJ. NS3572
At home, Maui likes to entertain himself. He isn't sure about playing with his humans, but he loves to run around them and jump into their laps. He will throw his toys around all by himself to keep himself busy, but he also likes to get into trouble. Maui displays typical destructive puppy behavior so make sure you hide your phone chargers, pencils, and wallets.
Maui has not been tested with cats, but does show small animal prey drive when he sees squirrels or feral cats on walks around the city. He also has not been tested with children, but due to his timidity, we suggest homes with children over the age of 10.
Maui is a sweet, loving dog who will make a great addition to someone's family. He has grown so much in just one week and his foster home is confident that he will continue to blossom into a really amazing companion.
Maui is being fostered in Philadelphia PA.
Apply here for him. NS3583
Ropyr is a neutered, 1 year old Border Collie / Aussie mix. His previous adopter returned him to us because he started resource guarding spaces in the home. We are still not sure what triggered this behavior. He has spent the past month + at his current foster home and has been nothing short of excellent with behavior. He loves to fetch, play frisbee, and knows all his basic commands. He rides well in the car, and makes an excellent hiking pup. He would likely really enjoy agility or disc dog classes.
Ropyr does have a prey drive. A home with no cats is ideal, or a *very* dog savvy cat who doesn't mind a game of chase every now and then. He definitely will benefit from having another pup sibling or two in the home. He's a follower and likes having a dog to keep him calm and in check. He is med-high energy and med-high velcro. At night he will jump on the bed and "melt" into you for cuddles.
Ropyr gets along well with all dogs, people, etc. Although he was returned for resource guarding behaviors he has not shown these at the foster home. He shares toys, treats, etc. politely. He does pull on the leash out of excitement initially but will go to heel and pay attention once you remind him of the rules.
Ropyr is fostered in Brick, NJ.
Apply here for him. NS3549
Please check back for updates.
Buddy the Bear
Buddy the Bear is an absolutely beautiful boy weighing in at about 60 lbs. He is a black/white/copper tri with a curly tail who is a year and a half old. Buddy is a little nervous around new people but very eager to make new friends. Once you toss a frisbee for him he will love you forever! Buddy is so smart and can learn a new trick in minutes with the right incentive (cheese). He absolutely fell in love with the lovely people at the shelter he was surrendered to when they shared a bologna sandwich, and continues to show an interest in sharing whatever snacks his foster family is eating. Buddy the Bear loves to plop right down on your lap to cuddle and greets people with a toy and a tail wag. He is so smart!
Buddy the Bear is comfortable and respectful with cats, playing with my playful cat and respecting the boundaries of my not playful cat. He absolutely loves other dogs, making friends instantly at any dog park. He loves to play frisbee, but when there are other dogs around it's all about tag! He is a classic Aussie with plenty of energy, probably around a 7-8 on a scale of 10. Buddy would love to have a buddy of his own, another dog to play and run around with. He is a medium on the velcro scale, loving to hang around people but with no signs of separation anxiety. He takes a minute to settle when left home alone but isn't overly anxious or destructive. He is good with men and women, and did live with children (9 and 12) in his first home, but hasn't been tested around children since then. He LOVES fetch and running and dog parks and any kind of activity. He has great off leash recall and would make a great hiking or camping companion.
Buddy the Bear did have a prescription for trazodone (anxiety med) as needed when he entered our rescue, however he has already been through car rides, thunderstorms, and meeting cats without needing it, so I think it was more precautionary than anything, but his future family should keep an eye out for anxiety as he grows up. We have been diligently working on loose leash walking, and Buddy is making great progress, but he will definitely need continued work on leash manners. This sweetheart will make a wonderful addition to any fun-loving family. He can't wait to meet you and share all of your snacks.
Buddy the Bear is fostered in Philadelphia, PA
Apply here for him. NS3610