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.

Dahlia is getting on in years and we have decided she should remain in the New Spirit program rather than try and adapt to a new situation.  Her hearing is pretty nonexistent but vision is good and she does not have to cope with any stairs in her foster home.  She is happy and safe in the fenced yard with no need to be leashed walked which is hard for her.  Overall this seems like the best place for her to live out her remaining time..  NS 2224

This adorable guy was placed four years ago and was just recently returned to program after his adopters had some setbacks with health.  Waldo is a loving companion, 9 years old, a handsome black tri with a big personality.  He's great with other dogs, walks well on leash, and loves to be by your side--and he will bump you with his nose to get your attention if you go too long without petting him.  He likes to go out, quickly does his business, but doesn't want to spend a lot of time outdoors without you.  He will alert you with a big bark when he wants to be by your side again.

Waldo has a luxurious fluffy coat that is very addictive to pet, and although he has a big frame, he only weighs 50 pounds, which is just right for him.  He rides well in the car but has a little trouble getting in too high a deck, like a larger SUV.  Hes hips are a little off and stiff, but he is very happy to do regular walks and can manage stairs as long as you don't need them climbed in a hurry.

The years have brought some challenges for Waldo, notably some layrngeal paralysis which often affects older dogs.  It makes his regular breathing sound loud but he does get plenty of air.  This can progress and require surgical attention but often it doesn't.  The worst that usually happens is the dog gets excited and can't get enough air, passes out, and in that state gets enough air and comes around again.    Waldo is no where near that dire a situation though, and as he has settled into his foster home, it has become much more subdued
If the footing outdoors is wet or slippery, he may need to be told “Go pee” as he looks back at you with big sad eyes.  But a firm “Go pee!” and he takes care of business and comes right back.    At night, it helps to close him in the bedroom where he likes to sleep on the floor, or gate off the hallway so that he doesn’t have free rein of the house—he tends to get to thinking about a snack or something and goes “on patrol”, but gated in a smaller area, he settles right down.  Waldo is fine left loose when you’re away from home, but he doesn’t like to be crated, and he’s not cat-safe.

Overall he is a delightful and engaging companion who will really keep you company on your daily rounds, and make you feel special!

Waldo is fostered in Collegeville PA.  Apply here for him.  NS 1502

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

Charissa has the most beautiful loving brown eyes, trimmed in white eyelashes, although she is deaf she is very attentive to her person, very laid back and easygoing. She is a city lady learning to go country, having overcome her resistance to being outdoors off leash, now enjoying going out and laying in the sun with her housemates. She doesn't wander off the property boundaries, too content to investigate the large yard and all the smells of flowers in bloom.

She is finding her playful side as well, although brief she enjoys the game of chase with her two smaller housemates, and a new foster to the household, who she accepted without incident.  She has the cutest little howl and dance she does when she's excited, be it in play, her fosters returning from an outing, or visitors to the home.
She has compensated well for her lack of hearing, by being very observant.  When you go to get in the car, she shows a desire to go with you, and is an excellent traveler. With her soft, spotted, feathery coat, and delicate legs, Charissa at 33 lbs., is a lovely dog looking for a home that appreciates her many attributes.

Charissa is being fostered in Trout Run, PA

Apply here for her. NS 2365
She is absolutely adorable, a perfect fit for older adopters or someone looking for a low energy companion, who's happy to go for leash walks and loves riding in a vehicle.

Charissa is a dainty lady who just wants to please.
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
Beckee and her babies

Beckee and her babies have all been placed although they will not go to their new homes till early November

Beckee is a beautiful young female who just had 7 puppies on 9/5, 2 days after arriving at a shelter in Tennessee!  She is the sweetest momma and has no problem letting people pick up her pups.  She loves people. 

Four puppies are spotted and the other three are black and white.

They will be fostered in SE PA

NS 2391

Keira (Irish name meaning “dark haired one”) is approximately a 2 year old old Black Tri Female Aussie that weighs about 30 pounds. She has a beautifully full coat, with prick ears, full tail and very intelligent brown eyes. She really does look and move like a fox.

Keira is a timid girl who is trying to figure out where humans fit into this new world she lives in.  She was picked up on the side of the road and then spent months in a shelter. Her foster mom wonders whether she ever had her own home or family because she is extremely shy around people and is unsure inside the house.  But get her outside for a walk and she loosens up and knows how to enjoy the smells of the great outdoors. In the house she is quite different but every day she comes out of her shell a little more and is learning that people can be great companions.  She has excellent dog greeting skills and can take cues from other dogs with grace and ease. She would do best in a quiet home with a confident dog that can show her the ropes of wrapping humans around her paw. Keira is crate trained but prefers to hang out behind furniture in tight spaces where she feels secure, she rides quietly in the car and is a dream to walk on leash. 
Because of her timid nature, Keira would do best with a gentle and patient family. New situations make her nervous and unsure, and chaos just doesn’t suit her. She gets along great with other dogs and her foster mom believes she would be fine with cats since she is such a gentle soul. She will need a secure fence or a family who is willing to leash walk if they do not have a fence.  No tie-outs/electric fences please.  Check back for updates and video as Keira’s true personality shines through.
This foxy little lady is fostered in Jamison, PA.

Apply here for her. NS 2345
Bobby Boy

Bobby Boy is a seriously sweet, middle-aged (maybe 6 years old?) blue merle male.  He is best described as a laid back, true southern gentleman.  He has wonderful manners and would hold the door open for you if he could.  He is on the small side at 35 pounds, with an adorable half tail.  He has had a rough life and was finally picked up by animal control as a neglect case.  (They had to cut away the mats just to neuter him!)  He is just delightful, and so grateful to finally be experiencing a little TLC...you can see it very clearly in his eyes.
He is low-ish energy but high-ish velcro.  He's happy to hang out and run with the pack, and found his place in it instantly.  But what he really wants is to keep an eye on you and be close to you.  He has not been cat tested but we can easily picture him allowing any resident cats to walk all over him.  He's also happy to hang out with men, women and children alike.  Bobby Boy is crate trained but doesn't really even need to be crated.  And he is quite housebroken, thank you.
The so-so news is Bobby Boy is heartworm positive and needs some dental work, so he will be with us until around mid November.  The good news is that he is a sweet, mellow guy, good with dogs, cats and kids of all ages, and with some more TLC and the right meds he will be better than new. 

So our Bobby Boy is looking for a soft place to land.  We're picturing a soft dog bed by a cozy fire for the wintertime, one on the veranda for lazy summer days watching the world go by with you and one by your bed, of course.  If you can offer Bobby a simple life full of love, warmth, comfort, and joy please fill out an application for him now. 

Bobby Boy is being fostered in New London, PA.

Apply here for him. NS 2265
Bentley is a very handsome 1 year old male.  He is good with cats and other dogs. He is completely vetted and housebroken and is medium energy.  NSXXXX
Lukka is a 4-6 red tri from WV - very well behaved, very obedient, needs a doggy pal when left alone. NSXXXX

Jory is a 2 yr.old male, Blue / Red Double Merle, weighing 42 lbs. Who, unlike many Double Merles, is an exception with the ability to see and hear.  Jory is somewhat insecure at present, not letting his foster get out of sight; something that will pass in time,as he acclimates to his new surroundings. 

He is the true meaning of a velcro dog.  When outdoors on leash or off while investigating he runs back for praise then off he goes again; always mindful of where his foster may be or right by my side. Call his name and he responds immediately, he loves praise and loves to give hugs and kisses.  
He likes men and women and is very good with children 5 and older.  We are unsure of younger children and cats. Although he couldn't care less when he sees a rabbit or squirrel.  I would caution with young children he be monitored because of his enthusiasm to give hugs and kisses he many unintentionally knock them over.   He loves people and loves to give hugs to everyone he meets.

Jory is looking for someone who will cherish him for the special boy he is.

He's undergoing full treatment for HW, that he should do fine with and it will not affect his chances for a healthy life when complete. He will be available in early Dec.
He is currently learning patience, to sit and wait his turn. And when goodies or meals are laid out among him and his housemates, he is gentle when being hand feed.  When watching tv his favorite thing to do is climb up in your lap, roll onto his back and have his chest and belly rubbed.  But he can also lay quietly sprawled out like a frog out at your feet.
He has good house manners,crates with a point of a finger,lays patient and quiet, sits to be leashed, follows commands, knows the word "NO" and learns quickly. Jory is submissive and gets along very well with other housemates, as well as those he meets in public. He does pull a bit during public meetings because he wants to play with dogs he meets, or just to greet people as he loves to give hugs to everyone he meets. His bobtail is always wiggling in friendliness! He is non aggressive with food, chew bones, and toys, allows touching and rubbing all over, stands quietly while being dried after a jaunt in the rain.
Apply here for him. NS 2377

Meet Applejack - a male red bi boy who is just as cute as can be bobbed tail and all, and he is probably a becaussie (because he is probably a border collie aussie mix). He is ready to find his perfect forever home.  He was found as a stray at just 5 months of age and has plenty to offer - lots of puppy cuteness, a great personality and he is ready to play and learn.  He walks pretty well on leash too!
Applejack is being fostered in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Apply here for him.  NS 2344

Young Taybee is a very sweet red tri male who has adorable freckles!  He is 10 months old and weighs about 50 pounds or so.  He is of course full of energy as most 10 month old puppies seem to be, but settles nicely as you can see in this photo! 

He is being fostered in the Mid-Atlantic region!  Stay tuned for updates as he gets used to his new environment! 

Apply here for him.  NS 2389

Quixote is a beautiful red merle boy who weighs 59 pounds.  He is probably about 3 years old.  He has a bobbed tail and his left eye is a beautiful amber color while his right eye is light blue.  He rides well in a car (but sometimes he likes to drive), and is very quiet in his crate. 

He was not wanted because he chased the goats on the farm (well Quixote is after all an aussie…), but he gets along well with all animals.  He is very gentle with the other foster who is just 5 months old, as well as the resident dogs (3).  He is great with cats and children too! 

He is medium low energy and likes to go for walks, romp in the yard.   However, he settles nicely when he is in the house.  He is not food aggressive and is not a dog bed hog either.  He will allow the other dogs to take the dog beds, but if there is one available he settles right in.

Quixote knows several commands: sit, shake, down and come.  He is working on stay.  He loves treats and verbal praise!  He also loves to jump up when asked just to give a kiss.  He is not velcro but loves to be with people.

He is being fostered in the Mid-Atlantic region.  If you are interested please complete the adoption application.

Apply here for him.  NS 2358
Roxanne is a very sweet, laid back girl, who gets along with all the other dogs. She is 6 – 8 months old, weighing in at 47#. She may have a slight vision impairment. She can see, but seems hesitant.  Her ears, nose and tail are all normal dog stuff, though!  Roxanne will be fostered in the Mid-Atlantic region.  NS 2378

Watch Roxanne and her foster brother wrestling here!!
Ironman Miles is a beautiful red tri 10 month old. He's a gem; well maybe a diamond in the rough, he is after all a teenager!  He is house broken and rides well in a car.  And he loves, LOVES, LOVES the frisbee!  He is a big boy at 65 pounds and appears to still have some “baby fat”. With a few more throws of the frisbee he will be a svelt lean machine.  He has gotten along with the resident dog and at the vet he met a cat. While he has not been officially cat tested, he did not show much interest.  Ironman Miles is delightful. He is full of aussie energy and personality and loves to try out everything with his mouth as most young dogs do. He loves to log the miles while on a walk and then settles pretty nicely in the home. He will be fostered in the Mid-Atlantic region.  NS2388
Hello Yoda!  This fluffy boy weighs in around 35 lbs. and is quiet and reserved.  He will be available mid-summer after completion of heartworm treatment.  Stay tuned for updates.  He will be fostered in the Mid-Atlantic region.  NS2355
Ginseng is a VERY joyful 2 year old female with a moderate amount of energy. She is still "in training" to be the best dog for her future forever family.   She is most likely part AS/Lab mix. She loves walking and playing with her foster home dogs and is cat friendly! She would be ideal in a home with another dog, but don't let that stop you from considering her. She likes people, toys, good food, lots of praise and cuddles! Ginseng is most grateful for everything done for her with an endless flow of kisses and cuddles.  The vet has indicated that in her prior life as a stray, she has had a liter of puppies. Ginseng has been spayed.  Please stay tuned for more updates as this gorgeous beauty continues her training. She will be fostered in Pittsburgh, PA.  NSXXXX

Deuce is a great young dog that hasn't had much socializing or exercise in his 2.5 years, but he's making up for lost time fast!  He's large at about 70 lbs but not overweight, a beautiful blue merle with one blue eye and one brown eye.  He's exuberant and high energy, and has some real speed on him.  He loves to go after a tennis ball and may have some frisbee potential.  He does well with other dogs though his play style and doggie language is a work in progress.  His size alone, at least 24" at the shoulder, intimidates some other Aussies, but he isn't overly rough.  He just needs a little more practice to communicate well, and he does take a "no" from another dog very well.
He rides nicely in the car and learns incredibly fast.  This guy can do it all with some training.  Deuce is fostered near Philadelphia.
Apply here for him.  NS 2408
Billy Shears (AKA RINGO) is a big dog with an even bigger heart. He is a mix of Australian Shepherd and Basset Hound and is 5-6 years old. The only sign of the Basset is his short legs. Ringo weighs 126 pounds (he is a *tad* overweight). He enjoys daily walks and likes his time in the play yard. He is such a sweet, mellow, gentle and very good-natured dog. He has one of those wonderfully expressive doggy faces that looks like he is smiling at you. He will be fostered in the Mid-Atlantic region.  NSTBD