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.

Hemingway has a sad tale to tell. His family moved to Florida, leaving him tied up in the back yard. A neighbor’s dog came along and attacked him. The SPCA was called and took him, wounded, to a vet. Somehow, he still has the most trusting look on his face.  He had glaucoma that was left untreated for so long that he has no vision, but he's not unhappy about it.  We treated his eyes so pressures are low now and no ongoing meds are needed.  He was also treated for heartworm and Ehrlichia, and he is anow a healthy happy guy!  Hemingway is 55 pounds and at least 8 years old (best guess)

Hemingway is just a happy sociable dog who loves everyone! Can't wait to greet new visitors for a pet and then stays right at their feet for more.  He would make a wonderful therapy dog.  His blindness doesn't bother him a bit--he navigates stairs, outdoors, and if he bumps into something, he just backs up and tries a different route.  His tail is always wagging when he hears people or is getting attention.  He loves to be brushed, does well on leash, and follows the sound of your voice happily.  He's also a great traveler in the car and although he needs a little boost up, he has the confidence to jump down by himself.

Amazingly, this boy loves to play ball.  You hit the ground with it in front of him and he chases after it 4-5' till he finds it, then he picks it up, tosses it in the air and grabs it again.  It's such a joy to watch how silly he gets.  He also has a tug toy with a tennis ball that he loves to play with you.  He gets along great with other dogs and if another dogs will roll and wrestle and stay in contact with him, he is absolutely overjoyed to play as long as the other dog will.

Hemingway is fostered in Collegeville PA. Apply here to meet him. NS 2076

This beautiful girl is Sugarbear.  She is a beautiful red merle girl with blue eyes and a bob tail.  Our best guess on age is 9-11, and we have done a dental on her to make sure she is in great health for a new home.  Sugarbear is a very sweet girl who is loyal to her family, following them around in the yard and tolerating the three resident dogs as well as another foster.  She gets along with everyone...the neighbors, the other dogs and even the vet when blood was drawn for her check up!  She rides really well in a car, is quiet in her crate and loves to go for walks and be outdoors!  She weighs 60 pounds and would love to lose a little.  She loves going for leash walks and has perfect leash manners!.  She loves to be brushed and petted and is very laid back. 

Sugarbear is fostered in Collegeville, PA.  Apply here to meet her.NS 1919

Lewis is a male Aussie mix, lanky teen probably no more than 14 months old and weighs about 48 pounds. While he doesn’t have the “flash” of a purebred Aussie, he certainly makes up for that with his personality.  He has a rich dark liver colored coat with beautiful waves in his fur that extend into his full tail.  He’s a tall fellow but when he runs, you can see he hasn’t quite grown into his “big boy body” and hasn’t mastered the art of being agile…yet.  He’s the kind of dog you have to meet in person to appreciate his personality.  Everyone he meets on his walks falls head over heels for him.

He has EXCELLENT dog reading skills and can take cues from other dogs with grace and ease. He is crate trained (although he is reliable in the house when left alone), house broken, has excellent recall, rides quietly in the car, doesn’t make a peep through the night, settles nicely in the house, hogs the sofa for a nice nap, runs to his crate and sits politely while waiting for his meals to be served, loves to go for walks and has recently discovered the art of swimming which he embraced with every wet hair on his body.  He is reserved when meeting strange people but warms up instantly when offered a dog treat. 

He responds well to direction, simply glows with positive reinforcement and is an easy dog to train.  His foster parents think he has the perfect amount of snuggliness in him.  If invited, he will sit in your lap.  Otherwise, he’ll just lounge about where he can see his people to keep an eye on them, or settle on the floor for a good antler chewing session.  If you are out of the room too long, he’ll come investigate to make sure everyone is ok. 

He is such an easy dog to have around that he would be great in almost any environment.  Although his foster mom can picture him sitting at a little girl’s tea party dressed for the event, or chasing balls a little boy hits for batting practice, he would love to join a family (big or small) that will love him and include him in their activities.

If you have a big space in your heart, Lewis will happily climb in and fill it with love and devotion.


Dodger is an 18 month old white male. He has a black spot on his back and his face is multi colored brown, tan, and white. He is approximately 37 pounds, very skinny for his size. When first met, Dodger he was scared, timid, and refused the leash.  He is feeling much more comfortable around us.

We are not sure how he would be with cats, but we do have two small dogs that he gets long with, but he is very nervous around new dogs. Right now he has low energy, lays around the house a lot. He is starting to move about. He likes a lot of love and attention. He currently has no health issues other than fattening him up. He is housebroken and crate trained. Dodger is now leash trained, as a matter of fact he can't wait to go out. He gets along with everyone in the family except the teens, and is nervous around new people. We are not sure about young children.
He currently has no interest in toys or fetching. He understands the "no" command and we are working on 'sit'. He loves to chew on bones.  We are working on shoe chewing issues. 
He did have one instance of counter surfing and we would recommend a fence or invisible fence. With continued love and attention we feel he will come out of his shell but right now he is adjusting to his new environment. He tends to whine a lot.

He is fostered in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ.   Apply here to meet him. NS 2113
Peregrine White

Peregrine White is an Aussie mix whose main goal in life is to end up in your lap. He loves to explore and meet other dogs; he wags his tail from halfway down the block as a new dog approaches, but if your lap's available, watch out. Arguably his best feature, his ears are delightfully floppy and when he hears something, you're often treated to an adorable one-ear-up situation. He might not be flashy like some Aussies, but when he wants cuddles, he's the most dapper fellow in town.

He plays well with his two foster siblings and with dogs he meets at the dog park, including a sweet
We think he's about a year old. Energy-wise, he's low to medium. He's never shown signs of being tired, even on busy days with long walks and time at the dog park, but he also settles in easily on days with very little exercise. He currently lives in a small apartment and shows no signs of needing more space, though he does love being outdoors.

Mostly, Perry is just thankful to be out of the shelter and excited to experience the joys of having a permanent home. He's easily one of the most loving and affectionate fosters we've ever had and If you're looking for a sweetie with a charming face and heart of gold, Perry's the dog for you.

Peregrine White is fostered in Reading, PA. Apply here to see if he is right for your home.  NS 2039

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This young man is fostered in Jamison, PA.  Apply here to meet him. NS 2111

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Keeper has earned his stripes and is looking for a comfortable home to live out his golden years. Found on the streets, he is pretty run down and needs some time to recoup. He never stops smiling and wagging his tail however. Just a gentle lovely soul that hasn't had it very good for a long time. Keeper may be an Aussie or a mix (it is kind of hard to tell since the only hair he has is on his head and legs), 50-55 lbs., of indeterminate age (not young) who is mellow and friendly and loving. He wants to meet everyone and say hi, is fine with dogs and cats, is housebroken, fine with a crate but has some backend weakness that makes it uncomfortable to be confined to a small space for a long time. He enjoys going for a walk and is slowly building up his stamina and muscle tone. Of course he is easy to walk on a leash. His hair loss seems to be due to flea allergy dermatitis and is on the mend. It may take a while for the hair to all grow in but he is currently having no problems with the summer heat!  If you could give an older guy a nice retirement home in exchange for love and loyalty, then come meet Keeper.
Keeper is fostered in Lancaster, PA.
. Apply here to see if he is right for your home.  NS 2119

little miniature schnauzer. Knowing immediately he was bigger, he flopped over on his back and fought her very appropriately. He loves antlers, bones, and just about anything he can chew on. He still seems thankful to have toys in his life-- evidenced by the evenings in which he'll pull every one of the toys out of his toy box, then lie in the middle and look up happily. Since being with his foster family, he has learned to settle in his crate when left alone and is receptive to corrections. He loves walks and taking a stroll on the block. He doesn't pull but settles into a steady rhythm at your side-- he even likes to jog.

He's petite for an Aussie at about 40 pounds and medium velcro. He'll come immediately if he hears a sweet, sugary voice.

This is Griffyn, a young red merle male (about a year and a half old) who weighs about 40 pounds.  He is a beautiful boy with a bobbed tail and one blue and one brown eye.  He has also been referred to as "Mr. Wigglebutt" because his behind is in constant motion when his people are around.  And right now, all people are his people!  He can be best described as sweet as the day is long, and exhibits the typical aussie "What can I do to please you?" mentality. 
Griffyn was found as a stray, and is beside himself with joy to be part of a family and a pack of dogs.  He is still settling in and trying to figure out his place in his foster home's large pack,  He LOVES to play, is high on the energy scale and high on the velcro scale.  He's house trained and crate trained.  Griffyn does pull a bit on the leash depending on what dog(s) are on the walk with him.  He loves men, women and children of all ages.
Griffyn seems to have a high prey drive so a fence would be a plus. 

Griffyn is undergoing heartworm treatment and will be available for adoption mid to late September. 

He is fostered in New London, PA.  Apply here to meet him.  NS 2023
Donate here for Griffyn's Heartworm Treatment.

Dilly is a three year old male.  He weighs approximately 47 pounds, but he could stand to gain at least 5lbs.  Dilly is a love bug.  He wants to get up on you to give hugs. His paws can wrap around your waist and he stands content until you ask him to get down. 
Dilly would do great with other dogs, and he loves to play.  He also doesn't "push" if a dog tells them that they do not want to play!  Dilly has high energy, and he is still very much a puppy.  He is house trained and does well in a crate when the foster family has to leave.  Dilly doesn't understand fetch but loves his knuckle bone to chew.  He is a quiet dog, and the family has not heard him bark once!

Dilly is working on not jumping unless asked for a hug.  The foster family is also training him not to smother people with licks and the gentle mouthing he likes to do.  Dilly is up to date on vet work.

Dilly is fostered in Galloway, NJ. 

Apply here to meet him.  NS 2028
Gracie is 8 years old, but has many good years ahead of her!  She only weighs about 25 pounds, and is always smiling.  Gracie has a gorgeous coat and spectacular blue eyes!  She is loving, gentle, and walks well on a leash. NS TBD

Enya (Gaelic for 'little fire') is a beautiful red girl with amber eyes and a winning personality. She is about a year old, weighs about 50lbs and, in addition to her Aussie genes, appears to have some retriever in her heritage.

Enya is fairly low to medium on the energy scale, she will "chill out" or play ball with herself if there is nothing else going on.  When visiting at another home she was described by her host as "the perfect guest".  She is medium to high on the Velcro scale, always close when things are quiet and not far away if she is playing.  She'plays well with others', enjoys playing 'tag' and 'chase' with other dogs as well as quieter sessions of wrestling and face nuzzling.  She also will appropriately leave another dog alone if they don't want to play with her.  Enya has not met any cats but given her response to other dogs, people and squirrels in the yard, we would not anticipate any problems with a proper introduction.  Enya is crate trained and appears to be housebroken using the "doggy door" as needed.
She has been out in the community, at the farmer's market and local sporting event and had no problem with anyone she's met (women, men, children).  She loves to play fetch with a ball or frisbee and is a fairly quick study learning new behaviors like sit & down.
Enya arrived in foster care coated with motor oil.  She had significant hair loss and an otherwise very thin dull coat.  With appropriate medication and good nutrition her skin condition has cleared up and her coat filled in a lustrous dark red.  Her recall is good in the house and yard but we are still working to establish a solid recall when "out in the world" so she will be best kept on a leash when not in the yard.

Enya is being fostered in Blacksburg, VA.  Apply here to for her.  NS 2034

Rigby is a pretty black-tri girl that weighs about 35-40 lbs.  She is 3 years young and has a stubby tail which never stops vibrating.  Rigby is the ultimate educated energy dog! She loves people, the tennis ball, going for walks, chasing the ball, and playing with stuffed animals.  She is seeking a permanent position with a family, possibly with another dog and with someone who will throw the ball, take her for walks (or runs!), throw the ball, let her cuddle, throw the ball, and feed her.  Her foster family says she is a great communicator and they seem to always know what she wants, even if they don't always give it to her. She is OK with crates, but they're not her favorite.

Rigby has aced several rounds of obedience training.  She can catch a ball, focus and follow verbal and non-verbal communication.  She also knows sit, stay, heel, wait, off, jump up, take it, drop and go get it. 

If you are looking for someone to retrieve tennis balls or golf balls or any other kinds of balls, Rigby is your girl.  Need a chip and putt partner?  You hit the balls and she will bring them back to you!  She would love to learn formal agility or any other dog sport requiring physical and mental skill.   She is super-smart and eager to learn.  Rigby is also really interested in cats, but she is not sure what to do with them.

Rigby is being fostered in Lehighton, PA.  Apply here to for her.  NS 1546

Jethro is a sweet, fun loving boy who just shines with pride when he learns something or gets a signal right.  His lovely tail curls over his back except when he is running - then it trails behind him.  He weighs about 50 lean pounds.  His outer coat is sunburned, but he's a lovely chestnut under that.  He is very agile and fast, but settles quickly in the house.  He jumps in the creek, runs in the fields, and generally is just a big puppy.  He saw another dog at his foster home go thru the agility tunnel and over the A-frame - so he did too!
Jethro loves people and is overjoyed when meeting someone, he is a little too rambunctious for small or timid children.  This young man would prefer to be close to his person all the time, but can settle on his own.  He likes to ride in the car, has been crated, and is house trained. Jethro gets along with most, but not all, dogs.  He does well with 7 out of 8 dogs in his foster home.  He does ok on leash, but he needs to mature and focus a little.  His foster mother is also working on manners, but he is making progress in that area every day.
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Jethro is ready for someone to love, an active home and person to play with would be ideal.  Unfortunately, he can climb fences so he will need a secure space when left alone.  He would also be better as an only dog, or with a single dog friend who doesn't try to bully him.

Jethro is fostered in Blacksburg, VA.  Apply here to meet him. NS 2921
Nickey is a handsome black tri male Senior owner turn in.  He is playful and in good health.  Stay tuned for updates.  NS 2137
Windy and her puppies!
Windy pup - Female #1
Windy pup - Female #2
Proud Mom Windy and her 5 puppies
Windy pup - Female #3
Windy is about 27 pounds.  She is a mini dilute red with white belt, blue eyes.  She is around 2-3 years old and a little shy and under socialized.  NS TBD
Windy pup - Male #1
Windy pup - Male #2