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. 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.
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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.
This tiny little girl is too sweet for words. Dahlia was picked up stray in TN where the shelter feared given her age, approximately 10-11, she would not generate much interest. New Spirit was happy to take her. At 24 pounds, there is just not much to her, but what there is there is pure sugar! Her eyes are a little cloudy but she sees fine, and she does hear but "selectively". However, her bright little brown button eyes follow you everywhere, and she loves to toddle around wherever you go. She is very interested in anything food-like you might be willing to share. She has a little white hat, and also a tail which wags a lot, and gets around just fine despite some arthritis in the hips, but more than a few stairs are probably too much.
As with many older dogs, she does like to sleep and appreciates a nice dog bed, but she is also very gracious about being nudged awake for a trip outdoors where she is very interested in exploring and strolling the grounds. She's wonderful on leash, and polite with other dogs though not interested in playing with them and cats: meh. But did we mention she really likes food? Snacks, treats, a bite of your bagel, some of your spaghetti--you name it, she's there!
With her classic red tri marking and her ultra sweet nature, this girl is a classic Aussie delight for anyone who appreciates the seniors.
Dahlia is fostered in Collegeville PA Apply here for her. NS 2224
We're still working on getting a routine for toileting purposes but she is more than happy to go out when the chance is offered, so it might be the human who is harder to train in this case.
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
Lakota is a blue merle who is progressing very well in his foster home! He is a special needs dog who came to us after life on a chain. He does have sight impairment even though he does see – his sight is best on cloudy days, shaded areas and particularly at night. He also has hearing issues. He's neutered with docked tail, around 18 months old, 45 lbs. and is learning everything about being a house-pet!
He has progressed greatly with being touched and being reached out for on the face, feet, and rear end, and uncertainty with having a leash attached. He is now accepting of hands going gently, and slowly toward his face with no reaction, is letting the foster mom hug and love on him with no reaction (previously very guarded) and will climb up on his foster mom’s lap on occasion.
His foster mom can rub on his leg or muzzle to wake him with no reaction at this point. He does startle (being deaf) if one of the other house dogs bump him when he's asleep, his reaction to that has diminished dramatically, they are no longer met with opposition from him.
He doesn't climb on furniture and counter or flat surface surfing have been corrected. He no longer has a problem with grooming and the majority of knots are out of his coat. He's allowing his feet to be picked up to have wipe mud off, and allowing back and butt scratching. His desensitization is coming along very nicely.
Lakota has gone from not being leash trained, to walking and playing nicely on leash with minimal pulling during play. A no-pull harness has made a huge difference with him. Since he doesn't hear, he's either out walking and playing on leash or in the dog yard, with one or both of the younger small active dogs. He loves to play chase with the two smaller Aussies, and would do well with another active dog(s) in the household. He gets along great with the 4 other dogs in his foster home.
Lakota has gotten better around visitors and children, but will need to be introduced slowly. He was previously fearful and backed off, but a recent visit had him jumping up to see who was coming in the door with butt just wiggling. He showered his guest in kisses.
Lakota is quiet in the house and content on playing or chewing on bones. He will pace to let you know he wants to go outdoors and hasn't had any accidents since he has gotten passed the fact that he is no longer in a contained area with no other outlet. He wants to be with his person and will lay quietly beside his person. He's become an arm nudging, velcro puppy that is loving attention.
Lakota is being fostered in Trout Run, PA. Apply here for him. NS 2253
Olivia is a silky-soft, blue merle, aussie mix female with a tail. She is around 10-12 years of age. She is 50 lbs of sweet, cuddly, awesomeness (she will be working on losing a few lbs. in the near future).
So far, Olivia is wonderful around kids and other dogs. She will go in a crate, and has a very nice off button (that lasts most of the day) after a brief romp in the back yard. She hasn't been on a walk yet, but she is probably a dream on the leash.
Olivia is being fostered in Collegeville, PA.
Apply here for her. NS 2277
Django is a friendly, go-with-the-flow, loves everyone, 6 year old male Aussie mix who will eventually be looking for his forever home. He was such a neglected boy that the only way we could get to his old collar was to cut through the mats.
He has pneumonia and is heartworm positive, but give us a couple of months and this great guy will be ready to enjoy the rest of a long and happy life! Django is being fostered in Roanoke, VA. Check back for updates! NS TBD
Donna is a 7 year old BC or Aussie cross with a bobbed tail and prick ears. She has a short straight coat and freckled white feet. She is about 20 inches at the withers and 35 lbs. Nina has been trained very well. She knows all her obedience commands and can fetch with the best of them. She has been trained for agility and our test of her skills reveal that she is competition ready.
Donna comes with a full bag of tricks including; Sit, Stay, Down, Wave (paw it), Rollover, Speak, Turn, Hug, Bow, Touch, Walk through your legs, back up and all the commands for agility.
Donna doesn't come with out a few challenges. She is very vocal. But when given something to do or alternatively asked to crate, she will quiet down. She presents with leash reactiveness, when walked around a lot of people, dogs, bikes and autos. Walks with a toy help to distract her and keep her focused. She is fine with other dogs, she is more interested in interacting with people. She hasn't chased the resident cat at all.She is a smart, loving, alert, kinetic dog that needs a job and a committed and understanding owner that is interested in doing agility with her, taking her on long walks and working to allay her anxiety.
Donna is fostered in Flemington, NJ.
Apply here for her. NS 1909
Fonzi is a 2 to 3 year old, 60lb, red tri aussie mix, probably mixed with border collie. He is an extremely smart, adorable piece of work! He was originally found as a stray and definitely reminds his foster home of Tramp from the Disney movie...always up for adventure, charming and absolutely irresistible!
Fonzi is medium energy, maybe medium/high but not a lunatic. (He is down for some quality binge watching as long as he's had a good day full of play and as long as you share the sofa & popcorn.) He is medium velcro, maybe medium/high but not obnoxious (but he does INSIST upon sleeping in bed with you). And, oh ok, he will follow you into the bathroom just to be sure you're not escaping through the window or anything. He loves loves LOVES the man of the house, even though said man does not do much (any) of the work associated with dog ownership. He also loves kids, but we recommend kids 10 years old or older as he's very strong and untested with little little ones. He's housebroken and does ok in a crate.
Fonzi absolutely requires a cat-free home with a large, fenced yard and at least one playful canine pal to romp with. He's extremely dog savvy...sashayed into his foster home as if he was a long lost member of the pack. Instant acceptance.
He does not counter surf, he does have a high prey drive but zero resource guarding. His achilles' heel is he is weirdly reactive on leash. It's not aggression because once he gets to the dog or person in his sights he's all "woohoo let's play!" But he has a very deep, loud, startling vocalization that accompanies it. Which is odd because he's not much of a barker. But please know that what he lacks in leash manners, he more than makes up for in sheer, unbridled devotion, a willingness to please and a loving, trusting soul.
Fonzi is fostered in New London, PA. Apply here for him. NS 2165
Meet Sheppy...a beautiful blue merle male. He is about three years old and just a sweetheart! He cannot go to a home with cats. He will be fostered in Bath, PA. NS 2279
Beary Gibb is a black tri male. He is 7 years old, great with other dogs, lovely with people, very sweet and affectionate, and ignores cats. He will be fostered in Collegeville, PA. NS 2324
Ash is an adorable, small, blue merle-ish male. He weighs about 35 lbs. and is 3 to 5 years of age. He is super friendly and well behaved. He immediately was ready to wrestle and roll with the other foster dogs with initial foster family in KY. He was surrendered because his elderly owner had to move in with family, and they were unable to accommodate Ash. He will be fostered in Chesapeake, VA. NS TBD
Quinnlyn is an energetic young black-tri girl, possibly a BC-Aussie (Bossie). Quinnlyn is 1-1.5 years old, weighs about 40 lbs, stands a tad taller than the resident aussies, and is thinner. She's lean like a border collie and built for speed.
Quinnlyn has a gorgeous coat with tail that ends in a plume of white. She has a strong prey drive, and tries to herd everything. She definitely needs an active home to keep her busy mind occupied. She walks exuberantly on leash, preferring to be outside than in. She has the sassiest bounce in her step. While she hasn't met any children yet, she tries to get to the kids in the neighboring yards (including DIGGING her way there). She is slightly alpha female, but takes direction from both resident aussies. Quinnlyn will require a LOT of exercise, and not just long walks. She needs mind stimulating workouts. Agility? Herding? She'd be aussume! She doesn't seem to engage with frisbee or balls, she'd rather chase the dog who does.
Quinnlyn is her person's dog. She lies near their feet the moment things settle down. Walk past the front door, better expect her to be waiting to go on that walk! She isn't food aggressive, but she does do better eating without other dogs near her as she doesn't stress. She has the softest fur on her face, it's puppy soft and this dog is simply beautiful inside and out. Please only consider this girl if you're going to give her something fun to do. She'd be an amazing trick dog! Quinnlyn loves water too! Lots of versatility with this girl.
Quinnlyn is being fostered in Reston, VA. Apply here for her. NS 2210
Dashingly handsome, amazingly loving and smart, smart, smart … Douglas is all that and more!
This sweet and funny boy is a young Aussie/Border Collie mix. He is just about a year old and weighs 35 lbs. His body is lithe and lean, making him agile and quick. His coat is lusciously thick and his black and white markings are simply stunning.
Despite his movie star looks, Douglas is a friendly, down-to-earth guy. When he is not giving his foster folks gobs of love, he is engaging his foster siblings in hours of play. He plays in a quiet and gentle way with his 12 lb. foster sister. With his 50 lb. foster brothers, it’s all noisy chase and bitey face!
Douglas is a submissive boy who adjusts his behavior to please others. And, he really loves to please! He walks well on a leash and sleeps quietly in his crate all night. He is trustworthy enough to give full run of the house when we go out. He has never chewed anything he shouldn’t. He does well with kids, cats and dogs.
Douglas would love a home with another dog to romp with or a family who will be with him more often than not and give him lots of attention and something to do.
Douglas is being fostered in Langhorne, PA, just 30 minutes north of Philadelphia.
Apply here for him. NS 2296
Hoppy is a 1 1/2 year old , tri-colored Aussie mix. She weighs about 35 lbs. She is a very sweet mild tempered dog. She is low energy and likes to smile at you when she is happy and excited. She seems to be housebroken and is trustworthy in the house alone. She is somewhat shy initially but warms up quickly. She will make an excellent companion to a family and she doesn’t need much exercise, her energy level is low. She is ready to have peace and quiet away from those 11 puppies (6 females and 5 males)! The puppies are 6 weeks old and will be available for adoption the first week of June. Hoppy and her puppies are fostered in Furlong, PA. (6 females and 5 males)! NS 2297
Alyssum is a sweet, black tri female. She is about six years old and weighs about 30 lbs. She hasn’t tolerated much grooming so far. Her coat is looking shinier all the same. When she allows grooming, she’ll be a star.
She arrived frightened but with the coming of spring, she has begun to blossom. She needs a home with other dogs to keep her company.
She enjoys going for walks, as long as she is joined by the rest of the foster home pack. She doesn’t like to go anywhere as the only dog.
For more than two months, she walked with her tail between her legs, and was too afraid to relieve herself outside. Now, she can be caught trotting along, tail in the air, checking out the world around her. She has a medium prey drive.
Alyssum is being fostered in Bel Air, MD. Apply here for her. NS 2257
Timmy is a very sweet and shy black tri male Aussie. He is around 2 years old and on the compact side, measuring about 18 inches at his shoulder and weighing in at just under 30 lbs. Timmy is housebroken, crate trained, rides quietly in the car and is a dream to walk on leash.
He is still fairly shy with strangers (men more so than women) and new situations but is letting his hair down every day and learning to accept kindness from anyone who offers it. In the foster home, Timmy is a completely different dog. He has a Velcro personality and follows his foster mom wherever she goes in the house. He is very intelligent and food motivated and his foster mom thinks he would be an A+ student in dog training classes or even some dog sports.
Timmy is medium energy and once he gets playtime with another dog or daily walks, he settles nicely In the house. In fact, his favorite place to be is curled up in the crook of his foster mom's legs on the couch. He is the ultimate snuggle bug and loves to just touch his humans when he settles in next to them. A silly side is developing and Timmy has been seen playing slappy hands with his foster mom which usually ends in him flopping in his back for a much desired belly rub.
Check back for updates as Timmy's personality continues to unfold.
This sweet little man is fostered in Jamison, PA. Apply here for him. NS 2242
Timmy loves to play with other dogs and has tremendous doggie language skills. He is fine with cats and has even invited some to play with him.
Caroline - Black-bi girl, smallest of the pups. NS 2312
Damon - Black-tri boy on the smaller side. NS 2320
Elena - Red-bi girl. NS 2311
Elijah - Black-bi boy on the smaller side. NS 2319
Freya - Black-bi girl, one of the bigger pups. NS 2318
Klaus - Red-bi boy. NS 2316
Kol - Red-tri boy. NS 2313
Matt - Red-bi boy. NS 2314
Nitro - Mostly white boy. NS 2317
Rebekah - Black-bi girl. Outgoing and on the larger side. NS 2298
Stefan - Black-bi boy. NS 2315
Talise is a beautiful 8 month old black tri Aussie weighing about 30 lbs. She comes with a history of being crated or tied up outside most of her young life. Talise wants nothing more than to have a home where she is loved and can learn what it means not to be afraid of things that are unfamiliar to her. She is timid with new people at first, but quickly warms up to them. Talise is truly a sweetie pie, and enjoys giving puppy kisses to her people. She is house broken and rides nicely in the car. Talise does well on lead, pulling some, but quickly accepts correction and is getting better.
Talise is wonderful in a crate, although she really does not need to be in one as she is very good in the house. She does not chew on things, except for her bones and toys. Talise is learning how to play with toys, but really has not caught on to fetching yet. It seems that she wants to play, but just doesn't know how. In a home filled with love and patience, there is no doubt that Talise will blossom into an even bigger love bug and companion.
Talise is being fostered in Ewing, NJ.
Apply here for her. NS 2327
Since Talise has been in her foster home, we have learned that she does not do well with other dogs and is very interested in cats, so a home with no cats and where she is an only dog is best for her.