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.
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!
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.
Mishka This handsome fellow just turned 5 and after a life lived on a sheep farm he has hard a hard time adjusting to city life. So after three failed placements, we are just going to let him stay where he is for now, where he is doing well with a fully fenced yard and some careful management (ie put in another room) when new dogs or people come in. He tends to love both but gets over-excited so introductions are best put off for a few hours and then handled when the emotions are calmer. Unfortunately he turned out not to have good working instincts either, so the attempt to place him on a highly experienced working farm was also a miss. We love this guy but he is not for just any home. NS2770
Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. It takes her only a day or two to get oriented in a new place. 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.
At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. Helen, whose everyday name is 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. That runs about 27 cents a day. She is fine when left loose when you're out, and is just a little love to have around.
She loves toys, especially anything that squeaks, and especially balls she can carry around and chase and then curl up with.
Helen Keller is fostered near Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS2399
Shinsey is a 3-4 year old Blue Merle mini Aussie with a tail, weighing in at just 30 lbs. Shinsey has one blue and one brown eye, and has beautiful markings.
Shinsey has been in two foster homes and has acted differently in both so finding the right home environment will be crucial in order to allow her to thrive. She is currently in a home with a quiet 12 year old child and 2 miniature Aussies, both just under a year old. She is almost completely reliant on them for cues as to how to behave. In order to call her we must call them and she will follow, so we believe she will need a well-trained, non-reactive companion to help her learn the ropes so she does not feel intimidated.
She has taken to the smaller of the two Aussies and has tried to play with him a few times, and has shown interest in fetch and tug but has not followed through on either. One of the resident dogs can get a little crazy and she will just watch unless they get too close to her, then she lets them know to stay away, but it ends there. She would not do well with reactive dogs.
While Shinsey would be okay as an only dog, we'd like to see her go to a home with another pup to help her gain confidence. We would not recommend a household with small or rambunctious children, or one that has visitors coming and going a lot. This sweet girl needs to feel safe and secure in order to thrive. She crates well for about 4 hours at a time.
Grandpa is a 4yo, 45lb purebred red-tri Aussie who will soon be looking for a new home. Grandpa is a friendly boy who likes adults, children, cats, and other dogs. He was previously adopted and is being returned to NS by no fault of his own. Grandpa would do great in a home that can offer him a lot of attention and positive training, as well as a traditionally fenced in yard. Grandpa ran away from his previous home when he got nervous and a door was left open, so he’s looking forward to getting back to home life and being spoiled in his foster home. Please keep checking back for updates on this sweet boy! NS3331
Shinsey loves to be pet and loved on but is very skittish when approached by people. She will likely run from you unless she is in a "safe spot" or you are down at her level. Once you are, she just wants endless amounts of petting and love and will paw you to let you know she wants more. A leash/lead or fenced yard will be a must until she gains some confidence and recall skills. She is lacking any type of training outside of toilet training, and barks when people knock on the door. We have been working on name recognition and "touch" targeting, which can be used for recall, but she will continue to need training to become her best self. If you feel like Shinsey may be the right dog for you, please apply!
Shinsey is fostered in Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3374
This handsome, blue-eyed boy is about as friendly as they come! He loves to greet new people, old and young. He will gaze at you and offer a paw and happily snuggle in for petting. He is pretty high on the velcro scale, without being too needy.
Kentucky scout is about 6 years old and a slim 50 pounds with a long, elegant tail. He is friendly but aloof with other dogs and interested in cats, but not aggressive. He will be fine living with dog-savvy cats as long as he has some initial supervision to set good boundaries.
Scout is crate trained and both food and praise motivated. He can be a bit territorial with food around other dogs, so he requires supervision and occasional correction. He does respond quickly to correction and is eager to please.
He is recovering from kennel cough, so we haven't tried him on leash walks as the least bit of pulling and he starts coughing. He does seem to be getting better every day with the coughing, so he will be ready for prime time soon.
Kentucky Scout is fostered in Allentown, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3385
Sweet Maggie is a 2 year old black tri female mini Aussie weighing 30lbs. She has a nub for a tail, is super sweet and looks at you like she is smiling. .
Sweet Maggie is predominantly black with a gorgeous mahogany sheen when she's laying in the sun. She may come in a small package but she overflows with personality and love, her nub never stops wagging!!! (See attached pix)
She loves being with her person and she reflects it in the adoring kisses she shares. She's a happy, well adjusted young lady who does well on leash, is house trained, overnights in a crate with a slight vocal protest, quieting when corrected.
Sweet Maggie is very friendly with adults, and other dogs regardless of their size, it's unknown at this time how she is with cats or children under 6, as a younger child may unintentionally step on her, causing her to react undesirably through no fault of her own.
It's unknown how or why Sweet Maggie ended up in a southern shelter.but she's looking forward to living a more comfortable and pampered life. She arrived the weekend of Nov 23rd and we are just getting to know each other, so stay tuned!!
Sweet Maggie is fostered in Trout Run, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3390
If you are looking for an adorable rolley-polley ball of fluff, then Alani is the girl for you! She is 8 weeks old and weighs around 10 pounds. She is a typical curious puppy who loves to hop around her foster home exploring her new surroundings.
Alani loves to snuggle with her foster family or follow them around wherever they go. We are working on potty training and she will be crated a few hours each day, which she doesn't seem to mind thus far. She is so new to this world so she has no opinions on cats, kids, men, or any other common triggers.
She is still getting used to wearing a collar and still hasn't figured out why there is a long string attached to it when she is outside. If you are ready to welcome this beautiful red tri Aussie mix into your family then fill out an application now!
Alani is fostered in Telford, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3388
Thidwick is a handsome 4yo double merle Aussie who weighs 50lbs. He seems to have some hearing and vision loss. He loves to be with his people; if it was up to him, he would rest his head on your leg all day! He was pulled from a Southern shelter intact, so we’re neutering him and helping him gain a bit of weight before he’s ready for adoption. Please keep checking back to learn about his progress! NS3401
Benny Boy is an approximately 2 year old Black Bi Aussie with a partial tail. He weighs 50 lbs and could be mixed with a Border Collie, but your guess is as good as ours. Benny did not care for shelter life and will be getting socialized to lots of people and other dogs while he waits for his van ride north in mid-December. We hear he warms up pretty quickly. Be on the lookout for updates on this nice boy! NSXXXX
Deke is a 9 month old, 28 lb neutered male mini Aussie. He is primarily black and copper and has some white accents on his legs. Deke was surrendered by a breeder to a PA shelter with some of his siblings, and was very scared about the major change in his life. Before his surrender, Deke lived with many dogs in an outdoor environment, with little human contact and socialization, so he’s going to take it easy in foster care for a little bit to get used to the pampered life! His foster home will help get him started on basic training so he’s ready to join his adoptive home having had some structure and routine in his young life. He could also put on a few pounds and will be showered with treats. Stay tuned for updates on this cutie patootie! NS3406
Oshie is a 9 month old, black tri neutered male standard Aussie. He weighs 37lbs and will gain more as he gets on a regular eating schedule. Oshie was surrendered to a PA shelter by a breeder who had too many dogs living in an outdoor environment and wasn’t able to care for them properly. He was not a fan of shelter life and totally shut down there, so we pulled him and he is getting settled in a safe and warm foster home until he is ready for adoption. Oshie will work on basic training skills and learn that humans are nice people who are only going to take care of him from now on. Please check back for updates as this sweet boy gets acclimated to the good life! NS3403
Little Linus is a 9 month old black tri neutered male mini Aussie who weighs about 30lbs. He could stand to gain some weight. Larry was recently surrendered to a PA shelter by a breeder who had too many dogs to care for properly. We don’t know what Little Linus was like before the shelter, but once there he became extremely shut down and did not eat or drink or respond to human attention. He laid by the door of his kennel all day long, waiting to be let outside. Once outside, Little Linus avoided all attempts to go back in the noisy, scary shelter. Thankfully, we got Little Linus out of there and into a loving foster home where he can enjoy quiet days and nights and plenty of love. Little Linus's fosters will work on basic training with him and help him to learn that humans will care for and love him from now on. Keep checking back for updates on this sweet and shy little boy! NS3402