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.

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

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

Watch a video of Peregrine White

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.

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

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

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.
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
Windy's puppies!
Evelyn - Female #1
NS 2145
Proud Mom Windy and her 5 puppies

Watch mom and pups here!
Deirdre - Female #2
NS 2144
Angelynn - Female #3
NS 2141
Bryan - Male #1
NS 2142
Conan - Male #2
NS 2143

Windy is a young female shepherd/cavalier mix, probably.  She does have blue eyes, a lovely red and white coat and gorgeous tail with a nice, white tip.  Since she is a nursing mom, her coat is almost certainly not in optimum condition.  Windy is an excellent mom and is taking good care of her babies.  She is a small dog, about 25 lbs, a real space saver!  She is sweet as can be, very affectionate and would make a wonderful companion.  She has not been tested with children but has been very accepting of us handling her babies, both men and women.  She has been very good with visiting dogs being around her babies as well.  She is not accustomed to walking on a leash but is otherwise very easy to handle.
Windy will not be available for adoption for at least another 2-3 weeks, when her pups are done nursing.

Windy and her litter are being fostered near Gettysburg, PA.  Apply here for her. NS 2146
Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller is a very sweet senior who just got off 11 years on a chain.  He's proving himself to be reliable in the house and liking being a housepet.  Please excuse his bad haircut, but it'll grow back in time for winter, he should have a very nice, full coat.  Dusty Miller is a big boy--at 70 lbs, he is actually very skinny, we are giving him 3 meals a day and helping him to build up some muscles.  After all, he never had any exercise at all, so he has no bulk whatsoever.  We don't know what he is mixed with, but it involved a LARGE dog. Dusty Miller could easily take another 15 lbs to cover up that bone rack!  Curiously, he's not a big eater, so we are putting together an interesting array of foods to tempt him.  It takes time to put weight on a skinny dog, so we must be patient.

Dusty Miller so far has been great with the resident cats, usually ignoring them.  He loves, loves, loves the fenced yard, just moseying around and enjoying not being tied up.  When indoors, he finds a quiet spot and settles nicely.  He gets several walks a day to build up his strength.  He's learning about walking on lead.  He can pull very hard but we are working on that.  He is pretty clueless about things like leashes and collars.

Okay, he's not a spring chicken, but Dusty Miller has so much to offer.  He bonds tightly to his person and especially seems to like men, but is fine with everyone so far.  He is still being crated at night but that probably won't last much longer.  He's fine when loose.  He's very affectionate and loving but isn't very high on the velcro scale.  He keeps an eye on things but otherwise stays out of the way.  Rather cat-like.  When he is happy, his big tail really whacks whatever he is close to!

Dusty Miller deserves to be loved and to be a true companion.  His ideal forever home would have friendly cats--it seems he lived with cats.  Other dogs are optional--he's okay with them but seems to prefer people & cats.  That may change after he lives in the foster home's pack for awhile.  He does have a big bark but he's only barked when crated during the day.  Never at night and never when not crated.  He rides quietly in the car. He's not reactive when meeting or seeing other dogs on a walk, nor has he bothered a nearby cat colony when he had the opportunity.  Dusty Miller just seems happy for everything that has come his way.

Dusty Miller is being fostered near Gettysburg, PA.   Apply here to meet him. NS TBD