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.

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
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
This is Red Buddy, a red bi color border collie.  One owner died and another left him at a boarding kennel where he has been living ever since.  Then the kennel owner passed away and friends stepped in to find homes for the dogs that remained there including this dear fellow, who is 12 years old and blind. We had him seen by an ophthalmologist and there is nothing we can fix with his sight, but he is in otherwise splendid shape for a boy his age per the blood work and such.

He is such a sweetie and responds well to your voice, and quickly finds his way around in a new environment. He likes other dogs and loves to follow you around.  He also has some favorite toys that he will toss and play with all by himself, but he will play endlessly with you if you will kick his special squeaky ball that makes noise as it rolls so he can follow it .  Red Buddy is a gentle soul with a tail that wags at the hint of sweet talk.

He is fostered in Collegeville PA       NS2632
Melvin  is a cute little 5-year old mini blue merle male with one blue eye and one brown eye.  He was turned in as a stray for the third time, and the family decided to turn him over to the shelter.  So far he is doing well with toileting and meeting the other dogs.  Melvin has some gait issues - he is wobbly and sometimes tumbles.  This does not stop this little guy!  The family said he has always been this way.  We will have him evaluated to see what is going on before he will be available for adoption.  Melvin is fostered near Reading, PA. NS2660

Sydnie is a very sweet, unbelievably cute purebred mini Aussie who was an owner surrender. He’s a “senior” at 9 1/2 years but you wouldn’t believe it!

Crates very easily and gets along well with the other dogs.  Lived with a chihuahua for years very good with small dogs, too.

Sydney has fit in very well with 4 other dogs and is still a super love bug!

Fostered in Mount Laurel, NJ

Apply here for him.  NS2728
Leevi ADOPTION PENDING was a stray rescued from a very rural shelter in North Carolina.  Look at that face!! This handsome black tri is 6-7 years old, weighs 45 pounds and is a sweet, low-energy kind of guy.  He gets along great with other dogs and with cats, even cats who swat him on the nose!  Unfortunately, Leevi is heartworm positive and is starting a 2 month treatment program.  After that, he will be as good as new, so please check back for updates.  He is fostered in Jackson, New Jersey.  NSXXXX

Ruff is a beautiful, big, purebred 9 year old black tri weighing in at 78 pounds.  He is heartworm negative, neutered and up to date on his vaccines.  Ruff spent a good portion of his life on a farm, and would do well in a home with a fenced yard to run in.  We believe he is housebroken as he did not soil his kennel. 

Ruff recently got into some trouble with the lambs on the farm, and for that reason, should have a home without cats or other small animals as a safety precaution.  He has been with other dogs but would be fine as an only dog too.

As we learn more about Ruff, we will update his bio.

Fostered in Fredrick, MD.

Apply here for him.  NS2736
Pauley  is a smaller 35# female black tri Aussie with a full tail.

We don't know much about her, yet. We look forward to discovering her personality as she unfolds.    NS2472

Maggie Blue

Meet Maggie Blue!  She is an adorable 10lb. mini, 5 months old with a soft blue merle coat and naturally short tail.  She's a sweet puppy with over the top energy, always looking for something to do.  She pesters adult dogs beyond their tolerance and would love a play buddy that could match her enthusiasm.  Maggie is housebroken and will whine at the door to get your attention.

She hasn't met kids or cats, but has done fine with grown-ups and puppies that have come to visit.   Some of Maggie's favorite things to do are zooming circles around the room, chew toys, and playing tug.  She is curious about everything and also likes to explore outside in the fenced yard.   

Pretty Piper  is blue merle female, two blue eyes, 1-2 yo, fully vetted, no tail. Pretty Piper is an owner surrender. The shelter says is very sweet and gentle and enjoys being brushed. She is a little shy of other dogs and tries to hide but has shown no aggression. She loves to cuddle.   NSXXXX
Pippy Longstocking  is just under a year old, black tri with a tail.  She is a very sweet girl, likes everybody, and is good with other dogs.  Great on a leash and not at all fearful.

Fostered in Washington, DC NS2750

Ray is a sweet and energetic blue merle girl about 10 months old. She's small, maybe 16" high at the shoulder, and has a longer body so there may be some mix there.  She's 36 pounds and has a partial tail which sticks up very comically when she's excited-- looks like an upside down black bristled paintbrush taped to her back end.  Ray can be a tiny bit reserved at first but is soon licking and giving kisses to people, and she is great with other dogs too after a small warm up period.
She tends to get all lovey and jump up on people gently, and because she is so small it certainly won't knock anyone over or even make them stumble. 

She'd love a playful dog friend, crates well, and settles nicely in the house even if she's a little bored.  She likes to chase after tennis balls but needs a little help on bringing them back. 

She is fostered in Furlong PA 

Apply here for her.  NS2735
Maggie Blue is a lovable, strong-willed puppy.  She likes being held and petted for brief moments before dashing off to have more fun.  Lots of play time out of her crate helps use up all that energy, so that by bed time she's ready to settle down and is quiet all night. 

Maggie Blue is fostered near Erie, PA. 

Apply here for her.  NS2746
Maxx comes to us from KY where he was picked up stray. He's a black tri about 4 years old and 44 pounds.  There is not a sweeter dog on the planet!  He does great with other dogs and would like to play but takes a "no" nicely too. Housebroken, great with cats, a real snuggler.  He has an injury to his front leg so he's not very mobile at the moment. We are having him evaluated at our great vet in NJ and will update when we have some more info.  Maxx is being fostered in Collegeville PA for now. NSXXXX

Crickett is a 5 yo beautiful black tri female Aussie. She's a little underweight at 35 lbs-could use another 5-10 lbs. Her little nub wiggles like crazy when she meets/greet you.

She is good with cats and the older dogs here. Plays very well with a 3 yo male Aussie - they run around the yard yipping at each other and have a great time. Medium on energy, has an "off switch". Also, medium velcro- likes her attention but will go relax when petting stops.Very good with men, women, children - all people!! Very good on leash, doesn't pull at all.

She hasn't tried to counter surf but does show interest in what's there. Should have a fenced in yard unless good access to fenced dog park.

Crickett has experienced separation anxiety and this has resulted in some inappropriate chewing.  However, nothing exhibited when left with companion animals.  So she would do best as an addition to a family who already has animal(s).

Crickett is fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ

Apply here for her.  NS2721

Who doesn't love puppy breath??!!

Wriggley is an adorable little guy who's 10 wks old, and as sweet as can be.

Weighing a mere 11lbs he is deaf, with sight in one eye (possibly seeing only shadows) and blind in the other eye.

Both eyes are blue.  He has one completely white ear and the other one is white outlined in red.  His little pink nose is completely outlined in red, and he has the cutest litlle bob tail that's always wiggling..

He's going to be a stunning red merle!
Don't let his impairments overwhelm you!! Blind and hearing impaired dogs have the same capibilities as their seeing / hearing counterparts.  There are a lot of resources available for training.  Deaf Dogs Action Fund http://deafdogs.org,  Blind Dog Resource:  Blind Dog Support Group on Yahoo, and the New Spirit Community is always available to help.
Wriggley is fostered in Trout Run, PA.  Don't wait to get an application in for approval!!!!

Apply here for him.  NS2752