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.
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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.
Helen Keller Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. 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. Kelly loves toys and will carry them around and stash them in her bed. At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. 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. Unfortunately, Kelly still leaks urine when at rest, and she is on the highest dose allowed her little body. We are researching alternative treatments, but for now she will stay with New Spirit. NS2399
Thidwick This wonderful guy was dealt a bad hand by nature but his heart issues are being nicely controlled by a regimen of meds and he gets follow up check by a cardiologist or regular vet every 3 months. When you think about the good that donations can do, think of Thidwick-- only through the generosity of our donors can we afford to give him this excellent care which is improving his quality of life and prolonging it as well. HIs chronic heart failure (CHF) is due to a faulty mitral valve which we hoped to get surgically repaired with a specialty team of Japanese vets who were planning to come to the vet school at University of FL in Gainesville, but with the pandemic, international travel and elective surgeries have been cancelled. Most dogs in CHF have 6-24 months life expectancy once diagnosed, with 9 months being the average. Thidwick was in full CHF when we got him 9 months ago but so far he is doing very well and we hope he will live to the longer end of the expected span for this condition. He is also on an inhaler now twice a day to help with a wheezy lung condition that is not attributable to anything the vets can find, other than we see on xray that he has some scarring there. He is such a sweet and patient guy that he tolerates the inhaler which is a specially designed one for dogs--as long as he gets his half a Milkbone treat afterward :) On the better diet in his foster home, he has grown the most gorgeous soft and bounteous white coat imaginable, and also put on a bit of weight. He loves the fenced yard to wander safely despite having only 5% vision, and he gallops in when called, and looks a lot like a polar bear when he does, with the new coat and a little more weight. He does love his food! He adores having visitors and just hones in on them like a heat seeking missile and then if they sit down, lays his head in their lap and stands there perfectly still for petting as long as he can get it. We can't fix what's wrong with this guy but he sure is having a happy life for now. He is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS3401
9 months of loving care; the results are beautiful!
Ropyr is a neutered, 1 year old Border Collie / Aussie mix. His previous adopter returned him to us because he started resource guarding spaces in the home. We are still not sure what triggered this behavior. He has spent the past month + at his current foster home and has been nothing short of excellent with behavior. He loves to fetch, play frisbee, and knows all his basic commands. He rides well in the car, and makes an excellent hiking pup. He would likely really enjoy agility or disc dog classes.
Ropyr does have a prey drive. A home with no cats is ideal, or a *very* dog savvy cat who doesn't mind a game of chase every now and then. He definitely will benefit from having another pup sibling or two in the home. He's a follower and likes having a dog to keep him calm and in check. He is med-high energy and med-high velcro. At night he will jump on the bed and "melt" into you for cuddles.
Ropyr gets along well with all dogs, people, etc. Although he was returned for resource guarding behaviors he has not shown these at the foster home. He shares toys, treats, etc. politely. He does pull on the leash out of excitement initially but will go to heel and pay attention once you remind him of the rules.
Ropyr is fostered in Brick, NJ.
Apply here for him. NS3549
This is Guppy(aka Gus) who currently weighs 100 lbs and is on a diet. We have been working on his weight, getting his skin healed up, and brushing out his neglected coat. He's looking much better already and clearly feels so much better!
He's only 4 but he has obviously not been well cared for in the recent past. So far he is very affectionate and protective of his foster family and acts as a big fluffy shadow to his foster mom. He loves nothing more than a belly scratch and to be curled up at someone's feet. He prefers to spend his days snoozing, but can't turn down a tennis ball toss so his energy level may change as he loses weight. He loves to wander around the yard and follow his foster family around.
Captain Cooper is a beautiful red tri, about 55# and 2 - 3 years old. Naturally bobbed tail. He just arrived, so we’re just getting to know him. He thinks his rightful place is the driver’s seat. Front passenger seat is an acceptable second. He expects you to get in the back. NSXXXX
Kentucky Wren is a 3 year old, 50lb Aussie mix who is friendly with humans and other dogs. We will update her bio once we get to know her. NSXXXX
He does not get along well with most other dogs so he would need to be the only dog at his forever home. He currently lives with a toddler in his foster home and he is very nervous of her energy level so a home without young children would be best. We do not know how he is with cats. He is housebroken, his recall is great and he listens quite well. He can only manage short walks currently at his weight but he's great on the leash.
A relaxed home with a fenced in yard(bonus points for a big dog door) would be his ideal forever home. If you're looking for a fluffy shadow who will love you to pieces, this big guy is for you!
Guppy is fostered in Bowie MD. Apply here for him. NS3606