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
Helen Keller

Meet Helen Keller affectionately known as “Kelly”.   Kelly is a 5 yr. old red Merle Aussie mix, who is blind and hearing impaired in one ear. She hears best in her left ear and eagerly follows your voice by turning her head to that side. Kelly is small in stature measuring a mere 13 3/4” H, weighing approx. 35- 40 lbs., with a soft short coat and cute little bob tail.  She is extremely sweet and as smart as she is adorable.                                                                                                                                                         
Kelly has been in foster a little over 3 weeks, in that short time " she has blossomed!! "   Having gone from a seemingly low energy to a more active medium energy pup. Off leash outdoors this lovely gal initiates or joins in play with 2 much younger very active housemates, she's enjoying games of chase and tug of war. The only time she barks is outdoors during times of play with her housemates, otherwise she's quiet, not even barking when visitors come into the home.

She's navigating a large non fenced yard like a pro and if she gets out of sight she readily returns when calling her name. Always with her beautiful smile of accomplishment she greets you.  Doors can be left open and she'll remain indoors, should she need to go out and given a go ahead she'll go about her business and return with out incident. I'm so proud of this girl, she has no idea she's any different than dogs with sight.

Like many older spayed females, Helen needs Proin, a med which helps tighten the connection in her urinary tract so that she doesn't dribble in her sleep or get urinary tract infections.  She gets it daily in her food.   She's on 75 mg a day, a bottle of 75 mg for 60 tabs on 1800petmeds will run between $29 to $37 a month. The 60 tab giving a 2 mo. supply.
If you're on the fence about sight or hearing impaired companions, Kelly will show you how easy they are and would make a wonderful first choice, to help get your feet wet. She is so easy, adjusts quickly, is extremely smart, listens and follows voice commands, is leash trained, loves grooming, is gentle and loving, but best of all shows you her appreciation with her beautiful smile.

The  New Spirit community is available to answer questions and offer helpful information and tips. Blinddogs.net is also great resource to look into when considering an impaired companion.
This sweet girl is ready for her forever home!   Kelly is currently fostered in Trout Run, Pa.

Apply here for her.  NS2399

A very sweet male border collie approx 10.5 years old.  He is housebroken and loves his crate and bed.   Lobo has learned to love car rides and walks.

He is definitely coming out of his shell!  He joins the others in the kitchen for treats instead of waiting in his crate, comes out of the crate for pets, gives kisses now, excited to go out and is eating enthusiastically!! 

He is such a sweetheart and doesn’t wander far away - likes to know you are close.  No separation issues at all!.

Lobo got his stitches removed today after a procedure and is cleared for adoption!  His tail doesn’t stop and goes in circles when really excited.  He likes to be with his person and has the head nudge to get petted down pat!  He is eating very well and totally housebroken.  He likes his crate as a “safe place” but does come out and use the other beds.  Lobo would absolutely excel as an only dog or 1 of 2-3.  More than that he seems to overwhelm him.  Lobo is up to date on all shots and chipped.

Lobo is fostered in Mount Laurel, NJ.
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 will have him evaluated to see if anything can be done to restore his sight though.
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 thay he will toss and play with all by himself.  Red Buddy is a gentle soul with a tail that wags at the hint of sweet talk, and is in overall very good health.
He is fostered in Collegeville PA       NS 2632
Apply here for him.  NS 2618
Trekker good with cats, 40#, approximately 2 years old.

Trekker is HW+ and being treated so he will not be available for adoption until January 2017.  Foster location TBD.  NS2651

Zeus is a 5 yr old Aussie X, with a beautiful face, and gorgeous eyes that just ooze love!!!  He'sweet, loves to be with people,  he's playful, and energetic. Gets along dogs and cats. More to come after his arrival..  He will be arriving soon from a  KY shelter and be fostered in Trout Run Pa. NS2676
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. NSXXXX
Tyler Brown

Tyler Brown recently traded a chicken-chasing life in Kentucky for a downtown foster home, where he is learning skills a forever family will expect.  Crate and house training are improving every day.   Leash walking is fair to good and recall is nearly 100 percent.

His red-tri coat runs from honey to chestnut with lush quantities of cinnamon.  A partial blue eye and freckled nose are framed by luminous chest, collar and blaze.

Here is a video of Tyler Brown
Tyler arrived a curious package who showed little indication of experiencing humans.  Hand feeding initially confused him; gentle petting launched fits of buck and spin.   Yet, he was nicely confident with people.  He walked happily among adults at a farmers market and seemed unafraid of kids. Keen trainers will appreciate that Tyler loves to tug, a marker for motivation. And, he is a natural retriever.  Play skills with dogs are improving as he learns about “personal space.” Only two fear triggers so far: car headlights and the distant sound of a train.

Judging from the sparkling whiteness of his teeth and bits of puppy down stubbornly clinging to the nub of his tail, this boy might be 9-11 months old.  He is reed thin at 28 pounds and needs to be 35.  Neutered in late October.

Tyler will thrive under the care of a stay-at-home parent or an older calm dog. He is young and social! He is fostered in Washington DC.

Apply here for him.  NS2655

Peppermint is a seriously sweet, 3-1/2 year old black-tri aussie.  She may be a "mini", but weighing in at 40lbs she needs to lose quite a bit of weight.  But smaller portions of a "healthy weight" kibble and more exercise should do the trick.  She is so cute and lovable that everyone she has met immediately plops down to the ground to chat with her and give her love.  And she just basks in the attention!

Peppermint is medium on the energy scale (should go up as the weight comes off) and medium-high on the velcro scale.  She is living a-ok with the foster home's four aussies, with the exception of the scuffle instigated by the resident not-so-stable female, so Peppermint may have a little alpha in her.  Please note she is reported to NOT enjoy living with terriers or cats. 
She loves to chew bones and chase the ball or frisbee. Loves to swim, play and go camping too!  Peppermint will chase squirrels and rabbits.  She loves men and women (maybe men a teeny bit more) and is great with kids over 10.  She also loves hanging out on the deck and bird watching.  And like most aussies, will probably be an excellent supervisor as you work in the garden come the warmer months.

Peppermint is very well behaved and is completely trustworthy in the house.  She's a little wary of new people, but as already mentioned will warm right up and responds right away to patience and love.  If you're looking for a new best friend and devoted sidekick, this is your girl.

Peppermint is fostered in New London, PA

Apply here for her.  NS2675
Bo Zenga was left behind when his people moved. The folks who moved in couldn't provide him a home, so they reached out to New Spirit.

Bo is about 3 years old, male, weighing 45#. He is a totally sweet, enthusiastic, high energy, wiggly, loving, Velcro dog.  He sits reluctantly: it's hard to contain all that energy. On leash, he is in constant motion, happily exploring everything. He goes into his crate easily and settles after a short protest. He loves to play with his foster room mate. The resident dogs haven't warmed to his energy, yet. All in good time.   NS2629

Casio is a beautiful, vibrant 5-6 year old who came to us from Kentucky. A colorful blue merle, he is possibly Aussie, Border Collie or a mix of the two. At about 60 lbs. he has medium to low energy but makes a wonderful hiking companion, happy to lay around at home afterwards. The mats in his fur and tail have been combed out and he carries his plume of a tail high where ever he goes. He also has split color eyes, mostly brown with small slices of blue. Casio is a happy boy who just wants to be by your side. He has been fine living with other dogs and with time will play chase with them but gets intimidated by very rambunctious and energetic dogs. No puppies for him!

Although Casio has no formal training, he walks on the leash without pulling much, minds well when off leash, and does know sit. He can be very focused on his person so could learn things if the time were invested. He is living with a cat in his foster home and doesn’t bother him when he is not around. But when we hang out in the kitchen where the cat lives, he is very interested in keeping track of the cat and his activities. However, he has indicated no interest in hurting the cat.
Casio seems fine with the children he has met and loves meeting people and soliciting attention greedily. He is crate trained and very reliable with his house training. He is happy riding in the car but can be a bit of a counter surfer at times. Although happy to lay around when you are busy, he does stay on alert and keeps track of all activity happening in the house, popping up to investigate if necessary. Casio would be fine as an only dog or with other dogs, as long as they weren’t too submissive. He will make a great companion for anyone looking for a lively, loving dog past the hyperness of youth.

Casio is fostered in Lancaster, PA 

Apply here for him.  NS2653