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.
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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.

Dilly is a three year old male with a stub tail.  He weighs approximately 55 pounds.  Dilly is a love bug.  He wants to get up on you to give hugs, and works hard to wrap his paws around you until you ask him to get down.  He goes into his crate on command and does very little barking.  He is a very very quiet dog.

Dilly would do great with a dog or dogs that love to play.   Dilly has high energy, and spends his days chasing after toys thrown for him and wresling with the visiting dogs.  He is house trained and settles down nicely in the house when given his favorite knuckle bone.
Dilly has the aussie herding instinct so small shy kids and cats would probably not be very entertained by him!   Dilly is up to date on vet work and looking for his forever home.

Dilly is fostered in Galloway, NJ. 

Apply here to meet him.  NS 2028

See Dilly here!!

Starsky  is  a small mixed Australian shepherd, weighs about 35 pounds and has a salt and pepper looking hair. He has one blue eye and one brown eye that completes his look. He is very playful and loves to play with toys but not unlike any other dog tends to tear them apart. He is very affectionate and loves to jump into your lap.

He does tend to be shy of new comers but I feel with a bit of work he will over come this. He listens very well when reprimanded.
He however does not like the crate therefore this will need a bit of work as well if you wish to crate him but he is fine out of the crate. He has full access to the house when we go out and during the night and have not had any issues.

Starsky is fostered in Egg Harbor, NJ. 

Apply here for him.  NS 2217

This tiny little girl is too sweet for words.  Dahlia was picked up stray in TN where the shelter feared given her age, approximately 10-11, she would not generate much interest.  New Spirit was happy to take her.  At 24 pounds, there is just not much to her, but what there is there is pure sugar!  Her eyes are a little cloudy but she sees fine, and she does hear but "selectively".  However, her bright little brown button eyes follow you everywhere, and she loves to toddle around wherever you go.  She is very interested in anything food-like you might be willing to share.  She has a little white hat, and also a tail which wags a lot, and gets around just fine despite some arthritis in the hips, but more than a few stairs are probably too much.
As with many older dogs, she does like to sleep and appreciates a nice dog bed, but she is also very gracious about being nudged awake for a trip outdoors where she is very interested in exploring and strolling the grounds.  She's wonderful on leash, and polite with other dogs though not interested in playing with them and cats: meh.  But did we mention she really likes food?  Snacks, treats, a bite of your bagel, some of your spaghetti--you name it, she's there!

With her classic red tri marking and her ultra sweet nature, this girl is a classic Aussie delight for anyone who appreciates the seniors. 

Dahlia is fostered in Collegeville PA  Apply here for her.  NS 2224
We're still working on getting a routine for toileting purposes but she is more than happy to go out when the chance is offered, so it might be the human who is harder to train in this case. 
Giddy Mitzi

Giddy Mitzi is currently on medical hold.  She came to New Spirit in early December after another rescue pulled her puppies from a rural Virginia shelter but left her behind.  The vet at the local spay clinic was not comfortable with the lung sounds she heard onece Giddy Mitzi was under anesthesia and referred Giddy Mitzi to a full service clinic for chest xrays.  Chest xrays showed a collapsed lung and a liver in the chest cavity.

Giddy Mitzi suffered some sort of trauma earlier in her life that collapsed one lobe of her lung, ruptured her diaphram and pushed her liver, spleen, part of her stomach and several loops of her intestines into her chest cavity.  Even in this condition she had managed to carry and whelp a litter of at least three puppies!

Giddy Mitzi is currently recoving from surgery to replace her organs into her abdomen and repair the hernia in her diaphram.  If all continues to gowell, she should be available for adoption mid to late February.  She is an aussie mix, 12-18 months old and about 20 pounds.

Giddy Mitzi is recovering with wonderful care in Blacksburg, VA.  NS 2200
Tiny Tim

This 2 year old, 25 pound cutie is super shy at first, but once he gets to know and trust you, he is a love bug!  He needs to work on building confidence and needs a home where the humans will be patient and kind.  He LOVES his foster brothers and would do best in a home with other dogs, as they help him to relax and feel safe.  Tiny Tim is very smart and is quickly catching on to proper house manners and some basic commands.  He is fearful of coming in from outside, which can be a bit of a challenge, but he is improving every day.  Tiny Tim is a wonderful playmate for other dogs – he is very respectful and has great dog manners.  Tiny Tim does fine on a leash and in the car.  He lives with 4 cats and while he will occasionally try to get one of them to play with him, he otherwise leaves them alone.

Tiny Tim had a professional grooming and he is looking beautiful and feeling great.  He would love to find a forever home with some dog playmates and kind and gentle humans who will help him to become more confident.  With his intelligence and sweet disposition, he should do great with formal training. This sweet and smart boy is a love bug and would love to snuggle with you!

He is being fostered in Lehighton, PA. 
Apply here for him.  NS 2242

This adorable guy was placed four years ago and was just recently returned to program after his adopters had some setbacks with health.  Waldo is a loving companion, 9 years old, a handsome black tri with a big personality.  He's great with other dogs, walks well on leash, and loves to be by your side--and he will bump you with his nose to get your attention if you go too long without petting him.  He likes to go out, quickly does his business, but doesn't want to spend a lot of time outdoors without you.  He will alert you with a big bark when he wants to be by your side again.

Waldo has a luxurious fluffy coat that is very addictive to pet, and although he has a big frame, he only weighs 50 pounds, which is just right for him.  He rides well in the car but has a little trouble getting in too high a deck, like a larger SUV.  Hes hips are a little off and stiff, but he is very happy to do regular walks and can manage stairs as long as you don't need them climbed in a hurry.

The years have brought some challenges for Waldo, notably some layrngeal paralysis which often affects older dogs.  It makes his regular breathing sound loud but he does get plenty of air.  This can progress and require surgical attention but often it doesn't.  The worst that usually happens is the dog gets excited and can't get enough air, passes out, and in that state gets enough air and comes around again.    Waldo is no where near that dire a situation though, and as he has settled into his foster home, it has become much more subdued
Waldo needs more frequent opportunities to go out: every 3-4 hours is ideal.  If the footing outdoors is wet or slippery, he may need to be told “Go pee” as he looks back at you with big sad eyes.  But a firm “Go pee!” and he takes care of business and comes right back.    At night, it helps to close him in the bedroom where he likes to sleep on the floor, or gate off the hallway so that he doesn’t have free rein of the house—he tends to get to thinking about a snack or something and goes “on patrol”, but gated in a smaller area, he settles right down.  Waldo is fine left loose when you’re away from home, but he doesn’t like to be crated, and he’s not cat-safe.

Overall he is a delightful and engaging companion who will really keep you company on your daily rounds, and make you feel special!

Waldo is fostered in Collegeville PA.  Apply here for him.  NS 1502

Lakota is a special needs dog who came to us after life on a chain.  He's a neutered Blue Merle, with docked tail,"18 mo's" old, 45 lbs. and needs to learn everything about being a house-pet, stay tuned!  Already we are thinking he has *some* sight and hearing.  Regardless, so far he's proving to be good with other dogs and very sweet.  During his ride home he put his left paw on his foster mom’s shoulder and laid his head down, nuzzle and gave kisses. Lots of sweetness in this package!
He is skittish at first, but warms up quickly with petting and treats.  He needs to work on his leash skills.  He does not guard food, toys, or chew bones. You can remove from him without incident.  Lakota crates easily and can be move to a secured room without fuss.  He doesn't try to jump gated entrances. He settles in and is quiet for his rest periods during the day.
He has not been cat tested.  He likes to play with the resident small dog (Toy Aussie), but he's unsure of dogs his size or larger (at least the resident DB Merle who's Lab size).  If they should bump into each other, he hasn't reacted, the DM growls and moves away from Lakota.

Lakota is high energy at present and medium Velcro.  He is working on refreshing his housebreaking and is already responding well to notifying of when he needs to go out.
He is good with women, undetermined with men and children.

Lakota likes to plays fetch with a rope bone in house. He is not good on a leash, he pulls and is in a hurry.  He loves to snow surf.  He has face sensitivity and we are working on desensitizing and it is going well.  He does counter and flat surface surf.

He does not have a prey drive.  A fenced yard would be best, due to sight and hearing issues. As he learns manners and commands he might be able to be outdoors under strict supervision.  He likes to chew bones to decrease his anxiety while traveling, he does tend to bark at passing cars while being transported.

Lakota is being fostered in Trout Run, PA. 
Apply here for him.  NS 2253
Marleigh is a red tri girl 1 year old.  She was hit by a car and lost the use of her right front leg.  Her owners turned her into the shelter and she will get the needed medical care now.  She will lose that leg since it no longer has sensation and would get scraped raw and infected if left in place, but she will be able to run and walk just fine with three legs.  She's 35 pounds with a lovely dark red coat that's super soft, and a full tail with a white tip.  She'll probably grow a more luxurious coat as she matures.  Marleigh is sweet as she can be, loves to cuddle, crates okay, is good with cats and is reliable in the house.   She'll be fostered in Collegeville, PA  NS 2275
Eddie Munster

Eddie Munster is an adorable compact aussie, weighing in at about 28lbs.  He was found as a stray and no one reclaimed him.  He is young and is estimated to be 1 yr. old. 
His foster mom believes he was once someone’s pet, as Eddie Munster is one of the friendliest aussies she has fostered.  In the morning when he greets you he will get so excited and his butt will go and he will smile at you!

Eddie Munster doesn't jump up and has very good manners.  He seems housebroken and does well in a crate although he doesn't need to be crated as he is not destructive or untrustworthy and has a nice sweet demeanor about him.

One of his favorite things to do is to take a stuffed toy and fling it around and play with it, he can actually entertain himself with it and it is quite comical.  He would make a wonderful family pet and likes children.  He doesn't mind cats and seems to do well with other dogs his size or bigger.  He hasn't been around small dogs yet to know but he has a quiet easy going personality.

He would make a great agility dog or a nice companion for walks and just to hanging out.  He is, of course, super smart and will just lay down and relax wherever his foster mom is.  This is one gem of a dog!

Eddie Munster is fostered in Furlong, PA.  Apply here for him.  NS 2274
Baby is a 6 year old tri color aussie mix and is as sweet as can be.  She is very gentle and loves people.  Baby is a full figured girl and could stand to lose a few pounds.  She loves to go for walks and is great on a leash.  Baby is reliable in the house and does not need a crate.  She is low energy and a little Velcro.  She will not go on furniture and loves her doggie bed.  She has a very small /tail nub and it wiggles when she is happy.  Baby is being fostered in the Mid Atlantic Region.  NS 2276