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. 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!
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 11 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. This adorable sweet girl is fostered near Reading, PA. NS 2258
Lucille Ball is one of our honorary Aussies. She is an adorable 7-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 fostered near Reading, PA. NS2209
Melvin is a 6 year old mini-aussie that weighs 17 pounds. Melvin is a special-abilities dog. He has congenital brain damage which affects his walking, vision and hearing. His ability to learn is not affected nor is his ability to love! Melvin has an unsteady gait when he walks and although he can hear and see his hearing and vision seem to be distorted. He is fostered near Reading, PA NS2660
Beverly Rose is a beautiful red merle around 4 years old and weighs about 40 lbs. She is extremely shy (almost pathologically shy) and very afraid of people. Beverly Rose will run away when approached but she is a work in progress. Every day we see a little more progress as she settles into her foster home. Once she realizes nothing bad is going to happen to her, she will let you pet her, brush her and even cut her nails. Beverly Rose is house broken, crate trained and walks like a lady on a leash. She loves other dogs, especially little ones. Once she is comfortable with you and her surroundings, you can drop her leash to let her run and play with other dogs. She will not run away and she will let you pick her leash back up to continue the walk. Beverly Rose's forever home should be someone who will be home with her for a large part of the day and who has lots of patience and love. Another dog in the home would be great to help show her the routine and she finds comfort with them when scared. Small children would make her more anxious because of their fast and sudden movements. No matter how anxious she gets, she will never growl, show her teeth or bite. Beverly Rose is a beautiful girl and is realizing people are not so bad and good things can happen.Beverly Rose is fostered in Bel Air, MD. NS2862
Riversong is a red merle mini, age 7 yrs. Riversong has come a long way in a short time with us and has started to find her joy in living again! She gets along wonderfully with the home's own dog and recently she discovered the toys, and has filled her crate with quite a few. There has not been any aggression in this little girl (weighs in at just under 22lbs) whether my dog gets near her crate or goes to get a drink. She leans into you while being petted and accepts kisses and hugs . She gets excited and play bows with me and my dog (although neither of them have figured a mutual time to play). No hard feelings but it all takes time and patience.
She loves her meals and yours too . She dances around while you are preparing her meals and if she thinks things are not moving quickly enough she will let you know with a bump or a bark. She is a joy to have around.
Riversong came to us with a urinary tract infection and a lung infection-- the UTI responded quickly and once she had control of things, she quickly learned not to soil her crate. She has been doing great as far as her housebreaking too. She will be on a great antibiotic for the lungs another couple of weeks and we expect her to recover nicely. Her energy level and happiness alone tell us that things are getting back to normal and she's feeling much better.
Jaggers is a 4 year old neutered male who weighs about 50-55 pounds, has a tail, and is a little on the thin side right now. Jaggers is active and nervous. If he is in a situation he is not comfortable in, he will let you know and leave. There is no people aggression, but he will avoid contact with you until he feels comfortable. He needs a structured life with someone to tell him what to do so he is more confident. He also needs exercise. A nice fenced yard would be great or a long walk/run.
He did play with a puppy at the shelter. He may lunge when meeting new dogs but will retreat with a firm no. He seems to do fine when let loose with new dogs, and has also lived with cats conflict-free.
Jaggers bonds quickly. He isn't very food motivated and
didn't play with toys much but loves butt rubs and even
started to play bow and want to play in the short time we
spent with him at the shelter test room. He knows sit,
down and wait. Jaggers is smart and curious. With
training and structure he will be a great dog.
Jaggers is fostered in Villanova, PA.
Apply here for him. NS2883
Kancho is a 5 year old black try mini weighing in at a whopping 28 lbs and 17 inches tall. He barks at new people but soon settles down and is interested in meeting them. Once he gets to know you, he is quite the love bug. He spins in circles and wags his little nub so hard he whole back end wiggles.
He took 1 day to learn where his food bowl goes and not to bother the others. He waits his turn for treats and takes them very gently. Kancho did not like the car when he first got here, but by the second trip to the park he jumped right in. He’s very excited to go out-whether for a walk, ride, or just into the backyard.
We have not been able to cat test but he does bark at the neighborhood colony as they all do. He’s a little hesitant at first when meeting a bigger dog but has not shown any aggression when meeting one on a walk. He gets along just fine with the 2 bigger (70 and 55 lb) dogs he lives with. He loves to play with the younger foster but will settle down after a bit. They mouth wrestle and they have a blast! We would rate him as medium energy and medium on the velcro scale. He wants to play and wants his attention but after a few minutes of either will go settle down. He is very reliably housebroken, stays loose in the house at all times and there have been no problems. He does pull somewhat on the leash but after the initial excitement he does relax somewhat. It should not take much to get him to walk on a loose leash.
Kancho would do best with older children who can play fetch, chase, etc not toddlers and babies. We have not been able to test recall but does come when called in the yard.
If you’re looking for an active cuddle buddy he’s the boy for you (besides being awfully darn cute)!
Kancho is fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Apply here for him. NS2885
Lucianne is an 11 month old red merle girl who has loads of puppy energy and is in need of a bit of socialization. But she is delightful and gets along with other dogs.
She is just at that teenage rebellion stage and needs someone who can help her with her skills so she can present as a refined young dog! She loves to run and play!!!
Lucianne weighs about 30 pounds and has amber colored eyes, each with a fleck of blue in them. Stay tuned for updates. She will be arriving in the Mid Atlantic area this December! NSXXXX
Gunner is a three-year-old Aussie Blue Heeler, about 65lbs. His family
could not figure him out, so he was being advertised free as a guard dog
on Craigslist. Our assessment found a sweet boy who needs a coach to
introduce him to the world of dog socialization. In confident hands,
this boy will learn to walk nice on the leash and tone down his leash
pulling and barking. An easy walker training harness already has done
None of his behavior should surprise anyone. His family was so busy
they kept him isolated in the house. Good news is he knows come, sit,
paw and loves fetch! Can you be the one to unlock this boys heart and
find the sweetness inside?
Gunner will be fostered in Halethorpe, MD.
Apply here for him. NSXXXX
Burdock - ADOPTION PENDING
Burdock is an adventurous country boy with a kind heart and sweet, citrine eyes. He warms quickly to new people and is downright superglue with his foster family. Burdock weighs 40 lbs at 8 months, and may top 50, eventually, He’s medium on the energy scale, good on leash, with a bob tail.
What strikes you right off are those thick, auburn locks. Think Katherine Hepburn meets Gregory Peck.
He loves to fetch, tug and toss around new toys. He is beginning to roll on his back to offer his silky white belly for rubbing. All this is new for Burdock, who spent his childhood in a horse stall without a whole lot of human exposure. Boy, is he ready to play!
He was crate trained in one clicker session and now leaps into the crate with no more than a look in that direction. He learned to slap two paws on a target pad in two sessions. It would be a good idea to put this pup on a challenging training regimen to channel all those smarts into positive behaviors.
Burdock is fostered in DC NS2889
This is Mishka who just turned 4 in September. He's a red with some tiny touches of cream on his belly and pantaloons and a little white on his face, but really isn't even what you'd call a red bi. This boy is a true red! He is ASCA registerable and comes from a great line of working dogs in ID. He previously lived on a farm in ME and was in charge of 300 head of Katahdin sheep. He has great working skills and would love a home where he can do hobby herding or regular stock work, but he will be happy with anyone who can give him an active life where he gets to work for you in some capacity: brain games, Rally O, agility, anything that lets him use his smarts. He's a sturdy 50 pounds or so and fast, fast, fast, with lots of energy although he does settle nicely in the house. His nickname could be Action Jackson so if you like to run or hike or bike, he would be a great companion.
MIshka is extremely obedient and tuned into what you want, but that also means being aware of his high prey drive and being ready to whistle him back as needed. He is fine on a leash and has been okay in one foster home with meeting and greeting, and kids, but in another home, he was a little less happy about lots of social interaction on leash. Free range in his current foster home, he does fine but will alert you to garbage trucks and people at the door, and needs to be told firmly that new dogs coming in are your guests. He gets a little territorial but with a sharp word, is fine in less than a minute with having guest dogs. A fenced yard for him to stretch his legs safely is highly recommended.
In return for your care and direction, he gives you a big joyous heart and lots of playful dancing and a love of life.If you think you have the right lifestyle for this boy, please consider applying for him. He is currently fostered in Collegeville PA
Apply here for him. NS 2770
Puddles is our newest senior citizen, and is a complete delight. She's smaller at 43 pounds, and in fantastic shape for 12 years old. She is very companionable and wants to be right with you all the time, but is good at not actually being underfoot. We have to get her spayed but she is otherwise in great shape and ready to go. She has the cutest tipped ears, and a bright happy expression.
She is always very curious about what's going, and especially whether there might be FOOD involved. She's quite obedient though, and easy to live with. She settles right down if you aren't in motion, happy to be near your feet, and so far, even when invited, doesn't get on furniture or the bed.
Cars are not her absolute favorite thing but if you're going, she's going! On leash she is fine, and nice with other dogs but really more attuned to people, although it's nice to see that she is feeling better with some care and is very happy to play with a tennis ball whether you're throwing it or not. She is not good with cats though.
This girl will make someone a delightful companion. Puddles is currently fostered in Collegeville PA
Apply here for her. NS 2770
Maxie - ADOPTION PENDING
Maxie is a little whirling dervish of energy and enthusiasm! He's a beautiful, 2yo blue merle mini aussie weighing in at just 22 lbs. Even though he's a mini, our Maxie is a true aussie - HIGH energy and HIGH velcro. Before you even think about applying for this pup, you must read the article "Is An Aussie the Right Dog For You" in our Facts about Aussies tab, because he checks every single box. He's smart, he needs a job to do and he'll need you to take him to fun training classes posthaste! And he will nip at the
heels of young children when they refuse to be herded
(as they will), so no young ones under the age of 12 or so,
please. On walks he pulls because he's just that excited,
but his new sporn harness is helping with that. He loves and
needs his 2-3 mile morning and evening walks. He also loves
to run in the yard and play fetch, and he loves car rides and
playing in water, too. He has settled in very well with his foster
home's four aussies, and they're teaching him that unsolicited
humping is a VERY rude business and he's starting to
understand that! Smart, smart boy.
Maxie does counter surf a little but says he's just looking. And he does take time to warm up to new people. He likes some men, but not all of them. He seems to be housebroken (so far, so good). Also, he decidedly does not like being confined to a crate, but will go in under duress and settle down after voicing some protest. But most of all Maxie has more love to give than he knows what to do with. He wants people he can be with, and love on, and watch, and protect, and play with all the time. He needs people that have the time to go on long walks twice a day (every day), and introduce him to fun things like training, agility and/or rally. He needs a big life full of fun and adventure to match the huge spirit contained in his tiny body! If you also love adventure and have patience, time and love to spare, Maxie's your boy.
Maxie is fostered in New London, PA
Apply here for him. NS2896
Professor is a really cute black tri. This 2 year old is a whole 25 lbs and 17 in. He is a bundle of energy who likes to play fetch with a tennis ball and loves to run in the yard.. He will settle after a few minutes. He loves being petted, scratched, and belly rubs!
He barked at the resident dogs, but once they met and sniffed, he accepted them. He does need more leash training; in fact, did not have any at all until the last few days. He pulls some but doing very well.
He has not had a lot of socialization in his little life, and when people visited his home, he would show his Aussie teeth until he was comfortable. He does bark still when new people come in the house but has improved dramatically- I would think in a few more weeks he'll be much more relaxed.
Professor has a history of running away so he will need to be watched outside. He appears to be housebroken but is in the crate overnight and when he is left home. He complains a little bit but then settles right down.
A stable environment with structure and exercise would help this little guy become the great dog he can be. Can you imagine agility or fly ball?
Professor is fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ
Apply here for him. NS2897
This is Finnigan! he's a big wiggle butt, weighing in at a solid
and slightly chubby 85lbs. We have put him on a diet, so in
no time he will be at a much healthier weight.
He is learning what it's like to live in a house for the first time.
He's still a little reserved but once he knows you're safe, he
loves to get pets and give kisses. He does well with his fellow house dog and is learning how to play with toys, although he'd rather you just give him treats and pet him!
Finnigan is a 4 year old lower to medium energy dog, but that might pick up more once he looses a little weight. He's a quiet dog even when crated. Finnigan is working on learning his manners, he's a sweet natured big guy, so with patience and love he will shine.
Finnigan is fostered in Carlisle PA. NS2894
Right now she is getting eye drops and tolerates getting them very nicely. The condition she is being treated for is glaucoma, and depending on how the eyes respond (so far the pressures are coming down nicely in response to the drops), she may need surgery to have one eye removed, but that remains to be evaluated after more time on the drops. In the meantime, the eyes are much more comfortable. She would need the drops for the rest of her life and our best estimate right now is they may run $30-40 a month, possibly less. She has some sight in her better eye, and despite her limited vision, functions extremely well in the house and outside.She will be fostered near York, PA. NS2882