Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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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!
A black tri boy with a blue eye and a brown eye, 9 1/2 years old Kodie is looking to live an active life. He's about 32lbs. and is gradually growing his coat back after having to be shaved. Medium on the energy scale Kodie shows stamina for hiking and exploring and easily jumps into a SUV. He is great meeting other dogs, people and kids but approaches warily and only occasionally accepts pets. Kodie is more interested in keeping moving with his adventure than playing with other dogs. He is most attracted to kids and gently greets them accepting quiet attention. He'll even sit and shake a paw if asked. With cats he is wary and backs off.
Magenta - ADOPTION PENDING
Magenta is almost 6 months old, and will be a mini Aussie. She currently weighs about 18lbs and is the most loving, high velcro dog you could ask for. She bonds almost instantly to every person she meets, and wants nothing more than to be snuggled. She spends her days either playing nonstop with the resident pups and foster "sister" (Morgan Rose NS3582), or following the humans around, looking for opportunities to get cuddled.
Magenta does great with the resident cat and her foster family's 16 month old toddler. She is pretty high energy but knows when to use the "off" button. She is crate trained and mostly potty trained (has not had accidents in over a month but we still keep an eye on her and she is crated when we go out).
Magenta has come a very long way from when she first arrived to her foster home a few months ago. As such, she will need someone who can commit to helping her continue to improve her leash reactivity toward other dogs during walks/hikes. She had a sketchy past before being rescued, and her fear reaction is to bark/snap if a new dog runs up/ tries to crowd her space. Once she's had a few minutes to figure out they're not a threat she is back to her playful self. This of course will require patience and reassurance, to remind her she's safe. Taking her to places where strange dogs may come upon her off leash is not recommended at this time.
Magenta is fostered in Brick, NJ.
Apply here for her. NS3565
Kodie is an easy going, happy, mild mannered gentleman who listens well unless there is a really interesting scent around. Housebroken and crate trained he walks pretty well on a leash but tends to wander here and there. Kodie has only been heard to bark occasionally. He enjoys a chew bone and is always ready for a treat or something to eat. Kodie is pretty easy to handle but you got to watch because he will counter surf. He would love to live where there is some activity going on during the day as well as daily walks. While inside he does stay close by but isn't needy for attention.
Kodie needs a home where someone was with him most of the time because Kodie needs to go out to pee every 1-2 hours during the day. He has a psychogenic condition where he drinks more than normal and as a result must pee more often. However at night he will sleep in a crate for 6-8 hours without problems. Kodie could do very well with a dog door where he could go out into a fenced yard whenever he wanted. When someone is around, he clearly indicates when he needs to go outside. An overall healthy dog, he does take some thyroid medication twice a day.
Kodie is a dog looking for a relatively active life with regular exercise and things happening at home, maybe kids or frequent visitors. He could also enjoy activities like barnhunt or nose work. He is not ready to retire to the quiet life but knows how to pace himself while enjoying new adventures. While not hyper Kodie has the energy to keep up and go the distance, as long as he is hanging out with his people!
Fostered in Lancaster PA.
Apply here for him. NS3561
Morgan Rose - ADOPTION PENDING
Morgan Rose is a precocious, 4 month old standard Aussie puppy with a fluffy auburn/white fur coat. She's your typical puppy: playful, friendly, and very curious. She warms up easily and loves going on walks and car rides. She is coming along nicely with leash training and potty training but will still need reinforcement in her new home.
Morgan Rose gets along well with the foster home dogs and cats, though sometimes she can be a little too over-excited about wanting to play with the resident cat. She will for sure need a home with either no cats, or very dog savvy cats. Morgan Rose is still learning how to contain her energy and loves to jump on you to say hi or engage in playtime. This is something her foster home is working on with her but because of this, a home with a very young child may not be ideal unless they are experienced with correcting these kinds of behaviors.
Maui is a male black tri aussie weighing in at about 45 pounds. He is 1.5 years old and is a true puppy at heart. He took a few days in his new foster home to really come out of his shell, but he is turning out to be a spunky dude with a lot of personality. He started out as a 2 on the energy scale, but in the week he has been in foster care, his energy level has increased to about a 7. Maui can be a little scared of loud noises and timid of new experiences, but with the help of a loving family, he will really thrive!
Maui has shown a lot of interest in playing with the dogs he meets. His foster mom and dad think he would do best in a home with at least one other dog to show him the ropes and to help guide him through life's scary moments. He walks okay on a leash; not a lot of pulling, but tends to walk behind the human. He shows the most confidence when he walks with the resident dog.
Mochi is a toy red merle, weighing in at a whopping 12
lbs! He is 4 years old.
Mochi is a total lap dog. His favorite place is next to you on the
sofa, and ideally you'll be rubbing his head. Like most Aussies,
he'll follow you into the kitchen, the bathroom, and everywhere
Mochi has experienced lots of change in the past year so he
is a bit fearful and looks to his human to protect him. He walks
great on a leash and rides great in the car, although he does tend
to get carsick.
Mochi's ideal home is a calm one, with no small children or large
dogs (they are scary to such a little guy).
Mochi is being fostered in Spring Grove, PA
Apply here for him. NS3546
Sweet Sadie - ADOPTION PENDING
Sweet Sadie is a 6.5 year old Red Merle Aussie with beautiful amber eyes.
Sweet Sadie is fostered near Trenton, NJ. NS3572
At home, Maui likes to entertain himself. He isn't sure about playing with his humans, but he loves to run around them and jump into their laps. He will throw his toys around all by himself to keep himself busy, but he also likes to get into trouble. Maui displays typical destructive puppy behavior so make sure you hide your phone chargers, pencils, and wallets.
Maui has not been tested with cats, but does show small animal prey drive when he sees squirrels or feral cats on walks around the city. He also has not been tested with children, but due to his timidity, we suggest homes with children over the age of 10.
Maui is a sweet, loving dog who will make a great addition to someone's family. He has grown so much in just one week and his foster home is confident that he will continue to blossom into a really amazing companion.
Maui is being fostered in Philadelphia PA.
Apply here for him. NS3583
Morgan Rose absolutely loves her foster dog "sister", Magenta (NS3565) and we believe she will be happiest in a home with another equally playful pup to keep her company. We would absolutely be open to a double-adoption, since they do appear to have bonded so closely.
Morgan Rose is fostered in Brick, NJ. NS3582
Navi is a 1 year old, male weighing around 50lbs. He's a Blue Merle Aussie/Border Collie mix with blue eyes and a tail. Navi is described as very sweet and good with other dogs and cats. Navi has to get some medical issues checked out after he comes up north in mid-April, but this handsome guy will be up for adoption as soon as he's ready! We will start accepting applications for him when more is known about his medical status, so stay tuned for updates on this handsome guy. Navi will be fostered in Philadelphia, PA NS3589
Polly Puppins is an approx. 8 year old black tri mini Aussie who weighs 25 lbs. While super sweet, Polly P came from a hoarding environment so she is taking it easy in foster care and getting used to the spoiled life. Before Polly P was pulled from the shelter, it was found that she has some cardiac abnormalities, so we are getting her a full workup at the vet before we know what her diagnosis and treatment will be. Polly P will remain on hold until we get a clear idea of what is going on with her. She is fostered in Collegeville, PA. NSXXXX
Ducky is an approximately 5 year old black bi male weighing 55lbs. Ducky is described as very sweet and cuddly and just a super gentle and nice dog. He is fine around other dogs, but hasn't been able to be tested with cats and children. Ducky is looking for a forever home to retire in after he comes up north mid-April. Could it be with you? NSXXXX
Deja Blu is a seven-year-old female gorgeous purebred Aussie with merle coloring and the softest silkiest hair. She weighs 38 pounds. Dejah is very sweet and takes a short minute to get to know you, but when she does she is eager for pets.
She seems to get along with all animals. Gentle with cats...... wouldn't hurt a flea it seems. At 7 she is pretty well-rounded energy-wise. She plays with other dogs but knows how to relax at home and is an avid cuddler. I would say she is medium Velcro, she will follow you but not be on top of you. She is housebroken 100%.
A bit skittish for the first day but then will relax and come sit with you once she gets to get to know you. Doesn't play fetch but is definitely curious about the ball. She does pull on the leash but is very food motivated, so I can see this as an easy project to work on. At 30ish lbs. it's not too bothersome.
She doesn't counter surf but will try to eat the cat food. She has the lowest prey drive so no worries chasing squirrels. No signs at all of the resource guarding (likes to eat out of your hand) and is used to having another sibling dog to share with.
Deja is fostered in Collegeville, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3586