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.

Dahlia is getting on in years and we have decided she should remain in the New Spirit program rather than try and adapt to a new situation.  Her hearing is pretty nonexistent but vision is good and she does not have to cope with any stairs in her foster home.  She is happy and safe in the fenced yard with no need to be leash walked which is hard for her.  Overall this seems like the best place for her to live out her remaining time..  NS 2224


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
Want to help with Dahlia's expenses?

Phred and Phonzi

Phred is a five-year-old handsome Blue Double Merle weighing in around 50 pounds. Unlike many Double Merles, he is an exception with the ability to see and hear. Phred is a sweet dog with a nice personality. He is reliable in the house, obedient, and adapts very well to changes. He loves to make new friends and is good with older children. Not cat tested. He is a very good watch dog. Phred is the one who initiates any action although he is a low energy Aussie and loves to settle down at the glass front door where he can keep an eye on the world.

He and his litter mate brother, Phonzi have been together since birth and the ideal home for them would be for them to be together.
Phonzi is a Blue Merle weighing in around 73 pounds.  He is a little more velcro than his brother Phred. Phonzi is a gentle dog with a nice personality. He is also reliable in the house, obedient, and adapts very well to changes. He is excited to meet new friends but settles right down. He is good with older children. Not cat tested. As far as activity goes, he takes the lead from his brother Phred. He is on the low energy side and is very content to settle down next to you.

They are being fostered in Mechanicsville, VA

Apply here for them.    NS2546 - Phonzi and NS2547 - Phred

Mally is a very sweet little female, black and tan, approximately 4 to 5 years old. She is rather small at only about 32 pounds, and is very gentle and full of love! Mally enjoys meeting new people and will very quickly cuddle up to you for love and attention.

While we haven't had Mally around cats or children, she has been around two very boisterous male dogs and she deals with them beautifully. I can only imagine that she will have no difficulty in getting along well with children of any age, as well as cats and other dogs.
She is very low energy and high velcro, with no known medical issues. She will play fetch with you for a bit, and enjoys going for walks. She does very well on a leash, is housebroken, and knows all the basic commands.

Mally is quite attention driven, but loves treats too! She doesn't beg at dinner time, and is too small to counter surf. In short, if you're looking for a sweet little girl to cuddle up with, Mally is your girl!

Mally is fostered in Landisburg, PA.
Apply here for her.   NS2554

Beautiful Danika is a female red-tri aussie weighing approx. 52 lbs and is 6 years young.

Her owner unfortunately passed away.  She was well loved, just not exposed to enough new people/places/dogs to really know how to handle it well quite yet.  UPDATE: she is making TREMENDOUS strides in this department!She takes some time to warm up - but once you've got her trust she is a wonderful, playful, sometimes even cuddly girl!  She just needs a little patience and she is all yours.

Danika is medium energy and high velcro.  She is housebroken and crate trained too, but doesn't love to be crated.  She does love men, women and children.  And after two solid weeks her foster home is pleased as punch to report that Danika has now accepted that the foster home's dogs are NOT going to ambush her as initially feared and is freely mingling with them, dare we say even making friends?!  Testament to the resilient nature of these pups and their desire to please. 
She is a treat-monger and will do a beautiful "sit" and even "speak" for one.  We haven't tested her or taught her more yet, but she's so motivated the sky's probably the limit! 

Danika is very eagerly anticipating the day that she can have someone all to herself again.  Anyone looking for a BFF posthaste should look no further...this is your girl! 

Danika is being fostered in New London, PA
Apply here for her. NS 2560
Sinatra is a red bi male with two blue eyes who is about 2 years old.  He is terrific with other dogs and takes no time at all to initiate play! He is full of happy/goofy personality, and his wiggly bottom never stops going.  You will melt into his fluffy blond coat! NS2571
Apply here for her. NS 2567

This sweet young girl is barely a year old, if that, and just a ball of puppy sweetness and energy.  She weighs in at 50 but needs to lose about 4 lbs to be at her best weight.  She has a tail that curls up, a white chest patch and brown freckling on her legs.  As you can see in the video, she has tremendous focus, is very obedient, and also quick to pick up on what's wanted. 

Fly adores learning tricks and has done some agility including weaves and thrives on it--can't get enough and is super fast and good at it.  She is initially nervous with other dogs and vocalizes and the hair on the nape of her neck will come up with nervousness, but as soon as the other dog either ignores her or makes a friendly overture, she starts to settle and she is soon racing around the yard with them or wrestling indoors.  This girl loves to play as much as she loves to work with her person, but given the choice, she will work with her person on a trick or any kind of training.

Fly is great with people although she does tend to jump when excited, but lightly, so she's not likely to overset anyone.  She hasn't met a stranger yet!

Fly is fostered in Collegeville, PA

A red Tri male who loves other dogs and swimming in the kiddie pool.  He weighs about 45 lbs. He is not quite a year old and ready for his new home!!!  He's about 18-19 inches tall, has lovely amber eyes, and a nice personality. 

Baxxtor is high energy, but with an off switch.  He appears to have been crated before as he goes in with just a gentle prod and settles after a few protests.  He rode VERY nicely in the car (he was crated) and slept most of the 50 min ride home

LOVES toys, all kinds, balls, squeakies, stuffies, things that aren't toys.  He is very responsive to correction so far.  If you say NO, he stops what he's doing.  Baxxtor will jump up to give kisses and hug you.  He is a bit skittish having just arrived; if something is unfamiliar to him and makes a noise he will jump and try to run and hide (usually under the bed).

Baxxtor walks pretty good on leash, but does pull to keep up with the other dog(s).  He met our neighborhood dog and wanted to play.  He was very enthralled with a shelter cat in the cage, going into a play bow and yipping at it.  No growling or charging at it, just wanting to play. 
Knight black tri male, 2-3 years old,  45#  will be fostered in SE PA but is heartworm positive so he won't be available for 6 weeks, or about March 1.  NS2558
Should make a great companion with some good obedience training!

Baxxtor will be fostered in Furlong, PA                                 Apply here for him.    NS2238

Pepper is a sweet but very shy girl. She will warm your heart with her smile and once she trusts you, will be the most loyal dog ever. She follows me around the house with a gentle tail wagging and always comes quickly when called. She is a healty 7 yrs old and weighs about 43 lbs.
Pepper has been living in my household peacefully with 5 cats and 5 other dogs. She seems most comfortable with the female dogs in the household and can be a bit fearful at first. She is timid, so high energy dogs or children would be stressful for her. She is great in a crate, sleeps through the night and walks well on a leash. She does enjoy a romp in a nice, big fenced yard and that would be a must for her. Pepper will need a special person and one that she can trust to thrive. Ideally she wants a home in the country with a fenced yard and one or two low energy dogs and either no kids or older ones.
Pepper does take awhile to warm up and feel safe. She has been known to bolt through open doors and gates so a fence is very important.

Pepper is fostered in Fort Defiance, VA.

Apply here for her.  NS2544
Professor Fred

Professor Fred will melt your heart with his big Aussie grin, blue-amber eyes and a back end that dances like a jitterbug.   If bear hugs and soft kisses are your thing, this cuddly two-year-old may be the boy for you.

Professor Fred is showing solid progress in his first week at foster.  He is well house trained with terrific indoor manners and has yet to climb on the couch.  He is not teething things or people.  He waits at the door going in and out.

Around the neighborhood, Professor Fred is a respectable presence, walking well on leash and greeting other dogs with alertness, but not aggression.  On the energy scale, he hovers at a medium.  There is also his amazing red merle double coat. A pure white chest begs for rubbing, but sink your fingers  anywhere on this boy and discover minky softness. 
This is going to be one super dog.  We see signs of focus necessary for solid obedience learning. And, he clearly wants to please.  Because he was not in a home setting, he has had little formal work thus far.  But that also means he is a clean slate with no bad habits to “unlearn.” He seems to be as motivated by squeaky toys, tug and other forms of engagement as he is with treats.  He displays a bit of alpha indoors with other males, so he might do better as a soloist or with a female or younger beta male.

Stay tuned for more about this sweet boy as he is introduced to children and learns how to handle himself in the “big city.”  Professor Fred is fostered in the DC area.

Apply here for him.  NS2563
Ginger Snap 

This sweet girl is a beautiful dark red bi with gorgeous light brown/amber eyes.  She weighs about 45 pounds and is around 3 years old.  She is a bit shy not having experienced much in her young life, as well as having spent most of it outside.  But when she does get comfortable, her little docked tail wiggles nonstop.

She is an excellent car passenger.  She does tend to pull on her leash so will need some work in that area.  She is gentle with treats and warms up to other dogs nicely after proper introductions.

Mabelette (Mabel), is a sweet Aussie mix female. Mabel weighs close to 40#, and has room to put on a few pounds. She has a high prey drive. She must have eyes on her tail, or a rear view camera because she misses nothing!

Around the house, she is mellow. She walks nicely on a leash, loves her crate, and loves to be loved. She has shown interest in the resident cats, but only to get to know them. 

Mabel is being fostered in Collegeville, PA

Apply here for her.  NS2237
Ginger Snap is being fostered in Collegeville, PA

Apply here for her. NS2573
Ginger Snap takes time to warm up to new people and will need a gentle touch and patience while getting to know you.  But she is definitely worth the effort!

She is up to date on shots and is heartworm negative.  She has not been evaluated around children.

Kandy is just as sweet as her name, if not sweeter!!  This beautiful young girl is a 10 mo. old, deaf Double Merle with excellent eyesight and very alert to her surroundings.   Weighing 45 lbs and in excellent health,  a little shy and scared at first meeting but warms up nicely. Startles when asleep  or not  paying attention, a normal thing for a deaf being, but is fine when she's alerted  prior to ones approach.

Kandy is a wonderful passenger and loves riding in the car. She's not crate trained but has excellent house manners, even when left alone or with resident dogs. She lets you know she needs to go outdoors either by pacing, a quick bark, or a whine to get your attention.

Although the only thing she was taught was to have a tie out attached to her collar indoors, and rushed out the door, in the very short time she's been in foster care she is quickly learning to sit to have a no pull harness put on, leash attached, and calmly proceed outdoors.
Sitting upon return to have her harness removed. She's responding to leash correction, likes going with her nose to the ground smelling and exploring her new surroundings, and is very alert to things around her.
She's beginning to respond to simple hand signals, eagerly accepts praise, is eager for human contact and being rubbed and petted. Rather than going off indoors to be alone as when she came into foster care, she's begun lying beside her foster mom to be pet,loved, play quietly with a toy, or beginning to  learn to play fetch with a ball,  her happiness is shown with a wonderful smile.

Kandy gets along great with resident dogs who range in age of 9 wks, to 13 yrs. males and female,  is gentle in play with the puppy, loves romping and sharing toys with him. She is much better outdoors alone at present, when out with younger resident dogs she's all about play, gets excited and will pull. It's unknown how she is with cats, displays no resource guarding,  gently accepts treats.
Being a puppy  a fenced yard is recommended at this time or someone who can provide strong leadership while on leash. She will do well as a single dog or benefit  from a non aggressive resident companion, that she can learn from as she is growing intellectually. Children 7 and older would be ideal due to her startling,

This sweet baby just needs her person to understand puppy's aren't born fully trained and aren't ornaments. Could you be that special person for her ?

Currently fostered in Trout Run, Pa                                                                                                               Apply here for her. NS2580