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.
Mishka This handsome fellow just turned 5 and after a life lived on a sheep farm he has hard a hard time adjusting to city life. So after three failed placements, we are just going to let him stay where he is for now, where he is doing well with a fully fenced yard and some careful management (ie put in another room) when new dogs or people come in. He tends to love both but gets over-excited so introductions are best put off for a few hours and then handled when the emotions are calmer. Unfortunately he turned out not to have good working instincts either, so the attempt to place him on a highly experienced working farm was also a miss. We love this guy but he is not for just any home. NS2770
Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. It takes her only a day or two to get oriented in a new place. 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.
At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. Helen, whose everyday name is 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. That runs about 27 cents a day. She is fine when left loose when you're out, and is just a little love to have around.
She loves toys, especially anything that squeaks, and especially balls she can carry around and chase and then curl up with.
Helen Keller is fostered near Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS2399
Bradley Cooper will be 2 years old in December and weighs almost 60 pounds. He is VERY energetic and VERY enthusiastic. He loves people and attention. You won't find a better dog for kids! He does great in the car and is decent on a leash (he does some pulling so a good harness and some reinforcement is a must). He is very trainable and smart and the biggest love bug!
He gets along with most other dogs and loves going to the dog park. His playing can get rough though and he will sometimes bully other dogs if they don't pay attention to him. Bradley Cooper would love a rough-housing roommate, but absolutely no cats or other small animals due to his high prey drive.
Bradley Cooper has a lot of energy so he will require an active household. If he gets bored, he will make sure everyone knows just how bored he is. Any dog brother/sister should also have a decent amount of energy and love to play! His foster parents think he would do best with a fenced in yard; he loves to run, play fetch, and just hang outside chewing on toys. Previously, apartment homes have not worked out for him.
Bradley Cooper has a history of separation anxiety so he needs a family willing to be patient with him. There seems to be an adjustment period going to a new home; it will take some time for him to settle in. Despite having moderate to severe separation anxiety when he's alone, he has done much better if he's not in the crate and there is a trusted (and calm) doggy pal with him. Crating is not an option because he's willing to do anything to get out, especially tip over the crate or bite at the metal bars.
Over the last year, Bradley Cooper has made tremendous progress towards overcoming his separation anxiety. He is so smart and so sweet, he just needs a family who is willing to have the patience and time to spend with him. Could that be your family?
Bradley Cooper is fostered in Philadelphia PA.
Apply here for him. NS3137
This delightful and exuberant girl is ready to go! Abigail is estimated to be about 2 but she sure has a lot of puppy left in her-- just over the top loves playing and fun and will steal shoes to chew on with her gorgeous bright white teeth. Although Abigail only weighs 40 lbs, she is a big personality, full of energy and love for all other dogs and every person she meets. She LOVES to play with other dogs for hours, running, chasing, wrestling, indoors,outdoors, any time, and manages to get most of them to return the favor. She should go to a home with at least one other dog that loves to play. Abigail is a bit of a rougher player-- fast and loves to wrestle, but all the other dogs so far seem to go along with her style just fine, or they give her a snarky correction if she gets too rough and she backs right off.
Meet Jeremiah! This handsome boy is a 6 year old aussie mix weighing about 70 lbs. He is a gentle giant. Jeremiah can be trusted in the house and he will also go into a crate if needed. He rides well in the car and walks nicely on a leash. Jeremiah is a medium energy, high Velcro dog who loves to be with you. He will follow you everywhere. Jeremiah gets along well with other dogs and loves to play with his foster brother and sister. Jeremiah also likes to play fetch.
Jeremiah will cuddle with you while watching TV but settles nicely when you are busy. He will not go on the furniture unless invited.
Jeremiah his learning that people coming over the house is a good thing. He needs to be supervised when introduced but he is understanding and wants to be part of the fun.
Jeremiah would love to be adopted by someone who is active and will take him for walks or hikes in the woods. He would also enjoy another dog to play with. Because of Jeremiah’s size children over 10 would be fine. If Jeremiah sounds like a dog for you please fill out an application.
Jeremiah is fostered in Bel Air, MD.
Apply here for him. NS3347
Mousse is a 4- year-old Black Bi female. She's a big girl weighing about 65lbs. She is on a diet and exercises every day to shave some of those extra pounds. She's a big bundle of joy - she could spend all day receiving belly and butt rubs if she could. She's a very happy girl, who loves to explore outside on our city walks. There's nothing better than coming home and being greeted by this girl's toothy grin and her classic wiggle butt.
She's fine with the resident Aussie. Mousse is very treat motivated and learning basic manners quickly - she has loads of potential to be someone's best-est friend.
Mousse is fostered in Philadelphia, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3339 Bouncy Bear is a 6 month old black-tri Aussie who is happily looking for a new home. We are just getting to know him and will post more information as he settles into his foster home. Bouncy Bear will be fostered in Southern Central, PA Apply here for him. NS3353
Henree is a male, black bi color about a year old and just under 50lbs. He is very sweet and loving, but he won't immediately run up to say hi until he's been around you for a bit. Even so, he prefers to wag his tail and wait for an invitation from you before greeting you. He loves to be pet and will nuzzle up and place himself under your hand if you stop. He is working on becoming a confident pup and will often look to his foster siblings for reassurance before engaging in play or hopping on the couch.
Henree gets along with cats and dogs. He is curious about playing and is becoming better about knowing that it's okay to play with other pups. He appears low energy and high velcro. He's shy about loud sounds and will back out of a room if a vacuum or loud noise is heard. With some positive reassurance he is right back at your side. He is good with men, women, children. He likes toys but he is still learning to play with them.For now, he likes to tilt his head and look on happily while his foster siblings play fetch.
Henree does have trouble on a leash. He will let you place one on him, but once outside he will lay down and not want to budge. It takes coaxing to get him to follow and loud noises or cars passing by will cause him to lose confidence and sit/lay back down promptly. We are still working on teaching him walks are good thing. He is polite inside a crate or riding in a car but, like with leash walking, still requires coaxing before you can get him in. The ideal family is patient and understands this sweet boy has some trust issues he needs to work through before cozying up to you. Once he's decided you're one of the good guys you'll have a faithful companion constantly by your side ready to snuggle at a moment's notice.
Henree is fostered in New Jersey.
Apply here for him. NS3356
Minny is an 18-month-old Aussie/BC mix. An energetic, petite girl at 30lbs who is shy at the first meeting (but it doesn't last), Minny hits all of the BC characteristics. She is bright and learns quickly, so quickly in fact that she is often figuring out a way to get around what you are teaching her while you are teaching her!
She has a very high prey drive and thrives on being dominant with the resident Aussies. She regularly herds them, bumps them, and is happy as long as they stay in line. Minny will back down to an older, female Aussie and she hasn't challenged a visiting GSD who are much bigger than her. However, when the older male resident dog decides he has had enough and challenges her, a fight always ensues, and Minny can hold a grudge. Long after the tussle, Minny is still eager to continue the fight. Therefore, anyone who is interested in adopting her should know that she is very selective with some dogs who are in her own space. She will require supervision around other dogs at all times unless she has proven to be good with them.
Leela Leela is a beautiful Black and Tan girl who weighs about 40 pounds. We think she is about 2 years old. Leela still has a lot of puppy energy and enjoys playing fetch with her favorite tennis ball in the yard. She gets along very well with her foster family dogs and would love having another friend to play with in her new home. She is curious about cats and likes to keep her eye on them, but has had no issues with them in her foster home. Leela is house and crate trained, and sleeps through the night as long as she is near her people. Leela does have some separation anxiety when left, so it is best that she is crated when left alone. When her foster family is home she loves to sleep on the floor right next to their feet. Leela would do best in an home with a family that is able to give a lot of attention to this sweet girl. She craves praise and loves being with her family. Leela will be fostered in Northern VA Apply here for her. NS3355
She has a slightly turned out back foot from an injury before we got her, but after an exam and x-rays the vet wanted to see if she could recover some muscle tone. We couldn't be sure when the injury occurred but the muscle tone was low, about 40% of what it should have been. After 6 weeks of lots of play and running, it has built up to 60% and we expect continued improvement. Our vet says she lacks full rotation of the leg but she doesn't seem to have any pain, and she uses the leg pretty normally except when she wants to go really fast-- then she tends to carry it. But otherwise, when walking and trotting, she is weight bearing and it doesn't seem to hold her back at all. He feels it would be premature to consider any kind of surgery since her function is so good and pain free.
Abigail is fostered in Collegeville, PA
Apply here for her. NS3326
Minny would thrive in an active household with lots of exercise and a traditionally fenced in yard. She would be an amazing candidate for agility or any activity that directed her drive and energy. She responds to verbal correction well but often remains single focused on the outcome she wants (like pet me for an hour without stopping). She has a sweet face that will melt your heart but requires a firm, consistent hand. Minny is crate trained and often slips into her crate for a nap during the day. She could use continued work with leash walking. Minny would do best with adults and kids 14 and older, and could be adopted as an only dog.
Minny is fostered in NJ. Don't hesitate to apply to adopt Minny today!
Apply here for her. NS3357
Merley is a 1-2 year old blue Merle boy who weighs in at a whopping 14 lbs. He’s either a toy Aussie or a very small Mini. We don’t know much about him yet other than he’s very sweet to the shelter staff, but scared to be there. Merley is going to take it easy in his foster home until some medical issues can be resolved. Keep checking back for updates on this sweet little boy! NSXXXX
Allen is a one year old mini Australian shepherd blue merle. He is 18 pounds of sweetness, that loves to give hugs and kisses. On that note he needs some training on jumping and manners to control his love.
He walks nicely on a leash and is working on house training. Allen loves other dogs but can be a bit bossy. He is high energy. He is high on the Velcro side and stays by your side.
Allen is looking for a companion who will love to take him on adventures and take the time to teach him how to act. We are not sure how he is with cats or children as he has not been around them. Allen has a low prey drive and is doing well on recall.
Allen is fostered in Bangor, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3367
Matty is a 3 year old boy who is incredibly sweet and loving, and just wants to cuddle. He will come up to you and give you a warm but gentle hug. He wants to play as much as he wants to take a long nap.
He interacts well with everyone he has met, as well as other dogs and has rarely barked. He is still learning though and will need house training and crate training. But he does come to your call. He walks on leash but will pull a bit and needs help getting into the car. Make sure to keep all food out of reach as well.
He is currently being treated for heartworm, but that should be done by the end of the month and he takes the pills without any difficulty.
Matty is fostered in Philadelphia, PA
Apply here for him. NS3371
Mr. Copper is a male lab/aussie mix, about 4 years old and 52lbs. Copper was turned in to the shelter when his elderly owners could no longer care for him. We hear he's a very friendly and energetic guy, and think Mr. Copper would do best in a family that will give him lots of attention and playtime to burn off some of that energy! We will learn more about him in the next few weeks as he settles into his new foster home. NS3370