Available Dogs - Midatlantic
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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.
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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.
Hemingway has a sad tale to tell. His family moved to Florida, leaving him tied up in the back yard. A neighbor’s dog came along and attacked him. The SPCA was called and took him, wounded, to a vet. Somehow, he still has the most trusting look on his face. He had glaucoma that was left untreated for so long that he has no vision, but he's not unhappy about it. We treated his eyes so pressures are low now and no ongoing meds are needed. He was also treated for heartworm and Ehrlichia, and he is anow a healthy happy guy! Hemingway is 55 pounds and at least 8 years old (best guess)
Hemingway is just a happy sociable dog who loves everyone! Can't wait to greet new visitors for a pet and then stays right at their feet for more. He would make a wonderful therapy dog. His blindness doesn't bother him a bit--he navigates stairs, outdoors, and if he bumps into something, he just backs up and tries a different route. His tail is always wagging when he hears people or is getting attention. He loves to be brushed, does well on leash, and follows the sound of your voice happily. He's also a great traveler in the car and although he needs a little boost up, he has the confidence to jump down by himself.
Amazingly, this boy loves to play ball. You hit the ground with it in front of him and he chases after it 4-5' till he finds it, then he picks it up, tosses it in the air and grabs it again. It's such a joy to watch how silly he gets. He also has a tug toy with a tennis ball that he loves to play with you. He gets along great with other dogs and if another dogs will roll and wrestle and stay in contact with him, he is absolutely overjoyed to play as long as the other dog will.
Hemingway is fostered in Collegeville PA. Apply here to meet him. NS 2076
This beautiful girl is Sugarbear. She is a beautiful red merle girl with blue eyes and a bob tail. Our best guess on age is 9-11, and we have done a dental on her to make sure she is in great health for a new home. Sugarbear is a very sweet girl who is loyal to her family, following them around in the yard and tolerating the three resident dogs as well as another foster. She gets along with everyone...the neighbors, the other dogs and even the vet when blood was drawn for her check up! She rides really well in a car, is quiet in her crate and loves to go for walks and be outdoors! She weighs 60 pounds and would love to lose a little. She loves going for leash walks and has perfect leash manners!. She loves to be brushed and petted and is very laid back. Sugarbear is fostered in Collegeville, PA. NS 1919
Just a few short weeks ago, this young man was afraid of everything and would just flatten himself on the floor if you so much as made a move towards him. It doesn’t seem like he was exposed to much that life had to offer in his original home but lucky for him, New Spirit took him under their wings and with a little time and patience, turned him into a real dog who happily explores new things and has a genuine appreciation for all of the sights, sounds, smells and touches a suburban home can offer.
Lewis is a male, lanky teen probably no more than 12-14 months old and weighs about 48 pounds but has some filling out to do. He has beautiful waves in his coat that extend into his full tail. He’s a tall fellow but when he runs, you can see he hasn’t quite grown into his “big boy body” and hasn’t mastered the art of being agile…yet.
He has EXCELLENT dog reading skills and can take cues from other dogs with grace and ease. He has done very well with every dog he comes into contact with and has played with many in the foster home’s yard. One look into his mesmerizing eyes and you might just find yourself hooked at first sight. He is crate trained, house broken, rides quietly in the car, doesn’t make a peep through the night, settles nicely in the house, hogs the sofa for a nice nap, runs to his crate and sits politely while waiting for his meals to be served, loves to go for walks and has recently discovered the art of swimming which he embraced with every wet hair on his body.
He responds well to direction, simply glows with positive reinforcement and is an easy dog to train. His foster parents think he has the perfect amount of snuggliness in him. If invited, he will sit in your lap. Otherwise, he’ll just lounge about where he can see his people to keep an eye on them. If you are out of the room too long, he’ll come investigate to make sure everyone is ok.
Lewis would probably do best in a home with children over 10 because of his teenage clumsiness but he is learning how to control his body so that may not be an issue for much longer. He uses his nose A LOT and may be a great candidate for someone interested in a partner for tracking or Nosework.
Dodger is an 18 month old white male. He has a black spot on his back and his face is multi colored brown, tan, and white. He is approximately 37 pounds, very skinny for his size. When first met, Dodger he was scared, timid, and refused the leash. He is feeling much more comfortable around us.
We are not sure how he would be with cats, but we do have two small dogs that he gets long with, but he is very nervous around new dogs. Right now he has low energy, lays around the house a lot. He is starting to move about. He likes a lot of love and attention. He currently has no health issues other than fattening him up. He is housebroken and crate trained. Dodger is now leash trained, as a matter of fact he can't wait to go out. He gets along with everyone in the family except the teens, and is nervous around new people. We are not sure about young children.
He currently has no interest in toys or fetching. He understands the "no" command and we are working on 'sit'. He loves to chew on bones. We are working on shoe chewing issues.
He did have one instance of counter surfing and we would recommend a fence or invisible fence. With continued love and attention we feel he will come out of his shell but right now he is adjusting to his new environment. He tends to whine a lot.
He is fostered in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Apply here to meet him. NS 2113
Lois Lane is an enthusiastic, glad-to-see-you one-year-old Aussie with a little something else mixed in. She has a bright blue eye and loves to wiggle her whole body when she sees just about anyone. She has a lot of energy off-leash outside and loves to run around playing all sorts of Aussie games with her foster siblings. She plays crazy speed games with younger dogs, and has learned the older dogs prefer a little less energy. She relaxes well in the house.
Peregrine White is an Aussie mix whose main goal in life is to end up in your lap. He loves to explore and meet other dogs; he wags his tail from halfway down the block as a new dog approaches, but if your lap's available, watch out. Arguably his best feature, his ears are delightfully floppy and when he hears something, you're often treated to an adorable one-ear-up situation. He might not be flashy like some Aussies, but when he wants cuddles, he's the most dapper fellow in town.
He plays well with his two foster siblings and with dogs he meets at the dog park, including a sweet
We think he's about a year old. Energy-wise, he's low to medium. He's never shown signs of being tired, even on busy days with long walks and time at the dog park, but he also settles in easily on days with very little exercise. He currently lives in a small apartment and shows no signs of needing more space, though he does love being outdoors.
Mostly, Perry is just thankful to be out of the shelter and excited to experience the joys of having a permanent home. He's easily one of the most loving and affectionate fosters we've ever had and If you're looking for a sweetie with a charming face and heart of gold, Perry's the dog for you.
Peregrine White is fostered in Philadelphia, PA. Apply here to see if he is right for your home. NS 2039
Buxley is a cute little guy, 35 lbs soaking wet with natural bob tail, a nice black tri pup--a space saver, so to speak. He is less than a year old but probably won't get a great deal bigger than he is right now. Buxley is lively but not obnoxiously so--not hyper, just an affectionate and sweet puppy. He's been good with all the dogs he's met, including the grumpy old man who lives in his foster home, who ignores him, unfortunately. Buxley would so like a playmate. He is a real snuggle bug and loves people. He loves to cuddle and thinks that he's a lap dog. This pup is more than ready for his forever home and his ideal adopters will have time to take him for long walks and otherwise make over him since he's so darned cute and knows it. He's love a playmate but does okay by himself.
His adult coat should be quite nice, he is one handsome dude. He's very velcro and isn't going to let you out of his sight.
He has been okay with the cat, who avoids all the foster dogs, and so far all people and all dogs are okay with him as long as he gets his share of attention. He doesn't take up much space, for sure. He loves to go on walks and race around the yard, yet settles down nicely for a refreshing nap, and then he's ready to go again.
Buxley is being fostered near Gettysburg, PA. Apply here to meet him. NS 2024
If you are asking yourself, “what’s the catch?”, you may not find an answer. His foster home is still trying to find anything negative about him and Lewis has everyone stumped.
If you have a big space in your heart, Lewis will happy climb in and fill it with love and devotion.
This young man is fostered in Jamison, PA. Apply here to meet him. NS 2111
Keeper has earned his stripes and is looking for a comfortable home to live out his golden years. Found on the streets, he is pretty run down and needs some time to recoup. He never stops smiling and wagging his tail however. Just a gentle lovely soul that hasn't had it very good for a long time. Keeper may be an Aussie or a mix (it is kind of hard to tell since the only hair he has is on his head and legs), 50-55 lbs., of indeterminate age (not young) who is mellow and friendly and loving. He wants to meet everyone and say hi, is fine with dogs and cats, is housebroken, fine with a crate but has some backend weakness that makes it uncomfortable to be confined to a small space for a long time. He enjoys going for a walk and is slowly building up his stamina and muscle tone. Of course he is easy to walk on a leash. His hair loss seems to be due to flea allergy dermatitis and is on the mend. It may take a while for the hair to all grow in but he is currently having no problems with the summer heat! If you could give an older guy a nice retirement home in exchange for love and loyalty, then come meet Keeper.
Fostered in Lancaster, PA.
. Apply here to see if he is right for your home. NS 2119
little miniature schnauzer. Knowing immediately he was bigger, he flopped over on his back and fought her very appropriately. He loves antlers, bones, and just about anything he can chew on. He still seems thankful to have toys in his life-- evidenced by the evenings in which he'll pull every one of the toys out of his toy box, then lie in the middle and look up happily. Since being with his foster family, he has learned to settle in his crate when left alone and is receptive to corrections. He loves walks and taking a stroll on the block. He doesn't pull but settles into a steady rhythm at your side-- he even likes to jog.
He's petite for an Aussie at about 40 pounds and medium velcro. He'll come immediately if he hears a sweet, sugary voice.
Lois Lane is really a very sweet girl that appreciates attention often running up to you and rolling on her back for a good belly rub. She has a shorter-than-average Aussie coat with a nice shine to it. She is easy to handle, and goes in a crate without issue. She has learned to sit before she is fed and has become quite polite around meal time. She is definitely food motivated and intuitive so she has great training potential.
Lois Lane is fostered in Waterford, VA. Apply here to meet her. NS 2038
This is Griffyn, a young red merle male (about a year and a half old) who weighs about 40 pounds. He is a beautiful boy with a bobbed tail and one blue and one brown eye. He has also been referred to as "Mr. Wigglebutt" because his behind is in constant motion when his people are around. And right now, all people are his people! He can be best described as sweet as the day is long, and exhibits the typical aussie "What can I do to please you?" mentality.
Griffyn was found as a stray, and is beside himself with joy to be part of a family and a pack of dogs. He is still settling in and trying to figure out his place in his foster home's large pack, He LOVES to play, is high on the energy scale and high on the velcro scale. He's house trained and crate trained. Griffyn does pull a bit on the leash depending on what dog(s) are on the walk with him. He loves men, women and children of all ages.
Griffyn seems to have a high prey drive so a fence would be a plus.
Griffyn is undergoing heartworm treatment and will be available for adoption mid to late September.
He is fostered in New London, PA. Apply here to meet him. NS 2023
Orie is a very nice black bi male with docked tail, 5 years old, about 53 lbs. His background is a bit of a mystery but he seems to be a bit of a farm dog who has come to town, learning absolutely everything from soup to nuts. He was absolutely scared out of his mind when he arrived in New Spirit, so we just left him to decompress for a week or so and he's really coming along nicely now and learning quickly, his personality is emerging daily. He's great with other dogs, even the grumpy resident aussie who would like him to go away. His foster mom says he's great at "conflict avoidance." He plays wonderfully with the puppy who is being fostered with him. He seems fine with the cat.
Since he was said to live with a lot of other dogs in his first life, he eats quickly and then looks around to see what someone else might have left. So he eats in his crate now because not every dog likes to share meals, after all. He still views any dropped food as his, so that is being worked on, he doesn't want to give up anything he's found--but improving.
He otherwise isn't being crated and isn't destructive, he's not particularly barky. He doesn't like people to roughhouse or wrestle, it upsets him and he wants to break it up--perhaps he's being protective. Orie is good on lead and is pleasant to have around. He never saw an open gate that he didn't want to go through, but then he stops on the other side and waits for his foster mom to come with him. So he is learning about "wait."
Orie has been fine with a house full of visiting people, the commotion doesn't bother him. All in all, Orie is a work in progress. Not quite a "project dog" yet not particularly polished yet, his personality is emerging, it's like the proverbial onion that is being revealed, one layer at a time. He seems willing to learn but no one ever took any time to teach him anything before in his life, such a shame. Nice dog for someone who enjoys bringing a nice dog along. He learns quickly and is pretty much a blank canvas.
Orie's being fostered near Gettysburg, PA. Apply here to meet him. NS 2025
Lois Lane is about 45 pounds, and will probably fill out to around 50. She is very athletic, but is making great progress not jumping up on people. Generally she walks pretty well on leash though she has a strong nose and gets distracted by scents. She is being fostered around horses and shows no interest in them, so her prey drive is quite manageable.
Donate here for Griffyn's Heartworm Treatment.