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.

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
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Ellis is a gorgeous, sweet and happy 5-year-old, red-bi male with an impressive tail.  (He lives for butt scratches right at the base of that tail.)  He weighs in at just under 50lbs, but could stand to lose a few.  He settled right in with the four aussies in his foster home, and we have decided he is VERY much like Dug from the movie "Up".  We can easily picture him saying "My name is Ellis. I have just met you, and I love you" to everyone he meets.

Ellis is a medium kind of guy in that he's not doing parkour off the walls and he's not a sloth.  He enjoys a nice trot in the yard to secure the perimeter and play with some toys, and then with this heat...loves a nice nap in the AC.  One thing that is NOT "medium" about him is his heart.  Ellis has A LOT of love to give.  He was turned in by a family that just loved him to pieces, but he really needs a calmer household, one without kids under 8 or so would be best.  (He did love the children in his family dearly.  His foster mom will catch him lying down at the fence-line carefully & quietly watching the neighbor's little ones.)

Ellis is a true aussie and wants to be with his people and loves them dearly.  However, like many aussies he has a strong guardian instinct and will need his person to exude calm and assertive energy.  If he can trust that his people are in charge, it will allow him to relax, let them be the leaders and relieve him of that duty.
Also, he has one eye that was somehow injured when he was very young and he seems to have limited vision in that one eye, but it doesn't seem to bother him at all.  And it sure doesn't stop him from making amazing eye-contact every time you so much as glance in his direction.  He is house trained and reliable in the house.  Ellis is a truly a turn-key love bug. 
Rugger  is a sweet four-year-old boy with a lovely mahogany coat that looks chocolate or deep red depending on the light. He also has a beautiful full tail and weighs about 70 pounds. He is extremely well-behaved indoors and just wants to be loved.

Rugger is a low-energy guy who loves to cuddle on the couch or bed. He's not crate trained, but is housebroken and doesn't get into any trouble when left alone during the work day—he just hangs out and waits for his foster mom to return. Simply stated, this beautiful boy doesn’t need to be in a crate. Rugger is an alert and intelligent boy. He loves to ride in the car and is an excellent passenger who just chills out for the ride. He's wary of men and children and a bit uncertain around other dogs, although in his previous life his best friend was another dog. He has not had the opportunity to be around cats. Rugger is fully vetted and just needs a little refresher on the basic commands and walking on leash.
Rugger came from North Carolina where he was able to run and play freely in the woods. He’s currently adjusting to foster care in the Washington, D.C. area and is a bit overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle. As a result, he sometimes growls at pedestrians and vehicles that pass by.

Rugger is looking for a home where he can adore his people and spend lots of time cuddling.  Foster location: Arlington, VA NS 2482

Sophia Loren is a beautiful red Tri girl is just as sweet as they come. Quiet in her crate, walks nicely on her leash and has tolerated many other dogs in the foster home nicely. She weighs 32 pounds and is a bit under weight; probably 40-42 pounds would be a good weight for her

She will be arriving in mid Atlantic soon but presently in the Heartland.  NS2510
Rooney This boy is about 1 1/2 years old and absolutely gorgeous! He has just arrived and is being fostered in Louisville Ky but will soon be arriving in the mid Atlantic area after July 23. Stay tuned ...

Frostie will be about 8 weeks old 1 August and ready for adoption, but she is available to meet her forever family any time. Although only about 4 pounds she loves crashing around with her two siblings and chasing her much larger foster aunts and uncles. She is a fearless little tike, but also settles nicely when picked up or petted.

Even though a little pup she is on her way to being housebroken.

We named her Frostie because her two rear feet have just the faintest white in them almost as if she had been walking through the frosty grass in fall (she also has a faint white patch which also looks like frost under her jaw). She is shiny black with dark blue eyes.

Frosty is fostered in Loudoun County Virginia.       

Apply here for her. NS2507

Zinger will be about 8 weeks old 1 August and ready for adoption, but he is available to meet his forever family any time. Zinger is solidly built and is a great sport when his two sisters pile on top of him. He loves attention and will tug at your shoes and pants until he gets it. Zinger loves being picked up and goes completely limp with a little belly rubbing.

Zinger already does an admirable job 'holding it' until he gets outside.

He has nice black tri markings and will be a handsome boy when he grows up, but currently tips the scales at just over 4 pounds.

Zinger is fostered in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Apply here for him. NS2508

Kashi will be about 8 weeks old 1 August and ready for adoption, but she is available to meet her forever family any time. She is a four-pound bundle of enthusiasm and energy. She is a great playmate with her siblings and loves puppy play as the pursuer or the pursued. She is wonderfully calm when picked up and given a few pets.

Kashi, like her siblings, tries to keep a clean crate and does her business as soon as she gets outside.

She is black and very shiny for a puppy with a flashy white cross on her chest.

Kashi is fostered in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Apply here for her. NS2509
Josie May

This sweet girl is Josie May,  She arrived into our foster program because her owner passed away.  She is a beautiful red merle who has been clipped by the groomer and will grow into her new coat nicely.  She has a full, beautiful tail. 

She is about 11 years old and gets along well with other dogs and even tolerates cats.  She is looking for a wonderful home because she has had a great home all her life!

She rides well in the car, is gentle when meeting a new person and weighs about 45-50 pounds.

She is fostered in the Collegeville, PA.

Won’t you consider giving this loving gal a new home?

Apply here for her.  NS2451
He is being fostered in New London, PA. 

Apply here for him. NS1551

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Razor is a three year old black Tri male. He tops the scales at 47 pounds, but doesn't appear to carry that weight. His build is slim and he has the making of a good agility dog. Razor is very low key and is learning how to play, navigate slippery floors and is working on learning how to use the stairs. He wants nothing more than to be petted and talked to, and will engage in some play behavior with his stuffies and chew toys now that he has them and is learning that they can be quite entertaining.
Razor is exceptionally adept at interacting with various ages and gender dogs and guinea pigs in the household and responds to the cues whether to engage in play or to simply go and find another activity. He is extremely high on the velcro scale, medium on the activity scale and loves everyone and everything that he meets; he doesn't know a stranger. He currently is working on housebreaking and is quite good, but sometimes the stairs are just too scary to approach.  Once he understands how to use them, pottying outside won't be a problem.
He does like to walk and is a strong walker for a while and then settles into strolling to enjoy the view. He rides in the car without a peep and is the perfect individual to have a carpool. Since he is very velcro, a physical fence isn't necessary.  But when he becomes more familiar, it may be something to consider. He eats like a gentleman with the other dogs in the same area and waits his turn patiently when treats are handed out. He is one of the nicest and well-mannered dogs I've encountered and deserves a home where he will be the king and doted upon accordingly. Without a doubt, he is just about the perfect dog.

Razor is being fostered in Spring Grove, PA.                                                Apply here for him.  NS2479
Katy Perry This 1-2 year old black tri girl was very scared and shut down in the shelter but fizzed back to life once she broke out.  Smaller at 28 pounds, just adorable. Tends to wiggle almost everywhere she goes, and is great with other dogs.  She can be a little shy initially with people, but there's no hostility or growling or anything--she accepts being petted and warms up fast.  She has a lovely shiny coat of curls and is much prettier in person than the picture shows.   She is fostered in Seaford DE NS 2480

Meet Wheeler!  He is a sweet and handsome red-bi boy who is approximately 8-10 years old.  He is a tall boy and weighs about 50 lbs, and he definitely needs to gain a few.  He is an older gentleman, but he can still gallop with the best of them!  Wheeler does have some hearing loss.  He is still a wonderful and quiet house guest.  He is housebroken and does fine in a crate (although he probably does not need to be crated) and is not a barker.

Wheeler is good with other dogs, but with his hearing loss, he might not be able to understand the signs of a very strong alpha dog.  He is great with dogs that are more laid back.  He has no food or other aggression.  He is low on the energy scale and medium on the velcro scale.  He would love to spend his days by your side.  His coat has not been taken care of, but with time and a good diet he will have a gorgeous coat!  He is great with men and women.  He is also great with kids, but due to his hearing loss, would do better with older kids. 

Wheeler will make a wonderful companion dog.   He is friendly, sweet, and just wants to be loved (and lay his head in your lap).

Wheeler is fostered in Summit Hill, PA.             Apply here for him.  NS2505