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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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
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.

Rooney is a 1-2 yr old, handsome, black tri male with lovely tail who was very shy upon arrival in New Spirit.  After just one month in foster care, he has made great strides and now we can say that he simply has a
strong reserve.  Within 15 minutes and a few belly rubs, he's fine with most people.  He's grown so much and we are so proud of him for being so brave.  The normal household sounds like tv, kitchen pots & pans banging
that were so scary are fine now.  What he really loves to do is run, run, run in the fenced yard, chasing butterflies.  Yes, not balls or frisbees--butterflies.  He has even been observed shaking flowering bushes, trying to get those butterflies on the move! He's a riot.  He so loves being outside that he almost has to be forced to come inside to cool off from time to time.  He is a very happy boy.

Rooney is great with his foster aussie brother, and with visiting dogs.  He was initially believed to not be good with cats but the foster parents now believe he is just curious and confident cats are fine--we don't know about cats who run.  There are indoor and outdoor cats at the foster home, with protective zones.  Rooney has never even offered to breach a gate to pursue a cat.  Instead, he watches  curiously.

Rooney has yet to meet small children.  He might still be a bit overwhelmed by a large group of noisy kids, but would soon recover, we think.  His energy level is much higher than it was upon arrival--good food and exercise--so he'll need a fair amount of exercise each day.  His ideal home would have a fenced yard and doggie playmate or lots & lots of exercise, plus patient and understanding people who'll help him continue to come out of his shell.  A tired aussie is a happy aussie.

Rooney is still in a chewing phase, unfortunately, he is a busy boy.  So he still is being crated at night.  He's coming along and this phase should soon pass, especially if he has some good marrow bones.  He should be crated when left alone for the present time.

Rooney will probably top off at 50+ lbs, he has a lot of filling out to do.

Rooney is being fostered near Gettysburg, PA.

Apply here for him.  NS2501


This handsome fellow is 7 years old and a self red merle with a cute little bob tail.  He was clipped down a bit so at the moment looks more like a stuffed toy and maybe an animatronic bear at Disneyland, but no matter how you look at him, he is cute, cute, cute!  He's a mini, about 38 pounds, loves to cuddle but is good at not being underfoot.  Completely reliable in the house and asks to go out when he needs to.  He sticks close except when tennis balls are being thrown- then he gets very competitive, racing out like the wind and bringing them back to you!   He loves to play and wrestle with other playful dogs, but when it comes to tennis balls, it's different.  He will scold and carry on and grab the ball the other dog has chased and bring it back to you.  He just feels like the other dogs have no right to any balls!  So best not to have them around him unless you can play just with him. 

He loves people and gets very excited when visitors come.  He talks quite a lot and wants to say hello.  He's also distressed when people leave.  I guess he thinks of them like tennis balls: he wants to claim them all!  He does share antlers or bones, and gently takes treats and waits his turn for those, and is fine at mealtime.  He is super focused on people and is a joy to do any training with.  He would be totally awesome for agility or Rally O or basic obedience training.  He would make anyone feel like a super star trainer.  He has those two piercing blue eyes that just stay right on you and he really wants to know what you want so he can do it.
Foggy will crate if needed,but he has been fine left loose with the other dogs for short periods of time.  He does cry and howl when you first ask him to go in the crate but by the time you close the front door, he is settling down, so he doesn't carry on singing the whole time you're away.  He's terrific on leash, rides fine in the car and is very vocal, but all in good spirits. If it gets to be a bit much, an ultrasound unit just pointed at him and he immediately quiets down.  Also, Foggy will need a cat free home as he shows too much interest.

Foggy is being fostered in Collegeville PA                                                            Apply here for him.  NS2448


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.
Rugger is 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 course of Dog Training 101.

Rugger came from NC where he was able to run and play freely in the woods. He’s currently adjusting to foster care in the 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. He's interested in people but a bit wary of them and takes some time to warm up to new people.

Rugger is looking for a home where he can adore his people and spend lots of time cuddling.

He is being fostered in Arlington, VA (22202)                 Apply here for him.  NS2482
He loves to ride in the car and is an excellent passenger who just chills.
Josie is very quiet in the house and is not a barker.  She is very loving and wants to be near you when you are home.  Josie will follow you around but does not get underfoot.  She keeps an eye on you from a distance. 

Josie rides well in the car, is gentle when meeting new people and children and weighs about 55 pounds.
She is about 10 years old and gets along well with other dogs and even tolerates cats. Josie is very reliable in the house and will not go on furniture, even if invited.  Josie is a dream on leash and loves to go for walks. She is the first one at the door as soon as you mention walk and waits patiently for her leash.  Josie also has great recall when off leash. On weekends Josie walks with about 15 dogs in the woods and gets along with them all.
Josie has some arthritis in her knees and is receiving treatment for it.  She is responding well and hopes she can find her forever home soon. 

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

She is fostered in the Bel Air, MD                                Apply here for her.  NS2451

Pete is a beautiful and delightful 13-1/2 year-old Blue Merle with shades of brown in his coat and a full tail. He has one blue eye and one brown eye. Pete is a very sweet low-energy affectionate dog who enjoys walks and the outdoors. He is content to stay in the foster home's fenced-in yard for long periods of time. When Pete's foster parents return home from errands, Pete greets them enthusiastically at the front door.

Pete has excellent house manners, does not need to be crated, and is currently living very peacefully with another dog and two house cats. Due to a new job which kept the owner away from home over 12 hours each day, he was turned in by his former owner of 11 years.
Pete is fully vetted and neutered.  Along with his age he has some hearing loss and is being successfully medicated for low thyroid hormone output.    Pete will make a wonderful companion to a senior who doesn't want a young, wild dog, but rather a quiet, mature canine citizen.  Pete very much enjoys going for walks, it's good for him, body and mind.

Pete is being fostered near Gettysburg PA.                                                        Apply here for him.  NS2488
Prince Nicky

Dreamy Prince Nicky is approximately 2yo and is a bit underweight at about 40lbs.  He was found as a stray, but is adapting beautifully to living in his foster home!  He's a sweet, friendly and gentle soul, and is just starting to relax (still a wee bit skittish) and show off his playful side.  
He's a little wary of car rides but he hunkers down and just pants nervously.  He's definitely a counter surfer but we expect that to diminish as he realizes his yummy meals are served 3 times a day!  He can also slip through a door with you like a Houdini so great care must be taken when leaving the house. 

If you're in need of a little 4-legged shadow, please apply for Prince Nicky right away!  

Prince Nicky is fostered in New London, PA                                  Apply here for him.  NS2613

Arizona is a loving, sweet, blue merle girl that is about seven years old and weighs 37 lbs. She has beautiful two colored eyes (one blue, one brown)!  Arizona has had some obedience training and knows sit, down, and leave it. She crates well and is very food motivated, and so far has no interest in toys but does like "bully sticks".  As soon as her foster Mom reaches into the treat jar, she goes directly to her crate and awaits her treat , where she sleeps all night.

Arizona was surrendered to rescue because of family issues.  She does like to jump up on furniture, but does take correction easily.   She loves to give kisses.   She will bark at strangers but warms up to people very quickly and easily. 

Arizona adjusted to her foster home very quickly and is not destructive.  She is house trained and gets along well with the resident Aussie, offering him play bows.  She enjoys grooming.

She has a fenced in yard at her foster home and has great recall.  She is nervous during thunderstorms and paces.  She pulls when on leash, but is working on that.

When Arizona's foster brother had a check up at the veterinarian, she was allowed to go.  The vet said he would not believe that she is seven and would have guessed her to be much younger.

Arizona is good with cats (she had them in her previous home).  She loves people, men and women.  She is good with most other dogs, she seems best with easy going males.

Arizona is presently fostered in NE PA.

                                                                  Apply here for her.  NS2612
He is reported to ignore cats and has been enjoying the aussies in his foster home.   But he's really a people-dog and is VERY high-velcro.  He's also medium-high energy with a strong prey drive.  Great on leash and comes when called, but he's never very far away from you!  As a matter of fact, he's a tripping hazard as he strives to be directly underfoot at all times.  He is crate-trained (but doesn't like it) and he's not 100% house-trained just yet.  But he's smart as a whip and super-sensitive to correction, so he very well may have it down already!