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.
Helen Keller Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. 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. Kelly loves toys and will carry them around and stash them in her bed. At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. 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. Unfortunately, Kelly still leaks urine when at rest, and she is on the highest dose allowed her little body. We are researching alternative treatments, but for now she will stay with New Spirit. NS2399
Grandpa is a 4yo, 45lb purebred red-tri Aussie who will soon be looking for a new home. Grandpa is a friendly boy who likes adults, children, cats, and other dogs. He was previously adopted and is being returned to NS by no fault of his own. Grandpa would do great in a home that can offer him a lot of attention and positive training, as well as a traditionally fenced in yard. Grandpa ran away from his previous home when he got nervous and a door was left open, so he’s looking forward to getting back to home life and being spoiled in his foster home. Please keep checking back for updates on this sweet boy! NS3331
Thidwick is a handsome 4yo double merle Aussie who weighs 50lbs. He seems to have some hearing and vision loss. He loves to be with his people; if it was up to him, he would rest his head on your leg all day! He was pulled from a Southern shelter intact, so we’re neutering him and helping him gain a bit of weight before he’s ready for adoption. Please keep checking back to learn about his progress! NS3401
Benny Boy - ADOPTION PENDING
Benny Boy looks to be about 2 years old and weighs around 50 pounds. We suspect that he is an aussie/ border collie mix (there is no denying the aussie wiggle butt). Overall, Benny can be fearful of strange people and noises, but he warmed up quickly to his foster parents and anyone willing to give him a treat. He's got a big bark when he is scared, so he needs someone to help him settle down. Lately, Benny has been showing huge behavioral improvements in social settings and has been more and more trusting with strangers.
Benny Boy happily shares a home with his foster brother aussie, but isn't sure how to rough house or play with him. He would rather fetch anything you will throw for him: balls, frisbees, squeaker toys, etc. He is very happy to lay with you on the sofa and relax when he isn't playing fetch. His foster parents recently discovered Benny's love of trail running in the local Philadelphia parks. He loves to follow his foster brother around, take in all the new smells, and enjoy the outdoors. We think his trail running has helped build a lot of his confidence so he would love an active, outdoorsy family.
Benny looks to his foster brother for a lot of guidance so he would do well in a home with a calm leader brother/sister, but wouldn't necessarily make a good "playmate" for said brother/sister.
Benny would do best in a home without young children due to his nervousness, but will be considered on a case by case basis for homes with kids over 12. He is super smart, learns commands quickly, and is housebroken. He is dog friendly, but not sure about cats. He is such a happy and sweet dog and is gradually overcoming his fears. Do you want to help Benny Boy continue to be the best pup he can be?
Benny Boy is fostered in Philadelphia, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3404
Little Linus has blossomed since he was surrendered with his two brothers from an overcrowded barn in PA last November. This 10-month-old black tri is a treasure to caress with long, black top coat, lots of curls and striking copper highlights. He is 19.5 inches at withers and is beginning to add some muscle mass, though he is still thin at 29lbs. Linus is getting braver around new people but he still heads to his crate, or will linger behind furniture. He is unsure because he received little in the way of human affection for his first 9 months. But with gentle kisses and handling, Linus bonds deeply and he loves to snuggle. Linus has learned to accept treats and feeding by hand. He learned "sit" in two sessions. His recall is excellent (though his foster home still walks him with a long tether as a precaution.) He is reliably house trained and absolutely loves his crate. He will play and romp with any new dogs, and has exhibited no resource guarding with the permanents in his foster home. We think Linus' confidence will be bolstered in a home with other dogs. This lovely fellow is fostered in Washington DC and will be put up for adoption as soon as he gains a bit more confidence around new people. NS3402
Murray - ADOPTION PENDING
Murray is an adorable black and white Aussie mini. With a nub for a tail and weighing only 25 pounds, this 1 year old love bug will melt your heart. He is a shy guy and will usually hide or run away when approached, but once he feels safe enough to approach - he is so loveable. He really loves his older foster brother and looks to him for cues on new situations. Murray plays great with other dogs and loves to run free in an enclosed area. Due to how scared he is, when not enclosed he would need to be leashed as he is a flight risk.
He needs a lot of work on how to walk on the leash as he either freezes in his tracks and refuses to go, or walks in constant circles around you over and over again. He is getting more confident outside and the occurrences of him freezing and refusing to walk have gone down drastically since arriving at his foster home. With time, patience, and training he could overcome this issue. He loves to chew on toys and if not watched sometimes gets into things he shouldn't chew on like blankets or sofa cushions. He is very alert to everything happening in the house and on tv. Loud noises or sudden movements spook him and cause him to hide. His paws seem to sweat a lot when he is nervous/scared, and you will often see little pawprints on the floor around him.
Murray is a fantastic little guy, but needs a strong family that will be able to work with him to overcome his shyness/anxiety. Homes with kids under 12 would not be suitable for him due to the loud noises and constant movements. He needs a family that can give him time and space to warm up to them and help him build his confidence. Murray’s ideal new home should have a fenced yard where he can safely exercise and play while he continues to gain more confidence with leash walking. The home will need to have at least one other dog as he really looks to the other dogs for guidance on situations and loves to play. When he feels safe and calm, this little guy lets his worries go and will happily fall asleep on your lap.
Murray is fostered in Telford, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3412
Theo Rett is an approximately 5yo male Black-Tri Aussie mix who New Spirit recently pulled from a southern shelter partner. We've learned that he can be reserved at first but then is quick to warm up to people, especially if he learns the routine and that food is coming. Theo is described as high energy and good with dogs and cats. He does not appear to have any guarding issues and smiles and hops a little when he gets positive attention. He would do best in a home with adults and children over 12, as we are told he is not a fan of hyper or unpredictable little kid movements. Theo is coming north this weekend and will be fostered in Philadelphia, PA! NS3415
Blu is an approximately 2-3 year old blue merle female Border Collie/Aussie mix with a tail. She weighs 40 lbs and could stand to gain some weight, which her foster home will help her with. Blu is described as a very gentle girl with a heart of gold. She is sweet to everyone she meets and warms up quickly. Blu is good with other dogs and cats and we think she would be fine with dog-savvy kids because she is very gentle with everyone. Blu doesn't love her crate but she is reliable loose in the house during short (4 hour) absences of her people, and would benefit from strong training and consistency in her routine. She is low to medium energy and extra high on the velcro scale. She just wants to be with her people. Blu has been bounced around a lot at her young age and would do best with a family who can give her a ton of the time and attention she deserves, and someone who is home a lot to spend time with her. Keep an eye out for updates on this pretty girl! Blu will be fostered in Philadelphia, PA. NSXXXX
Miles Davis is an approximately 2 year old blue merle aussie, and weighs around 48lbs. Miles Davis is a friendly guy who we're excited to get to know better! Miles is coming up north this upcoming weekend and will be fostered in Brooklyn, NYC! NS3421
Miss Mallory is an approximately 1 year old black-tri 26lb Mini Aussie who has plenty of puppy energy to spare! She is primarily black and copper with some white accents on her chest, and has a full tail. Mallory is a friendly and loving girl who absolutely adores people. She is so sweet and will give you kisses and cuddles for as long as you're willing.
It takes Mallory a bit to warm up to new dogs but once she does she just wants to be their best friend.We are seeking a home for Mallory that has pretty laid back dogs - she would not do well with any dogs who are "alpha" or are confrontational, or not capable of backing down. Mallory can play in a "snappy" way sometimes, which can be mis-interpreted by some dogs. She doesn't have the personality to be deferential, so we are looking for the right fit if there are other dogs in the home. She likes to wrestle and play bitey face, but her playing is not over the top and she knows how to settle down when it's time to rest. Mallory is crate trained and needs a consistent starting routine for going out doors as she's so interested in learning her new environment and enjoying the toys and bones she forgets to alert to her need, but has already begun to alert in a few short days.
She's a little bit of a troublemaker in that she likes to steal things; however, she redirects nicely. Mallory loves squeaky toys and chewing on bones and will do just about anything for food or a treat. She is already sitting and staying while treats are handed out among resident pups. She's medium energy and medium/high velcro, and she loves being the center of attention. Mallory would do best in a home with a family who can provide her with a ton of time, exercise, and training, and all the love she deserves.
If you love snuggling with a super cuddlier don't let this girl pass you by.
Mallory is fostered in Trout Run PA.
Apply here for her. NS3423
Kentucky Casey is an owner turn in from a person who didn't like him very much, sadly :( We aren't sure why, because he is a young, friendly, rowdy, good-natured boy, who weighs in at 65lbs. He could stand to lose some weight. We hear that he gets along great with all people and other dogs and he loves to play. This big boy is coming up north this weekend and will be taking it easy in foster care , where he will be living the spoiled life. KY Casey will be fostered in Gloucester, VA! NS3427
Ashley is a 3.5 month old Border Collie puppy. She's black and white and cute all over. We will not be reviewing or processing applications for her until she heads north, which will be mid-March. NSXXXX
Daisy Belle is a 4 month old blue merle Aussie puppy with a tail. We will not be reviewing or processing applications for her until she heads north, which will be in Mid-March. NS3430