Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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The link to the application is at the bottom of that page.
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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
Thidwick This wonderful guy was dealt a bad hand by nature but his heart issues are being nicely controlled by a regimen of meds and he gets follow up check by a cardiologist or regular vet every 3 months. When you think about the good that donations can do, think of Thidwick-- only through the generosity of our donors can we afford to give him this excellent care which is improving his quality of life and prolonging it as well. HIs chronic heart failure (CHF) is due to a faulty mitral valve which we hoped to get surgically repaired with a specialty team of Japanese vets who were planning to come to the vet school at University of FL in Gainesville, but with the pandemic, international travel and elective surgeries have been cancelled. Most dogs in CHF have 6-24 months life expectancy once diagnosed, with 9 months being the average. Thidwick was in full CHF when we got him 9 months ago but so far he is doing very well and we hope he will live to the longer end of the expected span for this condition. He is also on an inhaler now twice a day to help with a wheezy lung condition that is not attributable to anything the vets can find, other than we see on xray that he has some scarring there. He is such a sweet and patient guy that he tolerates the inhaler which is a specially designed one for dogs--as long as he gets his half a Milkbone treat afterward :) On the better diet in his foster home, he has grown the most gorgeous soft and bounteous white coat imaginable, and also put on a bit of weight. He loves the fenced yard to wander safely despite having only 5% vision, and he gallops in when called, and looks a lot like a polar bear when he does, with the new coat and a little more weight. He does love his food! He adores having visitors and just hones in on them like a heat seeking missile and then if they sit down, lays his head in their lap and stands there perfectly still for petting as long as he can get it. We can't fix what's wrong with this guy but he sure is having a happy life for now. He is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS3401
9 months of loving care; the results are beautiful!
Maui is a male black tri aussie weighing in at about 45 pounds. He is 1.5 years old and is a true puppy at heart. He took a few days in his new foster home to really come out of his shell, but he is turning out to be a spunky dude with a lot of personality. He started out as a 2 on the energy scale, but in the week he has been in foster care, his energy level has increased to about a 7. Maui can be a little scared of loud noises and timid of new experiences, but with the help of a loving family, he will really thrive!
Maui has shown a lot of interest in playing with the dogs he meets. His foster mom and dad think he would do best in a home with at least one other dog to show him the ropes and to help guide him through life's scary moments. He walks okay on a leash; not a lot of pulling, but tends to walk behind the human. He shows the most confidence when he walks with the resident dog.
Sweet Sadie - ADOPTION PENDING
Sweet Sadie is a 6.5 year old Red Merle Aussie with beautiful amber eyes.
Sweet Sadie is fostered near Trenton, NJ. NS3572
At home, Maui likes to entertain himself. He isn't sure about playing with his humans, but he loves to run around them and jump into their laps. He will throw his toys around all by himself to keep himself busy, but he also likes to get into trouble. Maui displays typical destructive puppy behavior so make sure you hide your phone chargers, pencils, and wallets.
Maui has not been tested with cats, but does show small animal prey drive when he sees squirrels or feral cats on walks around the city. He also has not been tested with children, but due to his timidity, we suggest homes with children over the age of 10.
Maui is a sweet, loving dog who will make a great addition to someone's family. He has grown so much in just one week and his foster home is confident that he will continue to blossom into a really amazing companion.
Maui is being fostered in Philadelphia PA.
Apply here for him. NS3583
Polly Puppins is an approx. 8 year old black tri mini Aussie who weighs 25 lbs. While super sweet, Polly P came from a hoarding environment so she is taking it easy in foster care and getting used to the spoiled life. Before Polly P was pulled from the shelter, it was found that she has some cardiac abnormalities, so we are getting her a full workup at the vet before we know what her diagnosis and treatment will be. Polly P will remain on hold until we get a clear idea of what is going on with her. She is fostered in Collegeville, PA. NSXXXX
Deja Blu is a seven-year-old female gorgeous purebred Aussie with merle coloring and the softest silkiest hair. She weighs 38 pounds. Deja is very sweet and takes a short minute to get to know you, but when she does she is eager for pets.
Deja is on hold while we resolve a medical issue.
Piper Girl - ADOPTION PENDING
This adorable girl is 8 months old and only 32 lbs. She is on the skinny side and might go up another 5 lbs when she fills out, but she's still on the smaller side. We would call her blonde but the proper term is a dilute red, though she may be mixed with something like a Golden. However our info is she's Aussie/border collie and that seems plausible with her dainty structure, and she has the classic white tip at the end of her full tail that all Aussies and border collies have.
After two weeks, Piper Girl is now very accustomed to her crate and goes right in and settles when needed, which is when the foster person has to leave to run errands or is outside for a prolonged time and can't supervise (like when mowing). She will still sing her sad song occasionally, wondering why she is in a crate and the other dogs are loose, but it's not loud or frequent. She is also adjusting more to play and getting the idea to play rather than be overly submissive to senior dogs. She does thrive on any special attention-- she watched the big dogs run for balls and ran with them but with just an hour of personal attention, she learned to go after a ball by herself, bring it back, and drop it for you. She is also a natural at heeling-- following right along as you walk the yard, stopping when you do, and trotting when you do. She is always paying attention to a person who is working with her and learns nicely. Piper Girl is kind of a clean slate and absorbing good manners fast.
Please check back for updates.
Ducky is an approximately five year old male weighing in at 55lbs. He is a black and white BC/aussie mix, with maybe a little extra somewhere in his family tree. Ducky has the most beautiful brown eyes that truly embody "puppydog eyes." He is very sweet, loves to lean on people and get pet. However he is very shy and lacks confidence, choosing to stay in his "safe space" crate most of the day. We are working on getting Ducky more confident, so he can greet everyone with the joy and enthusiasm he shows his foster family.
Ducky is very comfortable with his foster cat siblings. He has been introduced to several dogs and was pretty scared, however we are working on getting him to come out of his shell. He is also scared of squeeky toys so we are working on learning how to play. He is so far pretty low energy, choosing to snooze most of the day and just come out for some cuddles and short walks. He is low on the velcro scale at this point, with no signs of separation anxiety. Ducky is not quite housebroken, and does have some issues with fear peeing.
He is so far very comfortable with men, women, and children, and will walk up to strangers on walks to say hello. This good boy doesn't pull on leash, but also does not have great leash manners, choosing to walk around people and trees and getting tangled in his leash. He is not especially food motivated but is very affection motivated and loves a good ear scratch on a walk.
Ducky did sneak some leftovers from the counter when left alone, so counter surfing is definitely an interest of his. He does not seem to have a high prey drive, watching squirrels and cats without chasing. He was listed as "a wanderer" when he came in, so a fence is recommended, however he does seem to stick pretty close to me so I think he will learn recall easily. It did take him about a week to warm up to me, hopefully as he grows more confident he will be more comfortable with new people. Ducky has not shown any resource guarding tendencies, allowing his foster siblings to share his water bowl and sniff his food. He is a lovely boy and will be a great addition to any family that doesn't mind a high shedder.
Ducky is fostered in Philadelphia, PA
Apply here for him. NS3598
Bandit Blue Eye is a 2 year old Black Tri Mini Aussie Mix (33 lbs) that came to us from a hoarding/puppy mill situation from PSPCA. He has one blue eye and one brown eye and a beautiful shiny coat. No tail. Currently Bandit is very frightened and will hang out in his crate or head to the farthest corner when out in yard. He allows handling and is interested but does not interact with the resident Aussie. Bandit is a very sweet boy and we expect him to be a great dog once he feels confident. He will be spayed this week. Bandit Blue Eye is fostered in Wilmington, DE. NS3602
The little whorl of hair above her right eye is not a defect or the result of an injury, and doesn't affect vision. It just seems to be a natural cowlick which dogs occasionally acquire in utero.
She is surprisingly low key for an 8 month old and doesn't chew on things except sticks in the yard and the branch of one rose bush! But she leaves everything inside alone other than a little thievery of food on the counter when the opportunity presents itself.
Fostered in Collegeville, PA
Apply here for her. NS3599
Beautiful blue merle female, 9.5 years old, 25 lbs. She is a Love Bug, she loves walks and chasing a ball. She has a lot of perk and acts younger than she is but is also happy laying on your lap or laying her head on your shoulder to look into your eyes!. She loves giving and receiving attention and will do anything for belly rubs. She wants to be wherever you are. She is very smart and learns your likes and dislikes fast!
She does like walks and has no problems keeping up, no pulling unless there is another dog. She loves being around all people, children 8 and above (unknown with small children), cats, ok with other dogs that are passive. She does not like other alpha dogs or high strung dogs. Her perfect setting would be as an only dog getting all the attention which she returns with gratitude. She is very Velcro!
Takes awhile to to warm up to other dogs and will not get along with Alpha, high strung dogs.
Amanda is fostered in New Kent, VA.
Apply here for her. NS1233
Luna is a 3 year old 65lb Aussie mix with short hair and a nub tail.
She is crate trained and mostly house trained. She was fearful for a while and can still be unsure when meeting new men. She didn't seem to have any training when she arrived, so is learning basic commands and leash walking and we are working on breaking her of jumping on counters and people. She is a pretty quick learner and will run to her crate for meals and treats.
She loves to play with balls and squeaky toys. She is good with other dogs most of the time, but can be a bit pushy. She is very affectionate with women and with men once she gets to know them. She is quite velcro.
Luna is learning about living with cats.
Luna Lovegood is heartworm positive, so going through treatment. She is spayed and up to date on shots.
She is being fostered in Allentown, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3600
Ropyr is a red merle weighing about 35lbs and just shy of 1yr old. His previous adopter has made the decision to rehome him after he started to resource guard personal spaces in the home from his adopter. So far he has been well behaved at his original foster home with humans, dogs, kids, and cat alike, but he will be under observation for a bit while we sort things out. Fostered in Brick, NJ. NS3549
Navi is an approximately 1-2 year old Blue Merle Aussie x Border Collie, with the most striking blue eyes you've ever seen. He weighs about 55lbs, and has a tail.
Navi's first foster home reported he coexisted fine with laid back dogs, but he is really much more of a person's dog. He wants nothing more than to be looking into your eyes getting pets, or laying next to you on the couch relaxing. He does not play with toys or wrestle with other dogs. He meets new dogs with a tail wag and a sniff and likes seeing other dogs on walks. His current foster home has two high strung female Border Collies, and he doesn't really appreciate their interest in him or the fact that there's two of them. He will bark at them to tell them to back off if they approach head on, but for the most part he has been separated from them due to his surgery. Navi could live with a laid back dog who mostly ignores him, but should not live in a home with cats.
Navi has a gentle nature about him - he will put his front paws up on you to give you a hug, but does so very slowly and calmly and it hardly registers as bad behavior. He will also sometimes jump up at you excitedly when he first sees you in the morning or he is about to go for a walk. Navi will counter surf if tempted by something, but responds well to re-direction. He walks like a dream on a leash, though isn't so sure about all of the city sights and sounds that are unfamiliar to him still. Navi doesn't have a lot of experience with stairs but he is learning to navigate them in his foster home. He is high velcro and low energy, but his energy levels may change as he undergoes medical treatment for Lyme DIsease. He is crate trained and house trained.
We don't know much about Navi's early life, but we suspect he was an outside dog who never got veterinary care for his allergies. As a result of this, Navi's ear canals were almost completely closed when we got him. Navi received a Total Ear Canal Ablation and Bulla Osteotomy (TECA-BO) on 4/23 which removed his left ear canal, but was able to save parts of his right. We were not sure what would happen to Navi's hearing after the surgery, but are happy to report that he hears things just fine. He's an easy target to sneak up on, but he can hear things like the toilet flushing, whistling, and dogs barking. It should be noted that Navi may continue to have ear infections in the future and yearly visits to the vet will be imperative for this guy to remain healthy. We do not think there will be any long term implications of his surgery, but it's possible he could lose the ability to hear as he gets older, more rapidly than a dog without these known issues. He is currently sporting a mullet until his facial fur grows back.
Navi had his sutures removed
recently and has a follow up
appointment to clear him for
adoption in late-May. We
anticipate that Navi will be
adoption ready at that time,
and excited to meet his new
family. If he sounds like the
perfect fit for your home, you
can apply for him here.
Navi is fostered in Philadelphia, PA
Apply here for him. NS3589