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.
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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.

This tiny little girl is too sweet for words.  Dahlia was picked up stray in TN where the shelter feared given her age, approximately 10-11, she would not generate much interest.  New Spirit was happy to take her.  At 24 pounds, there is just not much to her, but what there is there is pure sugar!  Her eyes are a little cloudy but she sees fine, and she does hear but "selectively".  However, her bright little brown button eyes follow you everywhere, and she loves to toddle around wherever you go.  She is very interested in anything food-like you might be willing to share.  She has a little white hat, and also a tail which wags a lot, and gets around just fine despite some arthritis in the hips, but more than a few stairs are probably too much.
As with many older dogs, she does like to sleep and appreciates a nice dog bed, but she is also very gracious about being nudged awake for a trip outdoors where she is very interested in exploring and strolling the grounds.  She's wonderful on leash, and polite with other dogs though not interested in playing with them and cats: meh.  But did we mention she really likes food?  Snacks, treats, a bite of your bagel, some of your spaghetti--you name it, she's there!

With her classic red tri marking and her ultra sweet nature, this girl is a classic Aussie delight for anyone who appreciates the seniors. 

Dahlia is fostered in Collegeville PA  Apply here for her.  NS 2224
We're still working on getting a routine for toileting purposes but she is more than happy to go out when the chance is offered, so it might be the human who is harder to train in this case. 

This adorable guy was placed four years ago and was just recently returned to program after his adopters had some setbacks with health.  Waldo is a loving companion, 9 years old, a handsome black tri with a big personality.  He's great with other dogs, walks well on leash, and loves to be by your side--and he will bump you with his nose to get your attention if you go too long without petting him.  He likes to go out, quickly does his business, but doesn't want to spend a lot of time outdoors without you.  He will alert you with a big bark when he wants to be by your side again.

Waldo has a luxurious fluffy coat that is very addictive to pet, and although he has a big frame, he only weighs 50 pounds, which is just right for him.  He rides well in the car but has a little trouble getting in too high a deck, like a larger SUV.  Hes hips are a little off and stiff, but he is very happy to do regular walks and can manage stairs as long as you don't need them climbed in a hurry.

The years have brought some challenges for Waldo, notably some layrngeal paralysis which often affects older dogs.  It makes his regular breathing sound loud but he does get plenty of air.  This can progress and require surgical attention but often it doesn't.  The worst that usually happens is the dog gets excited and can't get enough air, passes out, and in that state gets enough air and comes around again.    Waldo is no where near that dire a situation though, and as he has settled into his foster home, it has become much more subdued
If the footing outdoors is wet or slippery, he may need to be told “Go pee” as he looks back at you with big sad eyes.  But a firm “Go pee!” and he takes care of business and comes right back.    At night, it helps to close him in the bedroom where he likes to sleep on the floor, or gate off the hallway so that he doesn’t have free rein of the house—he tends to get to thinking about a snack or something and goes “on patrol”, but gated in a smaller area, he settles right down.  Waldo is fine left loose when you’re away from home, but he doesn’t like to be crated, and he’s not cat-safe.

Overall he is a delightful and engaging companion who will really keep you company on your daily rounds, and make you feel special!

Waldo is fostered in Collegeville PA.  Apply here for him.  NS 1502

Olivia is a silky-soft, blue merle, aussie mix female with a tail.  She is around 10-12 years of age.  She is 50 lbs of sweet, cuddly, awesomeness (she will be working on losing a few lbs. in the near future). 

So far, Olivia is wonderful around kids and other dogs.  She will go in a crate, and has a very nice off button (that lasts most of the day) after a brief romp in the back yard.  She hasn't been on a walk yet, but she is probably a dream on the leash. 

Olivia is being fostered in Collegeville, PA. 

Apply here for her.  NS 2277

Donna is a 7 year old BC or Aussie cross with a bobbed tail and prick ears. She has a short straight coat and freckled white feet. She is about 20 inches at the withers and 35 lbs. Donna has been trained very well. She knows all her obedience commands and can fetch with the best of them. She has been trained for agility and our test of her skills reveal that she is competition ready.

Donna comes with a full bag of tricks including;  Sit, Stay, Down, Wave (paw it), Rollover, Speak, Turn, Hug, Bow, Touch, Walk through your legs, back up and all the commands for agility.
Donna doesn't come with out a few challenges. She is very vocal. But when given something to do or alternatively asked to crate, she will quiet down. She presents with leash reactiveness, when walked around a lot of people, dogs, bikes and autos. Walks with a toy help to distract her and keep her focused. She is fine with other dogs, she is more interested in interacting with people. She hasn't chased the resident cat at all.She is a smart, loving, alert, kinetic dog that needs a job and a committed and understanding owner that is interested in doing agility with her, taking her on long walks and working to allay her anxiety.  

Donna is fostered in Flemington, NJ. 
Apply here for her.  NS 1909


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

Tarly is a gorgeous approx 5-year-old black aussie mix that weighs about 50 lbs.  He is a friendly and gentle dog that is clearly running for mayor.  He wants to meet everyone, and will convince everyone he meets to vote for him.  He is also a very sassy tail-wagger and believes himself to be highly, highly irresistible.

Tarly is a medium energy guy but high, high, high on the velcro scale.  Say goodbye to your privacy for sure.  He will sleep right smack next to your bed in case you have any thoughts of running off in the night.  He's great with kids, women and men...an equal opportunity lover.  He doesn't jump up on anyone so younger children should be fine.  (Although he WILL give you a swift nose to the arm if you stop petting him).  He could be a great therapy dog with his sweet, gentle nature.  Cats should be ok, too.

He was turned in with a brother so he would probably appreciate another dog to hang out with, but it's not absolutely necessary.  He was accepted by the foster home's pack of four dogs immediately (and some of them can be cranky) so he's very good socially...not dominant but not a total pushover either.  Smart guy.  He's also a real mooch.  Extremely motivated by food. 

He is getting used to walking on a leash and is a little all over the place on walks, but he's not a big puller.  He'll get the hang of it with a little more practice.

Tarly is house trained and will tolerate being crated, but doesn't like it and will let you know about it (LOTS of whining).  But he's been trustworthy so no need to crate unless you're leaving the house...at least in the beginning.  He should be fine with run of the house once he gets settled in to the routine.

This little guy has the most soulful eyes and is a real catch...an absolute charmer.

This handsome guy is fostered in New London, PA.

Apply here for him. NS 2361
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Luckee is a black-bi boy.  He is approximately 7 years old and weighs about 84 lbs.  He will be fostered in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Stay tuned for further updates.  NS 2362

Django is a roughly 6 year-old 48 pound Aussie mix who is a sweet and lovable bundle of fun. He was brought to New Spirit several months ago from the southeast having been found a stray. At the time, he was heart worm positive, but has been fully treated and is headed toward a complete recovery. We suspect that the non-Aussie part of him is Landseer Newfoundland as he's got that breed's coloration (which is also common to bi-color Aussies) and large bone structure. He has a luxurious coat and full tail with a white plume at the end, which he wags generously.

This gorgeous boy is fostered near Devon, PA.

Apply here for him. NS 2293
At night, Django is happy to sleep in whatever corner he can call his own, and will come to say goodnight to each resident before retiring. This sweet guy is so grateful for your friendship and company that he will let you know it at every opportunity. He waits to eat without begging, and takes food gently from your hand. It's impossible to spend time with him without falling in love with him. Unless you're a cat or a rabbit. He is rather obsessed with them. So, in short, dogs, people, cars, houses, walks, all ideal. Pet cats and rodents, not so much.
Django is kind and affectionate to dogs and people, and warms up quickly to a new home environment. He walks great on a leash and travels calmly and politely in the car. He settles in to a nice routine at home, and is respectful of space and furnishings. He comes by periodically to ask for some love, and if not returned, will just go on his way peacefully. He is fully housebroken, and will wait for your return patiently at home, uncrated, for hours.