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
This is Red Buddy, a red bi color border collie.  One owner died and another left him at a boarding kennel where he has been living ever since.  Then the kennel owner passed away and friends stepped in to find homes for the dogs that remained there including this dear fellow, who is 12 years old and blind. We will have him evaluated to see if anything can be done to restore his sight though.

He is such a sweetie and responds well to your voice, and quickly finds his way around in a new environment. He likes other dogs and loves to follow you around.  He also has some favorite toys that he will toss and play with all by himself.  Red Buddy is a gentle soul with a tail that wags at the hint of sweet talk.

He is fostered in Collegeville PA       NS 2632
Melvin  is a cute little 5-year old mini blue merle male with one blue eye and one brown eye.  He was turned in as a stray for the third time, and the family decided to turn him over to the shelter.  So far he is doing well with toileting and meeting the other dogs.  Melvin has some gait issues - he is wobbly and sometimes tumbles.  This does not stop this little guy!  The family said he has always been this way.  We will have him evaluated to see what is going on before he will be available for adoption.  Melvin is fostered near Reading, PA. NS2660
Maxx comes to us from KY where he was picked up stray. He's a black tri about 4 years old and 44 pounds.  There is not a sweeter dog on the planet! He does great with other dogs and would like to play but takes a "no" nicely too. Housebroken, great with cats, a real snuggler. 

He has an injury to his front leg so he's not very mobile at the moment. We are having him evaluated at our great vet in NJ and will update when we have some more info. 

Maxx is being fostered in Collegeville PA for now.  NS2722
Sydnie is a very sweet, unbelievably cute purebred mini Aussie who was an owner surrender. He’s a “senior” at 9 1/2 years but you wouldn’t believe it! Crates very easily and gets along well with the other dogs.  Lived with a chihuahua for years and is very good with small dogs too.  He does have some medical needs so look for him to be available the end of February.  Apply now if interested-this little love bug won’t last!  Fostered in Mount Laurel, NJ  NS2728
Ziggy Blue Stardust - ADOPTION PENDING

Ziggy Blue Stardust is a handsome Blue Merle Aussie mix, with a thick full tail. Originally thought to be 4 yrs. old; he appears to be more in the 7-8 yr. range, he’s a large boy, weighing 55 lbs. a little on the thin side needing  another 5 -10 lbs. to fill him out   Don’t let his size deter you, he’s a marshmallow!!!  A very happy go lucky fellow who hasn’t met anyone he hasn’t liked.

Ziggy is currently recovering from neutering complications, quickly on the mend and doing super. He’s currently on restricted activities, but is displaying an interest and eagerness to pick up the pace; giving the indication he’s going to be on the medium activity level. That may change as he continues to heal.
He’s nonfood aggressive, takes treats nicely, is leash trained, good in the house unsupervised, good with resident dogs, loves being groomed,excellent when meeting new dogs during vet visits, showing no interest in cats, as they sat in their owners laps meowing.  He’s a very good passenger, not barking at passing vehicles, or making a fuss, riding along contently happy to be with his person.
His easy going attitude is unwavering.  It’s currently unknown how he is with young children, due to his size he may unintentionally knock small children over.                                                                                                                                                 No matter the mix this sweet boy is all Aussie at heart, he’s attentive, and loves to be with his person, or just hanging out nearby.

Ziggy is fostered in Trout Run, PA.

Apply here for him. NS2723
Leevi was a stray rescued from a very rural shelter in North Carolina.  Look at that face!! This handsome black tri is 6-7 years old, weighs 45 pounds and is a sweet, low-energy kind of guy.  He gets along great with other dogs and with cats, even cats who swat him on the nose!  Unfortunately, Leevi is heartworm positive and is starting a 2 month treatment program.  After that, he will be as good as new, so please check back for updates.  He is fostered in Jackson, New Jersey.  NSXXXX