Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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.
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.
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
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
Kentucky Casey is a 5 1/2 year old male Aussie who is on the large side, both weight and height. He weighs in at 65 lbs. which is mainly bone and muscle. Kentucky Casey is a black tri, being predominantly black with small areas of tan and white. He is a shy boy, and he does take a little while to warm up to new people. However, once he warms up to you, you will have a friend for life. Once you become a friend to Kentucky Casey, he will follow you around the house.
He is great with other dogs, both small and large. Kentucky Casey is a medium energy dog, as he likes to just lay around but he will get a burst of energy and want to play with another dog or with his person. He isn't much into playing with toys. Kentucky Casey walks very easy on a leash (until he sees a squirrel), and will sit when attaching his leash and taking it off. He does like to venture while out walking, and loves checking the smells on the trails in the woods. Kentucky Casey is not completely housebroken, but we are working on that and he is coming along pretty quickly. He does have a tendency to drool, especially when nervous and when meeting new people.
Kentucky Casey's new home will have to have a fenced in yard. I do recommend at least a 5' fence as Kentucky Casey does know how to climb a fence, as well as dig under. Kentucky Casey has a small pry drive in that he will chase cats, squirrels, rabbits, etc. Kentucky Casey is great with women and children but, he can be a little nervous with some men. He will bark and give a little growl when meeting men for the first time. I recommend a home with children over the age of 10, due to Kentucky Casey's size.
KY Casey is fostered in Gloucester, VA!
Apply here for him. NS3427
Arnie Boy - ADOPTION PENDING
Arnie (answers to Rusty) is a 5-6 year old red tri who weighs 52 pounds. Despite his size, he is happiest when he is sitting in your lap. He loves his humans more than anything, but does get along nicely with other dogs. He is very well behaved on the leash and, for the most part, ignores others walking past. He will whine if he wants to play with a dog passing by.
He has a pretty good understanding of basic commands, but would benefit from some refresher courses. He greets anyone entering the house by jumping up on them and giving them a hug, so we have been working on teaching him to not jump. He does fine in the crate, but is quick to realize when he is about to be put in it and will try to run away and hide. He has not had any accidents in the house, and sits nicely by the door when he wants to go out. He loves riding in the car, but only rides shotgun - no back seat for this guy!
Due to his size and his strong prey drive, he should not be in a house with cats or smaller dogs. He loves to play, but is a bit of a bulldozer so would love a dog comparable to him to play with. He has growled a few times at his teenage foster sibling but no intent to harm. He calms down as soon as you say stop or enough. For this reason, he would do best in a home without children. Arnie has so much love to give and is looking for his forever home!
Arnie is fostered in Telford, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3432
Please check back for updates.
Fresh is an 11 month old male Aussie who weighs 42 lbs. He is primarily light brown with some white accents on his feet and chest. We are told he is as sweet as can be! We will not be accepting applications for Fresh until he comes up north, in several weeks time. NSXXXX
Graham is a 1.5 year old Aussie male who weighs 55lbs. He has one brown eye and one blue, and has a tail. Graham is described as sweet and shy. We will not be reviewing or processing application for him until he comes north.NSXXXX
CocoPuff is an approx. 4-5 year old Aussie mix who is black and white, and has a tail. Coco is big at 87lbs but she is truly a gentle giant who wants to put her head on your knee or try to get in your lap. She is the definition of a true lap dog. CocoPuff was adopted about 7 months ago, and is being returned by no fault of her own. You see, Coco just wants to be with her people and loves attention, so she has developed a bad habit of trying to escape from her adoptive home any time a door opens, or when she is not on a leash in the yard. When on a leash, she walks perfectly. She has been successfully crated in the past and is house trained.
We think CocoPuff deserves to be in a home where her people are home a lot, if not most of the time. At the very least, she would love to be in a home where she can go places with her family, as she loves to ride in the car. She also might not be getting enough exercise currently, even though she is low energy. She is wonderful with all animals and people alike, is playful with other dogs, and loves children. Coco's only fault per her adopters is that she has a desire to be outside and to roam, which has led to the escapist behaviors. When she escapes, she seeks out people.
Because of Coco's tendency to escape from yards, a hard, reinforced fence will be required for her unless she were adopted into a farm setting where she would have the space to roam. We actually think she could do well in a busier environment as long as being leashed was an expectation for her - she doesn't try to run when leashed.
Overall, CocoPuff is a snuggly lover who deserves all of the time and attention she deserves. We know there is a perfect home out there for CocoPuff, so please apply for her if she sounds right for you!
CocoPuff is fostered in Northampton, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3350.
Tucker James is a 1.5 year old Black Tri mini Aussie weighing in at 25lbs. Tucker James is brand new to the rescue, and will be undergoing a behavioral assessment as well as some medical treatment before he will be ready for adoption. He's a pretty nervous, shy, undersocialized dog, so we will not be accepting or reviewing applications for him at this time. We expect he will need some weeks to months in foster care to get him ready for his forever home. NSXXXX