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 had him seen by an ophthalmologist and there is nothing we can fix with his sight, but he is in otherwise splendid shape for a boy his age per the blood work and such.

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, but he will play endlessly with you if you will kick his special squeaky ball that makes noise as it rolls so he can follow it .  Red Buddy is a gentle soul with a tail that wags at the hint of sweet talk.

He is fostered in Collegeville PA       NS2632
Leevi ADOPTION PENDING 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.  NS2734

MIshka is a 3 years old, 65 lb, all red boy with a working background.  This wonderful boy spent the first 3 years of his life till a month ago responsible for 300 sheep on a farm in ME.  He is a bright, personable boy with a strong work ethic and impeccable credentials, ASCA predigree, from famous working lines in ID.  He lived outdoors but has transitioned smoothly into being an indoor dog and likes it very much.  He's also learned how to live in a pack of well socialized dogs and has started to love to play with other dogs, though a slightly slower controlled intro to other boys helps a lot. Not bad for having been an only child! 

Crates well, but reliable when left loose, starting to like frisbee. Rides quietly in the car, and would love a chance to lift geese or work stock.  Playful and silly and affectionate, very bright and obedient, but still needs a little guidance in the ways of life in suburbia, like leash walking and to watch outside events without raising a full alarm-- just one bark and then some grumbling will do it. 

He still has a lot of his heavy winter coat in the video but this shows him playing with a new male friend he just met the day it was taken. 

Fostered in Villanova PA. 
Double Dodger

Double Dodger is a 6 mo. old, 35lb Red Merle mix; he should be medium size when grown, he is current with vaccines.   He is deaf and blind in one eye.  He has a half mask that extends up his right ear and a beautiful full tail.

Double Dodger is learning basic hand signals, is housetrained and will go to the door, ring a bell, or show other signs he needs to go outdoors. He's crate trained but has graduated and enjoys sleeping with his foster brother, and sleeps throughout the night. He's good without supervision in the house with resident dogs, enjoys going on drives, tethered and lying quietly in the rear seat. He's  non-food aggressive, takes treats easily, sits for leashing, is doing wonderful on leash, allows touching all over, has no issues toweling off after a jaunt in the rain or wet grass. He's learning to play fetch and loves playing one on one with his foster mom, sitting in her lap, getting cuddled and giving kisses.
Melvin is a 6 year old mini-aussie that weighs 17 pounds.  Melvin is a special-abilities dog. He has congenital brain damage which affects his walking, vision and hearing.  His ability to learn is not affected nor is his ability to love!  Melvin has an unsteady gait when he walks and although he can hear and see his hearing and vision seem to be distorted.  He is fostered near Reading, PA  NS2660
Princess Vickie

Princess Vickie is a beautiful  9 year old Blue Merle, about 40 lbs, docked tail, who doesn't look or act her age.  She moves gracefully, has no trouble with steps, and still loves to play ball.  She LOVES long walks, as often as you want to go.  So far she has been fine with other dogs but probably isn't in need of a doggy companion, since she is more people oriented.  She bonds tightly to her person and that is all she thinks she needs.

She barks at both lawn mowers and vacuums but once she figures out no harm will come she is fine.  She has a nice personality and sense of humor too!   Princess Vickie does tend to bark when her person leaves the house, so is probably not suited for apartment life.  Otherwise, she only barks at things that need barking at.

Princess Vickie can walk in a perfect heel, is house trained, crate trained, eats in her crate and is not a picky eater.  She does not challenge the fence.  She rides well in the car.  She is a girl who needs structure, as she is a smart Aussie girl and watches what you do.  She is not fond of thunder or fireworks.  She loves to chase squirrels but was fine with the only cat she has met so far.  There is plenty of life in this girl yet, can you say the same?  Princess Vickie would make an excellent companion for a single person (a senior?).  Got lap?  Get Princess Vickie!  Be prepared to be adored by the prettiest dog in town.

Princess Vickie is being fostered near York, PA
Apply here for her.  NS2481

Beauty is a 4 year old Aussie/Spaniel mix who weighs 47 lbs and is black tri primarily.  She's a little shy but very sweet and is also heartworm positive so she will need to be with us for awhile till we get her treated.  Adoption availability will be Aug 26. 

Beauty also has demodex mange which we will get cleared up. This is not the contagious kind but rather arises from overall poor living conditions and stress so once she is properly taken care of it should resolve and need no further treatment.  New treatments are just a pill every three months anyway and not the old horrible dips that smelled to high heaven and didn't even work all that well. 

She is a terrific walker on leash as she prefers to stay very close to her person.  She also has great recall when off leash.

She will be fostered in Collegeville PA  

Apply here for her.  NS2821

Sheldon is approximately 5 years old. He weighs about 40 pounds, medium in size.  He gets along well with other dogs and absolutely adores kids. He is an easy going, low key dog just looking for some affection and praise. He will do anything for pets and good boys.  Very Velcro to his person. He rides very well in the car, crates well, and has made good friends with his foster brothers and sister. Sheldon is an absolute sweet heart of a dog with a lot of love to give. Sheldon is being fostered in Bath, PA

Apply here for him.  NS2820
Although he's energetic outdoors running and playing with resident dogs, or playing in a pool, when he returns to the house he's calm and relaxed, enjoying entertaining himself with toys or his favorite stuffed bone. You don't have to look far to find him when he's quiet, as he's never far from his human.
In social settings he's gotten many complements from everyone he meets about how calm, well behaved, and easy going he is for his age. He could easily be a single pet, but would enjoy the company of a semi or active dog and household.

This lovely little boy is gorgeous and sweet, sweet, sweet!!!!  Loves people!!!! And giving kisses!!!! Don't let his deafness be a deterrent; he is no different than dogs who hear!!!

Double Dodger is fostered in Trout Run, PA               Apply here for him.  NS2785

There are excellent resources to learn training for hearing and sight impaired dogs, even non impaired dogs can benefit from hand signal training.  Here are just a few:  http://www.deafdogs.org   https://deafdogsrock.com    http://www.blinddogs.net
Deana  is a lovely girl 3 years old, and very unusual in that she is a black tri with blue eyes.  Deana is heart worm positive and will need to be treated before placement, so she won't be available before Sept 15.  Deana is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS2830


Meet "Bowie"- a nine month old super sweet aussie cross puppy. Currently he weighs about 30 lbs and could stand to gain about 10 – that shouldn't be a problem because Bowie loves to eat and is very food motivated. He's all legs right now but is going to be a very handsome boy once he fills out! Bowie loves to try to get his two older foster brothers to play with him. He is very respectful of cues from the other dogs and will redirect his attention if they let him know they aren't in the mood to play. Once they do get going his play is on the gentle side – definitely not rough and tumble. He would be a great companion for an older dog.

Bowie is medium on the energy scale and has an "off" switch which is amazing for such a young boy. He is happy to lay at your feet and take a nap – even happier to snuggle next to you on the couch or bed.
It seems Bowie hasn't had much training and he is currently learning basic commands. Although he most likely has never walked on a leash he has been fine on walks – he does not pull, just isn't always sure what you're asking him to do.

Bowie still has some puppy traits but takes correction well and is on his way to becoming a solid citizen. He rides well in the car and seems ready to try new challenges. He's a really great boy that just wants to please and whose tail is always wagging. He will make someone a great best friend!

Bowie is fostered in West Chester, PA.

Apply here for him. NS2835

Charlace is a beautiful, energetic 2 yo red tri Aussie that weighs just 38lbs. She came from a home where she got very little exercise so she is living it up going for long (2-4 mile) free-running hikes through meadows and woods everyday, taking liberal swims in the creek to keep cool. She would love to run and play all day long but at home she settles very nicely, laying close by and checking in for frequent dotings and scratches.

Very food motivated, she learns quickly but is already reliably house trained, crate trained and knows several commands well (sit, down, paw). She is not, however, used to much leash walking so that is what we have been working on and she has made much progress. Riding in the car is not a problem for her.

Charlace also never got to experience many different places so her life now involves going places and getting used to being where there are new people and other happenings.

With each experience she gains more confidence but children do make her anxious so a home with no one younger than a teenager would be best. Friendly with other dogs, she LOVES to play with other like-minded dogs (think CHASE) but can be intimidated with overly excited dogs. Charlace would love a life with lots of exercise, for the body and the mind, either as an only dog or with other playful dog mates. She does fine living with cats but has a bit of a prey drive when it comes to rabbits. Ready and waiting for the right placement, Charlace will make any house a loving home to share.

She is being fostered in Lancaster, PA.                                                   Here is a link to a video of Charlace swimming.

Apply here for her. NS2800

SugarPop is an adorable small/medium sized, black merle, female, Aussie mix weighing in around 30 lbs, and she just celebrated her first birthday.  She is medium energy, EXTREMELY affectionate and wants to please.  She loves taking walks, is pretty good on a leash, sits for leashing, but could some more training, as she tends to get distracted and not continue moving in the direction of the handler.
She really enjoys Nylabone bones, antlers, and any other chew toy.  Fetch, tug of war, or any other dog toy doesn't seem to interest her.  She loves being with all people and takes no time to warm up to just about anyone.  She lived with her littermate until she came here and clearly loves playing with other dogs.  If she's not playing or napping with her foster sister, she wants to be in your lap, and she certainly follows her people from room to room. SugarPop has not been tested with cats, but she loves to chase squirrels and has a strong prey drive.  She loves company of any kind, and her ideal forever home would be one where she has doggy siblings.
She is crate trained, but doesn't require it.  She is fine loose in the house, but does climb on furniture.  She knows some basic commands and has average recall.  If she has a choice between coming to you and a furry critter, you'll likely take the backseat, but she'll consistently come with no environmental distractions.  SugarPop is not food aggressive, takes treats easily, but does try to intercept other dog's treats and has difficulty waiting her turn.  She does jump up on you when she wants attention and counter surfs.  She'll take whatever is in her reach if you give her the opportunity.  She is good in cars, but tries to sit in the driver's lap for the duration.  She needs gentle reminders to move to the backseat.  She seems to sneeze a lot, but it also seems to subside when she is outside.
This adorable, snuggly, sweet girl is fostered in Vineland, NJ.                                                                    Apply here for her. NS2834