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 Collegeville, PA. 
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

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.

Moab is a red tri male and is about 1 1/2 year of age. He is already a large guy at just over 50 lbs.  His proportions are all around large, however, don't be fooled... this big guy is as gentle as they come!

Moab loves attention and being brushed. Anytime his foster family sits down he lays his head on their laps for attention. He is shy and timid, but he warms up quick.

Moab would love a quiet home that wants a buddy to always be next to them. He is crate trained. 

Moab is fostered in NJ.

Apply here for him. NS 2353

Cheerio is an 8 month old mini aussie (weighing in at 23 pounds)  He is new to our program but is ready for his forever home.  He is crate trained, house broken and loves to be a part of the family. Cheerio is not extremely velcro but loves people and wants to be with his family.

Born on November 11, 2014 he is still a puppy and is very curious about shoe laces, especially if they are untied.  He also enjoys playing soccer in the backyard with a 9 and 11 year old, and Cheerio has a security blanket like Linus on Charlie Brown - very cute watching him carry around this blanket!

He rides well in a car and wants to be in your lap; if you let him he would prefer to drive ;-) He spends the evenings and time unsupervised while all are away in his crate with his blanket and a good marrow bone filled with peanut butter too. 

Stay tuned for further updates…  He will be fostered in the Mid Atlantic area.

Apply here for him. NS 2357
Although born deaf, then rescued at 1yr old, Charissa lived a full and happy 6 years with the couple that adopted her. Recently both of them had to go into an assisted living situation that does not allow dogs.

Charissa is as funny as she is sweet.  She gets so excited when you pick up her lead to walk that she vocalizes and wags her pretty tail.  She prefers to be leashed to go out in the yard; otherwise she may just stand at the door, even when encouraged.

Outside she will trot and run around, smelling everywhere, sometimes showing a desire to play with the other dogs.  Once out for a few minutes, and taken off her lead, she walks all around, and may even lie down outside. The NS volunteer who held her for transport stated “I’ve been leaving doors open, front and back. Seldom does Charissa go out on her own, a couple of times just to potty and then right back in.”

Her play might look like mild aggression, when she initiates it, but it's just her out of character quick movements when she feels like playing.   At her temporary WV foster home she got along well with cats and dogs from puppy to senior, and found her place easily.
She has compensated well for her lack of hearing, by being very observant.  When you go to get in the car, she shows a desire to go with you, and is an excellent traveler. With her soft, spotted, feathery coat, and delicate legs, Charissa at 33 lbs., is a lovely dog looking for a home that appreciates her many attributes.

Charissa is being fostered in Trout Run, PA

Apply here for her. NS 2365
She isn’t fearful, but because of her deafness, until you know her, it is best to approach with touch to her side or back. All she does is a mock growl and move away a step from you if you reach for her head. However once she knows you, Charissa is happy for some scratches and pats to her ears and head. She comes and seeks attention when she wants some loving, but is not needy. Charissa is a terrific house and companion dog with her moderately low energy.

Eppie is a dear sweet girl whose owner died and left no family to take her.  Neighbors stepped in to feed Eppie and contacted New Spirit.  Eppie is 7 years old and has been used to living outdoors in a fenced area but she has adapted very well to indoor living.  She actually likes her crate, and has been rock solid on toileting.

Since she had always been an only dog, moving in with a pack of 10 was something of a shock and she was quite intimidated, but with a little management getting others to back off and pairing her with the milder dogs, she has discovered she loves other dogs.  More importantly, she loves to play with other dogs.  Her very first dog friend was an 8 month old Aussie mix, very playful and bold.  Eppie was a little growly at first but within half an hour she realized the leaping and kissing and such was all in play.  That little dog became her doggie boot camp and over the course of a week they played non-stop and Eppie learned all about playing fair, and moderating play style to account for the other dog's smaller size.  It was really very heartwarming to see--you could tell Eppie had gone from fearful of other dogs to finding her bliss.  Now she has learned to play with all the playful dogs regardless of size, and wrestles and boxes and plays chewey face with some of the rougher boys, too.
Although she's not great on leash yet, with a little work she would probably be fine.  She's very responsive to your wishes and wants to please, but probably never saw a leash till we got her.  She does ride well in the car just tethered.  There's no indication how she'd be with cats but suspect it might not be a great fit for her.

Eppie is being fostered in SE, PA

Apply here for her. NS 2364
Eppie adores all people and can't wait to say hi and be petted, and she doesn't jump up on them either.  She's a good solid 50 pounds but not all that tall at the shoulder--more short legged and compact.  If we had to guess (and we do), we suspect she's mixed with husky or spitz, but amazingly enough, she is also a dead ringer for a breed few people have seen or heard of, the Finnish Lapphund.  That is also a northern herding dog breed and has been used to herd reindeer well up into the Arctic Circle.  Her personality is very much like they describe for that breed too.  Not surprisingly if that is her background,she has a huge coat, but it probably hasn't been combed out and de-shed in quite a while so coupled with outdoor living, not unexpected.  Her foster home is a groomer by trade and will be working to thin it and in the future, living indoors, it will probably be quite manageable.

Luckee is a 5-7 year old black bicolored male.  He is affectionate and loves to meet new people.  He is friendly with other dogs and is also good with the cats in his foster home.  But what he really loves are treats!  He has a strong herding instinct, and closely follows his people everywhere they go.

This boy is very intelligent, and has figured out how to find treats and chewies in some of his foster home's hiding places.  He would do very well with some training, and could learn many tricks if he were properly motivated.  Perhaps with treats!  He also really likes riding in the car. In fact, he's not very discriminate about which car he wants to ride in (visitors, strangers, neighbors).  He is OK by himself at home for moderate periods of time, but you need to make sure the treats have been secured.  He is OK in a crate for a little while, but more training could be done to help him better enjoy his crate as a special safe place. He does seem to have a little separation anxiety, which seems worse during thunderstorms, fireworks, or when he is in an enclosed space.

Since arriving at his foster home, Luckee has been on a diet and is down to 75 pounds. He needs to continue a lean diet to get down to his ideal weight, which is probably around 60.

Luckee is fostered in Lehighton, PA.

Apply here for him. NS 2362
Smokey Blue
Smokey Blue  is a beautiful, 6 month old male Aussie mix who was turned in to the local shelter in South Carolina by owners who had too many dogs to take care of.  He is about 40 pounds, neutered and a real love.  He appears to be housebroken and knows some commands.  He gets along great with the other dogs he has met.  Stay tuned while we learn more about this little guy!  He is being fostered in Mechanicsville, VA.  NS2368
Redd Rover
Redd Rover is a shy little 6 month old male Aussie Mix weighing in at just 26 pounds.  He could not be more cute, and he loves the company of other dogs.  He does not appear to be housebroken and in fact is not used to being in a house at all, so it will take a little time for housebreaking and crate training.  Check back for updates!  Redd Rover is being fostered in Mechanicsville, VA.  NS2369

This gorgeous guy is about 2.5 years old, blue merle with two blue eyes but one of them has brown marbling in it which only adds to his striking good looks.   He's settling in to the routine at his foster and is housebroken and crate trained. He walks nicely on leash, isn’t destructive in the home the way some of the younger pups can be, he has excellent greeting manners to both dogs and people, he rides well in the car and so far, has made no attempt to get on the furniture.  If you sit or lay on the ground, be prepared to have a 50 pound blanket of blue merle on top of you because he loves to be petted and sweet talked.  He settles quietly in his crate at night and doesn’t make a peep.  Additionally, at the end of a hard day’s work he'll be eagerly waiting to come out and get some lovin’ all while his nubbin’ is wagging a mile a minute.  When he gets up in the morning, you are greeted with a big stretch and a “woo woo awoo”.  Every day he expresses how happy he is to be living in a house with people who love him.  His foster mom will be very sad to see him go but he really does need his own family to start the next chapter of his life.
He knows “sit” and the foster home is seeing what other magic tricks he has up his sleeve.  He is very eager to please and will do anything for food so training is definitely not a problem for him.  And he will happily sit for treats right next to the resident Aussie and there is absolutely no competition for the food and no rude overtures to grab for someone else’s treat.  He has shown no signs of resource guarding anything from objects to people to food. 

Nelson would make a great addition to a family. He'd do well either as an only dog to enjoy all the attention of his people or with another dog who is his size or bigger who likes rough and tumble play. Small children probably aren’t a great idea because he may accidentally knock one down when he gets excited. Similarly, cats wouldn't appreciate his exuberance so a home without cats would be best.  Underground fences aren’t an option for him as he may find the other side of the world too interesting to pass up the opportunity to explore.  Physical fences hold more promise and if you can commit to daily walks, he would be in heaven.

Will you be the one to share your family and your heart with this teddy bear?

Nelson is fostered in Jamison, PA.
Cappy appears to be great around people and dogs.  He weighs about 35 lbs.  Stay tuned for updates.  Cappy is fostered in Waterford, VA.  NS2370
Sunny Ray

Sunny Ray is a four year old female weighing 37 lbs.

She is a little shy and skittery but bonds fast and is affectionate to all.  She crates well, has had no accidents in house, and is doing fine with the other dogs.  She is even starting to let her playful side come out.

Sunny Ray is being fostered in Collegeville PA

Apply here for her. NS 2373