Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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Weber is a gorgeous 2-3 year old black-tri weighing in about 50 pounds. He is a sweet and loving boy. Weber plays well with other dogs, not sure about cats though. He loves to play ball and go for rides in the car, especially to the park with his foster home pets. He is crate trained and house broken. Weber also walks nicely on a leash. He is very eager to please his "human".
Weber is being fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ with 3 other aussies and they get along great! But he has a very strong guardian instinct and when company comes to visit he does not want to share his "human" with anyone else. Weber would do well with a single person who would be willing to crate him when company comes to visit. . He is such a lovebug with his foster dad and so gentle when taking treats or food. Don't miss out on this wonderful boy!
Weber is fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Apply here for him. NS3037
Jacobo (true name Jake) is a 4-5 year old red-tri wiggle butt weighing in at around 55 lbs. He is the sweetest boy you'll ever meet, and no dog has a bigger heart. Once he knows you, he will bowl you over (sometimes literally) with his enthusiasm, with so many kisses, and with his irrepressible joie de vivre.
Jake was originally adopted from a dairy farm, and then lived with a family that loved him very much. But he has a very strong guardian instinct and could not adjust to apartment living. He is HIGH on the velcro scale, and a medium-high energy boy. He is house trained and crate trained.
One of his favorite things to do is putter around in the backyard, but only if you're out there too of course. He will gleefully grab one of his many stuffed toys, trot outside and proceed to roll around with it. He is a renowned player of "keep away" and is also an excellent gardening supervisor. He also LOVES long, daily walks in the country. Jake is sensitive, incredibly smart and has a sweet sense of humor. You simply could not ask for a better boy.
Jake has been working so, so hard on being less of a guardian. If he could only find a loving and quiet home with a solid routine, he would finally feel safe and secure. No children or other pets, please. A fenced-in yard is required so he can putter about, sunbathe and bird watch to his heart's content. Calm, assertive people familiar with the breed would be the best fit for him. His adopters will need to continue to work with him to slowly but surely show him that the world is a safe, fun place. If you have time, patience and love to shower him with, please apply for our sweet boy.
Jacobo is fostered in New London, PA
Apply here for him. NS3032
Meet Mamma Tessa. She is 8 years old and searching for her forever home. Tessa had a rough start in life but since coming into New Spirit she is blossoming into a loving, carefree dog.
Tessa is house trained and crate trained but she no longer needs her crate. She used it as her safe place when she first arrived but loves her doggie bed much more. Tessa loves to play with her toys and her foster brother and sister. You can watch her video and see her playing chase in the park with them.
Tessa gets excited when she knows she is going for a walk. She starts to wiggle her butt and sits pretty for her collar. Tessa is so good on a leash you barely need one. She stays right with you, with no pulling or jumping. When walking Tessa may shy away from people she meets but greets each dog with a polite sniff. She loves the car and jumps right in when going for a ride and lays quietly.
Tessa can be a little fearful of men and may give a low growl or a bark but quiets quickly when told it is ok. If they sit, she will come over for a sniff and allow a pet. Once she gets to know them there are no issues.
Tessa will make a wonderful companion but she needs to go to a quiet home. She can get anxious with a lot of movement so she cannot go to a home with small children. Tessa will benefit greatly in a home with another dog for a buddy. This will help her adjust to a new home much more easily.
Patience is a key word for Tessa. She has a lot of love to give and when she looks at you with those big brown eyes she melts your heart.
Tessa is fostered in Bel Air. MD
Apply here for her. NS2978
Buster the Man
Buster is a sweet 9yr old, neutered, Black Tri male with a docked tail. He is looking for a quiet home setting where he'll be most comfortable being around children 10 yrs and older "only" who are very dog savvy and understand they need to move and speak calmly around him. Due to his total lack of familiarity with younger children, Buster becomes frightened and nervous about them, with their quick, unpredictable, busy activity.
Due to his having lived in an outdoor kennel and having minimal human contact, he is under socialized and unsure of new things and situations that have opened up in his world. He's shy and unsure at first but warms up after checking out new people or situations without being pressured. He lavishes in praise, and shows it by joyful butt wiggles once he gets to know you.
He's socialized and playful with other dogs; he currently has a low play level that may increase as his muscle tone improves. Once rested he's ready to play again. A home with another fur companion to interact with and show him the ropes would be a wonderful treat for him. He would also do well as an only dog in a quiet peaceful setting with adults he can put his faith in. He loves being close to his people, being pet, praised, groomed and loved on, and will follow you everywhere and melt hearts with his beautiful brown eyes.
He has had limited contact with cats, so would require a slow introduction and socialization to co-habitate with them.
Buster needs help getting into a vehicle because they are new to him. Once inside he's calm, rides quietly and enjoys the trip. He has good leash manners and enjoys walks and taking in all the new smells. He's also crate trained but prefers the company of his family, once he's settled in.
Buster is fostered in Trout Run, Pa
Apply here for him. NS3180
HE'S BACK! Bradley Cooper is about 1 year old and weighs about 45 pounds. He is VERY energetic and VERY enthusiastic. He loves people and attention. He does well in the car, is crate trained, and is decent on the leash (he tends to do a lot of pulling so a good harness is a must). He has had severe separation anxiety issues in the past as a single dog; he does much better when he has another dog to keep him company when his humans aren't home.
Bradley Cooper plays great with other dogs, but can be a bit of a bully so he would need a brother or sister that can hold their own. His ideal household would have no cats or small animals due to his high prey drive. Bradley Cooper has a ton of energy and will require an active household and a lot of stimulation. He tends to get into trouble when no one is watching and he will eat anything off the street. He likes to chase the ball and has been recently learning to bring it back.
Bradley Cooper is a quick learner, but will require a lot of patience and time. If you are interested in taking on a loyal, energetic pup, Bradley Cooper is your guy!
Bradley Cooper is being fostered in Philadelphia, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3137
Mishka This handsome fellow just turned 5 and after a life lived on a sheep farm he has hard a hard time adjusting to city life. So after three failed placements, we are just going to let him stay where he is for now, where he is doing well with a fully fenced yard and some careful management (ie put in another room) when new dogs or people come in. He tends to love both but gets over-excited so introductions are best put off for a few hours and then handled when the emotions are calmer. Unfortunately he turned out not to have good working instincts either, so the attempt to place him on a highly experienced working farm was also a miss. We love this guy but he is not for just any home. NS2770
Cactus Mack came into the program in KY two years ago and we were told he was 7 at that time, but experience tells us that he was much older. We guess him to be 12-13 now and a very hard 12-13 at that, as the vet expressed it. He had been adopted for 18 months but was returned to us and we figure he is now with us "for the duration". His eyesight and hearing are not the best, and his general mental state is pretty geriatric, but with lots of patience and care he has now adjusted to his foster home and knows the lay of the land. He seems happy enough and really is quite able physically to roam the fenced yard happily. NS2781
Approx 8 mo the old, 18-19 inches tall, weighing 40 lbs. He will be great with some puppy manners! He has spent much of his young life in a crate with a family that was too busy to spend time with him.
Blue is fostered in Brick, NJ
Apply here for him. NSXXXX
Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. It takes her only a day or two to get oriented in a new place. 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.
At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. Helen, whose everyday name is 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. That runs about 27 cents a day. She is fine when left loose when you're out, and is just a little love to have around.
She loves toys, especially anything that squeaks, and especially balls she can carry around and chase and then curl up with.
Helen Keller is fostered in Collegeville, PA.
Apply here for her. NS2399
This is Knox-- his motto is "There's no such thing as a stranger-- just friends I haven't met yet." He's a 1 year old nice purebred red tri and weighs 60 lbs. Neutered previously, chipped, and raring to go! You can see him in the video with his friend Air Bud. Short attention span, but then he is a teenager. But super loving and all wiggles and does have a few commands so far.
Foster location TBD
Puppy breath! This little guy is Mick Jagger. He is 10 – 12 weeks old. He loves to wiggle, and he loves to love. NSXXXX
Asher Blue is a sweet and friendly purebred Aussie who will soon be looking for his new home! This handsome blue merle with no tail is about 2 ½ years old and weighs just under 40 pounds – his perfect weight! Asher Blue is brand new to our rescue and we have more to learn, but so far we know that he loves people and other dogs, LOVES belly rubs and giving kisses, walks nicely on a leash and settles well at the end of the day. We will post updates here so please check back! Asher Blue is fostered in Dyke, VA. NSXXXX
Margaret is a doll, 39 pounds and 3 years old, with a sable coat and s partial tail-- not very big, maybe 6" in bone. After spending her life in a pen is very much loving as much attention and food as she can get. This girl's middle name is "exuberance." She loves to play but is also a little nervous and impulsive with new dogs so she needs some time to adjust to life outside of a pen and with dogs other than her only companion up til now. She is very focused and does amazingly well with a little attention and clicker training, and it settles her as she is super smart and likes playing the "game" and interacting and getting the attention, but above all, knowing there are rules and she can learn them and get praise and treats. Everything is new to her and she needs a chance to see what is wanted of her and she will do her best to give it to you until her excitement and distraction over living in a house with many other dogs takes over. But give her a few weeks or months and this girl could be a superstar at any kind of dog sport. Leash walking is going to need some work which her foster home will give her. The picture shows her with a boo-boo on her cheek, but it's almost healed. She'd rather you look at her gorgeous blue eyes! The other picture shows off her beautiful sable coat, and how well she has learned to focus already! She is fostered near Reading PA NS3226
Wiggle Budd is a 2-year-old, extremely happy and energetic Aussie! He's on the smaller side at 30 pounds and loves nothing more than to run around and play with toys. He's not afraid of new people/dogs/situations and will happily run up to greet everyone that he meets with a big smile on his face! Wiggle Bud is what is referred to as a Double Merle Aussie meaning he was the product of two merle parents and has very little color in his coat, along with pink skin around his eyes and a pink nose.
Wiggle Budd is great with other dogs and loves people. He's very interested in cats, especially when they run or make fast movements, but it seems like he mainly wants to play with them, so he'd probably do okay in a home with a dog savvy cat. Wiggle Bud's high energy makes him a great running partner, and he can already easily cover 2-3 miles non-stop (okay, maybe a few stops to sniff or pee), and would probably love hiking too!
Wiggle Bud loves to play with toys and is great at fetch! He's pretty good on leash but could use some lessons on not pulling when he's excited. Wiggle Bud is crate trained, although he's not always thrilled at the prospect of being crated and doesn't always willingly go in without a bribe. He is housebroken but does best when let out every 3-4 hours, especially when first being released from his crate.
Wiggle Budd should go to a home with a fence since he's not great on recall yet. He is also very good at sneaking through doors as they are being opened, so you need to be extra careful when going in and out of doors that lead to the outside.
Wiggle Budd is being fostered in Haddon Township, NJ
Apply here for him. NS3218