Riversong is just a delight, she dances for her meals (finally getting enough to eat!), is generally a happy dog,
and she would make an excellent companion to anyone who'd like a low key, affectionate pet. She is
undemanding, for the most part but loves & craves human companionship. And she is a space saver, not too
large to help into the car, etc. She may have arrived as a train wreck, but she is healthy now and
ready to soak up the lovin' when it is offered. She will require drops in her remaining eye, twice a day,
but is good about it. She comes willingly for her drops, no struggle at all. It is a shame that sheer
neglect by people has resulted in her vision loss, but at least her remaining years will be pain-free.
This is a dog who does not take her comfort for granted. She loves her crate and knows it is her den.
Her safe place. Riversong has huge, bat ears, so out of proportion to the rest of her, they are adorable.
Are you her special person? Riversong is being fostered near York, PA. Apply here for her. NS2882
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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 11 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. This adorable sweet girl is fostered near Reading, PA. NS 2258
Lucille Ball is one of our honorary Aussies. She is an adorable 7-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 fostered near Reading, PA. NS2209
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
Kancho is a 5 year old black try mini weighing in at a whopping 28 lbs and 17 inches tall. He barks at new people but soon settles down and is interested in meeting them. The best way to handle his initial nervousness is to crate him when people come in and then introduce him if desired after he's settled, maybe 15 minutes later, and preferably on leash. Once he's calmed down, he's absolutely fine.
Once he gets to know you, he is quite the love bug. He spins in circles and wags his little nub so hard his whole back end wiggles.
Kancho absolutely loves, loves, loves fetch!! He drops the ball at your feet and if you don’t pick it up right away he picks it up and tosses it to you! He also plays a great “big dog” tug of war complete with “ferocious” growls ! Loves to play with his toys and person.
Kancho is fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Apply here for him. NS2885
Theodore Bear (Bear) is a beautiful black 8 year old Aussie. Don't let this middle aged guy fool you, this guy is full of spunk and lots of fun! Snow may just be his favorite thing ever! He is truly in his element outside and loves to prance and hop around playfully.
Bear is 60lbs and strong, he'd be best with no small children. He is learning not to jump up and he calms down quickly with a great off switch. He's a bit hesitant with new people, but warmed up quickly to his foster family and is good with the family's dog.
He is house broken, neutered, up to date on shots, and crates ok though he is reliable in the house. He also enjoys car rides and would make a wonderful companion for hikes.
Bear knows a few commands and walks nicely on lead. He will need daily walks to get his wiggles out as well as a fenced yard. Bear will need a home with NO cats or other small animals.
He loves to be brushed, which he will need to keep his beautiful silky black fur maintained and looking slick. He's very very soft. Once you have his trust, he's quite the love bug! Very affectionate, and will try to steal all the attention.
He would do well in a home with other dogs, but would be more than ok getting all the attention too! Bear will be accompanied by his lovey (a stuffed dragon) which he is very taken with and likes to keep with him. Can you give this teddy bear his furever home?
Apply here for him. NS2908
Angelica (Annie) just joined New Spirit. She is a medium to high energy wiggle butt. We haven't seen her stop wiggling yet. She weighs about 45#. Her paws look big on her. But, she is reported to be 1.5 years old, so might just always be a girl with big feet. We're just getting to know her, so check back for more information. NS2927
Gibby is 18 months old and is what's called a "lethal white"-- an Aussie who had two merle parents, and she inherited two copies of the merling gene which is called semi-lethal because it can cause hearing and vision problems which jeopardize the ability of the animal to survive. What little color she has is blue merle. Gibby is smaller at 35 pounds-- her sister Ally is only slightly larger at 37 pounds. Gibby likes to be sweet talked and clearly responds to affection, but she's still pretty scared of everything. She was kept in a pen all her life and fed restaurant leftovers, so she has no idea about being on a leash, living in a house and so on. She was taken in by Animal Control due to the poor living conditions. However she is quite adventurous considering-- she gets up and explores and found her way around a large yard that is safely fenced while her sister Ally stayed smooshed in a corner on the patio. The girls cling to each other like limpets when they know where the other one is, but seem okay apart as well. Gibby managed with some clicking to follow 10 steps on leash before pancaking, and then with some praise, scrambled another 10, and it's clear she will be a champ on leash with a bit of work. Gibby is very content in a crate too. This is a sweet girl who is ready to learn and be loved. This girl needs to spend a little more time getting introduced to the world before she is ready for adoption. Gibby is fostered in Washington, DC. NS2922
Riversong is a darling 7 or 8 year old red merle girl who has experienced more bad in life than any dog should have to. She was part of a large collection seized for neglect in WV; she'd been used as a breeder and we could see she'd had a litter in the recent past. She is a small dog (about 25-30 lbs) and was underweight when she arrived. Ah, if that had been her only problem! She had a urinary tract infection, pneumonia, ear issues, itchy skin, a bulging eye that was clearly painful, a cataract in the other eye and she was scared out of her mind. Her foster parents have dealt with all this and Riversong is much, much more comfortable now. She was finally cleared for surgery and her bulging, painful eye was removed (untreated glaucoma). The remaining eye is stable now with daily drops (not expensive). She will not regain any vision in that eye.
Riversong has little vision now, but at least her days as a mom -- hungry, living in a squalid kennel producing puppies non-stop, while in poor health, are over. She has adapted quite well to being a housepet. Good with other dogs, cats and people.
She should not go to a home where there are toddlers, primarily due to her being unable to "defend" herself against inadvertent rough stuff that happens with toddlers or small children. She needs to have a reliable environment that isn't too chaotic--she cannot see things coming at her, so doesn't know when to blink, for the most part, and even if all she can see is light and dark, it is important to keep what she has. She easily learned the layout at her foster home and should adapt quickly to a new home. She walks pretty well on lead, with a bit of zig-zagging, but she's always ready to go, she just needs practice. After all, she has spent so much time healing from various health issues that learning to walk on lead was pretty far down the list. Her physical exercise needs are modest but not unimportant.
Skippy is all puppy. He's barely 6 months old, and 25# of wiggles and squirms, and play, and play, and play. Check back for more information as we get to know him. NS2952
Moose is a 3 year old, red-bi aussie weighing in at 80 lbs. (He needs to lose some of those pounds, especially since he has a gorgeous but flat coat so there's no hiding the extra weight in the fluff!) He is a SMART, happy and athletic boy.
Moose is reported to be okay with cats and likes his foster canine siblings, but doesn't engage with them a whole lot. What he really wants is Y-O-U. He is a HIGH velcro, medium-high energy boy. He loves long walks and is good on leash. He also loves to play fetch, and will bring you every toy in the house whether you want it or not to try to engage you.
He will counter surf a little bit, but is super quick to learn. He is house trained and knows sit, down and paw. No kids under 12 or so.
Moose needs active & adventurous people that have time to take him for twice daily walks or runs (2+ miles per outing) and who would love to take him to fun, positive training classes too. His intelligence and athleticism would also make him an excellent agility and/or rally dog, and we would love to see him pursue either or even both!
We can tell he is SO looking forward to being someone's best friend again!
Moose is fostered in New London, PA
Apply here for him. NS2959
Say hello to Katy, the senior dog that will steal your heart! Katy is a female red merle Aussie weighing in at about 45 lbs. She is 12 years young and LOVES attention. There isn't a person she doesn't like.
Katy is only good with select dogs, so she would do best on her own or with a dog her size. She eventually warmed up to our Aussie, but small dogs, cats, and other small animals are a definite no-no. Despite her age, Katy is playful, fetches the ball, loves walks, and gets around very well, stairs included. She loves people and being pet, but hasn't been tested with small children that we know of.
She walks great on the leash and she is recently housebroken (who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?).
Overall, Katy is in good health, however, her eye sight and hearing may be slightly going due to her age. Otherwise, you would never know this sweet girl is a senior!
Katy is fostered in Philadelphia, PA
Apply here for her. NS2778
Castiel is a 50lb, 2.5 year old red merle Australian Shepherd. He loves other dogs, cats, and children. He loves running and playing and he gets very excited when he meets new people, and jumps to give as many kisses as he can. He responds very well to clicker training, and is very smart, so he can be trained very easily in the right home. He is crate trained, and knows basic commands such as sit, lay down, and let go. He is up to date on all vaccines. He is the biggest sweetheart you will ever meet. He will be arriving in the Mid-A at the end of March. NSXXXX
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