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.
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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.
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. Mack has been getting some great therapy and his quality of life has improved tremendously. Here is a video of Mack. Mack is fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ NS2781
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 near Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS2399
Lizzie Girl as she is fondly called, is an adorable 4 year-old black-tri Aussie. Lizzie is on the smaller side, under 16" at the shoulders and only 30-35 pounds. Not only is she cute, but there isn't a person or dog that Lizzie doesn't love. No resource or food guarding, but she does "spook" occasionally (but not thunder, go figure).
In typical Aussie style, she herds the resident kids around the house and is always up for a walk or a car ride. In fact, she LOVES adventures; she's already been to the ballpark 4 times! A baseball fan in the making. The ideal home for Lizzie would be an active family willing to have another family member along for the ride from time to time. Lizzie loves her people!
She is crate trained, but she is free in her foster home and does perfectly well. Currently Lizzie is fostered in a townhome with a fenced backyard—she doesn't seem bothered by the small surroundings, and she is so smart, she could handle a real or electric fence. And another resident dog who loves to play is preferable for this playful lovebug. Lizzie also loves dazzling you with her smarts and focus, so if you enjoy teaching dogs tricks, she's your girl. Lizzie is ready to be part of your family! She is fostered in the Metro DC region.
Apply here for her. NS3275
Azalea is a very happy 4 year old girl although uncertain of the many changes that have occurred in her life. She'll be coming to the Mid-Atlantic soon so stay tuned for updates. NS3299
Diantha will be coming to the Mid-Atlantic soon. This 4 year old girl is generally a happy girl but is a bit weary about her change in circumstances. Stay tuned for updates. NSXXXX
This is Juniper who is only 12 lbs and 6 months old and won't likely be more than 20 lbs when full grown. She had an unfortunate encounter with a car which shattered her pelvis and she will need 6 weeks of quiet leash walks and just standing to get those bones to knit together now that they have been pinned. As you can tell from the picture this was pre-surgery and she was in a lot of pain. She is such a patient girl and loves children. She will be moving to the northeast in late May or June. NSXXXX
Update: Post-surgery picture of Juniper. Much less pain and enjoying the ride to her foster home!
Bradley Cooper is about 16 months old and weighs almost 60 pounds. He is VERY energetic and VERY enthusiastic. He loves people and attention. He does well in the car and is decent on a leash (he does some pulling so a good harness and some reinforcement is a must). He is very trainable and smart, but he is good at getting into trouble.
He gets along with most other dogs and loves going to the dog park. His playing can get rough though and he will sometimes bully other dogs if they don't pay attention to him. He would love to have a playmate at home, but absolutely no cats or other small animals due to his high prey drive.
Bradley Cooper has a lot of energy so he will require an active household. If he gets bored, he will make sure everyone knows just how bored he is. Any dog brother/sister should also have a decent amount of energy and love to play! His foster parents think he would do best with a fenced in yard; he loves to run, play fetch, and just hang outside chewing on toys.
Why does this handsome fella keep coming back to New Spirit?? Bradley Cooper has severe separation anxiety. He has been with his foster family on & off since September and has shown significant improvement being left home alone. That being said, there seems to be a long adjustment period going to a new home. It may take months for him to be comfortable enough in his forever home, plus it will require a ton a patience! Being home alone with his foster brother tends to help him feel less anxious, but not a solution to the problem. Crating is not a realistic option because he tends to find his way out of it somehow, which can risk him getting hurt. Bradley Cooper's ideal home would have someone who could be home with him for most, if not all, of the day.
Overall, Bradley Cooper is a very smart and sweet pup. He needs a family who is willing to have the patience and time to spend with him.
Bradley Cooper is fostered in Philadelphia PA.
Apply here for him. NS3137
Shane Pawley is a black tri male Australian Shepherd. He is 7 years old and weighs 45 pounds. He is a sweet dog but is somewhat reserved when meeting new people. Once he is comfortable, he will roll on his back for a belly rub.
Shane Pawley prefers to chase cats rather than befriend them. He is also particular with other dogs. His energy and activity level is the perfect blend. He loves going for walks and hikes but also enjoys lounging on the couch. Shane Pawley is a typical velcro aussie meaning he loves to be with people but also does well when left alone. He is not destructive and will entertain himself with his toys. Also, he is not a barker but will bark to alert you if someone comes to the house.
Shane Pawley is housebroken, crate trained, walks well on a leash and does well in a car. He knows basic commands such as sit, lay down, stay and come. Shane Pawley adores his stuffed toys and he enjoys playing fetch. He is good with adults and teens 15 and up but is not recommended for a home with small children. He has a medium to high prey drive but is easily redirected when on a leash. He displays resource guarding with his food and toys around other dogs but not with people. Shane Pawley does not like skateboards.
Shane Pawley is fostered in Mannington, WV.
Apply here for him. NS3313
Gilli Pepper and Mousse are sisters, 4 years old. They both have a toothy grin. And, they love butt rubs. Pepper is velcro; Mousse is happy to explore on her own. We’d like them to stay together. NSXXXX NSXXXX
Abigail This stunning girl is 12-18 months old and she is fantastic with other dogs. She's 40 lbs, no tail, with light golden eyes. Abigail has never lived indoors; however, she has adjusted nicely. She even walks into a crate now, and will go there as her safe place. She rides well in the car, walks nicely on leash, and seems reliable in the house. We are evaluating her hip for possible surgery before placement. Abigail is fostered in Collegeville, PA NS3326
Nessie - ADOPTION PENDING
Nessie is full of love and has an extreme desire to please her people. This little 4 month old is looking for a home with lots of time and cuddles. She is fine with other dogs and is 99% house trained with outings every 4 to 6 hours. She has no skills on a leash as instead she wants to continue to check on you by stopping and trying to look up, but we are working on that.
Nessie has just been with the foster for a few days and has learned to wait patiently at her bowl until the human meal is finished (instead of begging at the table) and many other things. This is one smart pup. Nessie is wearing a cone for an eye surgery and will need check-ups if adopted in June. More information to come.
Nessie is fostered in Hopatcong, NJ.
Apply here for her. NS3325
Tanya - PENDING ADOPTION
Tanya is about 2 years old and weighs 40 pounds. She is a super sweet girl and is crate trained, although she would prefer to stay with her people.Tanya is a good girl when loose in the house, but is crate trained in case her new family chooses to continue using it.
She is very Velcro; when we go for walks, she stays right by my side and always looks at me. Tanya is very food driven and which will make it easy to train her. She already knows how to sit!
Tanya gets along very well with the other dogs in the house and absolutely ADORES the kids. We think she will be medium energy, once she gets familiar with the house and schedule.
Her tail never stops wagging and she is just a very happy pup to have attention.
Tanya is fostered in Northampton, PA
Apply here for her. NS2354