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

Dodger is a 4 mo old Red double Merle mix. who's deaf, blind in one eye. He has a half mask that extends up his right ear and has a tail. Currently weighing 15- 20 lbs he should be medium size when grown.

Since arriving in foster Dodger has begun to blossom, he's non food aggressive, takes treats easily,sits for leashing, is doing wonderful on leash, has no issues toweling off after a jaunt in the rain or wet grass, allows touching all over, and sleeps in his crate throughout the night.  He also goes  to the door or shows signs he needs to go outdoors, and is good without supervision in the house for a few hours with resident dogs, no more accidents for him!!!
Although he's energetic outdoors running and playing with resident dogs, when he returns to the house he's very calm and relaxed, enjoying entertaining himself with toys or bones. You don't have to look far to find him when he's quiet, as he's never far from his human.

He is gorgeous and sweet, sweet, sweet!!!!  Loves people!!!!

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:




Garth is 3 years old, 43 lbs, neutered, up to date on all shots and a very handsome sable with a lush wavy coat. Garth is a velcro dog and loves love wanting to get all the attention. He tries to squeeze out others get all the pats.

He is house trained and knows some obedience although he'll test the rules to see if you're paying attention. He'd really like to be on the couch when you are. He does well with a firm voice, a routine and rules.

He's crate trained but hasn’t required it.  Very smart boy; observed 1 meal time and 2 treat times and learned the order bowls are placed.  Sits calmly for his bowl and his treat.

He wants to please and will form a strong bond. He needs a fenced yard and is definitely a no cats kind of dog.

Garth is fostered in Mt. Laurel, NJ

Apply here for him.  NS2486
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

Pauley is still very very shy but she's coming along. She's estimated to be 18 months old, and loves other dogs and is very playful and appropriate with them. She's very small at 30# and seems even smaller because she is long bodied and shorter legged. She almost looks like a mini border collie mix. 

She's reliable in the house if offered enough trips outside, but she should have a secure fenced area.  Going through doors is scary still, but with other dogs she knows, she does ok and is doing better even by herself.  She will go in a crate on command at meal time if you stand back, and then set the dish in and close the door.  She can be leashed in the crate and though scared won't offer a bite or any hostility-- just fear.  Then she will walk on leash with you, sit at your feet, and tolerate your touch, but she never approaches voluntarily.
The best we can hope for so far is if you hold your hand out without looking at her, she will come up and sniff or touch it. However, she has shown a decided liking for sleeping on the bed and will cry in protest in her crate if you go to bed and leave her in the crate.  Given her level of fear this is real progress!. 

Pauley was left in a fenced area by a previous owner with no human contact so she and two others with her were virtually feral.  The owner asked the shelter to spay them (we suspect male dogs were coming and bothering them when they were in heat). It took two hours to catch them with a catch pole but they did get them and spay them.  However then the owner declined to take them back so rescue stepped in for Pauley and one other. 

This girl is sweet and loves toys, and will play with them with another dog or even by herself, and loves to steal shoes and carry them around, but happily, she doesn't chew them.  She is most definitely a work in progress and will require lots of patience and very reasonable expectations.

Pauley is fostered in Collegeville, PA

Apply here for her.  NS2742
Princess Vickie

Princess Vickie is a beautiful  9 year old Blue Merle mini, who doesn't look  or act her age.  She moves gracefully and takes a two story colonial's steps with the ease of a much younger dog. When playing catch she can still do a twirl at the end.  She has an active mind and body, loves long walks and will go as many times as you are willing to take her.

She is a love, very affectionate, wants to please & looks to take her cues from her handler.  She loves her walks, playing ball (she growls at her ball while playing), still enjoys Nylabone bones and reindeer antlers and being with her people.  She barks at both lawn mowers and vacuums but once she figures out no harm will come she is fine.  She has a sense of humor too!

Princess Vickie has had some basic obedience and can walk in a perfect heel (she also will test you)!  She is house trained, crate trained, eats in her crate and is not a picky eater.  She is a girl who needs structure, as she is a smart Aussie girl and watches you and what you do.  Princess is also velcro, following you everywhere.  She loves car rides and is a good passenger.   She is an excellent companion and adores her person.

Princess Vickie seems to have a strong prey drive, so we suspect she is not good with cats.  She loves to chase squirrels.

Princess Vickie is being fostered near York, Pa.
Apply here for her.  NS2481
Charlace is a 2 year old, 32 lb. red tri female.  She is active and energetic.  Check back for updates as we get to know her better.  Fostered in Lancaster, PA  NS2800


Bearman is almost 2 years old, neutered, and a perfect bundle of enthusiasm and companionship. He is house trained, crate trained, and knows some basic commands.

After about 15 minutes on his leash, he settles in and is a good walk/running companion. He is happy to hang out with his people and would be considered high Velcro. Medium to high energy but settles when its time. Gets along with his human 9 and 7 year old siblings and also all 4 of his foster doggie siblings.

Bearman will need someone who can be his leader, who is always ready to show him proper behavior. He will take over being alpha if given an opportunity.

He's ready to accompany his people on a car ride to the gas station,
vacation in the mountains or the beach, or just hang out in the yard
all day. He's a happy boy."

Bearman is fostered in Bath, PA

Apply here for him.  NS2761
Scottyblue ADOPTION PENDING is 7 year old Aussie male with a beautiful, fluffy blue merle coat and gorgeous blue eyes.  He is a bit overweight at around 55 pounds.  Scottyblue seems to be a laid back guy who loves people, gets along great with other dogs and walks very well on a leash and is said to be super sweet.  We still have a lot to learn so please check back for updates on this handsome boy!  Scottyblue is fostered in Chesapeake, VA.  NS2811

Figley is a gorgeous red-tri male weighing in at a perfect 50 lbs.  He is estimated to be about 3 to 5 years old. 

We're just getting to know Figley and more details will follow, but there's just something about these sweet, southern, red aussies.  His foster home has fostered at least a dozen of them over the years, and has fallen head over heels every darn time! 
He's good on leash, high-velcro and probably medium-energy.  Tiny bit of a counter surfer but a super quick learner.  Would dust the competition in just about any training class and love every minute of it.

This easy going guy walked into his foster home's pack of four aussies and was immediately accepted, which does NOT always happen! 

If you're looking for the new love of your life, Figley's your pup.  Fostered in New London, PA   Here is a video of Figley.

Apply here for him.  NS2809