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Helen Keller Helen Keller is 6 years old and has been blind since birth. She is super sweet and affectionate, and navigates very well. 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. Kelly loves toys and will carry them around and stash them in her bed. At only 29 pounds, she is a very nice small size. 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. Unfortunately, Kelly still leaks urine when at rest, and she is on the highest dose allowed her little body. We are researching alternative treatments, but for now she will stay with New Spirit. NS2399
Thidwick This wonderful guy was dealt a bad hand by nature but his heart issues are being nicely controlled by a regimen of meds and he gets follow up check by a cardiologist or regular vet every 3 months. When you think about the good that donations can do, think of Thidwick-- only through the generosity of our donors can we afford to give him this excellent care which is improving his quality of life and prolonging it as well. HIs chronic heart failure (CHF) is due to a faulty mitral valve which we hoped to get surgically repaired with a specialty team of Japanese vets who were planning to come to the vet school at University of FL in Gainesville, but with the pandemic, international travel and elective surgeries have been cancelled. Most dogs in CHF have 6-24 months life expectancy once diagnosed, with 9 months being the average. Thidwick was in full CHF when we got him 9 months ago but so far he is doing very well and we hope he will live to the longer end of the expected span for this condition. He is also on an inhaler now twice a day to help with a wheezy lung condition that is not attributable to anything the vets can find, other than we see on xray that he has some scarring there. He is such a sweet and patient guy that he tolerates the inhaler which is a specially designed one for dogs--as long as he gets his half a Milkbone treat afterward :) On the better diet in his foster home, he has grown the most gorgeous soft and bounteous white coat imaginable, and also put on a bit of weight. He loves the fenced yard to wander safely despite having only 5% vision, and he gallops in when called, and looks a lot like a polar bear when he does, with the new coat and a little more weight. He does love his food! He adores having visitors and just hones in on them like a heat seeking missile and then if they sit down, lays his head in their lap and stands there perfectly still for petting as long as he can get it. We can't fix what's wrong with this guy but he sure is having a happy life for now. He is fostered in Collegeville PA. NS3401
Gramaussie has been with us over a year and is now 16 and a half. She's doing well and is very happy in her foster home. She sleeps the vast majority of the time but does enjoy getting a wake up call and toddling around the yard for up to an hour at a time, weather permitting. She is so very sweet and we will be keeping her with us "for the duration" as they say, so as not to ask her to make any further adjustments at this late stage. She adores her food and especially likes the gourmet canned foods we can provide. Her foster home has no steps she has to negotiate -- just a half step down to the outside and then a large flat fenced yard she can wander at will safely. Her aches and pains leave her limping and a little lopsided, but we give her a long acting pain reliever each day to help with that. She is very happy and bonded to her foster mom who she recognizes and whose voice she responds to with a bright engaged look as soon as she hears or sees her. This old darling will have as comfortable and happy a life as we can possibly provide for as long as she has left. Gramaussie is fostered in Collegeville, PA. NS3283
Mifflin is a 40lb tri-color Aussie approximately 2-3 years old. She was picked up as a stray with another Aussie companion by animal control in CT. She seems very sweet and allows us to handle her but she is extremely fearful both on/off leash. She is currently being fostered in Brick, NJ while we continue to work with her. She will not be available for adoption for a few weeks. NS3494
Carly Simon is an approx. 3 year old Red Tri Aussie Mix, who weighs about 30lbs. Carly Simon came into a southern shelter and New Spirit pulled her so that she could get into a foster home and start living a better life. Shelter staff describe Carly Simon as a sweet girl who is a little shy. We don't know much about her yet, but she will be taking it easy in her southern foster home before coming up north in mid-September. So far, though, she is calm, cool, and collected walking with foster while mowing the yard. We will update her bio once we learn more about the home she is looking for, so stay tuned and check back for updates! We are not accepting applications for Carly Simon at this time. NSXXXX
Dunder is approximately 2-3 years old. He was picked up as a stray with another Aussie companion by animal control in CT. He seems very sweet and allows us to handle him but he is extremely fearful both on/off leash. He is currently being fostered in Philadelphia, PA while we continue to work with him. He will not be available for adoption for a few weeks. NS3495
Franklin is a 5-6 year old, 48lb Black Tri Aussie who was picked up as a stray in the south. Franklin didn't have a family come to claim him so we scooped him up to find him a great new home. Franklin is very shy, and is a bit afraid of new things, but with enough encouragement is willing to give them a try. Franklin is good with cats and other dogs, but doesn't like a lot of activity or fast movement around him. Franklin is very laid back and likes nothing better than curling up for a good nap, especially on the couch! He would do well in a less active home, without a lot of people in and out, and preferably in a quieter neighborhood without a lot of activity and noise around as he's still learning that he doesn't need to be afraid of the neighbors outside playing, or of the cars driving down the street.
Rock Star This handsome boy had a bit of bad luck when he got hit by a car while running at large. We have no idea if he was on the loose before this or the injury was what disoriented him and he kept going after that. He has a femur broken in 3 places and until his surgery Sept 3, we won't be sure exactly what it will take to fix and rehab him, but he has an excellent prognosis with New Spirit's help. We estimate his age at 3, and right now he only weighs 40 lbs but is severely underweight, so he's getting extra every day and should probably weigh more like 50 lbs with a shoulder height of 21". His black tri coat is very coarse and shows signs of outdoor living and poor nutrition, but as we work on the mats and dreds, he is pretty patient about the process and already looking a bit better. In a couple months of good food, Rock is going to be a really handsome and shiny guy.
He is the sweetest dog, just super friendly and loves people but isn't a pest, and has done very well with other dogs. Though he can't play much at the moment, it's clear he would like to. He has perfect manners in the house and is clear about when he needs to go out. He seems to have lived indoors before and was neutered when picked up by animal control, and loves the couch and will happily clamber up the best he can to sleep on the bed with you if you'll let him. We haven't crated him since he has a hard time getting comfortable with the broken leg, but he's been fine left loose in the house for a couple of hours-- though if you leave any good food at doggie nose level, he may help himself, but the poor guy is starving so no serious strikes against him for that. Rock rides well in the car, is learning his new name ("Rocky" for everyday), and is just a delightful, social guy. He's very outgoing and enthusiastic about whatever you want to do or wherever you want him to go with you. Leashes are kind of an alien concept to him but he is very responsive to correction so that will likely be very fixable with a little work. Cats are an unknown but we suspect he would be fairly uninterested in them. He is fostered in Collegeville PA and will be available Oct 1 or possibly a little later. NS3510
Worcester is a 3-5 year old blue merle male with marbled eyes and docked tail. He is a big boy at 60 lbs. "Woo" spent all of his life but the last month on a chain, but is learning the ropes now that he is in rescue. There are a lot of ropes to learn! He is coming along nicely but his current home simply has cats and he is much too interested, unfortunately. He is okay with the one brave cat, but cats who move are irresistible. Alas.
He was shaved down before he came to rescue but he will have a lovely coat once it grows back, he has nice markings. He is learning to be rubbed down after a rainy day walk, and being brushed (there isn't much to brush!). It is all so strange when he was ignored for his entire life, no one bothered touching him before, but he is happy to accept what he gets now. He actually thinks that having a lot of attention is a very good thing and can be a bit pushy sometimes.
Woo is quiet in his crate, has a lovely "sit", has been great with other dogs and people, even if a bit exuberant occasionally. He will bark at someone at the door but otherwise is not a barker. He does not challenge the fence and responds reasonably well to commands to call him off places where he should not go (except cats). He has good recall to "Woo," thankfully. He is a bit mischievous as he learns what is appropriate and not appropriate to play with. He simply needs time to learn what other dogs his age learned as puppies. He has been rather on "Information Overload" during the last month, just so much going on! He will eventually settle down and be a great house pet. Just a sweet dog who deserves the best people in the world to live with.
Woo would do best in a home with a fenced yard and a lively doggy companion to run and chase with--he has long legs and loves to move but needs to learn how to play. He would be okay without another dog but he needs--and deserves--companionship. He has bonded nicely with his foster mom, just soaks up the lovin'. He's a good boy and just wants a person of his own. Got dog? Get Worcester.
Worcester is being fostered near Gettysburg, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3513
Rue is a young (9-12 months) female Aussie/Catahoula mix with one blue and one brown eye. She is a stunning young lady who we know is going to get a serious glow up from her sad shelter pic when she gets to her foster home. Rue weighs about 35 lbs. We have heard that Rue is a sweet, shy, and friendly girl who takes a minute to warm up but then readily accepts pets and love in the shelter setting. She reportedly is very submissive around other dogs but with a persistent playmate, will eventually warm up and play. Rue will come up to join her foster home mid-September, when she will be ready to find her adoptive home. We are not accepting or processing applications for her at this time. NSXXXX
Pistachio is a 1-year-old male aussie /troller retriever mix. This dog is amazing. He can sit, give paw, fetch, lay, and more all on command. He is great with kids and dogs, but he does like to chase cats! This pup has high energy so a fenced yard or dog park close by is best.
Pistachio will initially bark if you are approaching. It appears he may have been trained to alert by a previous owner. We are working on a quieter sit instead! More about this great dog as his foster gets to know him!
Pistachio is fostered in Great Meadows, NJ.
Apply here for him. NS3515
Atlas Baby is a beautiful male, Tri-Aussie, approx. 1 year old, currently 45 lbs. He has lots of love and kisses to give. When I picked him up at the vet he was very friendly and happy to get into the car. While driving home he wanted to be in the front seat in my lap. Once we got home he was very curious of my other dogs, cat and others in the home. He loves being around other humans and sleeps with his foster sibling. He loves to cuddle and lay next to you. When he sees you in the morning he is so happy he sings you a song with such joy it will make your day. He sits, lays down and comes when called, and is completely potty trained. Atlas Baby's future forever home will need parents who are very active, like the outdoors, going for walks and going on adventures with him. Atlas will need daily activity like walks or playing fetch were he can run around for awhile and wear himself out.
He is fine with other dogs and will walk away when one gets aggressive, he will go up to a cat and smell, but does not seem very interested. He has medium energy but kicks into high when playing fetch or toys, very high on Velcro - wants to be were you are and gets a little upset when you leave him behind. He is great with women, men and older children, not tested with younger ones yet. Loves his dog toys and playing fetch. He likes to be the one in front when walking with other dogs and will pull on the leash but is overall good with walks. Atlas baby is a joy to be around and we will miss him when he finds his forever home!
He loves to jump over things, and will clear a couch without much thought even if its out of his way (might be our fault for throwing the ball in the house). He warms up to people pretty quickly and has no issues with resource guarding. Atlas Baby gets very excited when you come home and tends to jump up but we are working on this.
He is very curious about the world and will require a family with a 6 foot fenced back yard and children over ten due to his energy level.
Atlas Baby is fostered in New Kent, VA.
Apply here for him. NS3516
Barry is a 3 year old male brindle aussie mix. Barry has brindle coloring on his face and the most unique coloring throughout his body. He has white on his chest, and his back feet are white. He has a fluffy curved tail. Barry is a sweet, happy, gentle boy who loves to be by your side. He loves attention and a nice pet. He is very gentle, but will jump when he is excited to see you. He is a licker.
Barry is crate and house trained. He is good with men and women. There are no children or cats in the foster home. He did react to the neighbors cats coming back from a walk. He is good with dogs. He humps the resident dog but really wants to play. Barry needs some practice walking on the leash. He only knows sit and needs to learn house manners. He is high energy and hi velcro.
The way Barry reacted to the neighbors cat indicates he has high prey drive. He takes his treats like a gentlemen. His recall needs to be worked on. Barry would do well with formal training.
Barry is fostered in Bangor, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3508
Auggie is a 2 year old boy who weighs around 50 pounds. He is a bit underweight and would love to eat some home cooked meals with his new family! He is a gentle boy who loves to be with his humans at all times. He is a very velcro pup right now, but as he gains more confidence in himself and his surroundings he will probably be able to relax a bit more. Auggie might not have always been an indoor dog, as he is a bit unsure of many normal house hold things such as stairs, doors, and all the normal day to day noises in a home. His foster mom is working with him to help get him more comfortable and so far he can make it halfway up the stairs before getting nervous and going back down!
He walks nicely on the leash but is very alert to any small animals, and would love to be able to chase them! He briefly lived with a cat in his last foster home and didn't have any issues. So maybe while he would like to chase them, its in a friendly manner and he means them no harm. He doesn't bark at too many things, but young kids on motorized scooters and bikes made him very uncomfortable so he woofed at them. When kids aren't attached to wheels or things that scare him, he is very gentle with them and allows them to pet him and say hello. He has played with many dogs and seems to have no issues with any of them. He has done some off leash running with 5 other Aussies (in an enclosed massive yard) and he loved it! He would really benefit from a home with a fenced yard so he could safely run around and play.
Auggie's biggest "fault" right now is he loves so much it hurts. He really enjoys being with his people and sometimes can be a bit too much in your face with wanting to be pet. This is something his foster mom is working on and something that can easily be trained out of him. He doesn't know any commands right now other than sit, but he is working on them this week as well. He responds to your voice and comes instantly out of curiosity so his recall is great. No issues so far with resource guarding, food, toys etc. He lives with 2 other dogs, one of which is a very eager little puppy and he enjoys playing with both of them. If you are an active family that would like to have this goofy loveball in your life, please apply today! With some time, training, and love he can really be an amazing dog!
Auggie is fostered in Telford, PA.
Apply here for him. NS3501
Novah is a 3yo 45lb, red bi male Aussie who will soon be looking for a new home. Novah is neutered and up to date on his shots and will be joining his foster home this upcoming weekend. Novah is reported to love people and get along with other dogs but we can't speak to his comfort with cats. Novah was surrendered to a southern shelter for reportedly nipping at the heels of a young child, so we will likely be looking for a forever home with older kids (over 10) or adults where he can be spoiled and get plenty of attention and exercise. Novah seems like a great dog who would be happy to find an adoptive home that is looking for a loveable and sweet dog! Novah will be fostered near Reading, PA and we can start taking applications for him now. NSXXXX
Rainbow is an approx. 5-6 month old smooth coated Border Collie who weighs a little over 20 lbs. She has one blue eye and one brown, sleek red fur, and the cutest pointy ears. We expect that Rainbow will be around 35lbs or maybe even smaller full grown. She is as sweet as can be and gets along great with other dogs. Rainbow loves to play with squeaky toys and stuffies and will hide them to play with for later. She was found as a stray so she will need to be assessed for her willingness to share food and toys but we expect that she will be happy and get much needed socialization in her foster home that has other dogs and a cat. Rainbow is coming up north early October so we are not yet accepting applications for her at this time, but stay tuned for updates on this sweetie! NSXXXX
Franklin is good in the car, and is getting better at walking on the leash, but does struggle a bit when something makes him nervous while out on walks. He'd love to be in a quieter home with another dog to show him the ropes and would be better with no small children because they move too quickly and are too unpredictable for him. Franklin appears to prefer women to men, but will eventually warm up to either and gives a full on body wag when happy instead of just the traditional Aussie butt wiggle!
Franklin is being fostered in Haddon Township, NJ.
Apply here for him. NS3509