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.
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.
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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.
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
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
Tugger is about 9 months old and a red tri male. He is a sweet pup, who needs a little bit of a behavior lesson. He has a loud strong bark and is not afraid to use it! He does not trust strangers which makes it difficult to get close to him. He does love to play with other dogs, has great energy, and will cuddle any human he approves of. He was able to fall in love with his foster family, so for now, they will be working with him to gain confidence around other people. Stay tuned for Tugger updates! Tugger is fostered in Philadelphia. NS3036
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
Zeda - ADOPTION PENDING
Zeda is a lovely blue merle girl with nice copper trim, docked tail, brown eyes, six years old, about 35 lbs, underweight. Her previous owner died, leaving several breeding dogs in need of rescue, so Zeda found a spot with New Spirit. Her puppies were born prematurely and most died but three babies made it. She is a very good mom despite the fact that this was her first litter.
Zeda loves, loves, loves people. She is very affectionate and could lie on your lap and soak up the lovin' all day, she really is desperate for human contact. Right now she has no interest in other dogs or play, she is focused on people and on her babies. Like most moms, she needs to put on some weight and we expect that to happen once she is no longer nursing. She will need to be spayed after she is done nursing.
Zeda has the aussie grin, it is so cute. She is very protective of her babies and does not like other dogs around them, but she seems okay with other dogs when outside and away from the kids. She still needs more time to settle down and accept that her babies are not in danger. This is not unusual for a first time mom. She is happy for people to handle her babies and to handle her.
Zeda has had no housebreaking issues but does counter surf, and we are working on that. She has learned to use the steps - they were very scary at first. This is such a new world! Watch a video of Zeda here.
Zeda should be ready for adoption around the first week of December. Zeda and her pups are fostered near Gettysburg, PA
Apply here for her. NS3157
Greyson, Qasir and Sylvia
The puppies were born October 7, prematurely. They are the result of an accidental merle x merle breeding. Daddy is Yogee, NS 3139 (his picture is on the Happy Endings page). The breeder was in a prolonged illness and ultimately died.
Greyson - ADOPTION PENDING
Greyson likes wandering away from the pack to explore on his own and getting into typical puppy mischief. He loves wrestling with the other pups and playing with toys. Potty training is going well for a puppy his age. He will be ready to go home in a few weeks.
Qasir - ADOPTION PENDING
Qasir loves attention. He can be a bit timid but is still very curious and figuring out how to be independent. He likes playing with his other litter-mates and nibbling on the resident cat's tail at his foster home. He's still very young but is progressing with potty training and should be ready to go home in a few weeks. NS3159
Sylvia - ADOPTION PENDING
Sylvia is becoming a spunky character in her own right. She likes exploring and is starting to pick up on potty training. Although she is the smallest of her three surviving littermates she makes up for it with a big personality. She is very good being held, and likes snuggling on the couch and dog beds with her siblings. She will be moving to her forever home once she has been given vet clearance and is fully weaned. NS3160
Doozie is a 5 year old brown male who loves everyone. He loves snuggles, hugs, and lots of attention. He's a bit on the thin side, about 35 lbs., and needs to gain more weight. He's a bit timid in new situations and with new people, but will warm up quickly with a nice head scratch.
He has shown no issues with other dogs, children, or small animals. He greets new dogs well, wants to play, and is learning to fetch a ball. He's learning to walk on a leash and has picked up on basic obedience skills quickly. This boy is happy to meet everyone.
Doozie is way too food motivated. He doesn't resource guard but he does forget all of his manners when there is food present, including trying to push the resident old girl out of the way. He does learn tricks quickly though. We're working on counter surfing and housebreaking. Doozie will benefit from training, especially one that makes him focus, like agility.
Doozie is fostered in Roanoke, VA.
Apply here for him. NS3178
Rocket is an 8 year old black tri male, who still needs to gain a little more weight. He has sweet brown eyes and a fuzzy head. He takes awhile to warm up to new environments and people but once he does, he likes attention. He will check in with you, take a head scratch, and happily hang out in the backyard. He seems cautious but is always curious with what is going on. Rocket is a sweet dog that is, so far, good with everyone. He greets all dogs nicely and seems unbothered by birds and small animals. He has not been tested on cats. He is perfectly happy letting everyone else be in charge.
Rocket is learning how to play. He recently discovered treat dispensing balls and will play with them for 30 minutes at a time. He doesn't always know how to ask or what to do, but he tries to engage. He is a high energy dog and takes time to settle down; a good long walk will largely take care of his energy needs. He's crate trained; he goes into the crate when asked and will stay with the door open until given a release command. He's learning how to walk on a leash; the foster home lives in a city environment, so that is impacting his comfort on a leash. We're working on basic obedience and he is largely housebroken; generally once he knows what you're asking, he picks it up quickly.
Rocket picks up anxiety in other high energy dogs. He takes a long time to settle down when he's with Doozie (NS 3178) but settles down quickly when it's just him and the house dog (NS 0034). Rocket will need someone patient, preferably in a home without young kids (because of their energy and noise). He takes cues from well trained dogs, but dogs that are high energy make him a little panicky. He will benefit from training and having a job to focus on.
Rocket is fostered in Roanoke, VA.
Apply here for him. NS3173
Boston Cream Pie
Boston is an 8 year old, neutered male, who is currently weighing in at 38 pounds. Boston could use some more pounds on his frame and hopefully will start filling out with good nutrition. One would never know Boston is 8 years old just by looking at him, he has the puppy loving life look in his eyes. He is house trained and crate trained. Boston is shy at first and approaches new friends with his head down and has a clear escape path, but once he receives a kind word and some affection he is your friend for life. This dog adores attention and will sit quietly at your feet as long as you rest your hand on him somewhere. If you decide not to, he will rest his head or paw on you until its convincing enough that you need to pet him.
Boston loves the fenced in back yard and runs from side to side exploring his surroundings. He is high velcro, medium energy. He gets along well with my 9 and 10 year old children and also his crazy foster sibling dogs. He has no interest in toys right now but LOVES his blanket. Boston will learn in time that toys are fun to play with but for right now, he is learning what being a dog is about. He was so used to being outdoors all the time, this experience is brand new to him. He walks well on a leash and gets very excited when he gets to explore. He even laid on a plush dog bed for the first time.
Boston does take some time to accept people, like a minute or two :) He may become skittish with sudden movement or too much noise in the beginning. But once he realizes it isn't anything to be scared of, he relaxes again. He has not shown aggression with anything, not food, not dogs, not kids, not people, he is just a friendly lovable guy. This guy is a great dog that deserves a great family. One where he can finally relax and enjoy his life. If you are interested in a laid back, easy going, companion, Boston is your man!
Boston Cream Pie is fostered in Northampton, PA
Apply here for him. NS3171
Zayne is just over a year old weighing in at about 45 pounds. His coat is a bit shorter than a typical aussie, but he is still so soft. Zayne aims to please his humans and loves, loves, LOVES to cuddle and be pet. He is very responsive to commands and catches on quickly. He is a very powerful runner and enjoys fetching the ball for his human, inside and outside.
Zayne's behavior towards other dogs is hit-or-miss; He co-exists alongside his foster brother but doesn't show a lot of interest in playing with him. He growls at other dogs and has gone after them in a non-playing manner. He cannot be trusted to run free in dog parks because of his unpredictable behavior. Zayne has shown signs of improvement though so he may get to the point where he can be nice around other dogs consistently.
Zayne does great on the leash and rides nicely in the car. We are not sure how he does with cats, but he does like to chase squirrels now and then. Zayne loves to tear dog toys to shreds so he will need some heavy duty toys and bones. He is crate trained, although he may not enjoy being in the crate.
He can have a high energy level, but also settles down quickly and is happy to sit with you on the sofa. He will climb on to your lap, thinking he is a tiny lap dog.
Zayne is fostered in Philadelphia PA.
Apply here for him. NS3145
Meet Mamma Tessa. She is 8 years old and searching for her forever home. Tessa was a puppy mill dog and has had a hard life but with patience, soft words, and a gentle touch she is blossoming into a loving dog. Tessa shows you her appreciation by laying down for pats and belly rubs.
Tessa is finding out what it is like to be a carefree dog. She is house trained and loves her crate. It is her safe place. She likes to keep her toys in it and plays with them by herself. Each day she spends less and less time in it and is getting comfortable exploring the house. It took a few days for her to get used to stairs but is now running up and down them to keep up with her foster brother and sister.
Tessa is afraid of men and will growl when they come into the house but settles with no look or contact from them. If they sit, she will come over for a sniff and allow a pet. Tessa is fine when out walking and she gets along well with other dogs. Tessa walks like a lady on a leash and rides well in the car
Tessa has a lot of love to give and when she looks at you with those big brown eyes she melts your heart.
Tessa will make a wonderful companion but she needs to go to a quiet home. She get nervous with a lot of movement so she cannot go to a home with small children.
Tessa is fostered in Bel Air. MD
Apply here for her. NS2978
Harry Connick Jr. - ADOPTION PENDING
Harry Connick Jr is a 10.5 years young neutered blue merle. Isn't he a handsome fellow with those mesmerizing blue eyes?
Harry is learning the joys of living indoors. He loves his doggie door into the fenced back yard. He is working on basic manners and learns quickly. He is always ready for an enthusiastic game of smackdown with his Aussie foster sister (no interest in toys). Harry gets along with the other 2 resident Aussies as well.
He has not been cat or child tested. Harry loves nothing more than being with his human.
Harry is fostered in Holland, PA
Apply here for him. NS3176
Pretty Sheila has just arrived and needs time to settle in and acclimate. She is very sweet, loves affection but isn't very joyful yet.
This move has been a big change from her previous life as a breeder. At about 38 lbs. and with a short coat, this 8 yo. female will fill out and fluff up with love and good food.
Check back for more details soon.
She is being fostered in Lancaster PA.
Apply here for her. NS3194
Speckles is a five-year old, female, black tri Aussie. She weighed 36 pounds when first rescued, but has since put on some much-needed weight, and is currently working to put on a couple more pounds.
Speckles is very affectionate and loves people who she has had time to get to know, though she can be a little shy at first. She seems to pick one person to be especially attached to. She is very good with other dogs and loves a good play session with other dogs to help burn off some energy. She's still learning her boundaries, and when to stop bothering the other dogs in her foster home when they've had enough, which is understandable since it's all new to her. She has also caught on pretty quickly that the cats she shares her foster home with are the ones truly in charge!
Speckles doesn't seem to really enjoy car rides so far, but she tolerates them well enough. She walks well on leash but tends to constantly wrap around behind you to make sure everyone is following along. Speckles still needs to learn her basic commands, and has a tendency to try to counter surf when given the opportunity. She is house broken, but needs to be allowed to go out as soon as she is released from her crate/being separated in another room or she may pee in the house (we suspect her routine was to be let out of her crate/enclosure right to where she would go to the bathroom so that's just what she knows).
Stewey - ADOPTION PENDING
Stewey is a 5 year old, male, red merle Aussie with one blue eye and one brown eye. He currently weighs 37 pounds and needs to put on quite a few more.
Stewey has only been in foster for a few days, so we are still waiting to learn who he is. He is crate trained and walks well on a leash. He enjoys being petted and will follow you like your shadow. He rides well in the car and has greeted everyone he's met very well. He loves to be sung to and will come running to get pets as soon as you start.
Stewey was most likely kept outdoors recently. He's doing very well with his re-introduction to living indoors and will need continued positive training to remember his manners. He does counter surf, but is showing improvement. Stay tuned as we learn more about this sweet boy.
Stewey is fostered in Ellicott City, MD.
Apply here for him. NS3196
Bradley Cooper is about 1 year old and weighs about 45 pounds. He is as handsome as his namesake. 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).
Bradley Cooper gets along with other dogs, but can be a bit of a bully. His foster parents think he would do best in a home with no cats. He plays well with other dogs, but can be a bit of a pest and doesn't know when to back off. 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, but doesn't like to give 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
Speckles is relatively high energy when she wants to play and is only now beginning to figure out how to play with dog toys, but she does have an off switch and will settle right in with the other dogs in her foster home after she spends some time pacing around/looking for more food. She would do best in an active home, with a fenced yard – the bigger the better, but she seems to make do with the small yard in her foster home. She would love to be in a home with other dogs but would do fine with frequent play dates with other friendly dogs since it's her people that she cares about the most.
Speckles is fostered in Haddon Township, NJ.
Apply here for her. NS3195