Available Dogs - Midatlantic
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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
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
Bradley Cooper will be 2 years old in December and weighs almost 60 pounds. He is VERY energetic and VERY enthusiastic. He loves people and attention. You won't find a better dog for kids! He does great 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 and the biggest love bug!
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. Bradley Cooper would love a rough-housing roommate, 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. Previously, apartment homes have not worked out for him.
Bradley Cooper has a history of separation anxiety so he needs a family willing to be patient with him. There seems to be an adjustment period going to a new home; it will take some time for him to settle in. Despite having moderate to severe separation anxiety when he's alone, he has done much better if he's not in the crate and there is a trusted (and calm) doggy pal with him. Crating is not an option because he's willing to do anything to get out, especially tip over the crate or bite at the metal bars.
Over the last year, Bradley Cooper has made tremendous progress towards overcoming his separation anxiety. He is so smart and so sweet, he just needs a family who is willing to have the patience and time to spend with him. Could that be your family?
Bradley Cooper is fostered in Philadelphia PA.
Apply here for him. NS3137
This delightful and exuberant girl is ready to go! Abigail is estimated to be about 2 but she sure has a lot of puppy left in her-- just over the top loves playing and fun and will steal shoes to chew on with her gorgeous bright white teeth. Although Abigail only weighs 40 lbs, she is a big personality, full of energy and love for all other dogs and every person she meets. She LOVES to play with other dogs for hours, running, chasing, wrestling, indoors,outdoors, any time, and manages to get most of them to return the favor. She should go to a home with at least one other dog that loves to play. Abigail is a bit of a rougher player-- fast and loves to wrestle, but all the other dogs so far seem to go along with her style just fine, or they give her a snarky correction if she gets too rough and she backs right off.
Meet Jeremiah! He is a 6 yr. old aussie mix and he is 70 lbs of pure love. He is every bit a gentle giant. Jeremiah can be trusted in the house and he will also go into a crate if needed. He rides well in the car and walks nicely on a leash. Jeremiah is a high Velcro dog who loves to be with you and only wants to please you. He gets along well with other dogs and loves to play with his foster brother and sister. Jeremiah also likes to play fetch.
Jeremiah will cuddle with you while watching TV but settles nicely when you are busy. He will not go on the furniture unless invited.
Jeremiah is learning that people coming over the house is a good thing. He needs to be supervised when introduced but he is understanding and wants to be part of the fun.
Jeremiah would love to be adopted by a family/someone who would enjoy taking him for walks. Because of Jeremiah’s size children over 10 would be fine. If Jeremiah sounds like a dog for you please fill out an application.
Jeremiah is fostered in Bel Air, MD.
Apply here for him. NS3347
Hi everyone, it's Mousse checking back in. I’m a 4-year-old Black Bi female Aussie looking for my furever home. I’m about 55lbs and my foster mom says that I’m cute as a button.
I love a good adventure. I just got back from a road trip to Ontario, Canada, and I loved being in the car as long as I was with my human. I like looking out the window and snuggling in the back seat. I did not get anxious or sick once. I explored the city sites and enjoyed meeting lots of new people. She also took me camping and we hiked around Northern Pennsylvania. I listened really well and was so happy to explore. I would be the best companion if you like going on dog friendly adventures.
I am not crate trained, I stay out in my foster mom’s apartment when she goes to work and I’m on my best behavior. I don’t have any accidents nor do I eat anything I’m not supposed to. I sleep most of the time. I’m learning new tricks all the time, because treats are yummy, and I will do anything for one, two, three or more. I can sit, stay, and look on command.
Minny is an 18-month-old Aussie/BC mix. An energetic, petite girl at 30lbs who is shy at the first meeting (but it doesn't last), Minny hits all of the BC characteristics. She is bright and learns quickly, so quickly in fact that she is often figuring out a way to get around what you are teaching her while you are teaching her!
She has a very high prey drive and thrives on being dominant with the resident Aussies. She regularly herds them, bumps them, and is happy as long as they stay in line. Minny will back down to an older, female Aussie and she hasn't challenged a visiting GSD who are much bigger than her. However, when the older male resident dog decides he has had enough and challenges her, a fight always ensues, and Minny can hold a grudge. Long after the tussle, Minny is still eager to continue the fight. Therefore, anyone who is interested in adopting her should know that she is very selective with some dogs who are in her own space. She will require supervision around other dogs at all times unless she has proven to be good with them.
She has a slightly turned out back foot from an injury before we got her, but after an exam and x-rays the vet wanted to see if she could recover some muscle tone. We couldn't be sure when the injury occurred but the muscle tone was low, about 40% of what it should have been. After 6 weeks of lots of play and running, it has built up to 60% and we expect continued improvement. Our vet says she lacks full rotation of the leg but she doesn't seem to have any pain, and she uses the leg pretty normally except when she wants to go really fast-- then she tends to carry it. But otherwise, when walking and trotting, she is weight bearing and it doesn't seem to hold her back at all. He feels it would be premature to consider any kind of surgery since her function is so good and pain free.
Abigail is fostered in Collegeville, PA
Apply here for her. NS3326
Minny would thrive in an active household with lots of exercise and a traditionally fenced in yard. She would be an amazing candidate for agility or any activity that directed her drive and energy. She responds to verbal correction well but often remains single focused on the outcome she wants (like pet me for an hour without stopping). She has a sweet face that will melt your heart but requires a firm, consistent hand. Minny is crate trained and often slips into her crate for a nap during the day. She could use continued work with leash walking. Minny would do best with adults and kids 14 and older, and could be adopted as an only dog.
Minny is fostered in NJ. Don't hesitate to apply to adopt Minny today!
Apply here for her. NS3357
Matty is a 3 year old boy who is incredibly sweet and loving and just wants to cuddle. He will come up to you and give you a warm but gentle hug and everyone he meets loves him. He likes to play with people and needs a lot of interaction during the day, but also loves lazing about and taking naps. He interacts well with everyone he has met, although he has not been exposed to children in his foster home. He also gets along well with other dogs, though likes to play more with people than dogs. He would do well in a family to give him lots of love.
He is still learning and is potty trained to go outside, but may mark initially on getting to a new place. He still does not like his crate or being left tied or when he thinks his people are leaving him. He really wants to eat all the food. Make sure to keep all food out of his reach, but when he is told no he will listen. He likes taking walks but pulls a bit and wants to investigate everything. He wants to run after loud trucks and other exciting things, so he needs to be on a leash or in a well fenced in area. He easily gets in a car when he trusts you, but needs to be leashed to prevent him from taking over driving!
Matty would do well in a home with lots of love and interaction and where his people have time for more training, although he shows he is a quick learner. He still needs crate training, but listens to commands when told.
He underwent heartworm treatment in the shelter and is finishing a course of steroids and antibiotics. He will need a retest for heartworm in 6 months and to take the monthly heartworm preventatives but does not show signs of any harm to his health.
Matty is fostered in Philadelphia, PA
Apply here for him. NS3371
Mr. Copper is a male lab/aussie mix, about 4 years old and 52lbs. Copper was turned in to the shelter when his elderly owners could no longer care for him. We hear he's a very friendly and energetic guy, and think Mr. Copper would do best in a family that will give him lots of attention and playtime to burn off some of that energy! We will learn more about him in the next few weeks as he settles into his new foster home. NS3370
Apple is a 45lb, approximately 2 year old female who was pulled from a high volume shelter in Kentucky. We're not quite sure what she's mixed with, but her merle coat and docked tail make us think she's part Aussie. She has the most unique eyes, split half blue and half brown - quite the showstopper! We don't know much about her past, but she's a very sweet girl who is understandably a bit shy right now. We will know more about her personality once she realizes she's safe, and settles into her new foster home! NS3372
Shinsey is a 3-4yo blue Merle female mini Aussie. She is petite at 30lbs. Shinsey was given up by a breeder who didn’t want her any more, but we think she will make an adoptive family very happy! Shinsey is sweet and shy and takes warming up to people. We hear that she loves treats and will eventually come around when those are around. Shinsey will be fostered in KY until she comes up north in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for updates on sweet Shinsey! NSXXXX
I walk really well on leash around the city, I don’t pull at all, but my foster mom gives me enough space to zig-zag along the side walk to smell all the new things I find. I like playing all kinds of ball with her; I’m good at playing soccer and jumping really high to catch a baseball.
I don’t like big changes and I have had lots of those. My dad in Kentucky had sudden health issues that led him to surrender me to New Spirit so they could find me a new home. I don’t always like being around other dogs. I have only been around my sister so I haven’t spent much time with many other dogs until now. So I get nervous and sometimes react not so nicely on leash – but I do like my foster brother and have gotten along with other male dogs, and my foster mom says I’m getting better at it every day. I like being the only female dog around and having my human’s attention all to myself. I need parents who are patient and willing to work with me on those nerves.
Anyone who meets me says I’m one of the sweetest and happiest dogs. I like cuddles and wish my foster mom could rub my belly all day long.
If you are interested in meeting me and falling in love, I live in Philadelphia.
Apply here for her. NS3339
North is a 1yo blue merle mini Aussie who weighs approx. 30lbs. She was dropped off at a vets office by a breeder who didn’t want her anymore. North is very sweet to people and is going to work on coming out of her shell in her foster home. We think North will make a fantastic addition to a family who can give her a ton of time and attention. Keep checking back for updates on this blue-eyed beauty! NSXXXX
North after 24 hours in her foster home!
Chewy is a 10 year old red tri neutered male, and what a wonderful boy, the only thing wrong with him is that he is overweight. He is a happy and friendly guy that will greet you with a wiggly butt. He does not mind being handled, does not appear to startle and even tolerated ear drops without a flinch. He will sit for a treat and although he will take the treat quickly, he takes it gently. He walks well on a lead and doesn't pull. He has no interest in playing with toys. He was living with 3 cats and a small dog and was great with all of them. He doesn't chew nor has he ever been a chewer. He does like to get on the furniture if allowed and would be happy to sleep in bed with you if you allow it!
Chewy is medium on the velcro scale. He will wait patiently outside your bathroom door for you. He sits, lays down, comes, stays and gets down upon request. Chewy has never been and does not need to be crated, he has full run of the house with no problems and is housetrained. He will allow you to put his collar/harness on with no problem. As far as laying down for a belly rub, no problem there other than he doesn't want you to stop! He is medium energy and may be more energetic when he loses some weight. He is very overweight! He is fine in the car except he may need some help getting in due to his weight. Chewy does not counter surf or beg when people are eating.
He would like a home where he can be walked as he loves to go for walks, and he needs the exercise. He would also love to be placed with another dog, as he loves to have a playmate. He would do well in a home with children ages 6 and up. Chewy grew up with two children (ages 7 and 8 when they got him) and his neighbor’s children were also able to take him for walks. As for toddlers, we are not sure how would be with them. He is not aggressive, but he may unintentionally knock them down. Chewy does well with women, men, children, dogs, cats and rabbits. He has a very low prey drive as his foster home has two rabbits that live in the house and he has just ignored them. He likes to stay by you when outside and comes when called. Chewy is a wonderful dog and anyone would be lucky to have him.
Chewy is being fostered in Gloucester, VA.
Apply here for him. NS3378
BlackJack is a 5-6 year old black tri Aussie who is a total love bug! He weighs about 45 lbs and has the sweetest personality. BlackJack lived outside on a chain his whole life and is ready to discover all of the comforts of living in a home. We think he will be very happy to come up north and find a brand new family that can give him all of the love and attention he deserves. He comes up soon so don’t hesitate to put in an application to meet this sweet boy! Black Jack is fostered in Devon, PA NSXXXX
Meet Austen! He is a 2-year-old deep red tri-colored neutered male with the most adorable freckles! Austin is a big boy weighing in around 60 pounds, and is an absolute lovebug! He is happy and friendly with every dog and person he meets, his nub wags a mile a minute. When he's really excited he will greet you with the most adorable 'awoooo.' Austen wants nothing more than to sit on your lap and be loved! He is perfectly house trained and has not had a single accident. He knows basic commands such as sit, down, and paw. He adjusted extremely quickly to his foster home and has fallen right a daily routine.
Austen is medium on the velcro scale, while he does enjoy being with you but can also go lay independently and relax. He will gladly curl up on the couch or in bed if you let him. He loves to play with toys, especially tennis balls which bring out the happiest silliest dance moves. He does need to be supervised however because he does chew through things quite quickly. Because of his chewing and a taste for shoes, he has left behind a baby gate when he needs to be unsupervised and he respects this with no problem. Austen has a stubborn streak and he will lay down and sink his weight or ignore you if he doesn't want to do something.
Austen loves to go for walks and can sometimes be difficult with his pulling. He has a strong drive to chase all moving things like cars, motorcycles, and bikes. We are working on this, but it will require ongoing work. Austen will require a securely fenced yard, currently, he is always supervised and he has tested the fence in a few areas and would run given the opportunity. Austen seems to love other dogs and is very assertive and can some times get carried away. He plays quite roughly so we are working on this. He is very responsive to redirection but is also very persistent in trying to rough house with the other dogs. He has shown some slight resource guarding with the other dogs, which so far has only been slight growling that is easily corrected.
Austen is a sweet and goofy happy-go-lucky guy that will make a great addition to an active home.
Austen is fostered in Dundalk, MD.
Apply here for him. NS3376
Jolly Jasper is a red tri male, 6 years of age weighing 50 pounds. He has a beautiful soft coat and is happy and jolly just like his name. Jasper is high Velcro and just wants attention and belly rubs. He has a big fluffy tail. When he walks fast he has a prance in his step. When he first meets people he can be over zealous and jump, but loves everyone.
Jasper is fine with the resident foster dog and is said to be nice with other dogs, and appears to be a star at the dog park! He is medium energy and walks ok on the leash (needs practice). Jasper is house broken and crate-trained (but probably doesn't need one). He seems to like both men and women the same. There are no children or cats in his foster home. Jasper has good recall, but is also very curious of his surroundings. He is food motivated.
Jolly Jasper is fostered in Bangor, PA.
Apply here for him. NS2226
Grandpa is a 4yo, 45lb purebred red-tri Aussie who will soon be looking for a new home. Grandpa is a friendly boy who likes adults, children, cats, and other dogs. He was previously adopted and is being returned to NS by no fault of his own. Grandpa would do great in a home that can offer him a lot of attention and positive training, as well as a traditionally fenced in yard. Grandpa ran away from his previous home when he got nervous and a door was left open, so he’s looking forward to getting back to home life and being spoiled in his foster home. Please keep checking back for updates on this sweet boy! NS3331