Available Dogs - Midatlantic
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV
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The link to the application is at the bottom of that page.
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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.
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 - ADOPTION PENDING
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
Abigail - ADOPTION PENDING
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.
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
Shinsey is a 3-4 year old Blue Merle mini Aussie with a tail, weighing in at just 30 lbs. Shinsey has one blue and one brown eye, and has beautiful markings.
Shinsey has been in two foster homes and has acted differently in both so finding the right home environment will be crucial in order to allow her to thrive. She is currently in a home with a quiet 12 year old child and 2 miniature Aussies, both just under a year old. She is almost completely reliant on them for cues as to how to behave. In order to call her we must call them and she will follow, so we believe she will need a well-trained, non-reactive companion to help her learn the ropes so she does not feel intimidated.
She has taken to the smaller of the two Aussies and has tried to play with him a few times, and has shown interest in fetch and tug but has not followed through on either. One of the resident dogs can get a little crazy and she will just watch unless they get too close to her, then she lets them know to stay away, but it ends there. She would not do well with reactive dogs.
While Shinsey would be okay as an only dog, we'd like to see her go to a home with another pup to help her gain confidence. We would not recommend a household with small or rambunctious children, or one that has visitors coming and going a lot. This sweet girl needs to feel safe and secure in order to thrive. She crates well for about 4 hours at a time.
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
Shinsey loves to be pet and loved on but is very skittish when approached by people. She will likely run from you unless she is in a "safe spot" or you are down at her level. Once you are, she just wants endless amounts of petting and love and will paw you to let you know she wants more. A leash/lead or fenced yard will be a must until she gains some confidence and recall skills. She is lacking any type of training outside of toilet training, and barks when people knock on the door. We have been working on name recognition and "touch" targeting, which can be used for recall, but she will continue to need training to become her best self. If you feel like Shinsey may be the right dog for you, please apply!
Shinsey is fostered in Reading, PA.
Apply here for her. NS3374
Finley is a 2 year old red merle Male who weighs 60lbs, and has a tail. Finley is happy to be out of the southern shelter he ended up in, and is enjoying life in a foster home with two other dogs. Finley is described as very sweet and kind. We know he will make his new adoptive family very happy. Finley is coming up north this weekend and will be fostered in Pennington, NJ. NSXXXX
Kentucky Scout is a gorgeous 5-6 year old blue merle male, weighing 42 lbs. He has blue eyes and a tail. Kentucky Scout found himself in a southern shelter after being on the run for a bit, but he’s happy to join New Spirit and find himself a new family where he can be the center of attention. This handsome boy comes north this weekend, so keep an eye out for his updates! He will be fostered in Allentown, PA. NSXXXX
Sweet Maggie is a 2 year old black tri female mini Aussie who weighs 30lbs. She has a nub for a tail. She ended up in a southern shelter and is looking forward to living a more comfortable and pampered life. Maggie is so sweet and looks at you like she is smiling. We will learn more about this petite sweetie when she comes up north this weekend. Sweet Maggie will be fostered in Trout Run, PA. NSXXXX
Cookie Bear is an 8-week-old male Aussie/Heeler mix. He's black and white and spotty all over. Cookie Bear comes up north this weekend and we will learn more about his personality, so stay tuned for updates on him! Cookie Bear will be fostered in Philadelphia, PA. NSXXXX
Alani is an 8-week-old female Aussie/Shepherd mix. She had red-tri coloring and looks like she is as soft as a teddy bear. Alani will be coming up north this weekend and we will learn a lot more about her puppy personality, so check back for more info on her! Alani will be fostered in Telford, PA. NSXXXX