What we do: We evaluate Australian Shepherds and Australian Shepherd mixes from selected shelters and private owners no longer able to keep their Aussies. If we judge a dog suitable for placement with an average adopter, we foster it in private homes and get to know the dog. We then post the dog to our website and place it in an adoptive home where the energy levels, expectations and personalities are a good fit.
Think of us as a "doggie dating service"!
New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue, Inc.
Shelter Love Comfort
New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue is an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving Australian Shepherds and Aussie
You can do a little or a lot: no experience necessary! Make reference check phone calls, do home visits, help with transporting dogs, fundraise, maintain web pages, help at rescue booths, or become a foster home.
Your fellow New Spirit volunteers will be there to help every step of the way!
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PA New Spirit Aussie Ambassadors:
left to right, Kye Shasta and Ranger appeared at many fundraising events and thank you for your generous support of New Spirit.
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* Florida residents are advised that New Spirit is not registered under the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act (Chapter 469 Fla Statutes) to solicit contributions from Florida residents. Accordingly, nothing on the website should be construed as a solicitation from a Florida resident.
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Read about how the Hykin family adopted their first NS dog, Rocky (formerly Scooby Doo NS3133)
New Spirit adopters Kevin and Nicole celebrated the anniversary of the grand opening of their store in Vorhees, NJ. One of the first retailers of its kind in Camden County, this family-owned small business provides personalized care for beloved dogs and cats, with customized advice on nutrition, grooming, and other elements of your pet’s well-being. EarthWise Pet Voorhees will carry product lines to meet every pet’s needs, including grain-free and low-carb options, unique protein sources, and certified humane cat and dog food and treats.
Soon their shelves will be stocked with "Give" treats. These all natural, premium baked treats are unique — and each box will feature the New Spirit logo, informing their customers that $1 dollar of every box sold will be donated to New Spirit! GIVE Treats come in 3 delicious flavors: Peanut Butter, Pizza Crust and Sweet Potato. The heart shaped, limited ingredient vegan treats contain no wheat, corn or soy. Customers will be inspired by the charitable goodwill to New Spirit and their dogs will love these treats!
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Cecilia came to us from a NS4AR foster in the Midwest where she had been living for quite some time. Through no fault of their own or hers, there was zero interest in her. We were asked if we could foster her, since coming East she would stand a better chance of being adopted. We love fostering seniors the most (and adopting them too.) Cecilia was 12 years old, obese, blind and the sweetest girl imaginable. We quickly agreed! Transport was made and we prepared for another foster dog to join our two personal dogs and two cats.
Once we picked Cecelia up and brought her home, the dogs met outside in the side yard and got acquainted. She came inside and announced she was home. There was no decompressing, no adapting by our pets or to her. It was as if she was gone for an extended period of time and came home. And that was that. She very quickly "mapped out" our home to know where everything is. A couple days later I asked Pam if we could adopt her, explaining the dogs instant bond and the family fit was so good. Pam instantly gave us her blessing. She was extremely happy Cecelia would be living out her remaining years as a pampered queen. She would have companions who needed her guidance, be fed an excellent diet, have access to an opthalmologist and vet, regular outings and adventures with her "sisters" and going for pupcups. She will have all the love and cuddles she wants, Cecelia is our fourth NS4AR adoption.
We renamed her Sadie, then set up a vet appointment with a referral to our veterinarian hospital ophthalmologist. At best, Sadie has light/dark shadowing. She has glaucoma in both eyes and a slightly detached retina, neither of which require surgical removal. She takes two very expensive prescription eye drops 3x per day. She has two others as needed for moisturizing and allergy flare up. Sadie has gone back to her ophthalmologist for follow up and the pressure in her eyes remains in the safe zone. We are very diligent with her eye drops. The pressure rises with stress such as stormy weather and fireworks. This is very common with blind dogs. We have a ThunderShirt and she has a prescription tranquilizer to take for severe storms. We also have calming drops, give Sadie a lot of cuddles and massage.
Because of Sadie's blindness and our love of hiking plus her need to lose weight, she went from only very slowly walking about 100 feet and dropping to rest, to very willingly wanting to go hiking up to 2.5 miles! Because of her arthritis, we limit her to this. I'll stay with her and my husband will take the younger dogs longer. Then they go swimming. Sadie loves standing in the lake and taking it all in, then resting on a bench while the other two are out swimming. Sadie wears goggles which prevent plant matter from touching or scratching her eyes. If she bumps into a tree, she's not causing any damage to herself. The goggles have ventilation and padding, so there's no pressure build up. She was also a recipient of a Muffins Halo from Second Chances For Blind Dogs.
Sadie has lost a huge amount of weight, with a few pounds to go. She has an abundance of hair and looks twice as big than what she really is. She is an exceptionally happy dog, always having a smile and a kiss ready. After every meal, she kisses us. Same for adventures, grooming, anything we do for her, she kisses us. She does not allow her disability to slow her down. We educated ourselves on how to work with a blind dog, commands to use, etc. Simple things like saying "step up/down" "bump" "forward/back". We tap her bowl for meals, not that she hasn't already sounded the Aussie alarm clock an hour before with regular updates in case we didn't know the time of day for breakfast, snack or supper. And Sadie loves to be brushed and getting her "pretties".
I know I'm describing an angelic dog. However, that's what Sadie is. If only more people knew the joys of adopting senior dogs, with or without health issues and/or disabilities. They are so amazing. And your life is so much better for it.