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 
mixes in the United States and Canada.  
Don't want to adopt 
but do want to help?

We depend on donations to supplement our adoption fees. Sometimes, the cost to rescue a dog far exceeds our adoption fee.
We accept checks or Paypal.   
You'll receive a letter acknowledging your gift for your tax records.  You can also help by visiting our Paws To Shop section. 
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Donate with PayPal *
   (You don't need to have a PayPal account yourself.)

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!

Donate in Honor or in Memory 
of A Loved One *
Please help support our rescue and get a discount! For every coupon used at BarkBox.com, our rescue will get a $10 donation from BarkBox and you will receive a discount on your order! Be sure to use our special promo code: SPIRIT4AUSSIE

Help us meet our goal of 100 subscriptions and raise $1,000 
* 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.

That being said, nothing in Florida law prohibits any Floridian from contributing to any cause he or she supports, provided that it is a lawful activity, and done voluntarily.  And by coincidence, no Pennsylvania law precludes New Spirit from accepting donations from out of state residents.
New Spirit Adoptee, Nursery Dog at the Cincinnati Zoo, Retires after Six Years

Blakely, a 6-year-old NS4AR adoptee, is the live-in 'nanny' who helps play with and socialize babies at the Cincinnati Zoo. Babies often come to the nursery when their mother has rejected them.
Bark Bucks for Rescue 

Twitter: Use code SPIRIT4AUSSIE &   @getBarkBox will donate $10 to our rescue for every coupon code used and you will get a discount on your order! 
Facts about Aussies
Who We Are
Happy Endings
Adoption Process
Place Your Dog
Paws To Shop
Paws to Remember
Pilots and Paws

Wags and Wiggles
Referral Dogs

What is BarkBox? BarkBox is a New York City based dog-lovin' company that sends high quality dog products to your pup every month. Each box is
full of 4-6 goodies like bones, bully sticks, toys, treats, gadgets,
shampoos, hygiene products, and more. 

Blakely Celebrating his 6th Birthday!
We have wonderful adoption stories on our Wags and Wiggles page!
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!

Check out the EarthWise Pet Facebook page for more information.  
NS Adoptee Peanut enjoying an EarthWise treat.
Read about the Balas family, and their adoption of Candie and Murphy, two lucky pups!

Raise money for New Spirit every time you shop on line!  
Using AmazonSmile to do your shopping benefits New Spirit!
Be sure to visit our 
Paws to Shop page.  
We have an online store at CafePress and we truly appreciate your support of our sponsors!
Glad Dogs Nation

Get unique toys and other items your dogs will love and NEW SPIRIT gets 20% of your total purchase!

Glad Dogs Nation adorable handcrafted dog toys start out as unwanted children's stuffed toys.  They wash them in hot water using biodegradable detergent.  They remove the hard eyes and put cute appliques in their place.  They replace the hard noses with colorful pompoms.  And they always add at least one squeaker inside.  Then they offer the toys at a price below what you'd pay in a pet store - so no one needs to shed a tear if the toy is destroyed during play. Finally, they spread the gladness by donating 100% of their profits to Glad Dogs Foundation which funds initiatives, they are donating 20% of every purchase of toys and anything else at gladdogsnation.com to New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue when you use coupon code NS4AR.  
Start shopping at GladDogsNation.com!
  To report a lost or found New Spirit dog, please e-mail sraussies@gmail.com
Please consider purchasing from Glad Dogs Nation Wishlist for dogs in foster care.  Click here to donate directly to a New Spirit foster home.  
Adoption Price Increases

Due to rising costs of vetting dogs, New Spirit will raise its adoption rates 
June 1, 2022 to:

$400 for regular adoptions

$50 spay neuter deposit added if the dog is placed intact (usually dogs under 18 months)

$200 for 65+ adopters and dogs 10 and over
New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue
2023 Calendar
Read about the Morgan's wonderful adoption experience of Marisol and Sadie

The Wonderful Life of Taz

​ I am writing to tell you the sad news that we had to say goodbye to our beloved dog Taz. We picked up Taz in the Hyde Park area of NY in April of 2010. He had gotten around quite a bit before we adopted him, starting in NC, PA, moved to NY and finally living with us in MD. His NS4AR name was Mauka (a name I always wondered about).

And his foster family called him Taz. We stuck with that name but I liked to say it was short for Razmataz and nothing to do with a Tasmanian devil. We started with Taz as we intended to continue, by stopping at the FDR museum and presidential library (where he was allowed in all the buildings except the library) on our way home from the foster home. We also went for a short hike at a nearby nature center. We took Taz on many adventures through our years. Camping, hiking, geocaching, day trips, eating out and of course our family vacations to the Outer Banks. Really anywhere dogs were allowed. He was with us in TN for the eclipse. He was with us on adventures in NY, NJ, PA, DE, VA, WV,NC,GA and of course MD. On the occasions where we couldn't take him, we left him at Camp Grandmama where he was spoiled by Grandma and Grandpa.

  Taz was a runner and managed to get out of the rental house at the OBX or Grandma's place once every time we went on vacation except the last. He would run until he got thirsty and then find someone who would call the number on the tag and one of his humans would come pick him up. He never showed any shame about it and I think he just figured that was the way it was supposed to go. He also ate things he wasn't supposed to almost always when he was angry that we hadn't taken him with us somewhere. It was usually something that had been there for weeks and he'd left alone. How he never had to have abdominal surgery or got hit by a car was a miracle of his existence. Other than these two things, he was a very good dog. He was a favorite of the neighborhood children up to the day he passed.
After we had had Taz for about three years, we signed him up as a Therapy dog and he made every other week visits to the local assisted living/rehab facility. The two words that became his hallmark were SOFT and SWEET. Two of our favorite stories are the time we were visiting the facility and one time when we were camping. One day at the facility the residents were in a circle of wheelchairs doing some activity. I walked Taz through the room visiting those who were interested. One lady was very clear that she was afraid of dogs and did not want to pet him. I respected her wishes but the lady next to her wanted to see him. Suddenly I hear from the fearful lady, "Oh, he's SOFT". Another time we were camping in WV and sitting around on the porch of the headquarters. A family came up to the porch and the parents went into the building. Two boys about eight years and eighteen months were on the porch. The eight year old wanted to pet Taz but the toddler was nervous. His brother and we were encouraging him to touch him. Taz took a small slow step toward him and sort of turned and leaned toward him in this slow gentle manner as if to say, " I'm really nice and soft and would never hurt you." Fear of dog overcome, smiles all around. We could tell a thousand stories.

Taz loved us all but Dad was his favorite. He was protective of our boy especially(and children in general) and we were not allowed to scold or roughhouse. He loved eggs and hotdogs were his kryptonite. 

He loved chasing tennis balls. I once threw the ball 100 times in a row. He would have kept going but I couldn't. He was not a retriever though. He was a shepherd and would make little piles of the balls instead of bringing them back.  He loved being patted in any way and by anyone. He was stubborn and smart, learning new 'tricks' well into his old age. He loved looooong walks and acted as our health and wellness officer during the pandemic and insisted that the whole family get their shoes on and go for two and a half mile walks every day. He loved doing math with our daughter and would sit with her while she did her homework and "check" it when she was done. He loved Halloween and Christmas and family celebrations at Grandmas.

Taz was diagnosed with an adrenal tumor just before Thanksgiving of 2021 and his health declined and rebounded in a rollercoaster fashion. There were a lot of baths and he had to be carried up and down all the stairs at the end. The walks got shorter and shorter but he still wanted to go up to a week before he passed. We were blessed to have him for 15 months after the diagnosis. We were blessed to have him for just under 13 years.

So thank you for our beloved dog. Soft, sweet, loving, handsome, pat- addicted, stubborn, trash-eating, escape artist that he was, he will be missed.

  The Rapps