The first step in the adoption process is for the new family to complete an adoption application, which is available above. If you have completed a similar application for another group and have a copy, we will accept that -- mail it to PO Box 2396, Albany NY 12220.
If you are out of the immediate Capital District area and cannot attend a Peppertree Clinic in the Albany, NY area, we ask that you provide a home visit report from a local rescue group with your application. You will need to travel to meet our volunteers and our dogs.
Applicants will receive regular notification regarding the dogs available for adoption and will be invited to our clinics to meet our dogs. If there is a particular dog that you are interested in or that seems suited to you, you may be put in touch with the dog's foster family so that you can learn more about it from those who know best.
Once a match is made, you will be asked to sign a Trial Placement agreement and an adoption contract and to give us a check for the adoption fee. Barring exceptional circumstances (medical problems, extreme age, etc.) the adoption fee will be $200.00 for puppies (up to 6 months) and $175.00 for all other dogs. Until the trial placement is successfully completed, we will simply hold the adoption contract and fee. Typically the trial placement period is two weeks.
Your dog will be spayed or neutered -- if over six months -- will have received the normal set of shots rabies, distemper, bordatella, and will have been tested, and if necessary treated, for heartworm and intestinal worms. (If medical reasons or age have prevented any of this from being done, arrangements will be made.) In most cases, there will be no need for further veterinary treatment during the trial placement period, but you are free to have a consultation, at your own expense, if you wish to assure yourself that the dog is healthy.
The trial placement period gives you a chance to get to know the dog that has been selected for you and allows the dog to exhibit its normal behavior -- often quite different (and usually better!) than you will see at a clinic or initial meeting. During this time, Peppertree volunteers will be available for you to consult and will help with adjustment problems, new-owner questions, and the like. If it seems to be needed, an extension of time can be granted before the adoption is final. Once all agree that this is, indeed, the dog for you, your adoption contract will be executed, your adoption fee deposited, and, for tax purposes, a receipt written for any amount beyond the fee that you may have contributed.
Our involvement does not end there, however. You will now be part of the Peppertree "family." You will receive one free issue of our newsletter, and we will continue to be available for consultation on further adjustment concerns, or to hear and applaud your brags! For your dog, Peppertree will have stepped into the role that a good breeder would fill -- with a lifetime commitment to the well-being of our charges, and their families.
This page was last modified at 11:10:17 on 10/06/2006.