IMPORTANT: The first step in the adoption process is to complete an adoption application. We have a limited number of volunteers and we do not have the resources to respond to inquiries about specific dogs from non-applicants. If you are interested in a Peppertree dog you must submit an application. NO EXCEPTIONS!
The application is available online (and via a downloadable PDF file). 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.
AIDA - Lab mix, female, young, 20 lb. Aida is an energetic little dog who needs to go to a home where she will be given lots of opportunity for walking, running, playing. She gets along extremely well with other dogs - she is fast and loves to play chase with them. Aida hikes very well and would probably do very well in agility. She currently lives with a cat and is curious but shows no signs of aggression. Aida is a super sweet girl!
EMBER - German Shepherd mix, female, ~ 8 years, 50 lbs. Ember recently came to Peppertree from a NYC shelter. She is a petite girl for a shep mix at not quite 50 lbs! Ember is housebroken, knows sit and down, and mostly walks well on leash but does pull some when excited. She rides well in the car and loves to meet new people. About other dogs, the jury is still out - she seems to be fine with some and a bit defensive with others. A proper, unhurried introduction to a resident dog would be necessary to check compatibility. But it is with people that Ember shines. While she rejects the adjective "middle-aged" and still has plenty of energy for a good walk or jog, she also likes a good scratch behind the ears and then to snuggle on the couch with her person. How she is with cats is unknown.
EMBER Needs A Foster Home!
EMMA MAE - Lab mix, female, ~2 years, ~50 lbs. EMMA MAE is a petite chocolate Lab mix who came to us from a southern shelter where she had been brought in as a stray. It seems that maybe she was a dog whose life up until now only consisted of being tied outside in someone's yard, as she was unsocialized and fearful of the world in general. She has some negative behaviors in the kennel, but has not exhibited any in the home, where she has settled down and shown appropriate behavior toward people and other dogs after a few days of decompressing and being allowed to hide in her crate. She has had to learn basics such as housebreaking. EMMA MAE is continuing to learn how to live in a home and while she has made a lot of progress, she has more steps to take. She has been put on a course of medication by a behavioral vet in the hopes that it will ease her fears. We expect that this medication will not be long-term, and it is at Peppertree's expense. She likes to play rough-and-tumble with the dogs in her foster home. A canine companion would need to be tolerant of her in-your-face play style. She is not good with cats. Due to her being easily startled and skittish we would not place EMMA MAE with young children. EMMA MAE's ideal home would be one with no other pets, and someone who will give her security, TLC, and a gradual introduction to "real" life.
FEATHER - Papillon (purebred), male, 9 years, 15 lbs. This handsome boy was recently surrendered to Peppertree because of a change in his owner's living circumstances. Feather is understandably confused about this turn his life has taken, but this hasn't changed his sweet nature. He gets along well with other dogs and is fine with cats. He walks nicely on leash. Though Feather is a little guy, he doesn't like being picked up. Because of this, he will only be placed in a home with children over 10 who are old enough to respect his wishes.
GLORY - Retriever/Shepherd mix, female, ~10 years, ~70 lbs. Glory originally came to us from a shelter in Georgia. She was adopted by a family but unfortunately was recently returned due to allergies in the home. GLORY is as sweet as her name - she loves all people, including little ones. On walks with her foster mom, she will gently steer her towards any person walking by. Glory gets on well with other dogs, although really she only has eyes for her people! She will be your constant shadow, but somehow never gets in the way. She doesn't pester you for attention; it's enough just to be in your presence. Glory is quiet in the home and only yodels when she is very excited. She loves car rides and really, just being with you! She is fine with cats. Glory is deaf but she doesn't let this get in the way of being her cheerful self. Please consider making her a part of your family!
JD - Beagle mix, male, 10 years. JD is a delightful dumpling of a dog who is happy pretty much all the time. He loves people, he loves kids, he does well with other dogs and he has excellent house manners. All JD needs in life is a nice comfy spot to sleep, a person to give him lots of pets, and a walk around the neighborhood now and then to say hi to the neighbors - he is a friendly fellow after all! JD is in his golden years and comes with some health needs, but nothing that holds him back from being a devoted companion and best buddy. But we do think he may not be up for living with playful pups or teetering toddlers. JD may not be the youngest dog around, he may not be the handsomest dog around, but he has a smile that makes you smile and is purely Peppertree in spirit.
KYLIE - Rottie mix, female, 6-8 years old. Kylie is a smart, sweet, loyal girl that came to us from a GA shelter in rough physical shape but is now healthy, happy and ready for a new home, past ready! Kylie has been with us for a while, and it is hard to say who is more eager for her to find the perfect home, Kylie or Peppertree. Thankfully she has been very patient as we try to find her the perfect fit. Kylie has excellent house manners. She is housebroken and crate trained, although she doesn't need to be crated when left alone. What she does need is belly rubs, and lots of them - Kylie thrives on affection. (Well, affection and meatballs. She really likes meatballs.) Kylie also enjoys children and would likely do okay with a dog savvy cat. While there are some dogs Kylie is friendly with, she does not do well with all dogs, and she needs a slow introduction over a long period of time before she feels comfortable with them. She really would prefer to be the only dog in the home. Kylie is also working to prove her smarts by participating in a Canine Good Citizen class - rumor has it she is doing really well. A portion of KYLIE's adoption fee is being sponsored by Pet Connection. Won't you please consider welcoming her into your home and completing her journey toward a better life? Click here see more pictures of Kylie on Petfinder.com. Note: visual breed identification in dogs is unreliable, so for most of the dogs we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We get to know each dog as an individual and will do our best to describe each of our dogs based on personality, not by breed label.
KYLIE Needs A Foster Home!
LUCCI - Setter/Retriever, female, 9 years old, 83 lbs. Lucci is a large bundle of love. She loves her people, she loves her Buppy toy, she loves her bed and everyone else’s. She is happy just to lean against you and sigh adoringly in your direction. She takes daily medication for her thyroid - an easy pill in her kibble twice a day - and is currently being assessed and treated for some allergies. She has discovered “the walk” and loves to be taken on one daily. Lucci is learning about these things called stairs and has mastered five steps up and down to a deck so far! She is picture perfect in the car, comes when called, and was obviously raised with love. Lucci has been taught basic commands and is patient and gentle with children. She gets excited when around other dogs - she is not aggressive, just not schooled on correct behavior and may overwhelm a shy dog. She has lived with dog-savvy cats, but she would like to play with them, so dog-savvy cats only, please! She is fine and not stressed about going to the vet. She has some separation anxiety which her foster mom is managing with a good supply of toys and a secure pen. But what Lucci loves the most is to be anywhere near her people, so her dream would be a home where someone is home lots of the time. She's super low key, and just wants a place to be comfy, loved, and fed well. If you don't have a leash or food in your hand, she'd rather be napping on her cozy bed. Lucci is the type of dog that will pay your love back in triplicate! Note: visual breed identification in dogs is unreliable, so for most of the dogs we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We get to know each dog as an individual and will do our best to describe each of our dogs based on personality, not by breed label.
RILEY - Pit bull mix, male, 8-9 months, ~30 lbs. Riley is such a happy and friendly boy, and has truly never met a stranger! He came from a shelter in central NYS where he had been picked up as a stray. We don't know how his back legs both became broken and were never taken care of as they should have been, but it certainly hasn't dimmed his loving nature and zest for life. Riley lives in a home with another dog, a cat, and 4 young children, and does great with all. He is playful and wants to be part of any family activity. He is crate trained and making progress with housebreaking, although now that his pain is under control with medication, his excitement and impatience to be active sometimes get the better of his judgement! We're sure that it won't be long before he really "gets it". To help aid his mobility, Riley is receiving a short term of hydrotherapy and other rehabilitative treatments, at Peppertree's expense.
SCOOTER - Cocker Spaniel, male, 9 years, 28 lbs. Scooter is a spunky purebred cocker spaniel who is 9 years but could easily be mistaken for a puppy. He came from a home where he received very little personal attention and his foster mom has been working on showing him how to be part of the family. Scooter gets along well with the resident dog in his foster home and simply adores the resident cat who he frequently tries to groom! He loves to go for walks and is crate trained. He likes a good game of fetch, and is very good about bringing the ball back and putting right in your hand! Scooter would do well in active home that can give him lots of love and be patient with him as he learns how to be a family dog.
SHELLI, CGC - American Staffordshire Terrier mix, female, 2 years. When you think of bully breeds, you often think of a boisterous dog who is a bit of a clown, but Shelli is a bit more subtle. This beautiful girl was found abandoned in a house, and was a bit shy when she arrived, but is coming out of her shell and showing us what a sweet girl she is. It was quickly discovered that she is eager to please (and is a sucker for a bit of chicken!) Shelli does very well with other dogs and is gentle with people and children. She seems ok with dog-savvy cats. A lot of noise and activity make her nervous, though, so she is looking for a relatively quiet home. Shelli has good house manners although since she is so food motivated she may need to be crated or kept out of the kitchen when home alone as she will counter surf. We are proud to note that Shelli has earned her Canine Good Citizen designation! Note: visual breed identification in dogs is unreliable, so for most of the dogs we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We get to know each dog as an individual and will do our best to describe each of our dogs based on personality, not by breed label.
SPARKY - English Pointer male 7yrs, 55lbs. SPARKY is a good old boy who loves the simple things in life, like running, meeting new people (kids, too!) and the comforts of sharing home life with his family. He has been trained for bird hunting and would make a great weekend hunting partner, although he's equally content to play in a fenced yard or run on leash alongside a bicycle. He has superb house manners, has lived with cats and loves to ride in the car. SPARKY is currently living with 3 other dogs in his foster home and interacts very appropriately with them, no need for crating. He is very much a family guy! Click here see a short clip of Sparky enjoying running alongside his foster mom on bike!
TERRENCE - Boxer/hound mix, male, 8 1/2 years. Terrence is a handsome, friendly gent whose foster family raves about him. They adore his gentle, sweet, and affectionate nature and report that he's wonderful with guests visiting his foster home, including teenagers. Terrence loves neighborhood walks, fetching sticks, and grassy back scratches. The wildlife in his foster home's yard also pique his interest. His foster mom thinks he's an outstanding dog who really merits a great home. While this easy-going boy loves people, he doesn't wish to share his home with other dogs or cats. Terrence has a thyroid condition that's easily treated with an inexpensive medication and his adoption fee is partially sponsored.
THEODORE - Lab/Beagle/Pitbull mix, male, 6 years, 62 lbs. According to everyone who meets him, Theodore is a sweetie. Theodore, or Theo, is a loving, loyal, boy who wants nothing more than to snuggle with you and be your best friend. He loves to run and play, and is filled with a lot of enthusiasm, so an active family is a must for him. We would love to see Theo placed in a home with another dog, but he can be a bit bossy with some, so we feel his ideal canine companion will be a female. He just loves puppies and is very nurturing with them - it is so cute! He gets along with cats. Theo is wonderful with kids of all ages, but because of his size and enthusiasm, we feel he would be best with children older than 5 years. Theo is a very easy dog who knows basic commands. He has some allergies which result in skin problems, but this is being managed by using a grain-free kibble. Theodore has had a lot of change in his life and needs someone who will love him as much as he will love them. Click here see more pictures of Theodore on Petfinder.com. Note: visual breed identification in dogs is unreliable, so for most of the dogs we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We get to know each dog as an individual and will do our best to describe each of our dogs based on personality, not by breed label.
YADDO, CGC - Norwegian Elkhound, male, 12 years, ~55 lbs. Yaddo is a smart, sweet boy who loves a good snuggle. He is house trained, good on the leash and has good house manners. He has no problem being left during the day and will greet you enthusiastically when you return. He appreciates a walk and a treat, and has been losing weight since his foster family makes sure his walks are more numerous than his treats. He has begun taking thyroid meds which also helps. Yaddo likes to think he is the boss, but he easily lives in his foster home with a female dog who is smart enough to let him believe he is in charge. He may not be the right companion for all dogs though. But Yaddo is great with cats! As a senior, Yaddo has a few lumps and bumps in the form of fatty cysts, and does have some arthritis. The vet is not overly worried about them so Yaddo isn't either. They do mean he needs a few supplements and requires a bit more care as the cysts have to be monitored and kept clean. He takes his job as the official dog of Norway seriously and will happily announce the arrival of visitors, the mail man, or neighborhood dogs while outside, but is generally a quiet dog in the home, happy to nap and keep you company. The breed is known for protecting their home from moose, elk and bears, and the foster home is delighted to report that their home has been free from all those animals since Yaddo's arrival. Yaddo believes in old dogs learning new tricks, and has earned his CGC (Canine Good Citizen)! A portion of his adoption fee is being sponsored by Pet Connection.
ZOEY LYNN - Beagle, female, 9 years, ~20 lbs. This spunky beagle girl's caregivers have nicknamed her The Queen! Zoey Lynn is an adorable, quirky dog is a survivor who is hoping to meet a special person who can love and care for her in a quiet home where she can be the only pet. Before she came to Peppertree, Zoey Lynn lived in significant neglect and pain due to a badly healed injury to a hind leg that required its eventual amputation, however this girl epitomizes resilience. She has no trouble getting around on 3 legs but because of the past chronic pain she endured, has learned that by defensively barking at other dogs, she can keep them away and protect herself from harm. Zoey Lynn loves people and their affection. She loves to go for walks and rides nicely in a car. She is an independent girl who prefers not to be picked up, and though she can do stairs, it would probably be best if her new home doesn't have too many of them. If you are the type of person who can honor Zoey Lynn's well developed character and preferences, she will reward you with her beautiful companionship and Beagle charm. Peppertree will cover the cost of Zoey Lynn's veterinary care and medications for life. She is currently taking daily medication and is given a joint support supplement in her meals.
Zoey Lynn update: Feb 2014. Zoey Lynn is doing well and no longer needs her heart meds. She is being treated for a chronic ear infection, but is otherwise playful and energetic. ZL has learned to play fetch and is getting better at releasing toys when asked. She can’t wait for spring when she can return to long walks in the park! Click here see more pictures of Zoey Lynn on Petfinder.com.
Dogs Available For Adoption - Neighbors Corner
These dogs are either living with their owners but need to find new homes, or are with another rescue or shelter. Contact information is included with each dog's listing. We must note, however, that we do not have the detailed knowledge we gain about dogs that are actually in the program and in our own foster homes.
For the past several years, Peppertree Rescue and Help Orphan Puppies have frequently worked together. While Peppertree specializes in finding homes for adult dogs, Help Orphan Puppies focuses on finding homes for puppies. In the future, we will be combining our efforts in order to more effectively promote the dogs and puppies in both our programs with the common goal of finding loving, forever homes for them. Please feel free to visit our websites at http://www.peppertree.org and http://www.helporphanpuppies.org.
Please note: We are two individual organizations and have different adoption applications. Feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you!
Dogs in Program Not Available for Adoption
The following are additional dogs within the Peppertree Program. They are currently not available for adoption as they are undergoing rehabilitation and assessment in their foster homes. Due to limited resources, we are unable to respond to any inquiries about the dogs listed below. Hopefully they will be added to our Available Dogs section shortly.
BUZBY - German Shepherd mix, male, 2-4 years, 80 lbs. Receiving medical care and being evaluated.
MICKEY - Min Pin mix, male, 5 years. Just arrived and being evaluated in a foster home.
RIGGINS - Retriever mix, male, 1-2 years. In a foster home being evaluated.
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