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Saturday, August 29, 2015
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Clifton Park Petco, 6 Halfmoon Crossing, Clifton Park, NY 12065

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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!

IMPORTANT: If you are looking to surrender your dog to Peppertree, please see our Surrendering Your Dog Section of this web site.

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.

Before you look at our dogs, please read How to Adopt a Peppertree Dog

Available Dogs

Alumni picnic!Alumni Picnic! - Join us on Sunday, October 4th from Noon to 3pm for our Alumni Picnic to celebrate rescue dogs! Once again we will be at Cook Park’s Sharon Pavilion in the Village of Colonie, NY. Come have some Great Food to help Great Dogs! Dogs and people from all over are invited to help us celebrate rescue and Peppertree dogs! We will be serving homemade veggie burgers, Chef Grimaldi’s famous chicken and hamburgers and hotdogs, assorted sides and salads and homemade apple crisp for dessert! Just $10 for adults, and $5 for children, a family four pack is available for two adults and two children for just $25. Dogs are free! Please help us out by RSVPing at so we know how much food to make. Good Choice Dog Training, LLC and Becky Hutchins will be on hand to with some agility equipment for any interested in giving it a try too! Directions are available here.

BayouBAYOU - Coonhound mix, male, ~8 years, 57 lbs. What a lovable character this tall, handsome, stately fellow is! True to his hound roots Bayou will sing to you if you ask, and he is vocal when he is excited, which is part of his happy charm. He does get excited when he sees other dogs and wants to greet them, so be prepared for a melodic walk if you live in a busy area. Bayou has a way of making his presence known, but when he plays with other dogs he is appropriate and social. No cats for this boy, though, please! Like most hounds Bayou is going to need a fenced yard as his nose often drives his thinking, and while he is good on leash he is strong and prone to following his nose. However, when it comes to people there are few dogs more lovable and gentle then Bayou; he especially enjoys children. He is a sweet soul who is very eager to make his family happy. Click here to see more pictures of Bayou on, and here to see Bayou's Ch. 10 Pet Connection with Steve Caporizzo!

China rose, cgcCHINA ROSE, CGC - Pit bull mix, female, 6-8 years, 58 lbs. China Rose came to Peppertree from a local shelter. She was in very poor health with many physical ailments due to insufficient veterinary care. She is now in excellent health, having been placed on a proper good food diet and some much needed medication to make her well again. She is very shy at first, but when she relaxes, she blossoms into a wonderful dog! She is eager to please and has excellent house manners. She was adopted by her foster mom, but unfortunately does not get along with the resident dog, a rather cranky geriatric terrier mix. They are a woefully mismatched pair and so China Rose, through no fault of her own, is back to being available for adoption. She is going to class to get her Good Canine Citizen certification, and has been a star in class; she is obedient, intelligent and very eager to please. She will make a welcome addition to the right home. She would do well with another dog who would like to play, as she has a background of being great with other dogs, just not that little old terrier, who doesn't want to be bothered. *Update 7/31/15 - Congratulations to China Rose for earning her Canine Good Citizen certificate!*

DannyDANNY - All-American mixed breed, male, 2-3 years old, 32 lbs. Danny is as sweet as he is handsome. He always looks like he is smiling, and his foster mom thinks he really is. The world is all about fun to him. He greets everyone like they are friends. Danny loves kids and other dogs. Cats are unknown. He is house trained and not destructive. Danny will go for a walk with his person and then come home and settle down for a snuggle. He rides well in the car and is very social.

Diamonds in the ruffDiamonds in the Ruff - Join us on Friday, September 18th from 5pm to 8pm for our first annual Diamonds in the Ruff event at the new Glennpeter Diamond Center. This evening will feature raffles, silent auctions, complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and music from Bruce Allen. The Diamond Center is located at 1544 Central Ave, Albany, NY. You can call us at 518-435-7425 or e-mail us at with any questions. Interested in donating a raffle or silent auction item? E-mail us at rescue@peppertree.og - all donations are welcome!

DutchDUTCH - Shep/Hound mix, female, 5-7? years, 73 lbs. Dutch epitomizes the 'plain brown wrapper' type of dog with a heart of gold that Peppertree is drawn to. She is a true mix, but her likely heritage includes shepherd and hound or Lab. This middle-aged girl likes a walk or a game of fetch, followed by a nap! She is house-trained and excellent with people. She has lived with young children and was fine with them. Dutch has good leash manners and is great riding in the car. She is ok with some dogs but not all, and she would probably love not to have any competition for her adopter's affections. We do not think she would be good with cats. Click here to see Dutch's appearance on Ch. 10 Pet Connection with Steve Caporizzo!

Gia, cgcGIA, CGC - Pit bull mix, female, 4 years, 50 lbs. Gia is a happy, silly girl who loves long walks, fetching balls, squeak toys, swimming and car rides. She gets along nicely with the two male dogs in her foster home. Gia is a wonderful house guest and is crate trained, although she doesn't require crating because of her impeccable house manners. She is a medium-energy girl who just needs a daily walk and some play time. A quiet, calm home with older children or just adults would be best for her. Because of her strong prey drive and her self-appointed mission to rid the world of squirrels and rabbits, a fenced yard is required for Gia. We don't think she would be good with cats. Click here to visit Gia's Facebook page and get to know her better! *Update 7/31/15 - Congratulations to Gia for earning her Canine Good Citizen certificate!*

Jenny foxworthJENNY FOXWORTH - German shepherd/golden mix, female, 12 years. Jenny Foxworth enjoys daily walks, a rawhide bone and just being with her people. Although a little older and overweight, you wouldn't know it by how much she loves car rides and new adventures. Jenny does well with cats, new people and older children. She has not been tested with small children yet. She is a little slow on stairs but this should improve with her weight loss. She has a wonderful sparkle in her eyes and just loves being adored. Jenny has wonderful house manners. She does not go on the furniture, enjoys her dog bed and can wait forever to go outside. She loves to explore outside -the smells, the sights, and just taking it all in! She does get a little anxious about being left behind and enjoys going on those quick errands to be with you and get out of the house. Jenny is an expressive girl who will let you know she wants attention, to be with you or if she needs to go outside. Jenny is a joyful, easy dog who makes a wonderful companion.

KaylaKAYLA - Beagle/foxhound mix, female, 10 years. Kayla is very good with children, other dogs and cats. She has great house manners and doesn't need to be crated. She is very prey-driven, and because of this we are requiring a fenced-in yard for her. Her leash manners are good in neighborhood settings where there is less wildlife.

KhloeKHLOE - Black Lab, female, 7 months, 48 pounds. Khloe is the cutest, sweetest little black lab. True to her breed, she loves her people (adults and children alike), loves other dogs, and is good with cats. Khloe is almost completely housebroken and has started alerting at the door when she wants to go out. She can sit and shake like a champ. Khloe has a ton of puppy energy that needs to be let out, and would prefer a big yard she can play fetch in. She loves the company of the other dog in her foster home and would likely love another active dog in the household to play tug with. She might be a little too high energy for toddlers, but we're sure she would love young children to be able to run around outside with. Khloe's going to make someone a great best friend for a long, long time!

Lady sashaLADY SASHA - White German Shepherd, female, 11 years, ~65 lbs. Lady Sasha found herself at a shelter due to a death in the family. This loving girl had her world turned upside down, and became very stressed, but, as sad as she was, her beautiful spirit continued to shine, making her a real favorite of the shelter staff. The shelter realized she needed to get back into a home as soon as possible, and contacted us to see if we could help. On meeting this gentle, unassuming and noble lady, we could not say no, she is a true Peppertree dog. In her foster home Lady Sasha has started to relax and show her personality, which her foster mom describes as practically perfect. She is affectionate with her family and a real leaner - but a cautious dog by nature, not the type to bound up to strangers and give them kisses! Her kisses are bestowed more discreetly. An easy guest, she is content to take a walk, and then take a nap. Lady Sasha is very eager to please, learns quickly, and is sure to bond very strongly with her family. Like most German Shepherds she really follows the lead of her people, and if they are happy and relaxed, she is happy and relaxed, but if things are overwhelming she gets overwhelmed which is why a quiet home would suit her best. While she does enjoy the company of other dogs and older children, the rough play of youngsters overwhelms her, a home with no small children and an easy going dog would be ideal. Lady Sasha spent most of her life outside in the country, and while she is house trained, crate trained, and has excellent manners, she is sometimes unsure in a home environment and will need a supportive family to keep building on her positive experiences as she continues to gain confidence and relax.

LouisLOUIS - Terrier/Beagle mix, male, 2 years, 15 lbs. Louis is an endearing and lovable boy. He is as cute as a button, with his striking brown and white coat which is so soft to the touch. Best guess on his breed mix, and it is only a guess, is Jack Russell Terrier/Beagle. He has a moderate energy level, weighs about 15 lbs, and is not a barker at all, contrary to what you might expect given his possible lineage! Louis has good house manners and gets along fine with other dogs, but he isn't fond of sharing his "stuff" so we would recommend older children only in the home, who understand to leave him alone when he has something he values highly like a toy or bone. He can't live with cats. Louis is HW+ and being treated for that at Peppertree's expense. He enjoys his walks very much but his favorite thing is being petted, along with belly rubs and giving kisses!

MickeyMICKEY - Lab/greyhound mix, male, ~1 year, 45 lbs. Mickey is settling in to his foster home and gaining confidence as he explores his new surroundings. He can still be pretty timid at times but just recently has started to get really excited to greet his foster family when they get home from work. he likes to play and is a bit of a goofy puppy (super cute!!) Mickey is working on housebreaking and doing pretty well with it. He is wonderful in a crate and keeps his crate very clean. He is also learning some basic obedience commands and house manners. Mickey is just a shy, sweet boy who does well with kids and other dogs.

Mister manMISTER MAN - Lab/Rottweiler mix, male, 4 years, 85 lbs. Mister Man is a big dog with a big heart! Friendly and loving, this boy loves going to the dog park to play, he has excellent canine social skills! In the house he is well behaved too. Mister Man is crate trained and while he may chew on his bed now and then he will go to his crate when asked, knows "move back," "paw," "wait" and a bunch of other commands. He loves to play with his toys and is a devoted, loving boy with a real goofy side, although when you first meet him he seems a bit reserved and unassuming - unless you are at the dog park that is! At the dog park he likes to let loose and play. Mister Man lived with other dogs when he was younger but has been an only dog for a while, we suspect he'll do well with other dogs though. He is a pretty soft boy and can be a bit stubborn, but overall he wants so make his person happy. He has been around cats to visit and does well, but he has never lived with a cat regularly and would likely need an introduction to be sure.

OdieODIE - Chihuahua mix, male, ~10 years. Odie likes snuggling and cuddling, and is quite the talker. He barks when he gets excited in typical chihuahua fashion. He is good with other small dogs, but likes to be the one in charge so submissive canine companions would be best for him. He will do best in a quiet house without small children, as he does get overwhelmed at times when the house is busy. He is fine with cats that are dog-savvy and not in his face. Odie has cherry eye, and he is given daily eye drops for it.

Petals for peppertree!Petals for Peppertree! - What’s better than a beautiful spring garden? Well, helping Peppertree’s dogs at the same time! Flower Power is currently offering gorgeous spring and summer plants that are to be planted this fall. The best part is that Peppertree receives 50% of all the sales made during the fundraiser! Click here visit Peppertree's Flower Power page. From the Petals for Peppertree page you can place an order, share the page on Facebook, or email the page to your friends and family!

RangerRANGER - Aussie mix, male, 2 years, 40 lbs. Ranger is a very sweet, loving dog who loves to cuddle and give kisses. He has good leash manners and is crated nicely at night. He is mellow and not a barker! He does like chipmunks a lot so you have to be aware of them when you walk him. He can't live with cats. Ranger is very people-focused and once he bonds with the people in his home, he may guard them from another dog, so we would take it on a case by case when deciding whether to place him in a home with one. He would likely be just thrilled to be an only dog! Ranger is making great progress with basic obedience commands and knows the commands "sit", "lay down" and "leave it." He is a very smart boy! And he is awfully cute!

RANGER Needs A Foster Home RANGER Needs A Foster Home!

SaigeSAIGE - Lab mix, female, 7-8 months. Saige loves being outside and has lots of puppy energy. She's learning fetch and really enjoys it! She loves to play with her foster brother, who tolerates her active play style. She will need to be placed with a dog with a comparable activity level for the best match. She is ok with cats, but a dog-savvy cat would be best as she does chase them a bit and then tries to play. She is making progress with housebreaking and crate training, and learning lots of new obedience commands! She is very food motivated which is helping her learn quickly. Her adopters will need to continue to teach and reinforce good behavior.

SAIGE Needs A Foster Home SAIGE Needs A Foster Home!

SammiSAMMI - Shepherd Mix, female, 5-8 years, 50 lbs. Sammi is a wonderful calm, relaxed dog. She loves having her belly rubbed, and giving kisses, too! She knows how to sit, lay down and gives paw. She is a quiet girl who rarely barks. Sammi is great with cats, other dogs and kids. She would do great in any home, but since she is a mature lady and may not be used to tugging or pulling from small children, we'd like to see her in a home with older children only. She loves to just lay around and sleep, or to sit in the sun outside on the grass. Sammi is just an all around great dog that just wants to be loved.

ScullySCULLY - Lab mix, female, 9 years, 65 lbs. Scully is a female 9 year old mix breed - part dog and part super model! At 2 1/2 feet tall, she is a stunning, smiling, K-9 Betty Grable who thinks she is a lap dog! She has lots of energy and loves to play tug of war, chase and wrestle with her 3 year old foster brother. And, if it's a lover you want, she fits the bill, always ready to provide lots of kisses. This sweet girl has been through a lot of changes in her life, finding herself in a shelter when her family lost their housing. Now she is very eager to find a home where she can relax and become a pampered pooch. She is an unassuming girl who just loves being with people and is a devoted companion. Scully has good house manners and does not need to be crated. We were told she has lived with cats but will chase them in a playful way, so a dog savvy cat would be necessary. She is great friends with the laid-back male dog in her foster home and wants to play with him all the time, so we are looking for a home with a playful male dog to be her buddy. While Scully is great with her foster humans, she thinks they are for pets and snuggles, not for playing with! She has not been doing well with female dogs. We are all hoping she is some lucky adopter's favorite dog soon!

SerenaSERENA - Terrier mix, female, 12 weeks, 10 lbs. Serena is a 3 month old terrier mix. She's an active puppy who likes to explore her surroundings. She's very playful and will run around the house with the puppy zoomies! Serena is very sweet and also loves to cuddle. She's crate trained, good with children, and good with other dogs.

SpencerSPENCER - Beagle mix, male, 2 years old. Spencer is very sweet and loving, with excellent house manners and a real fun spirit He loves walks, is good with other dogs and is a playful, social fellow, but, he is also a bit of a complicated fellow. You see, for all his good manners, Spencer can be anxious and is a dog that really does best with a set daily schedule, which is why he is being returned. Spencer's family really loves him but they are a busy home whose schedule changes daily, and Spencer needs more predictability in his life. Having a smart, sensitive dog like Spencer is generally a good thing - Spencer bonds strongly with his person, he is quick to learn and knows many tricks, like sit, down, stay and paw - he can even jump up like Tigger! But sometimes those smart, sensitive dogs need a little extra attention and they will find their own way to get it. For example, Spencer has learned that if he rolls over on his back each time someone walks by, he's sure to get a belly rub, but he's also figured out that taking things (like towels and shoes) and not giving them back is another way to get attention. We told you he was smart! He will happily trade his prize for a treat, but, he needs a forever home where he can be more secure and learn to seek attention in more positive ways. Because of his thieving ways we can not place him in a home with children (although he is very good with them), and we do not know how he is with cats, but we think he may do well with a dog savvy cat. He loves dogs and people, he is a cheerful dog at heart.

TabbyTABBY - Feist mix, female, 1½ years, 45 lbs. Tabby is timid but sweet, gentle, and affectionate. She is good with other dogs, cats, and kids. Tabby is heartworm positive and will be treated at Peppertree's expense.

YukiYUKI - Smooth Fox Terrier/Chihuahua mix, male, 1 year, 18 lbs. Yuki is a nice boy who is playful with the male dog in his foster home and is fine with the senior female pit bull as well. He is housebroken and likes to be held or be in your lap. His big, beautiful eyes seem to jump out of his tiny head and reflect his happy and friendly disposition. Yuki does have some fear issues, so we won't place him in a home with children.

Other 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.

Neighbor's Corner Dogs (11)           Last Updated: 08/23/2015 19:08:26

Help Orphan Puppies (HOP)

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 and

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.

AJ GOOFY BEAR - Black Lab, male, 3 years, ~100 lbs. Receiving medical attention.

JACK OF HEARTS - Beagle, male, 8-10 years, 30 lbs.

RONI - Retriever mix, male, senior.

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