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Saturday, August 6, 2016
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Latham Petco, 664 New Loudon Rd, Latham, NY 12110

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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


Gia, cgcGIA, CGC - Pit bull mix, female, 5 years, 50 lbs. Gia's mantra is run, jump, swim, repeat! Our exuberant and fun-loving girl enjoys dock diving, swimming, agility, jogging, fetching balls and squeak toys. Gia is a Canine Good Citizen who thinks that cuddling with her people is an Olympic sport. While she's 100% comfortable in a crate, Gia would much rather be with her humans. She enjoys being a couch potato in the house and burns off her energy outdoors. Gia gets along famously with the two male dogs in her foster home and has impeccable house manners. Some of her favorite things include peanut butter, Greek yogurt and rope toys (which are super fun!) Our sweet girl would benefit from a home that understands the energy, power and strength of Gia. Because of her strong prey drive and her self-appointed mission to rid the world of squirrels and rabbits, a fenced-in yard is required. Gia also needs a cat-free home. Click here to visit Gia's Facebook page to get to know her better! *Note: visual breed identification in dogs is unreliable, so for most of our 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.

GumboGUMBO - Beagle/Basset mix, male, 9 yrs. old, 39 lbs. Attention beagle lovers – this is the dog for you! Found wandering in South Carolina, Gumbo is a charming and sweet natured southern gentleman who loves to be by your side. Gumbo’s tail is always wagging, he is good with other dogs, doesn’t seem to be interested in cats and is great on leash walks. Gumbo is very laid back and enjoys a slow pace during his walks as he is interested in meeting new people and making new furry friends. Gumbo loves to ride in the car, take long naps and to be with his person. Gumbo is deaf and a fenced in yard is required for his new home and older children would be best for him to live with, even though he does love the little ones. He does not bark due to his lack of hearing – so being a quiet beagle makes him even more appealing. A mild mannered guy with a robust mid-section, Gumbo has “Perfect Pet Companion” written all over his furry face. Please attend one of our clinics and meet Gumbo – you won’t be disappointed!

HannahHANNAH - Terrier mix, female, 8 YEARS, 20 lbs. Hannah is a little bundle of love who has never met a person or dog or cat she doesn't like and if you offer her a treat she will move you to the head of her list! Hannah likes to go for walks, and rides well in the car; most likely this sweetie would be happiest in a setting where someone is home much of the time just because she thrives on companionship. Hannah was surrendered to a local shelter due to her owner not being able to care for her any longer. She was in pretty rough shape with a bad skin infection and eyes from which she could hardly see because of chronic dry eye and turned-in eyelids but she has had eye surgery and did very well with that. With good vet treatment and lots of TLC from her foster mom, Hannah is now ready to move on to her forever home. You can expect to be rewarded many times over for the care you give her, with her complete love and devotion.

KelsoKELSO - Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees (with a dash of St. Bernard?), male, 100 lbs. Kelso was a stray from the streets of NYC who came in to Peppertree in poor shape with pneumonia and hair loss. At the time his age was estimated to be 10 years. He has since made a full recovery, and we believe he is younger, perhaps 7 or 8. He is the proverbial gentle giant and extremely good-natured. Kelso is very good with other dogs, although may resist if one wants to take a particularly prized toy out of his mouth, but we have discovered that he is a bit too interested in cats to live with one. He loves people, loves to be petted, loves to "lean" on you, and enjoys simply hanging around the house. He has excellent house manners and has no problem with stairs - other than extremely long legs! He is good in the car, fully housebroken and good on a leash. He has no issues with children, although due to his age we would only place with children 12 and older as Kelso appreciates a quiet environment.

KimchiKIMCHI - Shih Tzu/Maltese mix, male, 12 years, 16 lbs. No, this is not a miniature luck dragon - this is Kimchi! This peppy, happy fellow is a great family dog and is even good with small kids; an easy addition to almost any home with his wonderful house manners. He just asks for the occasional walk and lots of love, in return he will make you smile each and every day! Kimchi does still play fetch now and then but his favorite thing to do is cuddle. Also, he is bi-lingual! Kimchi knows commands best in Korean however he will respond to English as well. This well-rounded little fellow is quite the catch!

LadybugLADYBUG - Chihuahua, female, 14 years old, 5 lbs. Scotch, cheddar, a fine Italian wine, Ladybug . . . all these things only get better with age, and take a true connoisseur to appreciate. Although really anyone that likes snuggling can appreciate Ladybug, she is really good at it. Ladybug is also good at following the sunbeams around for nice warm naps, and greeting her foster family at the door wagging her tail and dancing in little happy circles, and being carried around the block for a walk. We imagine she was quite the little spitfire in her day but now she is more of a pint sized grand dame, living happily with other small dogs, and being doted on by her foster family. Ladybug does have some special needs and requires some extra senior care but she will repay her family with a lot of love and appreciation. We know there is a special home just waiting to help her live every day to its fullest.

QuinnQUINN - Standard Poodle, male, 11 years, 52 lbs. Quinn is a stately gentleman who was rescued from a puppy mill situation where he'd spent his entire life. Quinn is excellent with other dogs and cats. He acts as if he never saw children - he found them quite fascinating at a recent clinic. Quinn is gentle and thoughtful and enjoys meeting new people. He is excellent on leash and has wonderful house manners. Quinn is a gem.

RoverROVER - Lab mix, male, 1-2 years, 50 lbs. Rover is the perfect moniker for this sweet energetic boy who loves to run, and run fast! Rover loves people, hugs and is very people-friendly. He would do well in a home with a secure, tall fence because he loves extra space to live up to his name. Rover is an enthusiastic boy with herding instincts and will be best in a household without cats. A former stray, he needs socialization and training, as some things in the world seem new to him. Slow and consistent exposure to new things will help this boy gain confidence. Rover isn’t a couch potato – if you're looking for an active pet to explore the different worlds of dog training and activities: dock diving, agility, barn hunt, herding or more, this may be the dog for you!

Sakura (aka sake)SAKURA (aka SAKE) - Retriever mix, female, 5 years old, 52 lbs. Sake is a sweet little girl with a lot of love. Sake came to us with some pretty severe allergies and ear infections which caused a LOT of hair loss and discomfort. Since we've been treating her she's grown back so much of her hair and she keeps growing back more on a daily basis. She is in the process of getting allergy testing, but for now is doing great on her allergy medication. Sake gets along well with the cat in the house, occasionally gets spunky and wants to play, but the cat will have none of that. She gets along well with the resident female dog in her foster home and knows sit, shake, down, and stay, and listens very well if you ask her to get down from the bed or the couch. She'll do anything for a treat, which makes it very easy to train her or give her meds. Sake will need the occasional medicated bath which she tolerates pretty well. And good treats like hot dog chunks make her like it more and more each time! Now that she's feeling better, Sake is really coming into her own. She's housebroken, does well on leash, she's the perfect medium size, and she'd love to meet YOU!

TabbyTABBY - Feist mix, female, 2 years, 40 lbs - It is true, Tabby is a home body at heart. While other dogs seem to enjoy travel and long walks on the beach Tabby would much rather stay at home and watch some TV, or maybe curl up with a good book. Tabby does not get why you would ever want to leave home when home is where you can snuggle in bed, chase after bunnies in the yard, or chew her foster mom's shoes - you know, the simple things in life! When it comes to people Tabby is a true introvert and is often overwhelmed in social situations but when it comes to dogs Tabby has never met a dog she has not tried to befriend. She even won over the heart of her cranky canine foster brother! Tabby also does very well with cats and will try to groom them if given the chance, she is not often given the chance though. Tabby will need another dog in the home as having a canine friend helps boost her confidence. Her foster brother has helped her learn to enjoy many new things, like walks in the woods, sitting for treats, and begging for roaster chicken, and has been a big support for her. Tabby has come a long way but still gets overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the world so a house that doesn't rely on walks for exercise and has a nice quiet fenced yard would be ideal for her. Tabby does require a fence because she can be shy, and because her favorite thing to do is hang out in the yard and sniff all the smells. Since Tabby prefers predictability in her life a house without children is best for her. She would do fine with visiting children but living with them every day is not for Tabby. Tabby is a sweet dog, possibly the sweetest dog her foster home has had come through their doors, and we know there is a home just waiting for her.

Turbo tax dot comTURBO TAX DOT COM - Boxer, male, 5 years. We admit Turbo Tax Dot Com may be a silly name, but this boy is kind of a silly Boxer. When we met him words like cuddly, goofy, sweet, and smushy were mentioned. And yes, he's a boxer so we may have also mentioned dribbly, drooly and a face only a mother could love. But we quickly shushed those people because clearly they do not get boxers! This handsome fellow is good with other dogs, though he does like to be in charge, so a mellow female doggy companion might be the best fit. He is fine with cats and LOVES children. Turbo Tax Dot Com is excellent in the car and has wonderful leash manners. He came to us with some health issues that needed medical attention, but he is on the mend and eager to find his forever home. Please allow us to add a disclaimer, Turbo Tax Dot Com is not a licensed tax preparer or CPA, we do not advise adopting him and letting him work on your taxes. To be perfect honest, he is not big on brains, but he is big on love. Click here to see Turbo's appearance on Pet Connection with Steve Caporizzo! *Note: visual breed identification in dogs is unreliable, so for most of our 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

VelmaVELMA - Terrier/whippet mix, female, 8 years, 20 lbs. Velma’s owner passed away and she found herself in a shelter because there was no one who could take her in. Having led a darn happy life, the shelter environment was very hard on her and it was decided that rescue would be the best option for her. She appears to be a terrier/whippet mix, but no one knows for sure! When first introduced Velma is skittish, but she quickly comes around and becomes a serious lovebug. She has kisses to give at any time you may feel the need. She is happily living with 2 other dogs in her foster home. She is a little dog with a BIG personality, a dog who has no problem telling bigger dogs that she’s the boss. Of course, when the big dog says “no way”, she happily prances away to check on her human. Velma will joyfully announce the arrival of visitors and would make an excellent watchdog. She likes to keep her people close, is not happy when left alone, but recovers quickly and waits patiently for your return. Her foster mom is hard pressed to do anything but smile at her little antics. And from her first day in foster care, she has not required crating. Her house manners are excellent, completely housebroken, a little accident when she first arrived and that was that. She would be a wonderful family or companion dog, but would do best with children over 8 years old due to her size. We would like a home with a fenced-in yard for Miss Velma.

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 (5)           Last Updated: 07/28/2016 21:07:02

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.

BUTTONS - Pekingese, male, 12 years, 10 lbs.

CHRISTOPHER - Chihuahua, male, 7 years.

GOLIATH - Lab mix, male, 1 yr, 76 lbs.

LEMON - Beagle, male, 10 years, 50 lbs.

LEMON - Beagle, male, 10 years, 50 lbs.

WAGS MCGEE - Chihuahua, male, 7 years.

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