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.
A SPECIAL FOREVER HOME IS NEEDED FOR ZOEY LYNN - an 8 year old spunky 20lb. beagle girl whose caregivers have nicknamed her The Queen!
This 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 ZOEY LYNN can be the only pet.
The past few years of her life were lived in significant neglect and pain due to a badly healed injury to a hind leg that required its eventual amputation, however ZOEY LYNN 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 - November 2013 - ZL has recently moved to an amazing foster home, and her foster parents report that she is a loving girl who is becoming happier every day, and is really learning how to "be a dog". She has begun to play much more, and now frequently offers a play bow as an invitation to a game of tag or chase. The only catch is that her balance is thrown off by only having 1 back leg, so the play bow sometimes results in ZOEY LYNN losing balance and toppling over, but no worries! She is soon up and happy again. We just love this dog!
ALEA - Lab/Plott hound mix, female, ~7 years, 55 lbs. Alea was a stray found in Brooklyn. She knows basic commands and loves to be near people. She is gentle with children, but sometimes when she is excited, she sometimes accidentally knocks them down. For this reason, we think she'd be best with kids older than 6. She is good with dogs, but not with cats. Alea has energy and would love a daily run or walk. This wonderful girl needs some training on leash manners, and with love and attention will be a great family pet.
AUGUSTA - Feist mix, female, ~2 years, ~42 lbs. Augusta came to us recently from a shelter in Tennessee and we are still getting to know her, but so far we've seen that she is a very friendly girl, loving and affectionate. She has the cutest little tail stub that wiggles constantly, and enough kisses for everyone, especially kids! Augusta is good with other dogs and cats. She LOVES to cuddle and to go for a ride in the car. Her favorite place to be rubbed is behind her ears. :-) She is just a gem!
AUTUMN MIST - Mastiff, female, 8-9 years, 97 lbs. Autumn was found as a stray in southern NY and was being overlooked at the local shelter because of her age and size. She is small for a mastiff at only 97 pounds! Autumn loves people and is ok with other dogs, but is becoming overwhelmed by multiple dogs in her foster home. She is better with big dogs than small ones. Autumn has the typical mastiff “rub” when she wants attention. She does have a cataract in one eye and is a little arthritic, but that doesn’t slow her down. Because of her age and senior ailments, a home with small children is not recommended, and she needs one with minimal stairs. She also needs a placement where she will not be left alone for more than a 7-8 hour work day. Autumn would do best with a family that wants a big dog to love and just hang out and in return, she will give you more love than you can handle. Can you take a second look at this old girl?? You won’t be disappointed.
BARRETT - Basset mix, male, 4 years, ~35 lbs. Barrett (aka Bear) is a super boy! He has lived with kids, including infants, and is happiest playing with his canine brother and being with his family. Barrett has good house manners, enjoys walks and playing in the yard, and does well in public situations like the dog park. Barrett has lived with cats in the foster home and he is fine with the cat, although he does like to chase it playfully. Barrett can be a bit unsure in new situations and gets anxious when left alone which is why he does best with a buddy and he needs the companionship of another dog, so we will only place him in a home with another canine. Once he relaxes and comes out of his shell he likes to be the leader. He makes sure everyone follows the rules so Barrett would do best with a dog who doesn't mind being second in command, though he is a bit of a romantic and may not mind so much if a lady were telling him what to do. Barrett has a beautiful silky coat and soulful eyes, and is going to make someone very, very happy.
DAWN - Retriever mix, female, ~1 year old, 37 lbs. Dawn was semi-feral and terrified of all people and everything in life except other dogs when she first arrived. She has improved somewhat since then - once she knows you, she will come readily for treats, loves playing with the other dogs in her foster home, is more comfortable about letting people approach and pet her, but still has a way to go. Dawn has good house manners and is very delicate and non-destructive. She is wonderful with children and seems to relate to toddlers especially well. However, we consider her to be a flight risk, and her adoptive home will have to have a yard with a physical fence (she would not adapt well to Invisible Fence) and children old enough to know to be careful when they open the door. Dawn has excellent other-dog skills and is good, and a little timid, with cats. She's still emerging from her shell and will require a great deal of TLC. A group obedience class with a kind teacher would be a great help. Dawn will be a delightful and engaging companion to someone who will help her learn to be a secure dog.
ETHEL - Cocker spaniel mix, female, 8-10 years, ~23 lbs. Ethel is a very sweet mellow little girl who really wants nothing more than to be loved. She is looking for a forever home that will appreciate her for the rock star she is - you see, Ethel is completely blind, but shhh... nobody has told her yet! She prances around her foster home with not a care in the world earning herself the nickname Mrs. Magoo. Ethel LOVES to be with people and she gets along with cats and dogs. She is guaranteed to melt your heart. Ethel came to us with some skin issues that are resolving nicely with diligent baths and a grain-free diet. Ethel suffers from a bit of separation anxiety and her foster mom is working with her on that.
HERMAN - Shep/lab mix, male, 8-10 years old, 50 lbs. It is hard to sum Herman up in just a few words, but we're going to do our best by saying he is unapologetically happy, loves everyone, and is a best buddy just waiting for his buddy. It seems like Herman's goal in life is to not be bothered by anything and always find the sunny side of things. His spirit is contagious - Herman comes guaranteed to make you smile. Herman is great with other dogs and is good on the leash, but he is also happy to hang out in his yard. Herman would be a great companion for a retiree. While he is able to keep his crate clean for a work day, we feel it would be best for his adopter not to work a full-time job - at Herman's age, we would like to see him in a home with someone able to let him out after 4-5 hours. He so enjoys being with his people that he would love having someone around most of the time to confirm how handsome, smart and sweet he is! Click here see more pictures of Herman on Petfinder.com.
HERMAN Needs A Foster Home!
LUXIE - Boxer/German Shepherd mix, female, 8 months. Luxie is a happy, lively girl who is looking for a home to shine in. Her start at life was very sheltered, so she is still learning about the world and all the strange things in it, but she has been blossoming as she learns. Luxie is a sweet girl who is shy at first, but she loves to give kisses and get hugs once she knows you are a friend. Luxie enjoys playing with and is used to living with other dogs, and has learned to be very respectful of cats. She would love regular, energetic exercise. Although she loves everyone (once she knows they are a friend) she would be best with older children, simply because she is a puppy - a very big puppy! Best of all Luxie has a great personality and is excited to learn. Luxie is working on becoming house trained and is very clean when crated so it's just a matter of a little training. She will need to be crated or in a secure area when home alone as she will still counter-surf, she is still a puppy after all! Luxie is a real find and with a positive home to keep her on the right path she we know she will become the best dog she can be.
LUXIE Needs A Foster Home!
NEENEE - Black Lab mix, female, 2 years old, 42 lbs. NeeNee (who prefers Nina) is a super sweet, petite lab mix who loves people, cuddling, and giving kisses. Nina is all about play and easily makes friends, but can happily entertain herself with toys. She loves going for walks and may even enjoy jogging. Nina has excellent house manners and likes to be with her people. And when she wants a little R&R, she'll wander off to special 'hiding' places in her foster home. She adores the male dog in her foster home and has also lived with cats and children. Because Nina is high energy, we think she'd do best in a home without small children.
PUCK - Boxer/German Shepherd mix, male, 8 months. Puck is a puppy in a big body. He had a sheltered early life but is making up for it now with enthusiasm! Puck loves people and to give kisses, he still wiggles happily like a puppy and loves these things called walks. Houses are new to him but he is catching on quickly, he especially enjoys houses filled with people and dogs to play with! He is a silly boy at times but is very patient with people and kids. He does jump on people though, and because he is so big, we think he'd be best with older children/teens. He is house trained, but does need to be crated when he is not supervised, and will likely need the crating continued for a bit more because he just learned about these things called counters that sometimes have food on them - they are awesome! And so is Puck.
PUCK Needs A Foster Home!
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, she 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 a sucker for a piece of cheese and that she is eager to please. Shelli does very well with other dogs and is gentle with people and children. 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 do not know how she would be with cats. We are proud to note that Shelli has earned her Canine Good Citizen designation!
SHELLI, CGC Needs A Foster Home!
THOR - Lab mix, male, 9 months, ~60 lbs. Thor is all puppy and what a great one he is! This sweet goofball was found as a stray in NYC and made his way to Peppertree. He is living in a foster home with kids and another dog, and doing very well. He is housebroken and crate-trained. True to his Lab heritage, Thor is happy and friendly and aims to please. He is a great candidate for obedience training, which will help him bond with his new owner as well as reinforce the manners he is learning in his foster home.
YADDO, CGC - Norwegian Elkhound, male, 12 years, 68 lbs. It is hard to resist a dog whose whole body wiggles with joy as he greets you, and Yaddo is one of those dogs. He adores people and cannot get enough love and affection, he is always ready to snuggle. Yaddo is house trained, good on the leash and has wonderful house manners. He has no problem being left during the day and will greet you as enthusiastically whether you are gone for an hour or eight. He appreciates a walk and a treat, and does not need much else other than an occasionally brushing, although with his current weight we are working to make sure his walks are more numerous then his treats. Yaddo has a bit of a Napoleon complex and likes to be the boss, but he easily lives with a female dog who just lets him think he is in charge, even though we know the truth. He may not be the right companion for all dogs though. On the other hand Yaddo is great with cats! As a senior Yaddo has a few lumps and bumps in the form of fatty cysts, and may have some arthritis but the vet is not overly worried about them so Yaddo isn't either. Yaddo wears them as badges of honor! He takes his job as the official dog of Norway seriously and will happily announce the arrival of visitors, or the mail man, but is generally a quiet dog 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. We are proud to announce that Yaddo earned his CGC (Canine Good Citizen) on November 23!
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.
KNUCKLES - Olds English Bulldogge, male, 6 years. Receiving vet care.
KYLIE - Female, senior. Just arrived from GA and being evaluated.
LADY - Chocolate Lab, female, 4 years. Being evaluated.
TESSA - Beagle/Terrier? mix, female, 1 year, 22 lbs. In a foster home raising her puppies.
TESSA'S PUPPIES - Beagle/Spaniel mixes, 3 male, 3 female, DOB 11/25/13. We will list them individually with a picture of each as they begin to grow up a bit.
THEODORE - Lab/Beagle/Pitbull mix, male, 6 years, 52 lbs. Being evaluated.
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