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Saturday, September 6, 2014
10:00am - 1:30 pm

East Greenbush Petsmart, 279 Troy Road Ste 11, Rensselaer, NY 12144

Saturday, September 6, 2014
11:00am - 2:00pm

Cobblestone Church 118 Putnam Road Rotterdam, NY 12306

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Peppertree Rescue Dogs

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

AbuABU - Miniature Pinscher mix, male, 9 years, 9 lbs. From the streets of NYC, we bring you our new monkey Abu! Much like his namesake from Disney's Aladdin, Abu is a happy little fellow who is sure to make you smile. He knows his commands and some tricks, and loves to show off for treats. Abu gets along with the other dogs in his foster home, but he really lives to be with people. He is a quiet, mellow boy who is happy to lay by your feet, preferably huddled under his favorite blanket (he is an expert at rolling himself into a burrito!). Of course, if you find yourself in need of some cuddle time, Abu is very affectionate and enjoys being held and cuddled. He has not been tested with cats, but we suspect he would be fine. We will not place him with children under 10 because of his small size. He is crate-trained, rides great in the car, and his foster family has yet to hear him bark. Abu is an adorable little boy who would make a wonderful addition to a lucky family.

AleaALEA - Lab/Plott hound mix, female, ~7 years, 60 lbs. Alea (Maggie Mae to her foster family) was a stray found in Brooklyn. She knows basic commands and loves to be near people, especially men - she LOVES men! She is gentle with children, but sometimes when excited she will accidentally knock them over; for this reason, we think she'd be best with kids older than 6. No cats (she likes to chase them) and she'd prefer a home without other dogs. Alea would love a daily run or walk. She is a dog who likes having a job, and currently she has assigned herself the duties of guarding the birdfeeder from the birds and following her foster family around. She would love a fenced yard to romp in and explore. With a little love and attention, Alea is a great family pet. Her adoption fee is partially sponsored by Pet Connection. Click here see more pictures of Alea on 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.

BenBEN - Shepherd Mix, male, 12 years, 45 lbs. Ben is a sweet elderly gentleman from Brooklyn looking for his retirement home. He loves his person and a good scritch, and a sunny spot to while away the day. He gets along with dogs, cats and children. Ben is hard of hearing and his vision is failing but that does not hold him back from exploring. Ben loves hanging out in the yard watching the bunnies but prefers to be where you are. He would do best with minimal stairs and carpeted floors since his legs are not what they used to be. Ben is ready to love and be loved.

BlazeBLAZE - Akita/Lab mix, male, 8 years old, 80 lbs. Blaze looks imposing with his black fur and muscular build, but he is a big teddy bear through and through. This dog loves to give kisses, snuggle, and follow his person around, and he does not care who knows it! Blaze is confident in who he is, and knows that people love him for him, he has no need to put on a tough front. He is a low drama kind of fellow, and if other dogs kick up a fuss he feels no need to get involved, and when things get loud he is not fazed. Blaze knows how to chill, even in a busy household. He has lived with two bouncy female dogs most recently, and is used to frequently visiting grandchildren of all ages who think he is a pony. Blaze also has excellent house manners, does not need a crate and is house trained. Blaze knows basic commands and loves to show off his sit, down and high five skills! Recall is not his thing though, he does not always come when called - there are too many fun things to sniff and places to explore in the world! Because of his escape artist tendencies he will need a secure yard, or to be leash walked only. But luckily Blaze loves walks and always knows where his leash is, and sometimes brings it to you if you ask! Blaze has lived with cats and thinks they are a lot of fun, but his enthusiastic greeting may overwhelm some, so, his ability to live with them will depend on the cat and their dynamics.

FreyaFREYA - Pit bull mix, female, 5 years, 37 lbs. Freya is a happy, happy dog that is going to be very devoted to her owner. Her foster mom walks her on a 40 foot leash through open fields and Freya rarely goes out to the end of the leash. She's very happy to walk right by your side and look up at you to see what you're going to ask of her. If you're looking for a jogging partner she'll help you out but she's just as happy to snuggle up to you on the couch. She is good with other dogs and is quiet in her crate at night. She's very gentle taking treats and waits patiently for you to put her food bowl down. Peanut butter is a favorite treat. When she gets excited she does jump on you a bit but a firm "no" will make her go right into the sit position where she will wait until you tell her it's "OK". She's also been known to give "puppy pinches" when she's really happy. She's good with other dogs. Cats are unknown at this time.

Mickey rooneyMICKEY ROONEY - Min Pin mix, male, 5 years, 14 lbs. Mickey is a cute little guy who is a bit shy. He would prefer that new people let him investigate them first, then once he decides they're ok, it's all good! Once he trusts you, Mickey is loving, a great kisser and cuddler. He is a "talker", and this might sound like growling until you get to know him. This boy prefers to be king of his castle, so he would be best in a calm, adult-only home with no other dogs, and he is too much of a cat chaser to live with them. Mickey aims to please and loves to be with his person and to play with his toys.

PaulyPAULY - Collie/Pointer mix, male, 2 years old, 55 lbs. Pauly was brought to a shelter as a stray but was obviously someone's pet. He is a sweet, loving, companion dog who wants to be with his people all of the time. Pauly has excellent house manners. He walks well on a leash and rides well in the car. Pauly knows basic commands and learns quickly. He is playful with other dogs who like to play, and leaves them alone if they don't. He is not good with cats. Pauly has good potential to be an off-leash dog, hiking companion, etc.

RileyRILEY - Pit bull mix, male, ~1 year, ~47 lbs. Riley is such a happy and friendly boy - he has truly never met a stranger! He came from a shelter in central NYS where he had been picked up as a stray. 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, including long walks. He is crate trained and housebroken. Riley is a huge snuggler, and would lay happily for hours if someone was petting his belly! He loves interacting with all - dogs, cats, humans, and really just wants to be a part of a loving family. He is food motivated and eager to learn! Riley loves to play for hours with the dog in his foster home and we would like to see him placed in a home with a canine companion.

TheodoreTHEODORE - Lab/Beagle/Pitbull mix, male, 6 years, 62 lbs. Theo is a sweetie, 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 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 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.

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: 08/27/2014 23:08:23

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.

CARLINA - Chihuahua mix, female, ~7 years. New to Peppertree and receiving medical care.

MISS MOLLY - Shepherd mix, female, 7 years, 65 lbs. New to Peppertree and being evaluated.

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