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Saturday, December 17, 2016
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Latham PetSmart, 609 Troy Schenectady 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


BonbonBonBon - Collie mix, female, 8 years. BonBon is a Southern beauty with a little bit of “sass" & a whole lotta charm, which has earned her the nickname Dixie at home. True to the collie in her BonBon is a fast learner, she has learned to “sit”, “stay”, “shake”, and “high five” in just a few short weeks! BonBon is one smart dog. Her favorite pastimes include walking, snoozing on your lap, snuggling on the couch, or curling up next to you in bed. All of which have earned her the title of "expert cuddle bug" in her foster home! BonBon walks extremely well on a leash but she does have a herding instinct and is working on resisting the urge to chase passing cars. A home that can take her for walks where she will not be tempted by traffic may be more enjoyable for her. BonBon is currently undergoing heartworm treatment at Peppertree's cost, and is on restricted activity until this treatment is completed, so short walks are a must. When she is cleared to be back to normal activity, this spunky gal will LOVE to play fetch, be a loyal walking companion, and enjoy accompanying you on your outdoor activities. This brown-eyed girl was found as a stray, and maybe because of spending lots of time on her own, she has some trouble sharing treats and toys with others. She is working on this in her foster home, and her new family will need to continue to reassure her that her newfound resources are here to stay! Patience, consistency, and a routine that works for all will do the trick, and BonBon will continue to shine.

ChristopherCHRISTOPHER - Chihuahua, male, 7 years, 8 lbs. Christopher came to us with his brother, Wags McGee, as an owner surrender because prior owners were unable to care for them. While we initially believed that they were a bonded pair, they have both proven to be independent little fellows who are very sociable and love people and other dogs. Christopher is a very cheerful little guy who has controlled diabetes. He requires an insulin shot twice a day, and if you administer it while he indulges in his favorite activity of eating, he won’t even be aware of it. Christopher is paper trained and is showing signs that he could be on his way to being completely housebroken. He will go outside in the morning and if taken out several times during the day, he seems to be happy enough taking care of business in the great outdoors. Christopher is very bright and interested in everything, eager to give his humans many kisses, very affectionate. He has cataracts, but that doesn’t seem to slow him down. Christopher is, simply, a Chihuahua and a credit to his breed.

FletcherFLETCHER - Cattle dog? mix, male, 3 years, 60 lbs. Fletcher is a fun dog whose unique look and great personality charm everyone. He has great focus and will work for treats. Fletcher loves to run around outside or take walks, although he needs to work on his leash manners. There are so many great smells, he can't get to them fast enough. Fletcher likes to meet new people and dogs, and enjoys playing with his foster siblings. He likes kids too but doesn't know how much dog he is so it is recommended he go to a home with older children 10 and up. Fletcher is house broken and rides well in the car. He has nice manners. He happily sleeps on a dog bed or in his crate. When you get him excited, he runs around like a puppy. Fletcher would very much like to have a family of his own to love.

Luna lovegoodLUNA LOVEGOOD - Lab/Pit Bull mix, female, 11 years, 44 lbs. Sweet Luna Lovegood was surrendered to a NYC shelter as her long-time owner was moving. She is curious, excited about the world, and affectionate. She walks well on a leash and doesn't stray far when off-leash. Luna Lovegood enjoys attention but also loves lounging on a soft bed. She is friendly with new people but doesn't get overexcited or jump up. She's housetrained and has nice house manners. In her former home, we are told that Luna Lovegood was friendly with all, playful and tolerant with young children and good with other dogs.

MaddoxMADDOX - Lab mix, male, 11 years, 54 lbs. Maddox may look like a stately gent, but he loves to play with his stuffed toys. He's not a rip out the squeaker and eat it for breakfast kind of dog, he's more a chewer rather than a destroyer. His favorite activities are getting cuddles and pets from his people (belly rubs are the best), eating, and going for walks. Maddox is a dog with moderate energy. He's a breeze to walk on a leash, although he loves to stop and smell all the wonderful smells in the world first thing in the morning. In the car, Maddox is a wonderful passenger. He is good with kids and cats. Maddox would love it if he was small enough to fit on your lap, but he'll settling for resting his head on you. He has a bit of arthritis but it doesn't slow him down. He runs around and navigates stairs with no real problems, although he is a bit clumsy. Maddox is looking for that perfect someone or family to become the center of his world.

RandyRANDY - Shepherd mix, male, 2 years, ~90 lbs. Randy is the definition of a velcro dog! If you want a devoted canine shadow to follow you around and keep you company in your home, look no further. He loves to be with people, and if you are sitting he is guaranteed to come to your for a pet on the head or a scratch on his back. Randy has excellent house manners, likes his crate, does well with most dogs, and is looking for an adult only home. He is okay with cats although he thinks it can be fun to chase a cat and raid the litter box so a dog savvy cat is required. Randy knows his basic commands and is working on his leash manners, he generally walks very well unless he sees a squirrel or a bunny to chase, then he gets a bit excited! Randy is content to be an only dog, although he would likely share his home with the right dog too. Randy is used to a nice big yard and does like to be outside to play so a suburban or rural setting would be best for him.

RoverROVER - Lab mix, 1-2 years, male, 50 lbs. Rover is an active young lab mix. He is sensitive and quick to react to the world around him, but is eager to please and a quick learner. He is very food motivated and shines in his training class. Rover is enthusiastically working on sit, down, shake, and stay. He is also learning how to remain calm and focused during distractions. We suspect that a lack of early socialization and exposure is contributing to Rover’s propensity to become over-excited at sights and sounds; for that reason, he would do best in a calm, predictable environment. Rover would thrive in an easy-going household with a big yard where he can run, play, and just be a dog - maybe you have some squirrels to chase? Because he will chase them for you! Because of that desire to chase Rover is not able to live with cats, or children. Rover is house-trained and crate-trained. He is fine with other dogs and has enjoyed playing with them, but may need a slow introduction before he feels comfortable.

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!

SofiaSOFIA - Terrier mix, female, ~1 year, 40 lbs. This sweetheart was found as a local stray and never claimed; the Animal Control Officer contacted Peppertree as she was so impressed with Sofia's temperament. Her breed mix is a mystery; we like the term "All American" but possibly there is some terrier in the mix somewhere! Sofia's foster mom says she is making great progress, considering especially that when this pretty girl came to us she was scared and overwhelmed with the world. She is great with the cats in her foster home, has loved every person she has met, and is quickly picking up housebreaking and how to enjoy some "quiet time" in her crate. Sofia appears to be a quick learner and is very eager to please. A home with patience and a quiet routine would be ideal for Sofia. We imagine she would love another dog in the home to boost her confidence and as a playmate but it's not a requirement. While we have no reason to think she wouldn't be fine around young children, her foster mom hasn't had a chance to have her meet any yet, and as she is a bit timid we think a home without a lot of rambunctious behavior would be most comfortable for her.

TabbyTABBY - Feist mix, female, 3 years, 40 lbs. It is true, Tabby is a homebody at heart. While other dogs seem to enjoy travel and long walks on the beach Tabby would much rather stay at home and eat microwave popcorn, or maybe curl up with a good toy to chew. Tabby does not get why you would ever want to leave home when home is where her bed and toys are, plus the yard is fun to play in, and the yard has bunnies to chase! Tabby is a true introvert and is often overwhelmed in social situations but when it comes to dogs she has never met a dog she has not tried to befriend. Tabby finds dogs much less overwhelming than people which is one of the reasons why she will need a home with another dog. 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 does require a fence because of her shyness, and because her favorite thing to do is hang out in the yard and sniff all the smells. Since Tabby prefers predictability and quiet 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.

Wags mcgeeWAGS McGEE - Chihuahua, male, 8 years. Wags McGee came to us as an owner surrender along with his brother/buddy Chistopher. Wags is very overweight and is presently on a strict diet to get his weight down. Otherwise, he is in very good health. He’s about 8 years old, at last check he was about 18 lbs. He should be more like 11 or 12 lbs. Wags is paper trained and is working out house training. He’s very sweet and loves affection. He is starting to enjoy his walks although around the block is the best he can do at the moment. Wags will be a lovely addition to someone’s family although small children are not recommended due to his size.

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 (12)           Last Updated: 12/04/2016 10:12:10

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.

DARBY - Hound mix, male, 3 years, 48 lbs.

NORMAN - Hound/pointer mix, male, 7 years, 60 lbs.

PIRATE - Min pin, male, 3 years, ~18 LBS.

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