Diamonds in the Ruff Fundraiser – Friday February 8th

Join us for Diamonds in the Ruff – an evening of great raffle and auction items to benefit the great dogs of Peppertree Rescue. Food is generously provided by the Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre and we will have music by Ceiliurdah. While we are asking that people register in advance through Eventbrite by clicking here, admission is at your discretion.  Simply give us a donation at the door and you will be entered for the chance to win our door prize.

We will have Silent Auctions, Raffles, and our Restaurant Gift Card Draw, all to benefit Peppertree Rescue.


Diamonds in the Ruff Fundraiser. An evening to benefit the dogs of Peppertree Rescue…

  • Raffles, Silent Auctions, and Music provided by Ceiliúradh
  • Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar with proceeds to benefit Peppertree Rescue
  • Do your Valentine’s Day shopping while helping Peppertree Dogs!

Glennpeter Diamond Center
1544 Central Ave
Albany, New York 12205


Friday February 8th 5:30pm – 7:30pm


Available through Eventbrite by clicking here.  It is free to register, and admission is at your discretion, we simply ask a donation at the door of your choosing.

Spaghetti Dinner – Saturday November 17th!

It is time for our annual Spaghetti Dinner benefiting the dogs of Peppertree Rescue!

Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner!  Featuring delicious entrees with homemade meatballs using local grass-fed beef from Kinderhook Farms, sausage, pesto as a vegetarian option, and served with a salad, beverage and bread from Perreca’s for just $12, smaller children portions are available for $5!  There will also be delicious homemade desserts available for a small donation, and complimentary coffee and tea.Not only will there be amazing food, there will be raffles, silent auctions and a 50/50 raffle, as well as Peppertree Merchandise available!

Everyone is welcome to this event as long as they enjoy great food and great company to benefit great dogs.


Cohoes Senior Center
10 Cayuga Plaza
Cohoes, NY

Saturday, November 17th

Take-out is 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Sit down is 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Thank you to Kinderhook Farm for their wonderful discount on local meat, and Perreca’s for donating their bread!

Sponsor a Table!

If you would like to help us cover the expenses of our dinner, please consider becoming a sponsor!

Sponsorship Packages:

  • $50 – Table named in your dogs honor, with a picture displayed and their story
  • $75 – Table named in your dogs honor, with a picture displayed and their story, and dinner for two (take-out or sit-down)
  • $100 – Table named in your dogs honor, with a picture displayed and their story, and dinner for four (take-out or sit-down)
  • $10 you dog’s picture will be displayed on our “Peppertree Tree” the day of the event
If you are interested in hearing more, or would like to sponsor a table, or have your dog on our “Peppetree Tree” then please call Alissa at 518-598-6797 or e-mail her at Pictures can be e-mailed or mailed per your preference. Pictures will need to arrive by November 10th to be displayed.

Thank you for your consideration and support. Without events like this, and the support of our local community we would not be able to do the work we do.

Alumni Picnic – September 16th!

Join us for our 11th Annual Alumni Picnic at Cook Park Pavilion in Colonie, NY on Sunday, September 16th, from noon to 3pm.

Everyone is welcome, whether you are a Peppertree adopter, supporter, or just like good food and hanging out with your dog, this is not limited to our alumni.  Tickets are $10 ahead through Eventbrite, or $12 day of.  It is $5 for children and we will still offer the family package of $25 for two adults and two children.

We will be celebrating 20 years of Peppertree with hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, Chef Joe’s Chicken, assorted picnic salads and birthday cupcakes for dessert!

We will have an obstacle course sponsored by Good Choice Dog Training, and Old Dogs New Tricks will be on hand to conduct an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation, your dog could leave with a title! E-mail Alissa at for more details.

Cook Park Pavilion is located off Shambrook Parkway in Colonie, NY.


Do I have to have a Peppertree Dog to attend?

No! The more the merrier, all friendly dogs (and people) are welcome to join us.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking at the venue.

What can I bring into the event?

You and your dog are welcome! We ask dogs not be on flexi-leads or retractable leashes, and while there is picnic seating you are welcome to bring a chair of your own.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

E-mail us at, call 518-435-7425 or visit our website at

What’s the refund policy?

If you buy ahead through Eventbrite they will issue a refund as long as it is more then 7 days prior to the event, unfortunately for food estimate purposes we cannot refund any closer to the event.

11th Annual Furry Fun Run – a 5K Run/Walk to benefit Peppertree!

Join us for the 11th Annual Furry Fun Run, a Run/Walk for people AND dogs on Saturday April 21st! This great fundraiser to benefit Peppertree Rescue will take place at the Warming Hut off the scenic Avenue of the Pines in Saratoga State Park.
The Furry Fun Run was the first 5k in the area to welcome dogs on a certified 5K course and it is a do not miss event! If you are not up for running we welcome walkers too! Day-of-registration is $35 so do not forget to register online.
Online registration will open at 6am on Saturday, February 3rd and the first 50 people to register can opt to receive a free run t-shirt thanks to our sponsors Good Choice Dog Training, Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center, and Saratoga Honda! And if you collect $100 or more in donations for Peppertree then your registration fee can be refunded the day of the run.
Prizes will be awarded to the first three women, men and dogs to cross the finish line, as well as the top three fundraisers.
Special thanks to Saratoga Honda for sponsoring our finish line and water table this year!
Packet pick up and race day registration run from 8 am to 8:45 am on race day at the Warming Hut, the race will start at 9:15am.
Proceeds of this event go to benefit the dogs of Peppertree Rescue and support the work we do.
Peppertree Rescue is a volunteer run organization dedicated to helping dogs of good temperament – we do not discriminate based on breed, age or health.

Diamonds in the Ruff – Friday February 2nd!

Join us for Diamonds in the Ruff on Friday, February 2nd from 5pm to 8pm for an evening of great raffle and auction items to benefit the great dogs of Peppertree Rescue. This is a fun night out and a great way to beat the winter blues.

While we are asking that people get a ticket ahead through Eventbrite, admission is at your discretion, simply give us a donation at the door. There will be a cash bar to benefit Peppertree Rescue as well as complementary appetizers generously provided by the Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre.

Please remember to get your tickets through EventBrite here, as it is required to attend! Hope to see everyone there!

Waffles for Woofs – January 1st at The Shop in Troy!

In keeping with tradition, The Shop will be hosting a free breakfast on New Year’s Day, with a bit of a twist!

Announcing: Waffles for Woofs, a free waffle and pancake breakfast to benefit Peppertree Rescue!

Each year, when the calendars flip back to 1, The Shop welcomes their patrons into the restaurant for a few hours to say “thank you” for another awesome year! The Shop realized that this tradition could be used to aid organizations that need our help to carry out their vitally important missions, and this year will be hosting Waffles for Woofs!

So, here’s how it works; The Shop provides your choice of pancakes or waffles for an encouraged (but not required) donation, all of which will go directly to Peppertree Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer fostering rescue organization for dogs in need!

In addition to the donation based pancakes and waffles, they will also offer a cash bar of brunch cocktails and brunch sides available at a la carte menu prices.

Peppertree Rescue will also be hosting a “Meet The Woofs” adoption clinic right next door at Scarlet Seven Fine Art Gallery!

Peppertree Rescue and The Shop are so excited! Make good on your New Year’s Resolutions form Day 1 and join us for the fun, food, and PUPPIES!

Spaghetti Dinner is November 18th!

Join us for our world famous (okay, maybe it is just regionally famous?) Spaghetti Dinner on November 18th!

Adults are just $12, children $5, 5 years old and under eat free!

Meals include spaghetti with Chef Grimaldi’s homemade meatballs and sausage from Andy’s Imports, sauce from Perecca’s and a marinara or pesto option for our vegan and vegetarian friends, along with Italian bread from the very generous Perecca’s Bakery, salad, and a beverage.

Homemade desserts will be for sale if you are still hungry! Do not miss this great event.

And of course we will have our amazing raffles and silent auction items!

 Take out starts at 4:30pm, and sit down dinner starts at 5pm.  Bring your appetites!  We stop seating people at 7:30pm.


Cohoes Senior Citizen Center,

10 Cayuga Plaza, Cohoes, NY

Alumni Picnic – September 17th!

Join us on Sunday, September 17th at the Main Pavilion in Cook Park for our Alumni Picnic!  From noon to 3pm we will be serving great food and celebrating Peppertree dogs!

You do not have to have a Peppertree dog or be a Peppertree adopter to attend, all are welcome!  While it is not required if you are coming please e-mail to RSVP so we can help estimate how much food to buy.

Good Choice Dog Training will be there with the chance for your dogs to try out agility, and Old Dogs New Tricks Dog Training will be conducting a Canine Good Citizen test with the entry fee benefiting Peppertree.  E-mail to sign up for the test or questions on what your dog will need to know.

Peppertree Dog serving as NYS Accelerant Detection Canine, congratulations Axe and Scott.

Peppertree Rescue is proud to share that Axe, formerly known as Rover, graduated from the NYS Academy of Fire Science’s Canine Accelerant Detection Course in Montour Falls, NY on May 12th, 2017 along with several other rescue dogs, including two from Saratoga County Animal Shelter and one from Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.  Axe’s partner will be Officer Scott Kuhlmey and they will stationed in the Buffalo area with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott, Axe and Wendy at graduation!

When Peppertree received the call in February from the NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services we were not sure what to expect.  Fire Investigator Michael Knowlton had seen him on our website and recognized him as the type of dog with the drive needed to do the job.  Failed placements, multiple fosters, extended time in boarding, a history of over-excitement, and even a bite record – Axe, then Rover, was not a typical family dog.  Axe wanted, and needed, a job.  And thankfully one found him, his toy obsession and go go go attitude made him the perfect candidate for their program.

Axe, then Rover, at Darlington County Humane Society

Axe did not have the easiest start to life.  Arriving heartworm positive at Darlington County Humane Society in South Carolina it seemed like his options were limited.  But the staff and volunteers at Darlington became his advocates, and they asked if they arranged for his heartworm treatment could he travel to NY to become a Peppertree dog?  His smiling face and sweet demeanor had us saying yes, but we had no idea the depths that lurked behind that smile!

Rover, attending foster dog class at Good Choice Dog Training in Albany, NY

From the moment of arrival Axe was admittedly a handful, his energy and intelligence translated to one dog that was easily bored and stressed, and when bored and stressed he did not always make the wisest choices.  From picking fights with resident dogs to chasing anything that moved, Axe made it very clear that if he was not given things to do he would find things to do – and they were not always things we approved of.  His foster family worked hard to keep him busy, and to try to tire him out but he seemed to have boundless energy.  Axe was also very stressed out at clinics, over stimulated and just plain overwhelmed at times.  Becky Hutchins, CPDT-KA at Good Choice Dog Training in Albany, NY welcomed him in her foster dog class and he thrived there.  He loved to learn and clearly had drive, and volunteers worked to give him opportunities to stay busy and work.  But while we continued to learn about Axe and offer him all we could, we still were not sure what type of home he was meant for.  His labby looks drew attention but nothing seemed right, until the NYS Department of Homeland Security came calling.

Axe was met and assessed by Fire Investigator Michael Knowlton who knew immediately Axe was exactly what they were looking for.  When the board of Peppertree asked what would happen if Axe did not pass his training, Fire Investigator Knowlton laughed and assured them he had no doubt he would pass.  Axe was perfect.

Axe training. Photos courtesy of Erie County Sheriff’s Office.


Axe was partnered with Scott Kuhlmey and began his training.  They got him used to boats, helicopters, large crowds and more as he learned to detect common liquid accelerants.  As the positive updates and reports came in we knew Fire Investigator Knowlton was right, Axe was perfect.

Axe with his new handler, Scott Kuhlmey. Photos courtesy of Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

We would like to thank Fire Investigator Michael Knowlton and Deputy Chief William McGovern, Jr. for recognizing Axe’s potential and working with us to find this happy ending.  We would also like to thank foster parents Wendy and Paul for going above and beyond with Axe, and working so hard with him, and Darlington County Humane Society in South Carolina for being his first advocates and taking him through his heartworm treatment.

We would also like to congratulate Officer Scott Kuhlmey and Axe on all they have achieved, we are happy to have played a small part in making this happen and look forward to hearing about of all your ongoing good work.


Thank you!!! 10th Annual Furry Fun Run was a HUGE success!

Thank you to all who came, ran, walked, donated, cheered or just spread the word on our 10th Annual Furry Fun Run! It was our most successful year to date bringing in over $8,000 profit! We truly could not do it without the support of our community, the adopters, local businesses, donors, volunteers, fosters and everyone who continues to come and give each year. Special thanks to Saratoga Honda, Capital Vets, Revive Wellness at Upstate Physician Services, Good Choice Dog Training, Old Dogs New Tricks Dog Training, Healthy Pet Center, Hannaford, Topricin, Earth Rated Poop Bags and Starbucks!

You can get the race results here – thank you Green Leaf Racing once again for all you do – you are truly the best and we could not do this without you.
Eric Morse and Murdock were the winners again with 20 minutes and 10 seconds, followed by Joseph Genter and Duncan (23:29), and then Virginia Larner and Luke (24:18)!
Connie Smith (24:25) and Tracey Delaney and Dax (25:02) were right behind, with Joseph Britz (25:02) who came all the way from Staten Island finishing up the top six.
Fastest dogs across the line were Murdock, Duncan and Luke, but special shout out to Peppertree honorary Alumni Elliot for being the fourth dog across!
We also saw some alumni running and while they did not place honorary mention to Simba who was the 30th dog to cross the line, looking amazing and clocking in at 39:24.  Simba was featured in our 2015 Holiday Appeal!
Another familiar face was Bella the Vizla – this was her 8th year running in the Fun Run, she is our longest running dog.
Fundraising was a tight competition – Peppertree volunteers Colleen and Alissa were going head to head into the late evening last night – Colleen pulled ahead though and raised $605 for Peppertree!  Alissa raised $590 in memory of Peppertree Alumni Yaddo, and Missy Gilbert raised $475!  Special mention to Kale and Dauray who raised $400 in memory of Peppertree Alumni Holli, another dog featured in our 2015 Holiday Appeal.
This year we had 199 sets of feet on the ground, clouds were hanging over us but the rain held off, for which we are grateful!
We would like to once again say thank you to everyone that helped!  It was an amazing year and we are so excited to have this event and have such amazing supporters.
Please enjoy the pictures below – more to follow!

Peppertree Rescue awarded 2017 APF Animal Advocacy Award

At the Tails by Twillight Gala on Friday, April 21st, 2017 Peppertree Rescue was honored to receive Animal Protective Foundations Animal Advocacy Award.

Peppertree Rescue would like to thank everyone at Animal Protective Foundation for the award, we are truly touched and honored to be a part of such a wonderful rescue community.  We would not be able to do the work we do without the support of so many other rescues and shelters, or without the support of our volunteers, adopters and donors.

Peppertree Rescue has been a rescue for 18 years now, 18 years of helping dogs, 18 years of serving our community, and we hope to continue to serve our community for many more years to come.

Thank you again to the Animal Protective Foundation, their staff, their volunteers, and their supporters.  It was a lovely night and we appreciate all you do, and your ongoing support.

Furry Fun Run – April 29th!

Get ready for our 10th Annual Furry Fun Run – a 5k Walk/Run to benefit Peppertree Rescue!

Registration kicks off at 8am, with the race starting promptly at 9:15am – we will have a warm up by Foundry Fitness and as always, prizes for the top three females, males, and dogs – as well as the top three fundraisers!

You can find out more information here or sign up to run/walk here!  If you are not in the area or available on the 29th we are even offering a Virtual 5K option so you can join us from afar – you just let us know your time, and we will send you your medal!

For those who would rather just donate, do not worry we have something for you too!

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Adult Easter Egg Hunt being held to benefit Peppertree Rescue and Out of the Pits!

We are excited to announce that the friends and family of Dutch Rogers, a much loved and missed dog, are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and After Party to benefit Peppertree Rescue and Out of the Pits!

You can get more information here or check out their Facebook event page here!


Spaghetti Dinner – November 19th!

Join us at the Cohoes Senior Center for our 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Peppertree Rescue!  This is a do not miss event on Saturday, November 19th.

Take out starts at 4:30pm, sit down dinner starts at 5pm and we will be seating the last people at 7:30pm.

Adults are just $12, children $5, 5 years old and under eat free!

Meals include spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sausage, with a marinara or pesto option for our vegan or vegetarian friends, along with Italian bread, salad, and a beverage.

Homemade desserts will be for sale if you are still hungry! Do not miss this great event.

The Cohoes Senior Center is located at 10 Cayuga Plaza, Cohoes, NY

Download our flyer here to help spread the word!


Alumni Picnic – October 9th!

Join our annual gathering of Peppertree friends, family, volunteers, and dogs, lots of dogs! On Sunday October 9th from Noon to 3pm we will be at the Main Pavilion at Cook Park in Colonie, NY.  Click here for directions!

You do not need to have a Peppertree dog to attend, everyone is welcome to this event as long as they enjoy the company of people and dogs. Please e-mail us at to RSVP and help us plan for this great event!

There will be burgers, hot dogs, Chef Grimaldi’s Famous grilled chicken and homemade veggie burgers too! Just $10 a person, and all to benefit Peppertree Rescue!

2015 Holiday Appeal!

Please consider clicking here and making a donation to help us bring more smiles to more dogs in 2016! 


We can tell their stories, but for some of our dogs their smiling faces say it so much better. As we say farewell to 2015 please join us in celebrating just a few of our success stories through these before-and-after photographs in the video, and please consider making a donation so we can celebrate even more in 2016!

Mesa, now Zoey, was found as an area stray underweight, missing hair and struggling to walk. Struggle is clearly no longer a part of this vibrant dog’s vocabulary.

Severe allergies left Simba debilitated with skin infections and missing fur. Today he is as handsome as he is sweet.

A broken elbow, requiring orthopedic surgery and long-term rehab, left Khloe the lab puppy without a home. Thanks to her foster home she is playing again after months of recovery.

needed double cherry eye surgery and many teeth removed when his owner’s health issues left him in a shelter. He had surgery and was loved in his foster home until a spinal tumor was too much for him to conquer.

, renamed Marilla, was found as a scared stray with skin and eye infections. Now she is a spoiled, smiling Therapy Dog.

Emaciated Bayou arrived with a cancerous growth and serious anxiety. His foster helped him heal inside and out and found him a perfect home.

Carson was hit by a car in NYC, unable to walk. Facing euthanasia he needed a rescue to give him a chance. His fosters helped us do that and more – they adopted him and gave him a family.

Felix, now Chunk, was left in a shelter because of landlord issues, but we soon discovered he needed bladder stone surgery too. Today Chunk is stone free and will never be without a home again.
We found out about Holli through another rescue group, one that could not afford her orthopedic surgery. Once we saw her face, we had to learn more about her, and when we heard about her sweet temperament and loving heart, we knew she was a Peppertree Dog. It cost Peppertree Rescue over $6,000 to help Holli find a home, and while we had assistance from a generous grant from Lab Med, Holli was our most costly rescue in 2015 – and completely worth it. Her new canine sister agrees.

China Rose
pulled on our heartstrings from the moment we met her at a local shelter. She was shutting down in the kennels where she was surrendered after having had a litter of pups – we can only assume it was not her first. She was missing fur, had a serious upper respiratory infection, and was in desperate need of some TLC. She was very stressed and took time to relax, but never lost her wonderful personality. Clearly she is not stressed anymore, and loves her new brother Mike.
One year – Severide, aka Sevvy, took one year to find his home, but all that he did in that year astounded us. Sevvy is not a typical dog: he is deaf, and has neurological issues, but he did not let anything hold him back. He overcame his anxiety, he earned his Canine Good Citizen certificate, and he wiggled his happy way into our hearts. Sevvy’s fosters stuck by him and it was a privilege to watch them help him go from huddling in the corner of a living room and flinching when touched, to playing and engaging with people and other dogs. Because of them he found his forever home.

Please visit our YouCaring Page to make a donation to this campaign!

Alumni Picnic – October 4th, 2015!

alumnipicnic2015Mark your calendars!  Our Alumni Picnic is booked for Sunday, October 4th at the Sharon Springs Pavilion in Cook Park in the Village of Colonie!

We cannot wait to see all our amazing alumni and their fabulous families!  We will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade sausage, Chef Grimaldi’s famous chicken and lots of sides and salads – with apple crisp to finish it all off!

Just $10 for adults, $5 for kids, dogs are free!