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Saturday, September 12, 2015
10 am - 2 pm

Miller Animal Hospital, 380 N Greenbush Rd, Troy, NY 12180

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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

Alumni picnic!Alumni Picnic! - Join us on Sunday, October 4th from Noon to 3pm for our Alumni Picnic to celebrate rescue dogs! Once again we will be at Cook Park’s Sharon Pavilion in the Village of Colonie, NY. Come have some Great Food to help Great Dogs! Dogs and people from all over are invited to help us celebrate rescue and Peppertree dogs! We will be serving homemade veggie burgers, Chef Grimaldi’s famous chicken and hamburgers and hotdogs, assorted sides and salads and homemade apple crisp for dessert! Just $10 for adults, and $5 for children, a family four pack is available for two adults and two children for just $25. Dogs are free! Please help us out by RSVPing at so we know how much food to make. Good Choice Dog Training, LLC and Becky Hutchins will be on hand to with some agility equipment for any interested in giving it a try too! Directions are available here.

BayouBAYOU - Coonhound mix, male, ~8 years, 57 lbs. What a lovable character this tall, handsome, stately fellow is! True to his hound roots Bayou will sing to you if you ask, and he is vocal when he is excited, which is part of his happy charm. He does get excited when he sees other dogs and wants to greet them, so be prepared for a melodic walk if you live in a busy area. Bayou has a way of making his presence known, but when he plays with other dogs he is appropriate and social. No cats for this boy, though, please! Like most hounds Bayou is going to need a fenced yard as his nose often drives his thinking, and while he is good on leash he is strong and prone to following his nose. However, when it comes to people there are few dogs more lovable and gentle then Bayou; he especially enjoys children. He is a sweet soul who is very eager to make his family happy. Click here to see more pictures of Bayou on, and here to see Bayou's Ch. 10 Pet Connection with Steve Caporizzo!

China rose, cgcCHINA ROSE, CGC - Pit bull mix, female, 6-8 years, 58 lbs. China Rose came to Peppertree from a local shelter. She was in very poor health with many physical ailments due to insufficient veterinary care. She is now in excellent health, having been placed on a proper good food diet and some much needed medication to make her well again. She is very shy at first, but when she relaxes, she blossoms into a wonderful dog! She is eager to please and has excellent house manners. She was adopted by her foster mom, but unfortunately does not get along with the resident dog, a rather cranky geriatric terrier mix. They are a woefully mismatched pair and so China Rose, through no fault of her own, is back to being available for adoption. She is going to class to get her Good Canine Citizen certification, and has been a star in class; she is obedient, intelligent and very eager to please. She will make a welcome addition to the right home. She would do well with another dog who would like to play, as she has a background of being great with other dogs, just not that little old terrier, who doesn't want to be bothered. *Update 7/31/15 - Congratulations to China Rose for earning her Canine Good Citizen certificate!*

Diamonds in the ruffDiamonds in the Ruff - Join us on Friday, September 18th from 5pm to 8pm for our first annual Diamonds in the Ruff event at the new Glennpeter Diamond Center. This evening will feature raffles, silent auctions, complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and music from Bruce Allen. The Diamond Center is located at 1544 Central Ave, Albany, NY. You can call us at 518-435-7425 or e-mail us at with any questions. Interested in donating a raffle or silent auction item? E-mail us at rescue@peppertree.og - all donations are welcome!

DutchDUTCH - Shep/Hound mix, female, 5-7? years, 73 lbs. Dutch epitomizes the 'plain brown wrapper' type of dog with a heart of gold that Peppertree is drawn to. She is a true mix, but her likely heritage includes shepherd and hound or Lab. This middle-aged girl likes a walk or a game of fetch, followed by a nap! She is house-trained and excellent with people. She has lived with young children and was fine with them. Dutch has good leash manners and is great riding in the car. She is ok with some dogs but not all, and she would probably love not to have any competition for her adopter's affections. We do not think she would be good with cats. Click here to see Dutch's appearance on Ch. 10 Pet Connection with Steve Caporizzo!

Gia, cgcGIA, CGC - Pit bull mix, female, 4 years, 50 lbs. Gia is a happy, silly girl who loves long walks, fetching balls, squeak toys, swimming and car rides. She gets along nicely with the two male dogs in her foster home. Gia is a wonderful house guest and is crate trained, although she doesn't require crating because of her impeccable house manners. She is a medium-energy girl who just needs a daily walk and some play time. A quiet, calm home with older children or just adults would be best for her. Because of her strong prey drive and her self-appointed mission to rid the world of squirrels and rabbits, a fenced yard is required for Gia. We don't think she would be good with cats. Click here to visit Gia's Facebook page and get to know her better! *Update 7/31/15 - Congratulations to Gia for earning her Canine Good Citizen certificate!*

Jenny foxworthJENNY FOXWORTH - German shepherd/golden mix, female, 12 years. Jenny Foxworth enjoys daily walks, a rawhide bone and just being with her people. Although a little older and overweight, you wouldn't know it by how much she loves car rides and new adventures. Jenny does well with cats, new people and older children. She met some children, ages 2 and 8, and was fine with them. She can do a couple of stairs but a new home with a minimum of them would be best for her. She has a wonderful sparkle in her eyes and just loves being adored. Jenny has wonderful house manners. She does not go on the furniture, enjoys her dog bed and can wait forever to go outside. She loves to explore outside -the smells, the sights, and just taking it all in! She does get a little anxious about being left behind and enjoys going on those quick errands to be with you and get out of the house. Jenny is an expressive girl who will let you know she wants attention, to be with you or if she needs to go outside. Jenny is a joyful, easy dog who makes a wonderful companion.

KylieKYLIE - Rottie mix, female, 8 years old. Can you say loving family dog? Because that is exactly what Kylie is. She loves kids of all ages and adults of all ages too - she's a real people dog. Besides people, the thing Kylie loves the most is probably her squeak ball - she will play fetch for hours - although her ultimate joy is following her "kids" around outside with her ball in her mouth - bliss! Kylie has excellent obedience and actually achieved her Canine Good Citizen certificate while she was originally with us. She has good house manners, although Kylie will sometimes chew on a stray sock or toy, so her family recommends gating her into a temptation free zone when you leave her. Kylie does need to be an only dog as she can be a bit fearful around other dogs. She is most comfortable being the Queen of her castle anyway. We are not sure how she does with cats, but, a meet and greet with any interested felines is possible. Kylie is looking for a new home because while her family adores her and thinks she is the best dog ever, their schedule is changing and Kylie is going to be alone for long periods of time. They think she would be much happier in a home that could spoil her and give her the attention she deserves.

LouisLOUIS - Terrier/Beagle mix, male, 2 years, 15 lbs. Louis is an endearing and lovable boy. He is as cute as a button, with his striking brown and white coat which is so soft to the touch. Best guess on his breed mix, and it is only a guess, is Jack Russell Terrier/Beagle. He has a moderate energy level, weighs about 15 lbs, and is not a barker at all, contrary to what you might expect given his possible lineage! Louis has good house manners and gets along fine with other dogs, but he isn't fond of sharing his "stuff" so we would recommend older children only in the home, who understand to leave him alone when he has something he values highly like a toy or bone. He can't live with cats. Louis enjoys his walks very much but his favorite thing is being petted, along with belly rubs and giving kisses!

MickeyMICKEY - Lab/greyhound mix, male, ~1 year, 45 lbs. Mickey is settling in to his foster home and gaining confidence as he explores his new surroundings. He can still be pretty timid at times but just recently has started to get really excited to greet his foster family when they get home from work. he likes to play and is a bit of a goofy puppy (super cute!!) Mickey is working on housebreaking and doing pretty well with it. He is wonderful in a crate and keeps his crate very clean. He is also learning some basic obedience commands and house manners. Mickey is just a shy, sweet boy who does well with kids and other dogs.

OdieODIE - Chihuahua mix, male, ~10 years. Odie likes snuggling and cuddling, and is quite the talker. He barks when he gets excited in typical chihuahua fashion. He is good with other small dogs, but likes to be the one in charge so submissive canine companions would be best for him. He will do best in a quiet house without small children, as he does get overwhelmed at times when the house is busy. He is fine with cats that are dog-savvy and not in his face. Odie has cherry eye, and he is given daily eye drops for it.

Petals for peppertree!Petals for Peppertree! - What’s better than a beautiful spring garden? Well, helping Peppertree’s dogs at the same time! Flower Power is currently offering gorgeous spring and summer plants that are to be planted this fall. The best part is that Peppertree receives 50% of all the sales made during the fundraiser! Click here visit Peppertree's Flower Power page. From the Petals for Peppertree page you can place an order, share the page on Facebook, or email the page to your friends and family!

RangerRANGER - Aussie mix, male, 2 years, 40 lbs. Ranger is a very sweet, loving dog who loves to cuddle and give kisses. He has good leash manners and is crated nicely at night. He is mellow and not a barker! He does like chipmunks a lot so you have to be aware of them when you walk him. He can't live with cats. Ranger is very people-focused and once he bonds with the people in his home, he may guard them from another dog, so we would take it on a case by case when deciding whether to place him in a home with one. He would likely be just thrilled to be an only dog! Ranger is making great progress with basic obedience commands and knows the commands "sit", "lay down" and "leave it." He is a very smart boy! And he is awfully cute!

SaigeSAIGE - Lab mix, female, 7-8 months, 40 lbs. Saige loves being outside and has lots of puppy energy. She's learning fetch and really enjoys it, and since she is wonderful with kids, that is something they can enjoy together! Saige loves to play with her foster brother, who tolerates her active play style. She will need to be placed with a dog with a comparable activity level for the best match. She is ok with cats, but a dog-savvy cat would be best as she does chase them a bit and then tries to play. Saige is making progress with housebreaking and crate training, and learning lots of new obedience commands! She is very food motivated which is helping her learn quickly. Her adopters will need to continue to teach and reinforce good behavior.

ScullySCULLY - Lab mix, female, 9 years, 65 lbs. Scully is a female 9 year old mix breed - part dog and part super model! At 2 1/2 feet tall, she is a stunning, smiling, K-9 Betty Grable who thinks she is a lap dog! She has lots of energy and loves to play tug of war, chase and wrestle with her 3 year old foster brother. And, if it's a lover you want, she fits the bill, always ready to provide lots of kisses. This sweet girl has been through a lot of changes in her life, finding herself in a shelter when her family lost their housing. Now she is very eager to find a home where she can relax and become a pampered pooch. She is an unassuming girl who just loves being with people and is a devoted companion. Scully has good house manners and does not need to be crated. We were told she has lived with cats but will chase them in a playful way, so a dog savvy cat would be necessary. She is great friends with the laid-back male dog in her foster home and wants to play with him all the time, so we are looking for a home with a playful male dog to be her buddy. While Scully is great with her foster humans, she thinks they are for pets and snuggles, not for playing with! She has not been doing well with female dogs. We are all hoping she is some lucky adopter's favorite dog soon!

SpencerSPENCER - Beagle mix, male, 2 years old. Spencer is very sweet and loving, with excellent house manners and a real fun spirit He loves walks, is good with other dogs and is a playful, social fellow, but, he is also a bit of a complicated fellow. You see, for all his good manners, Spencer can be anxious and is a dog that really does best with a set daily schedule, which is why he is being returned. Spencer's family really loves him but they are a busy home whose schedule changes daily, and Spencer needs more predictability in his life. Having a smart, sensitive dog like Spencer is generally a good thing - Spencer bonds strongly with his person, he is quick to learn and knows many tricks, like sit, down, stay and paw - he can even jump up like Tigger! But sometimes those smart, sensitive dogs need a little extra attention and they will find their own way to get it. For example, Spencer has learned that if he rolls over on his back each time someone walks by, he's sure to get a belly rub, but he's also figured out that taking things (like towels and shoes) and not giving them back is another way to get attention. We told you he was smart! He will happily trade his prize for a treat, but, he needs a forever home where he can be more secure and learn to seek attention in more positive ways. Because of his thieving ways we can not place him in a home with children (although he is very good with them), and we do not know how he is with cats, but we think he may do well with a dog savvy cat. He loves dogs and people, he is a cheerful dog at heart.

TabbyTABBY - Feist mix, female, 1½ years, 45 lbs. Tabby is timid but sweet, gentle, and affectionate. She is good with other dogs, cats, and kids. Tabby is heartworm positive and will be treated at Peppertree's expense.

YukiYUKI - Smooth Fox Terrier mix, male, 1 1/2 years old, 20 lbs. Yuki is a handsome boy whose big, expressive eyes seem to jump out of his tiny head. This fella was found as a stray in New York City, and has put an amazing five pounds on his small frame since becoming a member of the Peppertree family. He has packed on a lot of muscle playing with his fun-loving foster brother, enjoys meeting other dogs, and has done well with a variety of other fosters in his current home. Yuki is housebroken, crate trained, (though he does not need it at night), loves to walk, and is great in the car. He also loves to play ball and sit in your lap, especially if you are having cheese and crackers! Yuki went on his first hike in the Adirondacks recently, helping make the trek up seem effortless for his little human walker - not bad for a city boy! Trips to Kurver Kreme have also proven to be a major success. Yuki is a highly affectionate, sweet, and loyal dog who loves his family members, including aunts, uncles, and cousins. He can be unsure meeting new people and needs an appropriate introduction, but once he gets to know them everyone is his friend. Yuki knows "sit", "stay", and will wait for permission to leave his crate and to eat his food. He will become nervous at times and paw at you to pick him up so he can feel a little safer. Because of his fear issues, we won't place Yuki in a home with children.

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 (14)           Last Updated: 09/03/2015 08:09:08

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.

ELLINGTON - Mastiff, male, 6 years, >100 lbs.

JACK OF HEARTS - Beagle, male, 8-10 years, 30 lbs.

RONI - Retriever mix, male, senior.

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