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.
ALEA - Lab mix, female, 6-7 years, 55 lbs. Alea was a Brooklyn stray who came to Peppertree in the fall. Six months later, she's still with us - and her foster family can't understand why! She is a friendly, sociable dog with great manners - housetrained and crate-trained. She's a homebody who enjoys being with the family, wherever the action is. Alea (MaggieMay to her foster family) is calm in the home but likes regular playtime, stuffed animals, and kids' toys. She'd prefer a fenced yard, or regular walks/runs. We think she's mixed with hound, as her nose is always to the ground when outside. Her coloring is unique - a black lab with gold/brindle stripes and white chest and toes. Alea/MaggieMay is a dog who likes having a job, and currently has assigned herself the duty of guarding her foster home's birdfeeder from the birds. No cats, please; and preferably no children under 6 in her permanent home. Her adoption fee is being sponsored by Pet Connection and her foster family. Click here see more pictures of Alea on Petfinder.com.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.
ARCHIMEDES (aka Archie) - Shepherd mix, male, ~8 years old, 70 lbs. ARCHIE's foster family describes him as the kind of neighborhood family dog that anyone over the age of 50 years recalls from their childhood. ARCHIE enjoys the company of other dogs but his true passion is to be a devoted and steadfast companion to his people. He walks beautifully on leash and after a long walk, loves nothing more than laying beside your chair. And don’t let the grey muzzle fool you! ARCHIE is a wonderfully calm jogging partner and has been learning better recall by doing some off-leash hiking in a safe area. We've seen him briefly interact with kids and he really seemed to enjoy them. ARCHIE's foster home does not have cats, therefore we are not sure how he feels about them. Click here see more pictures of Archimedes on Petfinder.com. 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.
BOE - English Setter, male, 7 years. The breed description of an English Setter says they should be a gentleman by nature, and Boe is certainly that. He is a sweet boy eager to make friends and greet admirers with a wag of his tail. English Setters are an old breed, known for their good nature and intelligence, two traits Boe has aplenty! Boe has had a nontraditional life until now and is just now experiencing life with a family where he is thriving. He adores his foster sister, a lab, and has discovered the joy of squeaky balls, which he wants to carry everywhere with him. We don't know if he was ever used as a bird dog, but we can say that he does not exhibit much prey drive. Boe is curious about cats but hasn't been around them much, so we do not know how he would be living with them. He needs to go to a home with a fenced yard, as it seems he is more interested in exploring the great outdoors than coming when called... Boe's foster family says he is a very relaxed dog who will happily play with other dogs, although he also enjoys some good snuggling. Boe could easily be an only dog or live with a compatible canine - what matters to him is a family to love, because he has a lot of love to give. Boe has wonderful house manners once he settles in, although he does pull a bit on the leash. He is full of enthusiasm for walks and so excited to have a chance at being a member of a loving family.
KYLIE - Rottie mix, female, 6-8 years old. Kylie is a smart, sweet, loyal girl that came to us from a GA shelter in rough physical shape but is now healthy, happy and ready for a new home, past ready! Kylie has been with us for a while, and it is hard to say who is more eager for her to find the perfect home, Kylie or Peppertree. Thankfully she has been very patient as we try to find her the perfect fit. Kylie has excellent house manners. She is housebroken and crate trained, although she doesn't need to be crated when left alone. What she does need is belly rubs, and lots of them - Kylie thrives on affection. (Well, affection and meatballs. She really likes meatballs.) Kylie also enjoys children and would likely do okay with a dog savvy cat. While there are some dogs Kylie is friendly with, she does not do well with all dogs, and she needs a slow introduction over a long period of time before she feels comfortable with them. She really would prefer to be the only dog in the home. Kylie is also working to prove her smarts by participating in a Canine Good Citizen class - rumor has it she is doing really well. A portion of KYLIE's adoption fee is being sponsored by Pet Connection. Won't you please consider welcoming her into your home and completing her journey toward a better life? Click here see more pictures of Kylie on Petfinder.com. 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.
KYLIE Needs A Foster Home!
LUCCI - Setter/Retriever, female, 9 years old, 83 lbs. Lucci is a large bundle of love. She loves her people, she loves her Buppy toy, she loves her bed and everyone else’s. She is happy just to lean against you and sigh adoringly in your direction. She takes daily medication for her thyroid - an easy pill in her kibble twice a day - and is currently being assessed and treated for some allergies. She has discovered “the walk” and loves to be taken on one daily. Lucci is learning about these things called stairs and has mastered five steps up and down to a deck so far! She is picture perfect in the car, comes when called, and was obviously raised with love. Lucci has been taught basic commands and is patient and gentle with children. She gets excited when around other dogs - she is not aggressive, just not schooled on correct behavior and may overwhelm a shy dog. She has lived with dog-savvy cats, but she would like to play with them, so might be too much for one not used to dogs. She is fine and not stressed about going to the vet. She does not, however, like to be left at home when you go out, so won't you please take her with you? And she is strong enough to break out of a crate, so her foster mom has rigged up a pen in the garage and she is ok there if you leave her LOTS of toys to keep her busy! But what Lucci loves the most is to be anywhere near her people, so we're hoping for a home for her where someone is home lots of the time. Lucci is the type of dog that will pay your love back in triplicate! 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.
MUNCHKIN - Long haired chihuahua, female, 12+ years. Munchkin was abandoned for two weeks in a Utica apartment and then taken to a local shelter. The shelter workers loved her and asked us to take her in. She is only five pounds, crates well at night and does not bark. She will go outside for bathroom breaks, although she does have accidents if not monitored. She has significant heart disease and chronic bronchitis so will have to be on medicines and an inhaler permanently. She also has a cherry eye (swollen red eye membrane) and bad teeth; neither can be addressed by surgery because of her heart condition. Despite her health, she is a special angel who is perky and cute and will tug at your heartstrings. She is exceptionally sweet and will ask nothing more than to follow you around the house and lay next to you on the couch or bed. Munchkin's adoption fee is sponsored, and Peppertree will cover her medication costs for life.
RILEY - Pit bull mix, male, 8-9 months. In a foster home and receiving rehab for injuries to back legs.
ROSEMARIE - Basset mix, female, ~about 10 years old. RoseMarie was brought to a local shelter when her owner died and the family could no longer keep her. That shelter reached out to us, and she became a Peppertree dog. She's a very low-key girl and gets along well with her foster siblings, a male dog and female cat. When she's not cuddled up sleeping in her bed, she will follow you around the house, just to make sure you're OK. She greatly enjoys leash walks, and loves it if you trot with her. She is sensitive at being touched at shoulder and hip joints, so we would like to find her a home without kids younger than 10.
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, and 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 eager to please (and is a sucker for a bit of chicken!) Shelli does very well with other dogs and is gentle with people and children. She seems ok with dog-savvy cats. 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 are proud to note that Shelli has earned her Canine Good Citizen designation! 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.
TERRENCE - Boxer/hound mix, male, 8 1/2 years. Terrence is a handsome gent with lots of love to give. He was surrendered in NYC because his family couldn't give him the time he needed. He is a gentle, affectionate and quiet companion. He loves all people, but doesn't wish to share his home with another dog, or with cats. Terrence would love to have a place to live out his golden years with plenty of attention and pampering. He has a thyroid condition which is easily treated with an inexpensive medication. Terrence's adoption fee is partially sponsored.
THEODORE - Lab/Beagle/Pitbull mix, male, 6 years, 62 lbs. According to everyone who meets him, Theodore is a sweetie. Theodore, or Theo, is 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 some allergies which result in skin problems, but this is being managed by using a grain-free kibble. Theodore 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 Petfinder.com. 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.
YADDO, CGC - Norwegian Elkhound, male, 12 years, ~55 lbs. Yaddo is a smart, sweet boy who loves a good snuggle. He is house trained, good on the leash and has good house manners. He has no problem being left during the day and will greet you enthusiastically when you return. He appreciates a walk and a treat, and has been losing weight since his foster family makes sure his walks are more numerous than his treats. He has begun taking thyroid meds which also helps. Yaddo likes to think he is the boss, but he easily lives in his foster home with a female dog who is smart enough to let him believe he is in charge. He may not be the right companion for all dogs though. But Yaddo is great with cats! As a senior, Yaddo has a few lumps and bumps in the form of fatty cysts, and does have some arthritis. The vet is not overly worried about them so Yaddo isn't either. They do mean he needs a few supplements and requires a bit more care as the cysts have to be monitored and kept clean. He takes his job as the official dog of Norway seriously and will happily announce the arrival of visitors, the mail man, or neighborhood dogs while outside, but is generally a quiet dog in the home, 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. Yaddo believes in old dogs learning new tricks, and has earned his CGC (Canine Good Citizen)! A portion of his adoption fee is being sponsored by Pet Connection.
ZOEY LYNN - Beagle, female, 9 years, ~20 lbs. This spunky beagle girl's caregivers have nicknamed her The Queen! Zoey Lynn is an 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 she can be the only pet. Before she came to Peppertree, Zoey Lynn lived in significant neglect and pain due to a badly healed injury to a hind leg that required its eventual amputation, however this girl 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: Feb 2014. Zoey Lynn is doing well and no longer needs her heart meds. She is being treated for a chronic ear infection, but is otherwise playful and energetic. ZL has learned to play fetch and is getting better at releasing toys when asked. She can’t wait for spring when she can return to long walks in the park! Click here see more pictures of Zoey Lynn on Petfinder.com.
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.
BUZBY - German Shepherd mix, male, 2-4 years, 80 lbs. Receiving medical care and being evaluated.
EMMA MAE - Lab mix, female, ~2 years. Very timid girl who is learning to trust in a foster home.
SCOOTER - Cocker Spaniel, male, 9 years. New to Peppertree and being evaluated in a foster home.
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