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.
ABU - 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.
ALEA - 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 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.
BLAZE - Akita/Lab mix, male, 6 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, 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.
BUSTER - Shep/Lab mix, male, 9 years old, ~65 lbs. Buster is a happy, sweet boy who is housebroken, rides nicely in a car, and loves to go for walks. He can be mellow or active as the situation requires, and really enjoys being outdoors, whether he's hanging out with his foster family or ambling around the yard. Buster is a total love who wants to be where his people are and quietly relaxes near them on his dog bed when indoors. He came to Peppertree from a NYC shelter as an owner surrender, and we're told he loves kids and is good with dogs and cats. Like many of us, Buster is a little overweight and is dieting. While he will shed some pounds, there will still be lots to love in this terrific boy.
DEWEY - Husky/German Shepherd mix, male, ~9 years old, 60 lbs. Dewey is a happy-go-lucky guy who loves walks, car rides, baths, belly rubs, other dogs, and people. His favorite thing to do is relax in the backyard and survey his kingdom. He also enjoys a dip in the doggy pool. Dewey's foster parents say he always has a smile on his face, gives lots of hugs and kisses, and just loves being a family dog. Dewey is housebroken and crate trained, although there's no need to crate him in the house. He gets along famously with the two male dogs in his foster home and is indifferent to cats. Like many senior dogs, Dewey has some arthritis and takes medication twice a day to manage any discomfort. He's a truly wonderful boy who will make a great addition to some lucky family.
MICKEY 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.
MOOKIE - Corgi(?) mix, male, ~6 years, 50 lbs. Mookie came to Peppertree from a southern shelter. His foster thinks he is a wonderful dog with super good house manners. He’s fine with other dogs and totally ignores cats. Mookie is a laid back, easy-going guy, nothing seems to bother him. He loves to go on walks and is perfect and well behaved on the leash. He stays right by your side. The one thing he likes better than other dogs and walks is human companionship. While he has been crated overnight at his foster home, it is really not necessary. He’s not happy about being crated, but those great manners of his tell him he must do as the human wishes, and so he will just sleep away the time until he’s let out. He is very affectionate and really just wants to be with his people. He is wonderful with the 3-year old in his foster home. Mookie will be a great companion and family pet.
MYA - Chow Chow mix, female, ~ 7 years old. Mya is a complete sweetheart! She knows basic commands, and is a very relaxed, loving dog. Her favorite way to spend the day is sprawled out on the floor of whatever room you’re in. She’s great with other dogs, cats, kids, and rabbits. She loves going for walks or wandering around in a dog park, but is not particularly high energy, and is probably not the best jogging or hiking companion. Mya has excellent house manners, does not need a crate, and is house trained. She’s perfectly happy to spend the night in her own bed or to snuggle up with someone. Mya does have a thyroid condition, and requires inexpensive medication twice daily. This is why she’s also a bit overweight at the moment. Her foster parents are working on that, and Mya is loving the 2 mile walks she’s getting every day! Mya’s foster dad calls her Fozzy Bear because her sweet little face is so like a teddy bear’s. She would be the perfect dog for a family with kids or other animals, but would also be great as an only pet. All she wants is a little love and a few belly rubs!
RILEY - Pit bull mix, male, ~1 year, ~30 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.
SERAFINA - Lab? mix, female, ~1 1/2 years, 39 lbs. Serafina's breed mix is a true mystery. At a recent exam, the vet mentioned lab, terrier, hound, and those are all possibilities and more! But what is not in question is that she is a very sweet girl. Serafina is young and it's apparent that she hasn't had much training, but she has a wonderful new foster home and they say she's very smart and is learning quickly. She is learning to greet people nicely and not jump up in her excitement to make a new friend. She loves everyone and is just a happy, happy dog. Serafina is very food motivated which will help her new family continue her training. Everyone she meets is her best friend and she loves to give kisses and roll over for belly rubs. She is great with other dogs and is respectful of their play style - she will play actively with a willing partner and if that's not their idea of fun, she's ok with that. Serafina is a wonderful running partner and doesn't stop to sniff until you decide it's time to walk. She is a great girl with a lot of potential, and will be a wonderful addition to an active family.
SERAFINA Needs A Foster Home!
SEVERIDE - Aussie/Lab mix, male, ~1 year, 44 lbs. Sevvy is a handsome, sweet boy with beautiful markings and the prettiest eyes. His foster parents adore him and say that he enjoys the outdoors and playing chase the tennis ball and chase the dog. He's a happy, vigorous young fellow who enjoys daily walks and 'runs like the wind' in their fenced-in yard. Sevvy always greets his foster parents affectionately when they return home. He appreciates attention from people, but can be timid in a crowd. He is sometimes shy with other dogs, but a calm confident dog in his new home might help him to settle in more easily. He is fine with cats. Sevvy is deaf and doesn't seem to have any peripheral vision, but the vision he does have is very acute and he enjoys watching TV. He's a bright boy who knows how to sit/lay from a hand signal and could learn more commands with time and patience. He's a special boy looking for the right home.
SPENCER - Beagle mix, male, 8 months, 32 lbs. Spencer is a gorgeous, affectionate boy who wants to make friends everywhere he goes. He is a sweetheart who will follow you from room to room and lay at your feet. He is crate-trained, smart as a whip, very alert, and listens well. He is very submissive and initially shy with strange dogs, but warms up quickly and gets along great with his eight foster siblings. We prefer to place him in a home with older children because he is enthusiastic and might knock down younger kids, and we would like him to have another dog for a playmate. He has not been tested with cats, but he is very respectful of the elderly Chihuahuas in his foster home, so we suspect he would likewise defer to a cat. Spencer is a stunning, clever pup who would make any pet parent proud.
TERRENCE - Boxer/hound mix, male, 7 years. Terrence is a handsome, friendly gent whose foster family raves about him. They adore his gentle, sweet, and affectionate nature and report that he's wonderful with guests visiting his foster home, including teenagers. He's completely housebroken, non-destructive in the house, and loves to go for car rides. He has mastered the commands "sit", "down", "high five", and "shake". Terrence loves long walks (he once walked the Appalachian trail!), fetching sticks, and grassy back scratches. He is very interested in wildlife and will keep your back yard free from those pesky squirrels and rabbits! We think Terrence is an outstanding dog who really merits a great home. While this easy-going boy loves people, he doesn't wish to share his home with other dogs or cats. Terrence has a thyroid condition that's easily treated with an inexpensive medication and his adoption fee is partially sponsored.
THEODORE - 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 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.
TRINITY - Pitbull mix, female, 9 years old. Trinity is spayed and up to date on vaccines, recently dewormed and treated with Advantix. She has been evaluated Out of the Pits, whose founder Cyd Cross states "She is truly one of the most obedient dogs I have ever known, she is excellent off leash and does not get on furniture. She is amazing with kids as she grew up with two little girls. She is good with other dogs and cats as well." Don't let her age fool you, while Trinity is calm, she still loves to run and play! Mixed breeds can live well into their teens, she is in great health and has lots of love and life in her. She does have seasonal allergies which are being kept at bay with a grain free diet that contains omega 3 fatty acids so no problem this season so far, and her special food is not too pricey! If you are looking to give an amazing dog a forever home Trinity is your girl!
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.
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.
BEN - Collie/Shepherd mix, male, 12 years. Just arrived and receiving medical treatment.