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/chihuahua mix, male, 9 years, 9 lbs. Abu is a perfect gentleman but has a silly side as well. He was pulled from a NYC shelter and is a happy little fellow who is sure to make you smile. He is very smart, an extremely quick learner. He knows his commands and some tricks, and loves to show off for treats. He has a beautiful temperament and gets along well with the other dogs in his foster home, but he really lives to be with people. He is extremely affectionate and loves to cuddle on the couch and give hugs. He loves car rides and walks and gets very excited when he sees his leash. We will not place him with children under 10 because of his small size. He has not been tested with cats, but we suspect he would be fine. 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 - Alea (Maggie Mae to her foster family) was a stray found in Brooklyn in 2013. We think she is a 7 year old Lab/Hound mix; we know she is a 60-pound bundle of love. She's eager to be around people. She romps in the fenced yard with her four-legged foster brothers and chases birds, chickens, and the foster family's cat. If you don't have a fenced yard, she would love a daily run or walk. Her foster family has young children, and believes she'd be happiest living without kids under 10. With just a little love and attention, Alea is a wonderful companion. Click here see more pictures of Alea on Petfinder.com.
BEN - Shepherd Mix, male, 12 years, 45 lbs. Ben is a sweet elderly gentleman from Brooklyn looking for his retirement home. He loves his person and a good scritch, and a sunny spot to while away the day. He gets along with dogs, cats and children. Ben is hard of hearing and his vision is failing but that does not hold him back from exploring. Ben loves hanging out in the yard watching the bunnies but prefers to be where you are. He would do best with minimal stairs and carpeted floors since his legs are not what they used to be. Ben is ready to love and be loved.
BLAZE - Akita/Lab mix, male, 8 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, and 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; 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 loves being a part of a multiple dog home. He 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, but recall is not his thing. He does not always come when called - there are too many fun things to sniff and places to explore in the world! Because of this he will need a secure yard, or to be leash walked only. 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. Blaze's adoption fee is partially sponsored.
ISAAC - Lab mix, male, ~1 year, 55 lbs. Isaac is a stray from a NYC shelter. He’s a happy boy with a sweet disposition. Isaac has puppy energy and loves to run and play, but is calm in the house. He’s a typical youngster and needs some basic obedience, but he’s such a good boy it should come easy! He gets along well with the other dog in the house. His foster home doesn’t think he’s accustomed to cats, but he’s learning about them and is doing well. Isaac is crate trained. His foster family is still learning about him, but this young boy will make an awesome addition to someone’s 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.
RILEY - Bone Mouth Shar Pei mix, male, ~1 year, 50 lbs. Riley is a happy and friendly boy that never met a stranger, and who has taught us about making assumptions! He came from a shelter in central NYS where he had been picked up as an injured stray, and he was labeled as a pit bull. Pit bulls are one of the most common dogs in US shelters and he was a young dog, still growing, and it was as good a guess as any - but as Riley matured he started to look less and less like a pit bull and more and more like a Bone Mouth Shar Pei. We sent his pictures to someone familiar with the breed, and they noticed some distinct characteristics of the breed - who knew? What we do know though is that Riley is a wonderful dog that exemplifies great characteristics for any breed - he is smart, agile, loyal and loving. He has been raised around other animals including a cat, and has had a lot of socialization and been exposed to many new experiences. Riley lives in a home with another dog, and 2 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!
SEVERIDE - Australian Shepherd Mix, male, ~1 year, 44 lbs. Sevvy is a handsome, sweet boy. He’s full of life and loves to play tag with other dogs, swim, or just run around in the yard. Sevvy loves to go on walks and makes a great running partner! Inside, Sevvy is a bit shy. It seems as if Sevvy never had much experience living indoors but he is housebroken and is making great strides in feeling more and more comfortable with being indoors. Sevvy will need a family that will continue to encourage and care for him as he learns what living inside is all about. Sevvy cannot hear but it certainly doesn’t hold him back from doing the same things as a typical dog. He’s eager to please and knows some basic commands (using hand signals) and he is also taking a Canine Good Citizen class. Sevvy is good with cats.
SEVERIDE Needs A Foster Home!
SULLIVAN - Smooth collie mix, male, 1-2 years, ~50 lbs. Sullivan is very, very sweet. He is a gentle boy who is good with other dogs and ok with dog-savvy cats, but he is mostly interested in being close to his people. Sullivan is unsure of strangers at first but quickly warms and bonds to his people. He is eager to please and easily motivated with food. Sullivan has epilepsy and we are working with a vet to determine the proper dose of meds to control it. Once stabilized, a maintenance dose will be an inexpensive monthly cost.
SULLIVAN Needs A Foster Home!
SUZIE JEAN - Cairn Terrier, female, 4 years, ~15 lbs. Suzie Jean ended up at local shelter when owner became seriously ill. Her skin was in bad condition but is clearing up nicely with some medication and a good diet. She is a happy girl who rides well in the car, loves to play fetch (and chase cats!) and does not need to be crated in the home. Suzie Jean gets along fine with dogs her size in her foster home. We have not yet introduced her to larger dogs.
WALLY - Shepherd mix, male, ~10 years, 35 lbs. Wally was a stray who was being housed at a local shelter. When Wally became depressed and would not eat, Peppertree agreed to take him in. He very quickly adapted to living in his foster home and is doing great. Wally is about 10 years old, possibly older. Wally is a medium-sized dog and once he gains back some lost weight he should weigh around 42 pounds. He is impeccably well behaved and has a soft, affectionate personality. He loves nothing better than to follow his person around the house or yard. Wally loves affection from just about anyone, but he never demands it. He is quite spry for an older gentleman. Despite having a little weakness in his hind legs, Wally gets along fabulously and enjoys running in the yard. He is superb with other dogs and cats even when they have on a couple of occasions bullied him. We suspect he is equally good with children. Wally has some difficulty with his vision and hearing as most older dogs do but it doesn't stop him from getting around just fine. If you are looking for an affectionate, calm and gentle dog who is easy to care for, Wally is for you.
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.
BOJANGLES - Beagle mix, male, 7 years, ~35 lbs. Just arrived from a NYC shelter.
DEMPSEY - Husky mix, male, 2 years, 55 lbs. Just arrived and receiving medical care in a foster home.
SCRAPPY DOO - Chihuahua/Poodle mix, male, 12 years. Returning from a trial placement and being evaluated.
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