Peppertree Rescue

Albany, New York

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About Peppertree Rescue

Peppertree Rescue in Albany, New York is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization supported entirely by donations, grants, and adoption fees. Founded in 1999 their mission is as follows:

  • Rescue dogs of good temperament and find them new forever families
  • Work with and assist other rescue organizations, shelters, and animal control departments
  • Educate the public about the best ways to find a companion animal and responsible pet ownership

Their primary goal is to help find homes for dogs who have the character and temperament commonly associated with Golden Retrievers:

  • Friendliness
  • Intelligence
  • Peaceful
  • Loving nature

Any dog, regardless of breed or mix, that exhibits these traits will qualify for their rehoming program. Dogs facing euthanasia or who are living in unfit conditions are given priority.

All rescued dogs are placed in temporary foster homes where they're socialized and given any necessary medical treatment prior to adoption.

In addition to the shelter’s adoption web page and social media channels, new homes are found for their dogs through weekend adoption events.

With so many animals in need of forever homes, you're sure to find the right pet for you at Peppertree Rescue. Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

PO Box 2396
(518) 435-7425

Hours of Operation

By appointment

Adoption Process

Interested in adopting a new pet from Peppertree Rescue? Here's how it works:

  1. View available animals on either the shelter's website or PetFinder page.
  2. See an animal you'd like to meet? Complete an adoption application online. Make sure you include the ID number of the lucky animal (or animals) that caught your eye. If you aren’t interested in a specific dog, you can leave that section blank.
  3. A team member will then contact you within 1-2 days to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. If you haven't applied for a specific dog, contact the rescue once you've spotted someone you might like to meet.
  4. Attend an adoption event to meet the pets! Adoption event dates are listed on the organization's website. Staff at each event can provide more information on an animal's background, medical history, personality, and special care needs so you can make sure they're a good match for your home and lifestyle.
  5. Spend at least 10-15 minutes interacting with each animal to make sure they're everything you're looking for in a pet.
  6. Once a match is made, Peppertree Rescue will check your references and arrange a two-week trial adoption where your chosen pet is considered a foster dog until the adoption is finalized.
  7. Ready to commit? Finalize the required paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
  8. Your new best friend is already home!

Once you adopt, you become part of the Peppertree Family. The rescue is committed to their dogs and families for life, so reach out if you have any adjustment concerns or simply need some advice.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Peppertree Rescue are as follows:

  • All dogs: $250

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery (for dogs 6+ months old), heartworm and intestinal worm testing and treatment (if necessary), and age-appropriate vaccinations.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

But first...

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Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Peppertree Rescue
New York
directly using the contact info above.

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