Saving lives since 2006:

Here is how we do it, and how our adoptions work.

Established together in 2006, Peppermint Pig Thrift & Gift operates solely to support Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue.

We are a 100% non-profit 501(c)(3), 100% volunteer operated, no-kill animal rescue.

100% of the proceeds from our thrift store go directly towards the rescue and care of animals in need. Our Thrift store operates to bridge the gap between our low adoption fees and the cost of vetting and care we provide the animals we rescue.

Your donations of items to our thrift store as well as cash donations online, in our store or via mail, are critical for our rescue mission.

VIDEO: Anderson Speaks 2014 interview with Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue.


Our loyal, and generous supporters make it possible to provide the very best in care for our rescues. Your donations of items to our thrift store as well as cash donations online, in our store or via mail, are critical for our rescue mission.

Our 501(c)(3) status with the IRS makes your donations tax deductible. We need your financial support to continue our mission to save lives. The average cost to completely vet a healthy dog coming into our rescue, on average, is roughly between $200-$300; and that doesn’t cover pull fees the shelters charge us, food, treats, bedding, or any of the other miscellaneous items required to maintain a pet in our care.

Your donations are greatly appreciated and much needed; no amount is too small!

We save lives, help blind pets see again, help injured pets walk again, help stray mothers find homes for her babies, have spay/neutered countless animals. We do whatever it takes to help them, and as long as these fur-babies need us, we will strive to be there for them. We thank you for your support!

To make a donation, or to sponsor the care of any of our adoptable pets, please Sponsor a Pet or for other ways to help, go to our Donate tab at the top of the page.

If you would like to donate items for our thrift store, please bring them to our store during store hours. Our thrift store is located at 8255 Beechmont Ave, and we are open Tuesday-Friday from 11:00am-4:30pm and every Saturday from 12:00pm-4:00pm.


Our dedicated volunteers and fosters are the backbone of our rescue mission. We would not be as successful as we are without them.

Because we do not have a physical shelter, all of our rescue pets reside in loving foster homes until they are adopted. Our foster parents provide the love and care (all expenses paid by PPAR) needed to help each rescue pet regain trust and prepare them to be adopted into loving forever homes.

If you are interested in fostering for PPAR, please complete our Foster Application.

Our dedicated store volunteers ensure the cushion needed to help fund our rescue. There would be no rescue without our thrift store and volunteers to operate it.

If you are interested in volunteering in our thrift store, please complete our Volunteer Application.

(Must be 18 years or older to foster pets or volunteer in our thrift store. Please see our Wish List for ideas of ways children can help)


We rescue the majority of our adoptable pets from local open-intake and kill shelters, but some are owner surrenders or found as strays and not claimed. Although we do try to help cats and other small animals when we can, we are primarily a dog rescue.

We post all of our adoptable rescue pets to our Website, our Facebook page, and to Petfinder (a rescue search engine) as soon as they become available for adoption, and we update their status regularly.

You can view all of our Adoptable Pets in any of these places.

Adoption Events and Applications:

Our adoption events are held every Saturday in our thrift store from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. You must complete your adoption application prior to our adoption event (preferably 2-5 days in advance) so that our volunteers have time to screen and contact potential adopters. Please be sure you complete your adoption application as thoroughly as possible in order for us to make the best assessment possible.

All applications are reviewed in the order they are received and qualifications are based on best fit for each individual pet. Please thoroughly read the pet’s bio that you are interested in, and take note of any specific requirements listed to adopt, before applying to adopt. Our application now has asave and continue laterfeature. Please take advantage of this feature to gather all of the content needed for the application. Our goal is to fit every pet to the perfect home to fit their needs and personality.

Because we receive so many applications on a daily basis, our volunteers may not have the time to notify everyone who applied of the status of their application. We will be happy to provide an update to you if you email us and ask. Otherwise, one of our volunteers will contact you if you are selected for a meet with the adoptable pet. We will contact you before the next adoption event. Final approval is always made in person at your scheduled meet. If you have submitted an application to us, please be sure to check your email regularly, as well as your spam folder, for further communications from us.

Please be sure to complete the application honestly, and as thoroughly as possible. There is a portion that asks for your current vet, their phone number, and the name the records are under. Please complete this portion accurately. If you do not have a current vet, please complete the previous vets portion on the application (unless you have no prior pets or vet). This is a very important part of our screening process. If we cannot get vet information, we will move on to the next applicant. Our volunteers spend hours on end processing applications to find the very best homes for the pets we rescue, we do not have time to contact everyone who does not complete their applications properly.

*IMPORTANT* If you have taken your animal(s) to multiple vets, please provide ALL of the contact information for all of the vets. We are not only checking for an up-to-date animal, we are also checking for a consistent vetting history. If you purchase your heartworm prevention from an online source, please send proof of purchase to after you have submitted your application.

**Please be sure to call your vet upon submitting your application and give them permission to release information to us.

Our Adoption Radius is within a two hour radius of Cincinnati for most adult dogs, and a one hour radius for most puppies.

Adult dog adoption fee starts at just $95, and puppy adoption fees start at $150. Cat adoptions are $35.

The first week your adopted pet goes home with you, is a trial week. If during this week, your pet does not seem like the right fit for you/your family, you may return the pet to Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue and receive a full refund of your adoption fee.

When we rescue an animal, we make a lifetime commitment to each of them. If for any reason during the lifetime of your PPAR pet, you can no longer keep or care for them, they must be returned to Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue for rehoming.

Our adoption applications can be found under our Adoption Center tab, as well as all of our adoptable pets.

Before applying to adopt, please review our Adoption Contract (click here for cats). We provide this for you to read and better understand your responsibilities, and our responsibilities, upon adoption, should you be selected. This is here for your learning/knowledge and does not commit you to the adoption until the physical copy is signed at the time of adoption.

To inquire, or to ask questions regarding any of our adoptable pets, please feel free to contact our volunteer rescue team directly at This is our preferred, and direct method of contact. Contacting through this email will ensure clear communication with us.

Vet care:

All of our rescues receive all of their initial vetting upon intake. This includes, but is not limited to, *current vaccines, deworming, flea treatment, **heartworm tested negative, flea and heartworm prevention, microchip, and ***spay/neuter. Once you adopt your pet, you are required to continue proper care and routine wellness.

*Vaccines are done upon intake of all of our dogs, and all puppies will be adopted with current, age appropriate vaccines, given by Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue. If the puppy is not old enough to have all of their puppy vaccines, puppy adopters will be REQUIRED to bring the puppy back to Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue to receive remaining puppy vaccines after adoption. No exceptions.

**If a dog tests positive for heartworm prior to adoption, PPAR will cover the expense of their treatment and it will not effect your adoption fee.

***Spay/neuters are often done after adoption if the puppy is too young for the surgery when adopted. We cover this expense, and it is performed at our local vet. This is included in the puppy adoption fee.

Other treatments and care will be provided on a case by case basis. We strive to ensure that all of our pets are 100% healthy, spay/neutered, and current on all of their preventative care before adoption.

All puppies will be adopted with current, age appropriate vaccines, given by Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue. If the puppy is not old enough to have all of their puppy vaccines, puppy adopters will be will be REQUIRED to bring the puppy back to Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue to receive remaining puppy vaccines after adoption. No exceptions.

Their spay/neuter is covered with their adoption and will be done at one of our approved local vets when they reach the appropriate age (6 months). The spay/neuter must be done at our vet, no exceptions.

Cat and Kitten Adoption Fee is $35

Cats will come spay/neutered, current on vaccines, FIV/FeLV tested, dewormed, treated for fleas/ticks, and microchipped.

All of our dogs and cats will be spay/neutered. No exceptions.