Is this pet still available?

This is our MOST commonly asked question. Short answer; if they’re on our website under our Adoptable Pets, they are available 🙂

We post all of our adoptable rescue pets to our Website, our Facebook and to Petfinder (a rescue search engine) as soon as they become available for adoption, and we update their status regularly on our website and PetFinder, so you never have to wonder who is, or isn’t available.

You can always view all of our current ADOPTABLE PETS on our website and PetFinder. If the pet is posted to these places, the pet is available.

(If the pet has an approved applicant scheduled for a meet, you will see “Adoption Pending” next to their name. This does not mean that they are certain to be adopted, final approval is always made in person at the meet. If approval is made, we will then remove the pet from our website and post to Facebook that they have been adopted)

What does it mean if the pet’s bio reads “ADOPTION PENDING”?

When a pet’s bio reads ADOPTION PENDING, this is to let you know that they have a scheduled meet with an adopter that we have selected. Final approval for adoption is always made in person at their scheduled meet, so we leave their profile up until the adoption is finalized, but we also want to let anyone else interested in the pet know that they will potentially be adopted. If for some reason, it is determined that the adopter selected is not the right fit, we will edit their profile to remove the ADOPTION PENDING status and begin screening other applications for the pet.

Can I come meet this pet?

You are always welcome to come and see pets at one of our adoption events but we do not perform same day adoptions. 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. All applications are reviewed in the order they are received and qualifications are based on best fit for each individual pet. 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 scheduled adoption event. Final approval is always made in person at your scheduled meet.

I want to Adopt a pet, what is the process?

The first step is to read the information provided under Our Adoption Process tab. Once you have read this and the pet’s bio that you are interested in, please complete our online Adoption Application, located under the Adoption Center tab.

I completed an application, how do I find out if I was approved?

All applications are reviewed in the order they are received and qualifications are based on best fit for each individual pet. 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 scheduled adoption event. Final approval is always made in person at your scheduled meet. You may also send us a direct email at, or complete a Contact Us form and we will happily give you an update on your application status.

If I submit an application for a pet and it is adopted by someone else, can I apply that application to a different pet?

Although we do not pre-approve applications for you to adopt any pet we have (we select adopters based on best fit for each pet’s needs), we can apply and re-screen your application for another pet. All you have to do is email us and let us know which one you would like to apply your application to. (If your application was submitted more than 6 months between pets you are interested in or you have had significant changes in your household or Vet, please complete a new application.

What are your adoption fees?

Adult Dog (Over 1 Year) Adoption Fee Starts at $95.00.

Puppy (under 1 year) Adoption Fee Starts at $150.

**These adoption fees may be different for individual pets. Please read the pet’s full bio for more information. You can read their bios under our AVAILABLE PETS tab.

Cat and Kitten Adoption Fee is $35

What kind of vetting do your rescue pets receive prior to adoption?

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.

(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.)

Once you adopt your pet, you are required to continue proper care and routine wellness. Please review our Adoption Contract (click here for cats).

*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. Adopters will be responsible for any remaining puppy vaccines after adoption.

**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.

All of our dogs and cats will be spayed/neutered.
No exceptions.
All puppies will be adopted with current, age appropriate vaccines, given by Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue. Adopters will be responsible for any remaining puppy vaccines after adoption.
Their spay/neuter is included with their adoption and will be done at one of our approved local vets when they reach the appropriate age (6 months). At the time of adoption, along with our regular adoption contract, you will also be presented with a separate puppy spay/neuter/vaccine contract to help reinforce and ensure that all vaccines are provided by the adopter and that the puppies will be brought back for their sterilization surgeries.
If you choose to have them spayed/neutered at your own vet, we require that you send us the records of their spay/neuter once it is done. We will not be responsible for any charges incurred at your vet if you choose this route and this will not lower your adoption fee. Our spay/neuter coverage is only valid if it is done through one of our approved vets.
Cats will come spay/neutered, current on vaccines, FIV/FeLV tested, dewormed, treated for fleas/ticks, and microchipped.

Why do I need to give you my vet’s information to adopt?

In effort to ensure the pets we rescue will receive continued vet care in their adoptive homes, we ask that you provide all of your current and previous vet information. We then call your vet(s) to check that all previous and current pets have/had current and consistent vet care. This includes, but is not limited to, current and consistent vaccinations (including rabies), current and consistent heartworm testing and prevention (for dogs), and we check that all pets in the home have been spayed or neutered. All of our adopters must meet this criteria. Exceptions are only made with the vet’s confirmation of the medical reason for not providing certain care.

How do I become a Foster for Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue?

We are always in need of more fosters. Since we don’t have a physical shelter, we rely on foster homes to house our adoptable animals. Please complete our Foster Application to get started. We also made a Foster FAQ tab to answer specific question about fostering 🙂 Visit our Foster tab to learn more about fostering.

Where are you located?

We are based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our volunteer operated Peppermint Pig Thrift & Gift store is located at 8255 Beechmont Ave. However, our rescue dogs are not housed here. Our Thrift Store operates to help fund Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue. Our rescue dogs live in private foster homes until they are adopted. Please see our Thrift Store Hours and Directions tab for more details.

I am not in your Adoption Radius, will you make an exception for me to adopt?

Please visit our Adoption Radius tab for details regarding this question.

Will you “hold” a dog for me until I’m ready to adopt?

We cannot hold dogs. Our goal is to find the right home as soon as possible. We are already short on foster homes and our foster homes are reserved for dogs we rescue to live in until adoption. By ‘holding’ a dog, we will prevent the dog from going to a home and keep a foster home filled. We cannot rescue another dog to place in the foster home if we are “holding” an adopted dog. If you are not prepared to adopt, please wait until you are and then complete the application.

How do I become a Volunteer for Peppermint Pig Thrift & Gift?

We need many volunteers to operate our Thrift Store as it is the major source of revenue to fund all of our animal rescue efforts. Please complete our Volunteer Application to get started. Visit our Volunteer tab to learn more about volunteering.

How can I make a cash donation to your rescue?

Your donations are greatly appreciated and much needed; no amount is too small! Please visit our Donate tab to make a secure, tax deductible PayPal donation. You can also mail a check payable to Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue to:

Peppermint Pig Thrift & Gift
8255 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45255

I have gently used items to donate to your Thrift Store, do I just bring them in?

YES! 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. We accept gently used clothing (all types), household items, books, jewelry, small appliances, furniture in good condition, holiday items.

Items we are unable to accept include: TV’s, large appliances, computer equipment, and mattresses.

I need to rehome a pet, can you take it?

We are often asked by members of our community to provide assistance to animals in need. When we take an animal into our adoption program, we commit to the animal for the rest of its life. The animal must be spayed/neutered, current on vaccines, heartworm tested, dewormed, microchipped and current on all preventatives. On top of these expenses, if we do not have an available foster, boarding expenses also incur.  Please first check Cincinnati Dog Pages for rehoming assistance. After you have exhausted all other options, you may complete an Owner Surrender Request Form. A volunteer will contact you if we are able to help. We are not able to assist with cats at this time.

Will you foster my personal dog until I can take him/her back?

No, we are a dog rescue, not a boarding facility. Our foster homes are reserved for dogs we rescue to live in until they are adopted.

Do you rescue pigs?

Although we are called Peppermint “Pig,” we are primarily a dog rescue and we do not have the resources or fosters to take pigs. For assistance with rehoming pigs, please contact Whispering Willows Kingdom Rescue and Sanctuary.

How do I get a spay/neuter voucher?

Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue can provide a spay/neuter voucher to those in the community who qualify. We also list free and low cost spay/neuter clinics under our Spay/Neuter tab. Please, check here first before inquiring about a voucher.

The voucher is free to the recipient but Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue is billed $40 to $120 for each voucher that is redeemed at a participating vet.

To be considered for a spay/neuter voucher, please come in person to our Peppermint Pig Thrift and Gift store.

Why do some dogs require a fenced in yard?

Each dog has different needs, and when we specify a fenced yard for one of our dogs, it is because this is the type of environment they will do best in. Please see our Fenced Yard Requirements tab for more details.

Does Invisible Fence count as having a fully fenced yard?

There is no direct yes or no answer to this, the only way to determine this is if you complete the application so we are able to assess it in its entirety. There is a section in our application where you can tell us about your invisible fence. This will be taken into consideration along with the rest of the application and listed requirements for the dog you are applying for. Please see our Fenced Yard Requirements tab for more details.

I found a stray animal I need to take somewhere. What do I do?

If you have found a stray animal, you may take the animal to a vet’s office, animal shelter, or bring him/her to us to scan for a microchip. If no chip is found, s/he should be taken to the shelter closest to the location where the animal was found. This will increase the likelihood that the animal will be reunited with its guardian and safely returned home. If you can’t find a shelter listed, you should call information and see if there is a humane society or SPCA in your area. If that doesn’t work, the best bet is to call the local police or sheriff department and ask where they take stray animals. Often it will be your local shelter and they should be able to provide contact information.

For more information, please see our Lost/Found Pets tab.

Does Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue trap/care for feral cats?

PPAR does not have the facilities to care for feral cats. You can contact local groups that work with feral and community cats. These organizations can provide information on trapping and altering feral cats or help with renting traps or surgery. Please see our Community Pet Resources tab for more information.

How do I contact your Rescue/Adoptions volunteers?

Please complete a Contact Us form or you may email us directly at

Please understand that we are all volunteers who donate our time to rescue, aside from our own jobs, families, foster pets, and personal pets, and we may not be available to answer questions immediately. Although we do our best to be as responsive as possible, we have created this website for you, to be user friendly and to contain detailed answers to most questions we receive, so that when we are unable to talk to you personally, you have all the tools you need to find the answers you’re looking for right at your fingertips 🙂 Thank you for your patience and understanding.