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 and to Petfinder (a rescue search engine) as soon as they become available for adoption, and we update their status regularly, so you never have to wonder who is, or isn’t available.

You can view all of our current adoptable pets in any of these places.


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.

Our adoption applications can be found under our Adoption Center tab, as well as all of our current adoptable pets. Before applying to adopt, please review our Adoption Contract (click here for cats).

We provide the Adoption Contract for you here 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.


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 if you need to gather more information. Some of the things you will need for the application are; names and phone numbers of any vets you have used, employment information, driver’s license numbers, photos of your yard, any trainers you may have used, and 2 personal references with phone numbers. 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 scheduled 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 pparecue@gmail.com 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.

Adoption Radius and Adoption Fees:
**Our Adoption Radius, unless otherwise specified in their bio, is within a two hour radius of Cincinnati for most adult dogs, and within a one hour radius of Cincinnati for most puppies.**

Adult dog adoption fee starts at just $95

Puppy adoption fees start at $150

Cat/kitten adoption fee is $35

*Adoption fees may vary. Please see the pet’s bio that you are interested in for specific adoption fee.

**Please note; we are all volunteers with families, jobs, pets and often foster pets in our care. We are not paid for the volunteer work we do for the animals we rescue, so please be patient with us through the adoption process. The adoption process varies from pet to pet, but we will typically contact you before our next adoption event if you are selected for a meet. We know you are very excited about adopting, but it may take a little time, and you are always welcome to email us directly at pparescue@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for your understanding.

**For questions regarding our Adoption Radius, please visit our Adoption Radius tab.

Our commitment:

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.

To inquire, or to ask questions regarding any of our adoptable pets, please feel free to contact our volunteer rescue team directly at pparescue@gmail.com. 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.

(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.

Puppy Adoptions:

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 covered with their adoption and will be done at one of our approved local vets when they reach the appropriate age. If you choose to have them done 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. Our spay/neuter coverage is only valid if it is done through one of our approved vets.

All of our adoptable pets reside in loving foster homes until they are adopted. We do not have a physical shelter/kennel that they stay in. We also learn so much more about each dog by having them in foster homes instead of kennels, which helps us place each dog in the best forever home to fit his/her needs and personality.