OUR ADOPTABLE PETS:
We rescue the majority of our adoptable pets from open intake shelters, high kill shelters, and by working closely with other rescues and shelters to rescue and transport from rural areas with high euthanasia rates, but some are owner surrenders/surrendered to a vet for medical/financial reasons 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.
All of our dogs reside in foster homes until they are adopted. Meets with our adoptable dogs are only scheduled after we have received and approved your completed application.
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 (please note that this does not mean we do not have any applications for them).
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.
Please review our Adoption Process details and Adoption Requirements below before submitting your adoption application.
Key Points and Adoption Requirements:
- Adoptions are scheduled on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm.
- We will only contact you if you’re selected for a meet or if we have further questions after we have received your completed application.
- Applications submitted late in the week (Thurs, Fri, Sat) may not be processed until the following week.
- Adopters must meet all listed vetting requirements to be considered for adoption. These requirements can be viewed below under “Vet Care” below.
- Adopters must meet our Adoption Radius requirements to be considered for adoption.
- Adopters must meet our Fenced Yard Requirements to be considered for adoption.
- Please review our policies below regarding renting, children and other puppies in the info below.
OUR APPLICATION AND ADOPTION PROCESS:
All of our rescue animals reside in loving foster homes until adoption and our adoptions 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. Applications submitted late in the week (Thurs, Fri, Sat) may not be processed until the following week. Applications submitted throughout the week will be processed and, if you are selected for a meet, we will contact you before the next scheduled adoption day. Please be sure you complete your adoption application as thoroughly as possible in order for us to make the best assessment possible.
Adding a new pet to your home is a huge commitment and the decision to do so should be well-planned and thought out in advance. Please be sure you are able to make arrangements to attend a meet and greet with the pet you are applying to adopt, should you be selected for a meet. We hold our meet and greet/adoptions on Saturdays between 1pm and 4pm (we will contact you to set up an appointment if you are selected for a meet). As a 100% volunteer operated, foster based rescue, we are not always able to make arrangements to schedule a meet outside of our regular Saturday adoption day. If you are not able to make arrangements, we may move on to the next qualified applicant. Thank you for taking our volunteer and foster time into consideration.
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).
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, such as our Adoption Radius and Fenced Yard Requirements, before applying to adopt.
To be considered for adoption, all applicants must first meet our basic Fenced Yard and Adoption Radius requirements, as well as our vet care requirements of having a current, and consistent, record of all pets being kept current on core vaccinations, yearly heartworm testing and heartworm prevention, and all pets in the home must be/have been spayed/neutered. We then select adopters based on best overall fit for each dog we rescue; each applicant’s experience, energy level and other details gathered from the adoption application will be considered along with these requirements to select homes that match each dog’s specific needs and personalities. Please be sure to read the pet’s bio to check for any specific listed requirements or suggestions to adopt.
Our application has a “save and continue later” feature 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 the save and continue feature if you need to gather more information needed for the application. Our goal is to fit every pet to the perfect home to fit their needs and personality, so all information requested in the application should be completed thoroughly for us to make this assessment.
Because we receive so many applications and communications 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 submit a Contact Us form and ask, but please do not call our Thrift Store for updates. Our rescue volunteers cannot be reached at our Thrift Store. 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 day. Please utilize our FAQ‘s tab before submitting a Contact Form and check the pet’s status under our Available Pets tab. We update their status regularly to reflect their availability.
Please do not complete your application if you are not ready to adopt, we will not hold an adoptable dog if there are other qualified applicants available to adopt. 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 and other folders, for further communications from us.
All of our adoptable rescue pets reside in loving foster homes until they are adopted. We do not have a physical shelter/kennel that they stay in. We 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.
Our rescue pets are intended for pet homes only.
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 upload proof of purchase in the space available in the application or send it to us by submitting a Contact Us form from our website after you have submitted your application.
**To be considered for adoption, all of the applicant’s current and previous dogs must have a current and consistent history of receiving core vaccinations (rabies and distemper/parvo). They must also have a current and consistent history of receiving yearly heartworm testing and heartworm prevention, and they must be/have been spayed/neutered. All current or previous cats in the home must have been spayed/neutered and have a current and consistent history of receiving all core vaccinations. We will not place one of our rescue animals into a home who does not meet these vetting standards.
**Please be sure to call your vet upon submitting your application and give them permission to release information to us.
**Our Adoption Radius, unless otherwise specified in their bio, is within a two hour radius of Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue for most adult dogs, and within a one hour radius of Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue for most puppies.**
Adult Dog (Over 1 Year) Adoption Fee Starts at $165.00.
Puppy (under 1 year) Adoption Fee Starts at $195.00.
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 submit a Contact Us form with any questions, but please do not call our Thrift Store for updates. Our rescue volunteers cannot be reached at our Thrift Store. Thank you for your understanding.
**We will hold applications for 3 months. If you have applied to adopt a pet, and they were adopted by another applicant or you were not selected for that pet, you may submit a Contact Us form if you see another pet you are interested in adopting. We are happy to screen your existing application for another pet. If it has been over 3 months since you applied, or there have been significant changes in your household (number of people, number of pets, new address, etc.) or any changes in your vet history, please submit a new application. If your original application was for an adult dog, and you have changed interest to a puppy, you will need to submit a new application and answer the puppy questions accordingly.
All puppies will be adopted with current, age appropriate vaccines, given by Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue. Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue provides every puppy’s (depending on their age when we rescued them) 6, 8, 12, and 16 week puppy series DAPP/DALPP vaccinations. When the puppy is not old enough to have received all of their puppy vaccines at the time of adoption, puppy adopters will be will be REQUIRED to bring the puppy back to Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue to receive remaining puppy series DAPP/DALPP vaccines after adoption. No exceptions.
Their spay/neuter is also covered with their adoption and will be done at our vet within 6 weeks after they receive their 16 week vaccinations from PPAR. The spay/neuter must be done at our vet.
Due to the training needs and one on one attention that a growing puppy requires to become a well-rounded, stable adult dog, Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue may choose not to adopt a puppy to a home who is currently raising another puppy or adopt 2 puppies to the same home at once.
Before applying to adopt a rescue dog, consider how much time you have and the age and maturity level of your children. It is completely unrealistic to expect a small child to be responsible for a dog. Make sure that you yourself will have adequate time for feeding, walking, training, socializing, playing and all the other responsibilities that come with being a pet parent. Bringing a rescue dog into a home with small kids also means you have to take extra steps to ensure the safety of your children, as well as your new pet. While educating your kids on animal behavior is the most important part of pet adoption, infants, toddlers and very young children are not able to understand why they should act a certain way around a dog.
For the safety of the children, and the safety and well-being of our rescue animals, Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue may choose not to adopt to families with children under 5 years of age.
Due to the rental restrictions related to breed, size and number of animals in many rental homes, for the future stability of the dogs we rescue, we may choose not to adopt certain breeds or sizes of dogs to people who are renting their home.
The breed types or mixes may include, but are not limited to, Pit Bulls or Bully types, Shepherd types, Rottweiler types, Doberman types, Mastiff or Great Dane types, or other breeds that are commonly restricted in rental properties. This may be determined regardless of the applicant’s current rental agreement since they are subject to change and/or applicants may move to another rental home with different restrictions. Other adoption restrictions may apply for people who are renting and may be determined at our discretion on a case by case basis.
We will not adopt if a renter is at, or over, the limited amount of pets permitted in their rental agreement. The breed types and number of animals restrictions also applies to City/County Ordinances and HOA’s.
All renters must have at least 3 to 5 years in their current rental home and be able to provide a solid rental history to be considered.
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 of our dogs and cats will be spayed/neutered.
PLEASE NOTE: To be considered for adoption, all of the applicant’s current and previous dogs must have a current and consistent history of receiving core vaccinations (rabies and distemper/parvo). They must also have a current and consistent history of receiving yearly heartworm testing and heartworm prevention, and they must be/have been spayed/neutered. All current or previous cats in the home must have been spayed/neutered and have a current and consistent history of receiving all core vaccinations (rabies and FVRCP). We will not place one of our rescue animals into a home who does not meet these vetting standards.
The first week your adopted dog goes home with you, is a trial week. If during this week, your dog does not seem like the right fit for you/your family, you may return them to Peppermint Pig Animal Rescue and receive a full refund of your adoption fee.
When we rescue a dog, 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 via our Contact Us form. This is our preferred, and direct method of contact. Contacting through here will ensure clear communication with us. Cat returns are on a case by case basis.