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My name is Pepper Spice Boy!

I'm being cared for by
Independent Animal Rescue, Inc
Adoption process

Submit Application


Meet the Pet


Take the Pet Home

Adoption application
Apply to Adopt

Facts about me

White - with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
(When grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Pet ID

My info

Small red x Not good with kids
Small red x Not good with dogs
Small red x Not good with cats
Small blue checkmark Purebred

My story

Do you like an independent spirit who wants to be your one and only? Pepper Spice Boy is a happy-go-lucky, joyful dog. He is affectionate and loves to give kisses -- he just needs to be handled in a certain way (by adults only). And he needs a home without any other animals.

Pepper lets you know his thoughts about passersby, so we are looking for a detached home. He needs a backyard fenced yard (it doesn't need to be large), as he loves sunbathing, giving himself a back scratch, running around (look out squirrels & bunnies!), and exploring. During the day, he goes potty about every 4 hours.

Pepper adores walks: Great on a leash, he doesn't pull and is always up for a good fast sprint: 30-minute jaunts are easy as pie, and he prefers to go much longer . . . so try and keep up with him! A quiet neighborhood with few dog walkers is preferred. He does not enjoy riding in the car.

He is very quiet and polite. He is never underfoot, doesn't jump on people, and won't bother your belongings or toys that are not his. When it's time for bed, Pepper tucks himself in, and sleeps through the night without a peep -- 10 hours at least!

Pepper loves his food and won't beg for yours. When he gets excited, like before mealtimes, he stands on his back feet, pawing the air with his front feet, and twirling around like a circus dog. So cute! His awesomeness does not stop there: Pepper is crate- and house-trained. He doesn't need to be crated, however.

Very smart, he knows Wait, Stay, No, Come, Let's go, Stop, Want to go out?, Go back?, and Leave it.

Check out his videos to see this pup in action! He is clearly psychic because he chose Chapel Hill to win over Duke at their match on April 2, 2022!

This sweet boy can't wait to find his forever home!

Pepper is white with brown on his ears, face, and tail (what there is of it!).

Pepper is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, heartworm negative, and neutered. He had his teeth cleaned in March 2022. He came to us grossly overweight at 17.6 pounds. He is now at his ideal weight at 11.4 pounds!

Pepper was living with Nikki (another small dog) and a couple in their 90s. When the husband died, the wife could no longer care for either dog. IAR took both Pepper and Nicki into the program. Nikki was adopted.

Independent Animal Rescue, Inc

Contact info
Pet ID
PO Box 14232, Durham, NC 27709

Their adoption process


Submit Application

Submit an application by going to:


Meet the Pet

Our adoption coordinators will reach out to you to connect you with our foster homes.


Take the Pet Home

After meeting with the foster home, they will coordinate with your on how best to deliver the pet to you once all steps have taken place.

Additional adoption info

Adoption Requirements

  • You must be prepared to make a lifetime commitment to the animal.

  • You may not be an undergraduate student.

  • You must be a US citizen or green card holder.

Adoption Process

  • Fill out an adoption interest application HERE.

  • Our goal is finding lifelong, loving homes for our animals, so we try to find the best match between animal and adopter. We can help advise you on which animals to meet based on your situation.

  • You can meet some of our animals at our weekend adoption events, or we can arrange for a meeting in the foster home. If it’s a good match, the foster parent will come to visit your home in person. This is to make sure your home is safe and secure for a new companion animal.

  • Note: IAR makes every effort to please our adopters, but our first concern must be for the animal’s welfare. We reserve the right to deny any application.

Read about adoption fees at

Adoption application

Go meet their pets

Our cats and dogs are out and about greeting folks at adoption events in the Durham-Chapel Hill area most weekends. View a list of upcoming events here:

More about this rescue

IAR started with one woman's big dreams, a bigger heart, and a very distinctive purple pickup truck that helped her rescue countless of unwanted, abused, and homeless Triangle pets. Originally founded in 1994, IAR earned an official 501(c)(3) status in 1995. We are governed by a Board of Directors, managed by elected officers, and introduced IAR’s first paid position, General Manager, in June 2021. This role will assist with elevating our collective compassion to new heights and strengthening IAR’s impact as a whole.

Our mission is to rescue and provide safe and responsible care for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals. We shall strive to help all animals in need through our service programs. We will serve our communities through promotion of spay/neuter for all companion animals, and the education of children and adults in humane care, respect and responsibility for animals on this earth.