"WHAT IS A MAGICAL UNICORN?" you may ask. WELL, MAGICAL UNICORNS ARE AMAZING DOGS WHO, FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER, HAVE SIMPLY BEEN OVERLOOKED AT CROWDED SHELTERS.
They are dogs who may not run to the front of their kennel to greet visitors, so they're less frequently seen. Perhaps they're shy, or maybe they just don't do well in the stressful shelter environment. Maybe they have a treatable medical condition and just need someone to give them a little extra care. Whatever the reason, these dogs find themselves running out of time at the shelter. Previously overlooked, once you get these Magical Unicorns out of the shelter and into a loving foster or forever home, they reach their full potential as happy, loving companions!
AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Border Terrier/Cairn Terrier Mix
My name is Angie, and I am a little doll. Don't be upset if I don't run right up to you...I just take a minute! I'm around 9 years old and weigh 10 lbs. I am a lovely little gal who likes other dogs and would probably be just fine with cats. I have never met a sofa I didn't like. Call me! I can't wait to meet you!
Wanna see a video of me getting a belly rub…and then trotting away? You’re in luck.
BELDAR - Adoption Pending
AGE: 10 Month WEIGHT: 9 lbs BREED: Jack Russell Terrier Mix
Hi. My name is Beldar, and I'm a little 9/10 month old puppy. I was hit by a car and taken to the shelter. Luckily, I did not require orthopedic surgery — just limited activity. I am in a wonderful foster home with other dogs who I adore. I am house-broken, crate-trained, super-fun and looking for my forever home!
Get it in touch if you’d like to meet me.
BOONE BERNSTEIN - Adoption Pending
AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 60 lbs BREED: Flat-Coated Retriever/Labrador Retriever Mix
My name is Boone. I was seen living on post-office grounds in South LA for a month. A woman was feeding me but I was unsure so I wouldn't let her catch me. Finally, a nice guy came and was able to get me. Hoping an owner would be looking for me, I went to the shelter. Sadly, no one came. I was very scared and shut down there, but luckily the Rescue came to get me! I am now living in a foster home in Encino with other dogs and a bunny, and I am slowly learning to trust people again. I tend to be more cautious with men, but I do warm up once I know you. I am a very kind, loving dog, and in time I will blossom — just you wait and see! I would love to meet you.
AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 20 lbs BREED: Cocker Spaniel
Hi. My name is Buzz. Buzz LightYear! Nice to meet you!!! Gonna be honest – I have had a rough go of it! My former owner, who was in her 90's, had to surrender me to a shelter when she could no longer take care of me. I was I pretty bad shape – rail thin, matted, deaf and sight impaired. The shelter was scary! Thank GOODNESS the rescuers came to get me, and I am now on my way back to feeling like a normal dog again. I'm around 10 years old and underweight. (I should be 30 lbs.) I am looking for a wonderful home to spend my retirement years. As that other Buzz would say: To a comfy dog bed…and beyond. Please fill out an application on this website if you would like to meet me.
AGE: 9 Years WEIGHT: 8 lbs BREED: Shih Tzu
Hi, my name is Cabbage, and I am the luckiest Shih Tzu EVER! I was in rough shape when the rescuers saw me at the shelter. You see, I was out roaming on my own and swallowed a really sharp chicken bone that got lodged in my esophagus! OUCH. I could not eat, and I was in a lot of discomfort. But they swooped in and got me to a state-of-the-art hospital, where the vets did a really crazy scope on me and got that thing out of my esophagus! Now I’m working through a few gastro issues. But I am alive and darn tootin’ proud to be! I'm the cutest, most adorable, gladiator Shih Tzu that ever lived! If you are an awesome human who will treat me like the queen I was born to be – and who will keep me away from chicken bones – get in touch. Also, if you’d like to make a donation to help cover my hospital bill, you can do that , too. Tootles!!!
AGE: 8 Years WEIGHT: 90 lbs BREED: Bulldog/Mastiff Mix
HI! My name is Chacho and I am the BEST!!!! Truly-the BEST! At least that is what everyone says! Ok, fine, I'm a tad overweight (ahem more than a tad) but I was JUST rescued so give me time to get my bod back! I'm teetering on 100 lbs right now and I need to lose at least 25 lbs. I am FABULOUS with all dogs and kids and I THINK I would be ok with cats. I just want to snack and sleep. Call me!
Who wants to see a cute video of me relaxing ? Everybody? OK.
AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 110 lbs BREED: Lab/Bloodhound Mix
Hiya, my name is Chalupa. As you can see, I am a curvy, mature woman that don't need no man. Ok, that's a lie. I would love a man or woman or a family to take care of me. I am working on my fitness, be my witness? My heart is even bigger than my backside, but I promise to love you for the rest of my days. I am great with other dogs and would love to meet the right one(s) who can help me on my journey to becoming happier and healthier. I can't wait to meet you!
See how good I look in slo-mo!
AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 20 lbs BREED: Dandie Dinmont Terrier/Fox Terrier (Wirehaired) Mix
Helloooooooo!!! My name is Chuckles! I am a rad dog.My foster mom says is super smart, super handsome (duh), and an all around super star of a dog! I'm around 8/9 years old and weigh 20 lbs! I have long, supermodel legs! I love other dogs, love pack walks, and love to hang on the sofa and chill. Call me?
AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 15 lbs BREED: Brussels Griffon & Norfolk Terrier Mix
My name is Church Lady. "CL" for short!
I'm a SUPER cute and funny gal with a super soft side. I LOVE belly rubs. I am good with other dogs but can be bossy if you let me take charge. I am house broken. We THINK I'm around 8 years old and I am currently on a diet...what can I say? I'm a foodie! No young kids for me. They make me a little anxious. Call me!
DIPSY - Adoption Pending
AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 28 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever/Corgi Mix
I'm Dipsy! I'm the NICEST dog! My foster family can't say enough great things about me! I'm a taaaaad overweight...but I am working on it! I'm low and long and they are calling me a "Corgador"! Labrador/Corgi mix! I'm great with dogs, cats and kids and I just wanna hang and love you all day long. Oh, car rides and walks are super fun! Call me!
DOTTIE THE ROTTIE
AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 93 lbs BREED: Rottweiler
Have you ever seen such a sweet face?! Now you have! And it's mine, Dottie the Rottie. Word on the street is that I am the NICEST lady around even though I was in quite a bit of pain when I came into the shelter. Lucky for me, the awesome shelter volunteers and staff let APR know that I needed to be a Magical Unicorn. I recently had successful ACL surgery and feel like a new dog. Get in touch if you'd like to hear all about it or see me walk...like a new dog. Love, Dottie.
DRUMMER - Adoption Pending
AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 65 lbs BREED: Golden Retriever
Hi. I'm Drummer. I'm a very lucky dog! You see, I was hit by a car and taken to the Dog Shelter. The shelter called the rescue to come get me because I was really hurt. The rescue swooped in and took me to a hospital and they fixed me!!! I had a broken leg that needed a plate and now I am on crate rest for at least 6 weeks. I'm in a foster home now recovering and I am just so happy to be safe and in a home with a lot of love! I'm around 7 years old and weigh 65lbs.
AGE: 15 years WEIGHT: 16 lbs BREED: Maltipoo
My name is Dutchess. (It's Dutchess with a T because I'm TERRIFIC). I'm a mature gal looking to spend my golden years loved and cherished in a comfy home. I was surrendered at the shelter with significant medical issues but am now doing better. I will ne ongoing medical care for a heart condition and my eyes. And I'm going to be taking pills for the rest of my life. That's okay. Maybe we can put them in cheese? I love my walks and I love my FOOD! So if you'd like to treat a Dutchess like a queen, get in touch.
AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 18Ibs BREED: Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso mix
Hello Lovelies! My name is Eartha! I'm a mature gal with a zest for life and adventure! My foster Mom says I'm perfect, ahem, even better than her own dogs. What can I say? I'm divine! I'm a little, ahem, voluptuous at the moment. (I'm a foodie.) But I am working on my health and fitness so I can slim down a bit. I'm easy peasy — just want to hang with you, go for a stroll and catch up on some good TV. Talk about down-to-Eartha! If I sound like your kind of dog, call me.
AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 60 Ibs BREED: American Staffordshire Terrier
Hi I`m Gilbert! I just spent 8 months in a shelter, can you believe it? It was stressful but I survived!! Now thankfully I am free and I am getting used to the outside world and having the best time!
I am a BIG softy and I LOVE other dogs! Big, small, young, old, loud, quiet-nothing phases me. I am loving foster home life and working on house breaking. I have a little separation anxiety but crate training is helping me a ton! Oh, I'm also learning that stairs go up and down...still working on the down part hehe. My foster Mom says I am a great nap partner and would love to be someone's shadow. I do have some arthritis that I take meds for but it does not slow me down and I even chase toys around. I really love to wiggle on the carpet on my back!
If you want to get to know me and give me the love I`m looking for then get in touch and you know I will give that love back tenfold!
AGE: 12 Years WEIGHT: 27 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever & Whippet Mix
Hi! My name is Leia! I might LOOK like a Labrador from photos but I am not! I'm a Pocket Labrador mix! I weigh a mighty 27 lbs!! Can you believe it!? I have a zest for life, love my foster family and foster dogs and cat and I can leap around the yard like a gazelle! if you don't believe me watch my video! I'm around 12 years old (we think) and I just wanna hang with some awesome humans (and animals if you have them that's great but I would be fine solo) call me!
I might be part gazelle! Check out my video!
AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 5 lbs BREED: Chihuahua
Lillian here! Nice to meet you! I'm an itty-bitty chi with a wonky front paw. I love my foster family and my foster dog sister. I am GREAT with other dogs. I love walks and I love being on leash. Food and napping are my favorite things in the world. A nap with LOTS of blankets is the best! I like to bury myself under them! I’m like a canine burrito. What else? I’m cuddly, polite and easy-going. In summary, I’m an all around super dog! Wanna meet me? Get in touch.
AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Dachshund/Terrier
Hi, there. My name is Marty! I'm a 10 – 10 years young and a whopping 10 lbs. I have one tiny eye that doesn't work, but it just adds to my charm! I’m sort of like the winky emoji. Also, I'm the nicest boy! I love other dogs, and I love people...especially people who let me sit in their lap in the car! FUN! I can't wait to meet you!
NEENO - Adoption Pending
AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 12 lbs BREED: Chihuahua/Dachshund Mix
Hi. My name is Neeno! I'm a nice boy and pretty irresistible! I'm currently a little plump but working on that! I am great with other dogs and love every single person I meet! I bring joy wherever I go and everyone who meets me wants to squish me! Call me!
OMELETTE - Adoption Pending
AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 40 lbs BREED: Australian Cattle Dog/Basset Hound Mix
Hello, my name is Omelette. I have something in common with Nick Jonas. We’re both diabetic. I’m now on insulin, keeping my levels under control. Next on my list is getting my skin cleared up and putting on some weight. (I’m guessing that’s not on Nick’s list) I’m in a foster home with another dog, and we get along great. I even have my own hashtag on Instagram: #omeletteTheMU🍳. Click for updates about this good girl, or get in touch to meet me.
AGE: 5 years WEIGHT: 70lbs BREED: Mastiff/Bulldog Mix
Hi HI HI!!!!! My name is Percy and everyone at the rescue and in my foster family thinks I am the greatest boy! I might look like a big dope but I actually know a LOT!! I am obedience trained can you believe it???? Me! YES! I am! I'm around 5 years old and I weigh 70 lbs. (lots and lots of flaps!). I am an angel. Crate-trained, house-broken, dog-friendly and just an all-around super-star! That’s a lot of hyphens. If you wanna meet me please have my people call your people...or just have your people fill out a app right here on this site.
AGE: 2 years WEIGHT: 45 lbs BREED: Bulldog Mix
Hi. My name is Potato Pancake but my friends call me Tato. I am looking for an experienced bully home who can provide lots of leadership and lots of boundaries. I am initially fearful, but once I trust you I am great. I am good with dogs as long as there is a proper introduction. Basically, I need a human who will keep me in check so I can continue being a lovely, balanced gal. No kids, sorry! I can't wait to meet you. xo
AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 12 lbs BREED: Dachshund/Chihuahua Mix
Well, hello. My name is Roberta and I am AWESOME! I hang with a pack of little chi's every day with my foster family, and those dogs are way cool! I was scooped up by the nice rescue people from the shelter where I was in medical for yucky skin and a mammary tumor. That is coming off soon, so check back soon for my post-surgery update. Oh, and send me good vibes. Thanks.
AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 15 lbs BREED: Wheaton Terrier/Cairn Terrier mix
Hello, I'm Sammie! Nice to meet you! I'm 7 years old and I weigh 18 lbs. I'm adorable! I am also very kind and my foster family cannot say enough nice things about me! Here's some info about me: I'm house broken, good with my foster dogs but can be particular with other dogs, don't like cats, LOVE kids, have some skin issues so I take medication to make me not itch ahhhh. I'm real cute and real fun!
My foster Mom thinks I would do best in a home with a yard because I love to run around and sun myself. I can also be a little vocal when left alone for too long so if you have long work days I may not be the pup for you. It's only because I love my people SO much! You can see it for yourself in this video.
AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 9 lbs BREED: Miniature Pinscher / Chihuahua mix
Hi. My name is Slug! I'm around 9-10 years old and I weigh 11 lbs (ahem, but I am on a diet because I SHOULD weigh around 8/9 lbs). What can I say? I'm a foodie! This good boy is new to rescue, and I need to see a neurologist because I walk kinda funny. We are going to find out what is going on and get back to you on that! I can walk — just not on slippery surfaces. I LOVE other dogs! I love kids! I like being a couch potato while you watch TV. Oh and I like to eat bananas. How good does that sound? Call me.
Here’s me having a ball…with a ball.
AGE: 8 Years WEIGHT: 55 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd Dog Mix
Hi! My name is Sushi. If my life were a rom-com, this part would be the "makeover montage" (cue the music ... "Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige.) I've left my old life far behind and now I'm getting pampered at the salon (my fur is growing in nicely!) and showing off the new me to the world. Just like Julia Roberts at the polo match, I'm sometimes not totally confident about what to do in new situations, but I'm watching, and learning. And when I'm at home I can let loose and be the real me ... loving, loyal, curious, soulful. This new life is pretty amazing so I'm happy to just go with the flow ... short walks, long hikes, lounging around the house, going out to brunch, sleeping in my crate, having the house to myself, meeting new people, head scratches from little kids. I'm pretty good at ignoring little dogs (under 25 lbs) but best to not let them get too close ... nobody's perfect. It's been a tough road, but I'm ready to find my people and let my love shine bright.
Here’s a video of me giving a low five.
AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 48 lbs BREED: Beagle/Corgi Mix
I'm Tinky Winky! I have a lot to love! Currently a little, shall I say, Voluptuous? Working on that! Stress and food can catch up to ya! Have no fear I am in an amazing foster home with awesome humans and an awesome foster dog and they are getting me on the right path! I'm a super nice gal who loves walks and naps and snacks! Call me!
WHOOPIE - Adoption Pending
AGE: 5 years WEIGHT: 65 lbs BREED: Bulldog / Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
Hello, my name is Whoopie…as in “Whoopie! We’re getting a really great dog!” I’m crate-trained and house-broken, plus I graduated from obedience school. I also go to the office with my foster mom, so I guess that makes me a working dog. Did I mention I have a signature move? I like to bow down playfully to tell dogs and people I’m ready to play. Sometimes I even do it to myself in the mirror. If you’d like to say “Whoopie!” every time you see me, get in touch.
Here’s my signature move.