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: 60 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever

Hello, friends! My name is Armie...as in Armie Hammer the handsome thespian! They named me after him because I, too, am a hunk! (They also said I'm definitely not named after Arm & Hammer baking soda. Whew.) I'm a 9-year old gentleman currently undergoing some medical care. I came out of the shelter with a really bad upper respiratory infection and really, really bad skin. I'm currently receiving some major TLC and will be available to adopt soon so check back in! 

Scrub-a-dub-dub, watch Armie in the tub!


AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 9  lbs BREED: Terrier / Miniature Poodle mix

Hello, darlings...it's me, Carmen. While you may think, "How does a girl like me end up homeless?" that's exactly what happened! Don't you worry your pretty little head though, because I'm now a Magical Unicorn -- and I put the MAGIC in magical. I came into the South LA shelter as a stray with a really yucky tumor, but that didn't stop me from tail wagging and charming everyone I met. I've now been completely vetted and I'm ready to meet my forever match! I'm a total love with everyone, including other dogs. I'm a mature, 10-year-old lady, so no worries about those annoying puppy behaviors. I'm just looking to snuggle up on the couch for some premium cable television. If you want to bring some magic into your life, send me a note!


AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 110 lbs BREED: Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback 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: 7 years WEIGHT: 7 lbs BREED: Chihuahua

Hello there! I'm Daisy and I'm just a wee, little flower waiting to sprout up into your heart. I've had a bit of a rough go, and I'm looking for my forever home. You see, my last owner got me from someone who found me in the dumpster. Can you believe that?! Unfortunately my previous family really loved me but was unable to keep me which is how I became a Magical Unicorn with APR. I love the company of other dogs. I'm good with kids. I'm potty trained and I really love to be around my people. I would make an excellent family companion. I'm just 7 years old and 7 lbs so I've got lots of time left to love you and I'm the perfect size to take anywhere! If you're looking for a sweet little flower to brighten your day, I'm your Daisy! 


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 need 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. 

I have a video. I even have a speaking part. 


AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 53 lbs BREED: Staffordshire Terrier

 Hi there. My name is Elphaba and much like my namesake, Elphie from Wicked, I'm not what you would expect! While some people may see a big, tough looking black dog...I'm really just bursting with love and I will roll over for a belly rub before you can blink your eyes . I am very strong and have the biggest heart and those things combined give me a great zest for life. With all of my excitement and happiness, I am looking for a life partner that can be a great leader for me, set boundaries, help me with my manners, and provide a great routine and structure for me. If you want to see all my magic, be sure to reach out to A Purposeful Rescue to set up a date. 

Wanna see my awesome wiggle? Click here.


AGE: 1.5 years WEIGHT: 50 lbs BREED: Pit Bull Mix

Hello, my name is Felicity. I am a female, staffy/shar pei mix with a heart of gold and wrinkles a Hollywood starlet wouldn't hide! I was recently surrendered to a vet after my family couldn't take care of me, due to being pregnant at the time and being over-bred, I had complications that they couldn't afford to take care of. This is when the lovely people at A Purposeful Rescue stepped in and made sure I was taken care of and got all the help I need to get back to being my healthy self. I have been given a new chance at life and I cannot wait to meet a new loving family. I am great with other dogs and kids and if you want to learn more just ask.

Wanna see me eat snacks? Check out this video.


AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: 6 lbs BREED: Chihuahua

Hi I’m Frida Khalittle and I’m just a wee little tyke of 6 lbs. At 9 years young, I’m so snuggly I’ll fit right in your arms. I’m cute as can be and I just love to have my belly rubbed. Give me some attention, and I’ll give you a big smile. I'm tiny. I'm single. And I'm ready to mingle. Holler at your girl for a meet-up. 


AGE: 4 months WEIGHT: 3 lbs BREED: Chihuahua mix

Hi! I'm Frito! I'm an adorable 4-month-old puppy! I was found in Kern County all alone with a really itchy skin condition called demodex (not contagious). I am being treated with medicine and currently enjoying myself in a foster home with other dogs. I am learning all about crate training and house breaking, and my foster family says I am the best girl! I am independent but not aloof. You could say this Frito is the perfect little snack of a dog. Wanna meet me? Get in touch. 


AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: 82 lbs 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!

At 82 Ibs I look like a big, strong boy but you can see from my sweet face and cute ears that flop totally forward that I am just a big softy at heart and ready for some love. The kind people who rescued me are getting to know me and vice versa but they can tell already that i`m really really special...

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: 10 years WEIGHT: 11l bs BREED: Chihuahua

🎵Come and knock on my door. I've been waiting to be adopted by you.🎵 

A Purposeful Rescue  saved me and three Chihuahua buddies from a pretty horrible situation, but wouldn't you know it...I'm still just the sweetest guy around! I LOVE my foster siblings -- humans and dogs. (I especially love my human-kid foster sister!) I would prefer to be in a home with dogs and/or kids. Hey, I'm an affectionate little love. 

I do have encephalitis, but it’s completely under control now with my medication. (It costs about $50/month.) I'm not great left alone because I need to go #1 and #2 frequently. But I am good with a routine to make sure I get out and do my business. I need help with stairs and doggy doors. So if you work at home and have a patient family, I might be the dog for you. We could set up a meeting, and see if I'm the perfect wacky roommate for you. 

Here's my audition video.  


AGE:  12 years WEIGHT: 26 lbs BREED: Basset Hound / Beagle mix

James Earl Bones is my name and sniffin' is my game! I might be a mature gent with delicate bones, but my sniffer is as good as the day I was born! I'm a hound! I am a very nice dog who enjoys the company of other dogs. I am housebroken but my back legs are in need of some more strength (working on this) so sometimes it's hard for me to hold it! Sorry. Don't hold it against me! Meet me...let me charm the pants right off ya!  I'll even let you put a hat on my head. 

Check out my video. I worked hard on the choreography. 


AGE:  8 years WEIGHT: 15 lbs BREED: Shih Tzu mix


Heyooo! The name is Kevin or you can call me Kev, whichever you like best. I'm a "go with the flow" kind of dude despite having a pretty rough go of it lately. I will always have a tail wag and crooked little smile for you though, and who couldn't use that in their life?! I even like the mail man!

In my current digs, I live in a house with a yard with my foster Mama and her brood of wily pups. I love being close to my people and other dogs. In fact, I would be best suited to a home with at least one other pup and preferably someone who is home more often vs. working outside of the house for long days. What can I say...I just love too hard! My foster Mom says my best skill is looking at her adoringly as I follow her from room to room.While I've been known to be an expert level couch potato, I also really love going on walks around the neighborhood and will happily cruise the streets with you. I also really, really reallllly love a good cozy spot and enjoy spending a lot of time snoozing in my dog bed or on the couch in my pjs (yes, dogs can have pjs). 

While I know I sound pretty perfect so far, there are a couple things I'm working on because no one is perfect. When I first move into a new place, you'll have to be very consistent with me on my potty routine because I like to mark, but the good news is that I'm currently crate trained and nipped this issue in the bud. I also occasionally resource guard my food or treats because I'm a bit of a chunk. This is can be managed, but because of it we think I would do best in a home with older children only who understand.

So, if you're looking for a best bud for you and your current pup send me a note!


AGE:  12 years WEIGHT: 14 lbs BREED: Jack Russell Terrier mix

Hi! I'm Kippy! I'm a peach! I am a spry 12-year-old gal who loves the company of other dogs and would absolutely love to be in a home with other dogs! I'm good in the car, I am house-broken, and my foster mom says I'm just an all around catch! If you want to catch me in person, get in touch. 


AGE: 3 years WEIGHT: 9 lbs BREED: Chihuahua mix


Hello from a crazy-cute Otter pup.  I'm a happy-go-lucky guy, and a special-needs dog. You see, I was born with a  skull too small for my brain (because I'm so smart!) and hydrocephalus. This impacts my motor abilities - everything from my neck, legs, and mouth. I have a high stepping gait and have difficult turning and going up and down stairs. I also can't fully open my mouth, but none of these things stop me from living my best life. I still love playing with giant stuffed toys, romping around the house, and going on walks.

However, I'm a bit on the delicate side and need a family who gets that. No crazy house parties, lots of stairs, or kids dashing about. My equilibrium isn't the greatest and I tend to fall over quite easily. That's why you may catch me leaning into my foster sibs - I use them as a prop! Oh, I also live with a cat and I enjoy chasing him. I should also mention I'm crate trained and know how to potty outside as long as I have a consistent routine. Anyhow, if you have a low-key house and are cool with a pup with wonky equilibrium, let's meet! 

Check out my video. (I use another dog as a pillow.) 


AGE: 14 years WEIGHT: 8 lbs BREED: Shih Tzu


Meet Millie and Yoti! They ended up at the shelter under very sad circumstance as their owner fell into a coma and was hospitalized. They only had to spend one night in the shelter before we went and got them out. Millie is a 14-year-old, sight-impaired Shih Tzu and Yoti is a 6-year-old Schnoodle. They are very much a bonded pair in every way. Nice as can be, easy going, and love the company of other dogs. Double the pleasure! Double the fun! Adopt Millie and Yoti! 

NIGEL - Adoption Pending

AGE:  7 years WEIGHT: 18 lbs BREED: Chiweenie

Why good day there, I'm Nigel! I am the MOST perfect gentleman and would make an amazing companion if you're looking for a very easy pup.

My foster Mom says I am by far the easiest and most loving little foster pup she's ever had. I'm house trained, I love other dogs, I'm quiet and well mannered and I will stare lovingly into your eyes. At 7 years old and only 18 lbs I'm also the perfect age and size. What more could you ask for (other than folding your laundry, but I don't have thumbs)?

Send me a note so we can connect and chat more about how perfect I am!


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: 1.5 years WEIGHT: 45 lbs BREED: Labrador mix

Hi! My name is Rainbow Bright and I am a barrel of laughs! I'm a Labrador mix, and I have all the silly and goofy qualities that come with being a Labrador! I was most likely hit by a car before I entered the shelter, but luckily the rescue saw me and helped me get those scrapes fixed up. If you're ready to chase the Rainbow (with a leash of course), get in touch. 


AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: 36 lbs BREED: Corgi mix

There's more than one Roseanne in town nowadays. I'm a 6-year-old lady, and I'm "slightly" overweight, so I'm now eating right and getting more activity. The vet says I need to lose 10 pounds. Good news: I don't have a thyroid issue. (Bad news: That means I need to eat less.) I'm still new to rescue, so keep checking back for updates and my weight-loss pictures. Get in touch if you want to meet. I might even make you laugh.  

Check out my video. I do stand up. Well, I'm standing...and I walk. 


AGE: 7 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!

Check out my pics, and drop me a line if you'd like to meet. 


AGE:  10 years WEIGHT: 20 lbs BREED: Affenpinscher/Tibetan Terrier Mix

Hi! I'm the nicest dog you will ever meet! My name is Sir Grill Cheese! I'm a 10-year-old, legs-for-days, 16-lb boy with the BEST grill! I am diabetic and take insulin shots, but it is SO EASY and pain free! I don't even feel it! I go to restaurants and to the beach with my foster family and everyone I meet says I am just the most special guy!  My foster family also says I'm perfectly potty trained. I'm affectionate but not overly needy and I love to nap in the car. I like other dogs, but won't get all up in their grill (despite my name). I'm also good with the kitties. I'm basically the chillest dude on the block. Wanna meet me?

Here's a video of me on the beach. 


AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: 12 lbs BREED: Schnauzer / Poodle (Schnoodle) mix


Meet Yoti and Millie! They ended up at the shelter under very sad circumstance as their owner fell into a coma and was hospitalized. They only had to spend one night in the shelter before we went and got them out. Millie is a 14-year-old, sight-impaired Shih Tzu and Yoti is a 6-year-old Schnoodle. They are very much a bonded pair in every way. Nice as can be, easy going, and love the company of other dogs. Double the pleasure! Double the fun! Adopt Millie and Yoti! 

unicorns ON DECK


AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 110 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever

Hello, I'm Beetle. I'm a nice guy. Sometimes people even say I'm a big lug. I admit I do need to lose a few pounds. My foster is helping me get back on track, with a healthy diet. Also, I'm scheduled for surgery. I'm getting fixed. So send good vibes, and keep an eye open for updates. 

Here's a video of me in the car. It's not moving, though. 


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'm currently resting and getting ready to have surgery to fix up my knee. Please check back for updates or feel free to send me a note for more info. Bye for now, everybody! Love, Dottie. 


AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 6 lbs BREED: Maltese/Cairn Terrier Mix

Hi! My name is Isla!

I'm approx. 9 years old and I weigh 6 lbs! I am currently vision impaired due to cataracts but GUESS WHAT???? I'm having corrective surgery and I will be able to see again very soon! Isn't that exciting? 

Check back in real soon! xo 


AGE: 4 years WEIGHT: 8 lbs BREED: Maltipoo

Hi. My name is Lobster! I was just rescued, and I need orthopedic surgery to fix my hip, but stay in touch! I'll be available really soon! Maybe when I'm feeling better, we can meet up for a Lobster roll. You bring the treats. I'll roll over.


AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 6 lbs BREED: Maltese

Hey! Down here...the tiny guy down here! That's me...Stewart. While I may be tiny (at just 6 lbs) I make up for my size with a big smile and even bigger personality. I have a real joie de vivre and at 10 years old I plan on doing a lot more playing, toy fetching and snuggling! Also, I'm good with other pups. Plus I'm house trained and crate trained. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah. I'm also devilishly good looking. I'll soon be ready for adoption (just getting some TLC for my skin), but you can still send me a note if you wanna meet up!