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: 10 Years WEIGHT: 70 lbs BREED: Labrador Mixes

Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters. We’re Beth and Babs! We were surrendered to the shelter at the age of 10. Sigh. Lucky for us we were rescued! We are super fun, outgoing party girls! We love to walk and play in the yard, and we are fostered with kids! We weigh around 70 lbs and we are looking for a home together so we can spend our golden years loved and cherished!

We're a hoot! Check us out in action.


AGE: 8  WEIGHT: 4 lbs each BREED: Chihuahua

Do you have a sweet tooth? Then I'm your girl! I'm called Carol Cupcake because I'm the size of a cupcake and sweeeeet as can be. My foster Mom loves Chihuahuas, which is how I ended up with her. She says I like to do all the chihuahua things: being carried around, snuggling and napping in the sun. I'm pretty easy to please! I've also got one tiny little, nubby back leg but I think it just adds to my character. I'm looking for my real, forever family because my last one surrendered me to the shelter. I'm only 8 years old, so I have lots of love left to give. This tiny cupcake serves plenty! Just send me a note to meet me.


AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 40 lbs(on a diet and exercise program to lose some lbs) BREED: Labrador/Chi

Hi! Dita Von Cheeseburger is my name! I'm short and stout and have the cutest little waddle! I'm around 8 years old and I am currently working on my health and fitness...yes I can stand to lose a few lbs. What can I say? I'm a foodie! I should weigh around 25-30 lbs but I am currently at 40. oops! Would like to meet me and my voluptuous bod?

I have a video! Check me out here!



AGE: 11 years WEIGHT: 7 lbs BREED: Terrier Mix

Hi. My name is Darla! Aren't I cute? I'm an 11 year old itty bitty lady who just wants to sit on your lap, perch on your shoulder, or cuddle up. next to you in bed. I can even go everywhere with you! I only weigh around 7 lbs! Told ya I was itty bitty! I'm a really nice gal looking for a really nice human(s) to spend my golden years with! Wanna meet me?

Bonus: I'm great with all sorts of animals including cats and bunnies!


AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 12 lbs BREED: Corgi / Shiba Inu mix

While my name might remind you of your grandma's house...I'm no old lady! I've got energy to spare!

My former owners surrendered me to the shelter after ten great years with them. I was so sad and waited for someone to spring me out. When A Purposeful Rescue saw my stumpy little legs and hairless back (don't worry, we're on a regular beauty routine to fix this) they knew I was a Magical Unicorn!

I love to wiggle around on rugs, go for walks and hang out with my foster Mom and foster brother Brutus. I'm a mellow, small lady at 12 pounds looking for a rug to permanently wiggle on. Hit me up if you think I'm your match!


AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 60 lbs BREED: Great Dane/Plott Hound Mix 

Hi. My name is Frank. Frank Braver. I'm a lucky guy! I spent 5 months at the shelter and became very depressed, stopped eating, and had basically given up on life before the nice folks at the rescue came in and swooped me right out of there! The shelter is no place for a sensitive, handsome, intelligent guy like me. I am a man of leisure who enjoys the comforts of life. I like to watch squirrels in the trees and hang out with dogs and sleep on cozy dog beds. I also really like car rides. I'm a real easy going, go with the flow type of guy. I am 7 years old and I weigh around 55 lbs right now but I should probably be at least 65. I am working on it! I can be shy at first so don't rush up on me. Wanna meet me? 

I have a video! Check me out here


AGE: 2 years WEIGHT: 14 lbs BREED:  Beagle/Boston Terrier mix

Hi, I’m Gus! I survived a life on the streets, so I'm a little rough around the edges. Treats are the way to my heart, but I also love taking walks, sunbathing, and playing fetch. My little legs, long bod, and irresistible face are a blessing and a curse. People want to pet me right away, but it freaks me out! I like to takes things slow. Not sure why everyone has to rush into things these days anyways. The snuggles and kisses come only after I’ve gotten to know you. And, as long as I’m being honest (I prefer being up front with my suitors), I should tell you that I’m working on some anger management issues. While I can be a good boy and will listen sometimes, I admit I can be mean in certain situations. So, yea, I don’t mix well with little kids, and I need someone who will be patient and understanding to help me work out my kinks. In return, I’ll show you undying love and loyalty. I know I’m not for everyone, but I’m willing to wait for that special someone. Could that be you?



AGE: 11 Years WEIGHT: 25 lbs BREED: Beagle Mix

Hi! I'm Inspector Gadget aka G Money...because I'm one smooth senior! I'm a good boy who gets along with other dogs. I’m house-trained and up-to-date on all my shots. Fun fact: I had 16 teeth removed. So my bark is definitely bigger than my bite. 

Here's a video of me trying to play it cool after a run-in with a trash can. 


AGE: 8 Years WEIGHT: 50 lbs BREED:  German Shepherd/Herding Dog Mix 

Hi. I'm Kaylin Hope Coyote! I'm 8 years old and I weigh around 50 lbs. I had a super rough start in life before the rescue ladies heard about me camping out in Hancock Park in the bushes! They caught me and then my life started to change. As skeptical as I was, that feeling in my gut said these folks were good and I believe them when they said my luck was about to change! It did! I got all my vetting done and now I am in a foster home...a HOME! A real home! I'm figuring this home stuff out but I think I really like it. Oh, I really like the foster kids because they are calm and make me feel super safe. Wanna meet me?


AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 15 lbs BREED: Chihuahua mix

Ciao! My name is Luigi and I'm here to steal your heart and maybe some sputini (that's Italian for snacks).

You see, my name really suits me because it means "Renowned Fighter" and that's exactly what I am! A nice person found me on the streets of South LA and brought me to shelter in hopes of my former owner finding me. When they didn't, a super nice lady (now my foster Mom) knew I needed to get out of there and start living the good life I deserved.

I have some old, healed injuries that cause me to use mostly my front legs. Don't be fooled though. I told you my name suits me, and my old injuries don't slow me down one bit. I'll even get myself upstairs if I want to! I'm not intimidated in the least by other pups big and small, and while I'm kind of a tough guy I really just crave lots of love.

Check out my cuteness in my video!


AGE: 5 years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Terrier mix

Hi! I'm Oaklee! I'm just about the nicest, most easy going gal you will meet! I'm around 5 years old and I weigh 10 lbs. Oh, I also have supermodel legs — or so they tell me. (Wink, wink.) I'm crate trained, house broken, good with all dogs, and kids are cool, too! I'm looking for my soul mate! Wanna meet me, sweet li'l Oaklee? 

Here's a video of me enjoying some TLC. (Tender loving care, not the band.)


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: 7 years WEIGHT: 70 lbs BREED: Boxer/Staffie Mix 

Hi! I'm Rocky! I'm 7 years old and I'm an awesome dude! I very much enjoy walks and hikes and then I like to go home and lounge around. I am so easy to have around, and am a total goof. I am  good with dogs my size (I have not spent much time with little dogs), and I am house trained! I am quite independent and am happy to entertain myself with toys, yet also curl up next to my Foster Mom (and Bernie my Foster Dog Sister) on the couch. I am a good listener and l a very loyal. I LOVE being outside! You can follow me on instagram @rockysroadhome

I have videos! Click here to see me in action! Click here to see me stand still and look handsome. 


AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 15 lbs BREED: Wheaton Terrier/Cairn Terrier mix

Hello, I'm Sammie! I'm currently getting all the TLC I need because I sat in the shelter for over two months. Can you believe that?! Lucky for me, I'm now an APR Magical Unicorn and on my way to the good life.


AGE: 4 years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Chinese Crested/Mini Schnauzer mix

Hi, down here...I'm a teeny, tiny Sprout! Just love me and I'll grow into the best friend you've ever had! I fall fast and hard and can be territorial with my humans so I would probably do best in a home without kiddos! I listen really well so if you set boundaries and tell me "you've got this" I understand. Wanna meet me?

Wanna see me work the sidewalk? Check this out. 


AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 11 lbs BREED:Shih Tzu

My name is Zaidee. My foster Moms say I'm just a perfect girl. I love to hang out with my foster brothers and sisters, and we all go to the park together. I love jamming around and meeting new people. I also rock a pretty extensive wardrobe and make it look goooood! My skin was pretty itchy at the shelter, but I'm on the mend and, in the meantime, I love to switch up my clothes to keep in season. If you're looking for a small, easy pup to add to your family, you should meet me: Zaidee with a Z. 

unicorns ON DECK


AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: 11 lbs BREED: Shih Tzu

Hi. I'm Bubba. I have to have my man parts removed so check back real soon, k? 


AGE: 11 years WEIGHT: 45 lbs BREED: Retriever Mix

Hi! Egon Spengler here! I'm the nicest dog in the entire world! No, really, I am! Just ask anyone who knows me! I'll be available to adopt real soon so check back in! 


AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 71 lbs BREED: Mastiff mix

Hi, I'm Emily! I'm a big ol' sweet gal, and I charmed the pants off the volunteers at the shelter which is how I ended up with A Purposeful Rescue. I'm currently getting a lot of TLC and enjoying some carb loading to put on some much needed weight. Stay tuned for more details as everyone gets to know me better...


AGE: 8 Months WEIGHT: 25 lbs BREED: Australian Cattle Dog

Hi. I'm Ethan! I'm pretty awesome! I am still getting acclimated at my foster home but so far things are just going so darn dandy! I LOVE dogs! Love them! I am super smart and very, very eager to please people. As far as cow dogs go I am on the easy side! I will definitely want someone to keep me on my toes, keep me active, and I would love a dog friend. Stay tuned for more info!


AGE: 1.5 years WEIGHT: 45 lbs BREED: Dutch Shepherd Mix

Eunice is a 1-2 year old Dutch Shepherd Mix. She is currently underweight-around 40 lbs-she should weigh at least 50. 

She is very shy but she adores dogs so a home with at least another confident dog is a must. We have not seen her around cats. A shepherd savvy home would be fantastic because once she becomes more confident and self aware she will need the typical leadership and routine that the breed requires. She is lovely. Gentle, kind, and willing to please. She is a fantastic dog. 


AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 5 lbs BREED: Teacup Chi/Terrier Mix (we think she might have some bat in her -wink wink)

Hi. I'm Lydia! I came to rescue as one little hot mess enchilada! Wowza! You see, I had little patches of hair on my body, my eye needs to be removed (happening soon), and I just got spayed and had all my teefers removed! I feel SO MUCH BETTER NOW! The nice people actually bathed me! Oh, I also have a really cute little deformed front left leg/paw. I'm really awesome. I'll be available to adopt really soon 


AGE: 2 years WEIGHT: 11 lbs BREED: Maltese Mix

Hi! Mama Claudette here! I just weened my little bitty baby (Eggy the MU) and now it's time to let my hair down and party! I will be available to adopt soon! 


AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 14 lbs BREED: Jack Russell/Dachshund Mix

Hi! My name is Mendelson and YES, that is my real nose! I'm a dapper dude who enjoys the finer things in life...like relaxation and food. I am QUITE the foodie! I'm fostered with other dogs and I will be available to adopt really soon! Just spending some time at my new foster home right now and they will get to know me really well so we can tell you all about me! 


AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 30 lbs BREED: Corgi Mix

Oh hello! I'm Shomer! I'm a Corgi Mix and I love EVERYONE! Wanna play? Wanna hang? Ok, I am down! I am having a "chesticle" removed right now at the vet and need a little time to relax post op but I will be single and ready to mingle very soon so stay in touch! 


AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 17 lbs BREED: Corgi/Papillon 

Hi! I'm Wilbur! I'm really handsome and I am really nice! I came to rescue with some skin issues from neglect but I am healing nicely thanks to my daily medi baths! Baths are kind of amazing! I am getting neutered this week and will be available to adopt really soon so stay in touch! xo