"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: 10 years WEIGHT: 11 lbs BREED: Italian Greyhound / Chihuahua Mix
Hi! I'm Beatrice. Do you know what my name means? “She who brings happiness.” That's perfect for me because I'm going to make my new family SO happy! Would you believe I was brought to the shelter in a shopping bag after someone left me on a stranger's porch? But now I'm looking for a cozy home where I can rest and relax with my new forever family. Bonus features: I'm housebroken, good with other dogs and current on all my shots.
AGE: 10 months WEIGHT: 6 lbs BREED: Chihuahua
Oh, boy. I have quite the origin story. I was abandoned by my family (along with two other dogs who’ve already been adopted). The landlord found all of us and took us to the shelter. Even though my first year in this world has been a little rough, I believe there's a happy, safe home out there for me. Maybe it's with you.
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AGE: 11 WEIGHT: 7 lbs each BREED: Terrier/Chihuahua 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?
DITA VON CHEESEBURGER
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: 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 spunk to spare!
My former owner's 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: 6 years WEIGHT: 28 lbs BREED: Beagle Pug mix
Hello. I'm Emmy Lou. I’m a Puggle. Or a Beagug. Or a BeaPu. I'm taking it easy at my foster home, with my three foster siblings. I'm working on building up the strength in my back legs. I want to be in tip-top shape for walks with my new family. If you’d like to meet, that would be neat.
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AGE: 11 WEIGHT: 7 lbs each BREED: Brussels Griffon/Terrier Mix
Eugenia's Tinder Profile reads:
I am told Tinder dates lead to snacks and maybe even meals-like full meals. I like snacks and i really like meals. Can we go to Chipotle? I like that they put burritos into a bowl. It is much easier for me to eat when they do it that way. I find it very helpful and courteous of them to offer this option. You might say "but Eugenia, you are so tiny and lack teeth, how could you be such a foodie?" to which I reply "pffffft please. never underestimate a woman with a palate like mine!" Also, just so you know, I don't need to be all up in your business. I'm an independent woman. Do your thing. I'll do mine. Lets plan a burrito bowl date asap! Call me!
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: 8 Years WEIGHT: 11 lbs BREED: Pug/Shih Tzu
I kinda thought my name was "GAH" for a bit because when everyone see's me they go GAH!!! I'm a really nice little 11 lb body of smoosh! I'm a super nice, easy going. happy little dude! I'm around 8-9 years old. I am missing some teefers and have some missing hair on my rump but it doesn't bother me. Hair grows back! Who needs extra teefers? Wanna meet me?
KAYLIN HOPE COYOTE
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: 9 Months WEIGHT: 50 lbs BREED: Mastiff/German Shepherd
Hi! I'm Logan! I'm a big, floppy, adorable puppy! I'm around 9 months old and currently weigh a whopping 50 lbs! I LOVE all dogs! Big, little-don't care! Oh, I like kids too! 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: 7 Years WEIGHT: 40 lbs BREED: Aussie Shep/Sheltie Mix
Hi! My name is Norman! I'm new to rescue but boy o boy am I glad to be here! The shelter was NOT FUN! Thank goodness those rescue folks saw me and saw through all my shyness and horrible mats (yep I was a mess)! I'm a low rider with the cutest little legs and I look like a little brown bear cub! I am 7 years old and I weigh around 40 lbs. I'm neutered, have perfect health, and I just want to be yours forever and ever. Oh, and I like other dogs very much! Wanna meet me?
AGE: 13 years WEIGHT: 75 lbs BREED: Labrador
I'm Offred. My humans surrendered me to the shelter and the nice folks who enjoy spending time with elderly canines came in and swooped me right up. Thanks GOODNESS! Oh my lanta that place was scary! It was hot, and there was too much cement, and just NO! Not for me! I like the comfort of home. I love to sprawl out on cozy dog beds, eat delicious meals, and be with my humans and dog friends...I don't even flinch when kitties come around too! I love EVERYONE! Don't let my age fool you! I can get around just fine! I could stand to lose a few pounds but I mean, in LA, who can't? ha. I'm really special. Like super super special and I just want to spend my golden years loved and cherished. Wanna meet me?
Check out Offred in action!
AGE: 17 years WEIGHT: 4 lbs BREED: Chihuahua
Pebbles is my name...snoozing and snacking is my game!
Can you believe a tiny (4 lbs!) little thing like me ended up in the slammer at 17?! I know...unbelievable! Lucky for me, A Purposeful Rescue loves a sassy senior and they busted me out.
I am very mellow and enjoy relaxing and sunbathing. I'm good with other dogs and can go just about anywhere. If you would like a tiny friend, I'm that tiny lady just for you!
PEE-WEE “NO NECK” MGEE
AGE: 5 years WEIGHT: 26 lbs BREED: Chihuahua mix
Could you do me a favor? If you see my neck, would you let me know? I think I may have lost it eating too many snacks. That’s why sometimes people call me “No Neck.” Besides having a healthy appetite, I enjoy a good couch. I like other dogs. I like it when humans tell me I’m a good girl. I’m ready to provide snuggles and my affection to the right family. If that sounds like a fair trade, let’s get in touch.
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
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: 10 years WEIGHT: 9 lbs BREED: Miniature Poodle
Hello! I'm Sescie...and I'm sweet as apple pie with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
I'm a mellow little 10 year old lady who still enjoys a little jaunt around the neighborhood with my furry foster brother. I enjoy snuggles on the couch and some snacks too.
If you're looking for a small (9 lbs), hypoallergenic friend I'm your gal!
AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 4.5 lbs BREED: Terrier/Chi
You know what gives super bland bagels a little flavor? Sesame seeds! Do you know what gives your life lots of flavor and tons of love? Me!
I'm Sesame and I'm looking for someone to snuggle on the couch with. I LOVE my people, and I can't wait to find my forever person. I also love other dogs if you're looking to grow your fur family. My foster Mom says that I'm incredibly curious so I enjoy going to check things out, but my favorite thing to do is just settle into your lap.
A bonus of my easy going attitude...I'm quiet as a mouse (and just about the same size at 4.5 lbs)! So, if you're looking for someone who enjoys gazing out at the sunset with you, I'm your gal.
I have a video! Check me out in action here.
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.
unicorns ON DECK
AGE: 1.5 years WEIGHT: 45 lbs BREED: Dutch Shepherd Mix
Eunice is a 1-2 year old Dutch Shepherd Mix. She is new to rescue and will be available for adoption soon. What we know so far:
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: 11 Years WEIGHT: 25 lbs BREED: Beagle Mix
Hi! I'm Inspector Gadget aka G Money...because I'm one smooth senior!
I'm new to rescue so my foster family is getting to know me while I get all my bells and whistles check out. Check back for more details soon.
AGE: 1 year WEIGHT: 16 lbs BREED: Corgi /Border Collie mix
Hello, I'm Gracie. I am a good girl who enjoys an active lifestyle. I can even jump over a 6-foot fence, and I'm only 1 foot tall. I like other dogs, kids and cats. I'm fearful of some men, but I'm working on that. I'm in training to help me gain more confidence with them. My foster family says I'm the life of the party. Long term, I'm looking for some special person(s) who are patient and committed to helping me be my best. If you think we’re a match, get in touch here.
Want to see me play with the big dogs? Here is the footage.
AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: 35 lbs BREED: Corgi/ Labrador Retriever mix
Hi!! My name is Marley. I'm a 6 year young, 35 lbs cuddle monster. I look like a Corgi/Lab mix - super lab face and coat with the long body and stubby legs of a Corgi. Everyone thinks I'm totally adorable and they're right!!
I'm house-trained and I don't chew on any of your things, but I sure do love my doggie toys! My favorite activities include spooning, running, chewing bones and chillaxing. I'm not a barker unless someone comes to the front door, then I'm better than an alarm as I will alert you to any unwanted intruders. At the same time, I'm friendly to guests and love their attention.
My current family adopted me five years ago, but they're unable to keep me. When they had human babies, they realized they didn’t have the time for me so they decided I needed a new home. So back to the rescue I went.
The rescue will work with my new family, so that my transition is seamless for everyone. In fact, I'm participating in an amazing training program to sharpen my skills and hang with other dogs. I participate in an amazing prison training program where I work with inmates, and we help each other learn balance and compassion.
I'm healthy and eager to please my person. I'm the perfect age where I'm old enough to be a total couch potato and watch movies Friday night, but still get my hike on Saturday morning! I am quite active and ready for adventure! Let's walk this world together. Ask about me. I really want you to be my forever home!
I have video here. Watch carefully. I move fast.
AGE: 2 years WEIGHT: 7 lbs BREED: Havanese, Yorkshire Terrier Mix
Nalah was turned into a Southern California shelter as a stray . When no one came to claim her, we had to rescue her on the 11th hour. Nalah has a genuine innocence about her that makes your heart ache for her instinct is to want to hold her and and assure her with a cuddle that she is safe with you. She is very much a dog that enjoys spending her time around you. Whether she has found a place on your lap or if she is leaving paw print marks on the floor as you mop, this sweet Princess loves to be with her person. She loves to play with dogs and welcomes them with a wide mouth and a wagging tail!
Nalah is a 7lb, 2 year old and is diagnosed with Cushing Disease which will requires blood work and daily medication. The medication runs approximately ~$50 per month. She will require a specific blood work once a year. The adoption fee includes spay, microchip, dental cleaning, complete blood panel, urine analysis, dental cleaning, vaccination, fecal test, & heart worm test.
To receive an adoption application please email firstname.lastname@example.org
AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 8 lbs BREED: maltese mix
Hi I'm Virginia! (aka Betty White)
I came from the Downey shelter 3 weeks ago and have been getting heathy and coming out of my shell now that I'm out of that noisy place!
I'm a senior(somewhere between 12-14 maybe?)
I'm really sweet and looking for my forever home...
All I really want to do is snuggle and watch tv...even better if I could come to work with someone as I really sleep a lot!
I love all other dogs(I live with 5 currently) kids are ok too!
I get a little scared when left alone but getting better knowing that someone is caring for me
Let me know if you want to meet me, I promise we will fall in love