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: 11 Years WEIGHT: 55 lbs BREED: Cocker Spaniel Mix

Hi guys. My name is Andy...and I have a problem with snacks. I'm sure you get it though. You open the bag of cookies to have just one and then all of the sudden, poof, they're all gone! Well, now that I'm a Magical Unicorn I'm making better life choices and started my weight loss journey to be a healthier Andy!

I'm currently 55 lbs (I know, I know) but I will be working hard to lose a lot of those lbs. The APR folks had the vet triple check that I wasn't hypothyroid, but I'm not. I just like to eat. Being that I'm a mature cocker spaniel at 11 years old it's time for me to change my ways. Good thing my foster Mom is a nutritionist! 

Besides being a snacker, I love a leisurely walk and really enjoy the company of my foster parents and my foster pup bro. They say I'm a super nice dude and very chill. If you're looking for a mellow dude and you can help me be my best Andy, send me a note!


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 who enjoys the finer things in life like being bathed, massaged and getting my teeth brushed. Seriously though, I love getting a bath and when my foster Mom brushes my chompers...can you believe that?! Things I don't like include airplanes and birds and I like to tell them exactly what I think about them. 

I'm crashing with some really fun foster pups and I love being part of the crew. We kick back, relax and chew some toys! After that I enjoy a good nap in my crate. I am the perfect mix of mellow old man and fun labrador! Send me note if you want to kick it!

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


AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 55 lbs BREED: Australian Shepherd/ German Shepherd Mix

Hello. My name is Bessy and my Rescuers and Foster Family cannot BELIEVE I spent 4 months at the shelter!?!?!?!?! Whaaaat? They ALL say I'm perfect. I'm a 10 year old 55 lb Fluffy Bear of a dog who swishes when I walk and I love everyone I meet but I would do best in a home with kids over the age of 14. I'm the perfect lady. House broken. Calm. No separation anxiety. I have perfect manners. I'm truly a catch! If you are the most amazing human(s) in the world and you are looking for the most amazing dog in the world please visit our website for an application.


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, but I would be best as the only dog because I prefer to get all the love in the household. My tail never stops wagging. I'm a mature lady at 10 years old so no worries about those annoying puppy behaviors. I'm just looking to snuggle my little 9lb body up on the couch for some premium cable television.

I know I said I like to be the center of attention but check out my pack walking skills!If you want to bring some magic into your life, send me a note!

See how I chew my snackums!


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: 8 years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Sky Terrier / Papillon Mix

Hi! I'm Chet! Everyone says I am SO SO SO Cute! Ok, fine. I'm cute but I am also SO SO SO nice!!! I'm an easy going dude who enjoys the company of my dog friends and I LOVE a good game of fetch! I am also house-broken and crate-trained, and my foster family thinks I'm the bee's knees! Wanna meet me? Get in touch.

Check out my Muppets audition reel!


CORNBREAD - Adoption Pending

AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 30 lbs BREED: Chow Chow Mix

Who doesn't love a warm, delicious piece of Cornbread?! Well, I'm just as yummy which is why the nice folks at APR decided to call me Cornbread.

When they heard from the kind shelter staff and volunteers that I was really having a hard time at the shelter and would shake uncontrollably, they jumped right in the jailbreak car and headed my way. Lucky me! Once I was outside of my kennel I flashed my happy smile and relaxed immediately. I'm still new to rescue so my foster family is getting to know me and I can't wait to show them what a great guy I am. For now, the basics are that I'm a 10 year old chow chow mix who is only 30 lbs and needs to put on some meat on my bones.

Check back for updates or send me a note if you need a little Cornbread in your life!

DAISY - Adoption Pending

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! 

Watch me tip toe around on my teeny-tiny feet!

DAVY JONES - Adoption Pending

AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 26 lbs BREED: Corgi mix

Hello, my nave is  Davy Jones. No, I'm not the Davy Jones with the underwater locker. And I'm not the Davy Jones from the 1960s hootenanny of a TV show. I'm the Davy Jones who's a very good dog. I'm a low rider with short legs. I'm a gentleman. I'm playful. I'm house-broken, and I'm very well mannered on leash. If you'd like to meet this Davy Jones, give me a call. I'm available for public appearances. 


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. You can also check out how snuggly I am here.


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: 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: 6 years WEIGHT: 82 lbs BREED: American Staffordshire Terrier

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: 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!

See how much I love snacks!


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 (14 lb) dog and my foster Mom says I'm a bottomless love bucket. 

I want YOU, period. She also says I'm quirky, cute and so perfectly mannered. I'm a gran gran so I nap quite frequently but don't let this fool you - I have a 5th gear and can be ready to go in a heartbeat.  I am playful, loving and fun with the most loving disposition unless of course you're a puppy or you are another four legged furry that shows her too much attention. I really only have eyes for my human...I'm fine with other dogs but they're just other dogs.  

My foster Mom calls me Kippy Gran Gran Wonder Dog so if you're looking for a little magic in your life send me a note!

See what a love I am here!

MR. MOJO - Adoption Pending

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

Hi Fweeends! My name is Mr Mojo and yes my tongue ALWAYS hangs out! Isn't that just the BEST??? I'm a 10/11 year old tiny chi who had a family who loved me but when they lost their home they could not longer care for me so they had to take me to the shelter. Thank GOODNESS the nice rescue humans came right away to get me! Boy are they nice...and fun...and let me sleep on their laps...and desks at work. I'm a GEM! Come meet me! Hurry.


AGE: 10 years WEIGHT:22 lbs BREED: Spaniel/Pomeranian mix

Muffy Tepperman here! I'm hoping to charm you just like I did all the shelter staff and volunteers...which is how A Purposeful Rescue heard about me and busted me out of the shelter. I quickly win over anyone I meet with my sweet and easygoing disposition!

I'm new to rescue so my foster is getting to know me, but I'm great with people and other pups which is a pretty good start if I do say so myself. I'm a 10 year old Spaniel/Pomeranian mix and only 22 lbs so I'm pretty and petite. Send me a note if you want to meet me!


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.) Check out part II of Otter the Snuggle pup here


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: 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.

Check out my Marnie the Dog impression and adoption video, 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:  5 years WEIGHT: 30 lbs BREED: Australian Kelpie Mix

Hi. My name is Twyla. I've had a rough go of it until now but lucky for me I have an army of angels helping me out! My former owner left me in the yard with no food and water and without my insulin. I almost died. Thank GOD for my neighbor who called Rescue and a plan was put into motion to get me out! I'm the nicest dog! I need insulin because I have diabetes but it's super easy and I take it like a champ. Promise! I'm a petite gal (currently 30 lbs and goal weight is 40) who likes the company of other dogs and we think (haven't tested yet) that I would be ok with cats and kids. I'm 5 years old and my Foster Mom says I am just a delight! Wanna meet me?

VEGEMITE - Adoption Pending

AGE: 4 years WEIGHT: 25 lbs BREED: Boston Terrier/Beagle Mix

Meet Vegemite! She's an adorable 4 year old Boston terrier/Beagle Mix (we think?) who will charm the pants right off of you! She was brought into the shelter after having been hit by a car-ouch! She suffered some broken ribs (healing now) and lacerations on her body (stitched up and healing) but she has no idea anything is even wrong! Her little 25 lb body speeds around like it's nobody's business! She is fostered with other dogs. We have not seen her around cats. We think she would be great with kids too. She is truly a doll! She can't wait to meet you!

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. 

Check out my model video (I'm so pretty)!


AGE: 5 years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Maltese Mix

Hi. I'm Mamie. I'm a 10 year old 5 lb Maltese. I am brand new to rescue and getting all my vetting done. Check back soon on my status.

STEWART - Adoption Pending

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!


AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 12 lbs BREED: Shih Tzu/Brussels Griffon Mix

Hi. I'm Tutu. If you're here you are probably a fan of quirky, hot mess dogs! Quirky/Hot Mess in the most AWESOME ways, duh! You see. I'm a little granny who didn't have good health care for my life so when I ended up at the shelter with lumps and bumps and missing teefers the folks knew who to call...A Purposeful Rescue! These people LOVE them some hot mess dogs! I am feeling a lot better now that I have received vet care and am in a cozy foster home. I still need surgery to have a mammary mass removed and a couple more rotten teefers removed but I am doing just fine. I have some kidney stuff too. If you think we would be a nice fit and you are looking to add a super duper senior to your life holler at me! xoxo