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: 10 lbs BREED: Terrier / Chihuahua mix

Hi guys! I'm Adam. Here's the deal: I may be just a little shy right now, but once you win me over and see my super-cute, crooked smile, you'll be hooked forever and want to be my best friend. I'm a little dude at just 10 pounds, so I won't take up much space on your couch when we snuggle which I love to do. (We can watch Parks & Rec, starring Adam Scott the Person.)  I'm also only 10 years young which means I have tons of time to hang out and love you. While I really love my people, I also really like hanging with pups, too. So if you have another dog, I would be great for your home. If you're looking for a handsome, scruffy man in your life send me a note!


AGE: 5 Months WEIGHT: 9 lbs BREED: Bichonpoo

Hey there! I’m Cornelius, I am 5 months old and I am currently recovering from Puppy Strangles, but I am making great strides. I am already house broken and my foster family is helping me get ready for my new home. Check back in soon to see when I will be ready for adoption!


AGE: 8 Months WEIGHT: 27 lbs BREED: Swiss Mountain Dog/Hound Mix

 Hi there! My name is Deedles and I am an 8 month old female. Yup, you read that right, I am not even a year old yet. I am vision impaired so I will need a confident leader/pack that can help me build my confidence in a world I cannot see. In exchange for this I will provide you with years and years of my love and affection. If you think you can be my partner contact the great people at A Purposeful Res. 


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 you like to meet me and my voluptuous bod?

I have a video! Check me out here!



AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 14 lbs BREED: Chihuahua Mix

Hi ya! My name is Edna and I am a 7 year old Chihuahua mix. I am vision impaired and have some pretty adorable wonky feet. I love being around other dogs and being held. I am currently getting some medical care and will be available for adoption soon so be sure to check back! 


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. 


AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 19 lbs BREED: Miniature Schnauzer mix

Hi, I'm Elway! My foster Mom says that she's NEVER met a more loving dog and she's met a lot of dogs! Things she says I'm an expert at: Cuddling, laying around with you, showing affection to complete strangers, being goofy and playful. I also really love to follow her around, but I'm looking for my permanent BFF.

I'm currently still getting some care for my bum front leg because I was hit by car (but I sure don't act like it!) so I will need someone who is willing to help me with physical therapy. I also am currently working on my potty training and leash manners but I'm a very eager student (that's the schnauzer in me!). 

If you want to meet a very sweet guy with a great beard, you should send me a note. 



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: 10 Years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Terrier Mix

Hi, I'm Grandpa Scruff Sticklegs...they call me that, well because, you've seen my photos. I have an amazing scruffy coat and stick legs for days!

Besides those highly desirable model characteristics, I am a pretty amazing little dude. I am: housetrained, love other dogs, an expert snuggler, have a perfect snaggly smile and love to say hello to everyone I meet! I would make an excellent pup to add to your existing family or if you're looking to start your pup family because I'm so easy. Plus, at just 10 years old and 10 lbs I've got lots of love left in this tiny, fuzzy body.

If you don't mind a little beard hair in your drain in return for a lifetime of love, I'm your man.


AGE: 4 Years WEIGHT: 25 lbs BREED: American Eskimo / Pomeranian

Hello darling, I'm Harlow. Don't be intimidated by my good looks and luxurious red locks. I'm really a down to earth gal looking for a place to rest my pretty head.

I'm told that I'm just wonderful! I'm easy, house trained, great with other dogs and so sweet. I'm just four years old and 25 lbs so I've got so much time to be the perfect leading lady for your life and at my size you can take me anywhere.

Send me a note if you want to rendezvous! XO.


AGE: 13 Years WEIGHT: 30 lbs BREED: Cocker Spaniel

Hello there! Are you looking for a handsome gentleman to wink at you for the rest of your life? Then look no further! I'm Harry, the one-eyed permanently winking cocker spaniel and I'm here to steal your heart...and maybe the rest of your sandwich.

I'm 13 years old (and only 30 lbs) so I enjoy the finer things in life like relaxing, mellow walks around the park, snuggling on the couch and complaining about the weather. I love the company of other people and pups so the more the merrier! 

My foster Mom says that I'm adorably clumsy and a little hard of hearing but that I'm a wonderful guest who brightens up her day, every day. Won't you let me brighten up your day?!


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


I'm a fun little guy with wonky old man bones but I still like to party! Keep your trash can lids closed! HA (see video if you don't believe me). I love my foster dog family and I enjoy walks and naps! Oh, and Food! I love food! I have some kidney issues and I am on a special diet. Wanna meet me? 

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


AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 17 lbs BREED: Cocker Spaniel

Ever have an awkward phase when your bangs are growing out? That's what's happening with all of my hair.  My name is Magda. Unfortunately, my previous family let me fall into a state that was just unfair to me. I was soooo sad when they decided to take me to the shelter, but then I met my Cinderella fairy godmothers from A Purposeful Rescue and everything changed! I'm taking some time to let my skin heal and luxurious locks grow back. I'm getting the full "LA" makeover. No botox, though. Stay tuned for updates. 


AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 43 lbs BREED: Stafford Terrier

Hi. Down here! 

Hi! I’m Melba, a small Stafford Terrier mix. Don’t let me size fool you, I have so much love to give and am ready to start a new chapter. The lovely people at A Purposeful Rescue rescued me and made sure I was all ready for a new family. I would love to spend the rest of my days with a fun, loving family that will let me snuggle with them, go on walks, and play with me. If you are looking for a life companion that will make daily walks and Netflix watching that much better, reach out to A Purposeful Rescue to learn more about me. 



AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 17 lbs BREED: Tibetian Terrier/Havanese

Hey friend! My name is Mitch and yes, I am a female. I am about 12 years old but I still have a good amount of energy left in me. I am vision impaired, though you wouldn't know because I don't let it slow me down one bit. I love other dogs and I am looking for a loving, playful home to retire in. Think you could be the one for me? Contact the wonderful people at A Purposeful Rescue to learn more about me. 


AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 70 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever/Bloodhound Mix

Hello, people of Los Angeles. I'm Mr. Wu, and I'm one charming, mature gentleman. A Purposeful Rescue knew they couldn't leave my sweet mug at the shelter. I'm 8 years old and 70 lbs...but I need to gain a little weight (lucky me). I'm very popular on Instagram. Somebody said I was the bee's knees. Is that good? Drop me a line if you'd like to meet. And check out my photos tagged with #mrwuthemu🦄



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:  9 years WEIGHT: 50 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever mix

Hi there! My name is Penelope, and I am a 9-year-old Lab mix. How did a great girl like me end up here? It's a sad story. My previous owner lost his home and was forced to surrender me to the shelter. Here's where the story gets a twist: The folks at APR spotted me there, and I have been given a second chance. After some medical care, I am now on the market, looking for a new home. I am great with dogs and kids of all ages. I should be in a home with no kitties though. Is the next chapter of my story with you? Get in touch, and find out. Love, Penelope. 



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! I'm a sweet, middle-aged girl. I have a lovely coat, and I don't shed. I like other dogs, but I do chase cats. (Hey, it happens.) I look great wearing pink and am very happy sitting on your lap. I even have my own hashtag #sammiethemu🦄 on Instagram. Check out my pics, and drop me a line if you'd like to meet. 


AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 11 lbs BREED: Miniature Poodle

Hi! My name is Zelda and I am 10-year-old Miniature Poodle. I am quite small so I am a great companion for daily activities, such as shopping, walks, and even cuddles after a long day of work. I enjoy riding in the car and am house trained. I get along great with other dogs and would love to make you my forever family.   

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 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: 7 months WEIGHT: 38lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever

Hello! I am Froggy and I am only 7 months old. I am currently recovering from leg injuries I received from being hit by a car. Though I am nursing some injuries, I am still loving and sweet as can be. Don't worry, I will be better in no time. Check back in soon to see when I will be available for adoption. 


AGE: 1 years WEIGHT: 5 lbs BREED: Terrier

Hello there. My name is Merple. I am a Terrier mix and am about a year old. As you can see, I am currently nursing a broken legI will be available for adoption soon, so be sure to check back in!