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: 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: 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: 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: 16 years WEIGHT: 11 lbs BREED:  Chihuahua

Why, hello there! The name's Finnegan, and I'm ready to begin again. Don't let my slightly snowy face and round mid-section fool you. I may be a 16-year-old dude, but I love life like a young whippersnapper! I am currently enjoying hanging out with foster-sibling pups, going on jaunts around the park and snuggling up at night with my foster family who says I am the BIGGEST love bug. I'm just a tiny man, looking to take up a fraction of your sofa but love you with all my heart. If that sounds like your kind of deal, then get in touch. 


AGE: 4 years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED:  Cairn Terrier / Border Terrier mix

Hi I'm Frannie! I'm a super-cute and healthy little lady! A friend of my rescue found me and took me to the shelter to see if they could find my people. They couldn't be found, so she came back and bailed me out so I could find my forever fam! I currently live with some other pups (both big and small) and I'm great with them and just love to play. I also LOVE people and would be glued to your side. I've got lots of love to give and you can take me anywhere. I'm only 4 years, which is basically a puppy on this this page. If you're ready for your very own Frannie pack, get in touch. 


AGE: 2 years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED:  Shih Tzu

Hi! I'm Glenna and I'm one super-cute and super-tough little gal. Some personal news: I was supposed to be tripod, but the doc said I could keep all four legs. Talk about a lucky dog. Right now, I'm keeping busy looking for my perfect match. If you think that's you, send me a note.


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: Shih Tzu

Hey there! My name is Hoshi, which means star in Japanese. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that I recently got a glamorous, starlet makeover thanks to my friends here at APR. Check out my pictures on Instagram (#Hoshithemu), the glow-up is real! I'm talking an eye lift AND a fresh new 'do. Yes, I really had my eye done. Well, I had a mass removed from my eyelid. Now this good girl is on the mend  ready to keep you company during your everyday errands, chores around the house, and binge-watching sessions on the couch. I would love to spend my days snuggling with you and your other furry friends (dogs AND cats) if you have them. If you'd like to meet, drop me a line.  Sayonara for now!


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: 9 lbs BREED: Shih Tzu


Hi there! My name is Joyce. I am a single, white Shih Tzu girl who enjoys long snuggles on the couch, likes extra treats here and there, and doesn't mind if you have other animals. I do like to sneak away and have some well deserved "me time," cozying up in my crate or a comfy spot on the couch, though. I have been through a lot in my few years, so I am ready to find the one and settle down for good. I am sight-impaired, so I would like to take things slow at first. Want to set up a date? Send the matchmakers at APR a note, and let's meet.


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


Hiya, my name is Kevin — or you can call me Kev, whichever you would like. I am a "go with the flow" kinda dude, despite having a ruff life until recently. I am always my happy-go-lucky self. My tail rarely stops wagging. I have some sight impairment, but I don't let that hold me back. I like running (at full speed), leaping into my dog bed, hanging out with other pups, and following you around all day. So if you need to talk about Kevin, get in touch. 


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! I have some old, healed injuries that cause me to use mostly my front legs. But that doesn’t slow me down. In fact, I love to zoom around and keep up with my foster brother and sister just fine. I didn’t know physical therapy would be so much work, but I am gaining muscle and can’t believe how much stronger I am getting every day! In order to keep making progress, I need a special home where I can stay on my exercise and bathroom routines.

I'm not intimidated in the least by other pups big and small, and I simply love all humans, even those small humans. Oh, and I love having my neck rubbed and laying in the sun. But my favorite spot of all is a lap— I’d stay there for hours, and that’s exactly what I do when my foster mom takes me to work.  I guess you could say I’m a cuddler.  Is there room for me next to you?

Check out my cuteness in my video!


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 love to snack all day long and I would love to come share snacks with you!  



AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 12 lbs BREED: Miniature Poodle / Shih Tzu mix

How did they say it in the movie? She's practically perfect in every way. That's me, Mary Puppins! I'm full of magic and fun and all things good. If you can believe it, I'm looking for my forever home. I'm a hypoallergenic little lady, and my special skills include walking nicely on the leash, perfect potty behavior, and loving other dogs. Also, I love to playfully tickle-bite your feet under the covers. I love my current foster Mom so much that I take her socks to snuggle with. I'm only 8 years old and for a little lady that means I have lots of time left to give lots of love. Would you let me make your days supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? Send me a note if so!


AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: 3 lbs BREED: Yorkshire Terrier mix

Itsy bitsy, teeny tiny, my name is Petal, and I'm a sweetie. I'm so small I could easily fit in the palm of your hand or inside your purse! But, don't let my size fool you. I am a spirited, determined, Yorkie who is equally comfortable playing with the big boys and stirring up trouble with the little ones. I'm looking for someone who  is willing to spoil me rotten with snacks and snuggles! If you've got other furry friends at home, I'm happy with that, too. Could we be a match? Maybe...if you're ready to turn over a new leaf with Petal. 


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: 16 years WEIGHT: 42 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever mix

Hi y'all! My name is Ruby. I am a sassy, sweet, 16-years-young love bug disguised as a Labrador Retriever mix whose tail never stops wagging. It's hard to believe, but I've ended up at the shelter FIVE times due to a gate being left open. This last time, my family didn't even bother to look for me. I love frolicking with my foster brother, and I even like the cat! I'm looking for my forever family who is willing to love me and keep me warm and safe. If you have a really good gate and think I could be your gal, get in touch. 


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: 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? Both sound great. I had a little procedure done at the vet, but I am now single and ready to mingle.  So if you'd like to meet, give me a jingle. (A figurative jingle. I don't have a phone.)


AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 8 lbs BREED: Miniature/Toy Poodle

Hi! I'm Skinny LaMinx! I'm a confident girl who loves a good chin rub and sitting close to you. I love attention from my humans and racing my foster brother down the hallway. Vroom ! Then I prance around at the end like I just won the biggest race. My preferences include: the food you're eating, your lap, being talked to, being carried if the walk gets to long, dinner time and a really good faux fur blanket. Faux fur is my fav since I'm working on growing mine back. (I'm a minx, not a mink.) Things I don't like: baths. Wanna meet me? Get in touch. 


AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 8 lbs BREED: Chihuahua mix

Hi! My name is Sparrow and I might be the luckiest dog on earth! When I was rescued, they were told I was paralyzed. But guess what???? I WASN'T!! I just had bad knees! I had MPL (Medial Patella Luxation) surgery, and I am healing. I cannot wait to use my brand new knee!!!! I'm a little dude who's house-broken and I love EVERYONE (other dogs, cats and kids)! This Sparrow is ready to come in for a landing...maybe in your backyard. 


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: 10 years WEIGHT: 130 lbs BREED: Cattle Dog

Hi I'm Arbuckle! I'm a cattle dog who was abandoned when my previous owners moved. Yes, I'm named for big-boned silent movie actor Fatty Arbuckle. But it turns I have a thyroid problem that's led to my weight gain. But I am now on medication to help get that under control, and I'm starting my weight-loss program. Be sure to check back in for updates. 




    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 years WEIGHT: 18 lbs BREED: Pekingese

    Hi I'm Georgie! I'm an international traveler. I came all the way from Korea and traveled 18 hours to find my new home. I'm a handsome, pure-bred, 7-year-old Pekingese. I weigh 18 lbs and don't mind if you want to carry me around. I might just be the cutest, sweetest, and even toughest, little dog you will meet any time soon. I'm also already potty trained, great in the crate and I love to snuggle. I'm like a little jar of kimchi that'll be on the market soon. Stay tuned. 


    AGE: 4 years WEIGHT: 55 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever

    Hi I'm Regina! I'm a super-sweet, super-loving, beautiful black lab with a nice, shiny coat. I'm on the smaller side for a Lab only weighing 55lbs and am still young at only 4 years old. Bad news: I came into the South LA shelter with a broken tibia! Good news: APR took me out of the shelter so my leg could get fixed. I'm about to have orthopedic surgery, and then I'll begin recovering. Once I'm all healed up, I'll be ready to go to my forever home. Check back for updates, and send me good vibes.