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: 2 Years WEIGHT: 7 lbs BREED: Poodle (Miniature)/Shih Tzu Mix

Hi! I'm just a tiny little sprout they call Alfalfa!

I'm new to rescue so my foster fam is still getting to know me but they say I am super sweet, I'm good with other dogs and I love to be held and loved. I'm youngster at 2 years old and need to put on some weight because I'm currently only 7 lbs. Treats will definitely help me out there.

Check back for more updates or send me a note if you want to meet up!


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!

Check out my zen play style :)


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! Did you know that I love wearing sunglasses?


AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 20 lbs BREED: Schnoodle (Schauzer / Miniature Poodle)

It's me, Bertha! I'm not big Bertha. I'm small-to-medium Bertha. I'm a good girl who's a mix of two awesome dogs — a Miniature Schnauzer and Miniature Poodle. That's right! I'm...a schnoodle! I'm still new to rescue but my foster Mom says I'm an energetic granny and I'm good with cats. I also love to snuggle. If you want a rad senior in your life, give me a jingle. 


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.

Wanna see me sit and shake? Here you go. 



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: 5 Years WEIGHT: 6 lbs BREED: Yorkie Mix

Hi! I'm Cranberry! Because I'm little and red and oh-so-yummy...makes sense right?!

I'm just a wee lass at 6 lbs and I'm only 5 years old. My foster Mom says I love going to work with her and getting lots of attention. I flip over on my back and wiggle around so everyone stops to pet my belly. I also love snuggling on the couch with my foster family and foster sister. I'm just an easy going girl and would make a great companion!

If you want to meet up, send me a note. Xo.


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: 10 years WEIGHT: 7 lbs BREED: Chihuahua / Dachshund mix

Hi! I'm Ellerbee, and I'm approximately 10 years old and I weigh a whopping 7 lbs! I'm part Chihuahua and part Dachshund. I guess that makes me a Doxie-wa-wa. I am super socialite and all I want to do is gab with all my dogs and my people (I love everyone). I really like to play with foster pup brother and keep up with him at 2 years old like it's no big deal! I also love to dance...for my dinner, when I'm happy, really any time. I'm an expert snuggler and would love to plant myself on your lap please!

Check out my play time persistence with adoptable Andy!


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: 1 years WEIGHT: 45 lbs (#Goals) BREED: Australian Cattle Dog Mix

The name is Farley Slim Berenstein and I am one BIG hunk of love! But I'm working on the big hunk part.

You see, I'm only a year old but somehow I got to be a giant of a pup! While I may be "large" now I should really be closer to 35-45 lbs so that is exactly what I'm working towards with my awesome foster Mama who takes me sheep herding! In addition to working out, I love going on walks and I really enjoy hanging out with my foster sibling pup and cat. I'm just a nice guy looking for a place to rest my apple bottom.

If you want to see just how awesome I am in person, send me a note...and maybe a snack!


AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 59 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever mix

Do you like big hunks? Because I'm one big hunk of love at 59lbs! The name is Farmer Andy and while I appreciate my "love handles" the doc said I'm hypothyroid. So I'm going to start some new meds that will help get me back to a healthier weight. In the meantime, I'm really enjoying my foster home and following around my foster Dad to help him work on the house. Other than that, I'm a good boy who enjoys napping by your feet or generally relaxing. I would make an excellent, mellow, best friend at 10 years old. Send me a note if you're in the market for one!

FRIDA KHALITTLE - Adoption Pending

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: 18 lbs BREED: Cocker Spaniel / German Shepherd mix

Hello!!! My name is Grandma Teeter Totter! I'm a mature, fragile, dainty lady who is an absolute delight! Also, no one can believe just how small I am in real life! I look like a miniature German Shepherd! Isn't that silly? I'm looking for a quiet place to rest and enjoy my retirement years. If you are looking for a companion just like, me get in touch. I'll teeter-totter my way to you. 


AGE:  10 years WEIGHT: 40 lbs BREED: Irish Wolfhound / Border Terrier mix

Hello there, boys and girls. Know what time it is? It's Howdy Doody time. Because it's time to learn a little more about me, Howdy Doody the dog. I'm good with kids, other dogs, and cats. I'm house-broken. And I'm basically a muppet. If you'd like to say howdy, get in touch. 

I have a video. I'm on a couch. 



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!


AGE:  1.5 years WEIGHT: 70 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever

Do you like pound cake? Well, that's what my coat looks like. A delicious, golden slice of pound cake. But enough about human treats. Let's talk about me. I am a young, sweet, crazy-energetic dog. I have been told I need a strong leader to give me structure so I grow up to be a nice, well-mannered, young lady. If that sounds like you (and if you like pound cake), let's meet up. 

Here's a video of me ready to play fetch. 


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

HI! My name is Lucy! I'm a little potato. Sometimes potatoes have eyes. I only have one eye because I had to have a wonky googler removed. After my successful surgery, I'm feeling much better. What else should you know about me?  I am really easygoing, good with dogs, house-broken and just wanna be your best friend in the entire world. Eye can't wait to meet you. 

Check me out enjoying happy hour!


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.

Check out my strut in slo mo!


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!

Check me out soaking up the love

OTTER - Adoption Pending

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! I would do best in a home with other dogs because I love them so much. 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 with another pup 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: 10 years WEIGHT: 45 lbs BREED: Collie / Retriever mix

Hi, it's me Pamela — or Pam if we're friends but I think everyone I meet is a friend because I'm just that sweet! I'm new to the rescue, but so far my foster Mom says that I'm just the nicest lady and great with other pups. If you're looking for a pretty, medium-sized old gal to brighten up your home, send me a note. 


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. 

SIR GRILL CHEESE - Adoption Pending

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:  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, I'm house trained and crate trained. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah. I'm cute. If you'd like to meet, get in touch. 


TRISHA - Adoption Pending

AGE: 11 years WEIGHT: 5lbs BREED: Yorkshire Terrier

Hi! My name is Trisha! I am still waiting to be spayed, but I did have a very much needed dental and lost ALL My TEEF! I am teef-free! But don't worry, I can still eat. It's nice if it's soft food, though. I am BRAND NEW to the rescue so check back soon for more info about me. 

unicorns ON DECK


AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 79 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever / Chow Chow mix

Hi, I'm Alice and I'm basically a bear cub trapped in a dog's body! I'm sweet as honey and just adore everyone I meet, unless you're a cat. I don't love kitties. I'm new to the rescue, but I do know I'm a mellow, old gal looking for a place to retire. Check back for more updates soon, or send me a note if you think you've got the perfect retirement home for me!

You can also watch a video of me here!


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: 3 years WEIGHT: 7 lbs BREED: Chihuahua Mix

Hello there! In case you were wondering who this handsome chi was...it's me, Esmond! 

From my happy wiggle walk, to my ever-present smile I am here to charm you. I dare you not to love me! I'm new to rescue and need some TLC for my skin, but my foster Mom says I am a total mushy love with people and dogs of all sizes. 

Check back for more updates or send me a love note if you want to meet up!

MAVIS - Adoption Pending

AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 8 lbs BREED: Pomeranian

Hi! My name is Mavis and I am an itty bitty 8 lb 8 year old Pom! The rescue found me stuck in medical because I had really bad eye ulcers! Good news is that I am on the road to recovery and my eyes look better each day! If you wanna meet a super easy going, friendly, loving dog I'm your girl!


AGE: 1 year WEIGHT: 36 lbs BREED: Sable Border Collie

You know what they say about a strong-willed, sassy lady? She's got Moxy! Well, that pretty much sums me up. I'm a working dog, and sometimes we're just misunderstood because we're so dang smart. I will need a strong leader to provide structure and guidance for me. I'm new to the rescue so my foster will be sure to update everyone on how awesome I am soon. Check back for updates or send me a note! Maybe one day you can have Moxy, too. 

OBI - Adoption Pending

AGE: 10 months WEIGHT: 40 lbs BREED: McNab Collie /Boston Terrier mix 

Hello, I'm Obi. I haven't been with the rescue very long, but boy do I feel better. Stay tuned for more details about me. 


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

Hi, I'm Pigeon and I'm one little birdie you won't want to shoo away! I'm tiny, sweet and will have great hair once my skin heals up which I'm being treated for right now. This girl is brand-new to rescue, so check back for updates or send me a note!

UNCLE SAMMY - Adoption Pending

AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 35 lbs BREED: Golden Retriever Corgi mix

Hi! You can call me Uncle Sammy, or adorable, or lowrider or Magical Unicorn because I am all of those things! I'm new to the rescue and just settling into my awesome, new foster home so check back for updates soon.