"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: 7 years WEIGHT: 79 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever / Bullmastiff 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 am very smart and very funny. I love people and kids so much and I get along with dogs, any size and any breed. Although I am older I like to play and to be active. Walks can be short but I like a busy house hold, the more the merrier! I can be a single dog as long as I live with a family that keeps me entertained. I am crate trained, potty trained and I know basic commands. Send me a note if you think you've got the perfect home for me!
AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 60 lbs BREED: Flat-Coated Retriever/Labrador Retriever Mix
My name is Boone. I was seen living on post-office grounds in South LA for a month. A woman was feeding me but I was unsure so I wouldn't let her catch me. Finally, a nice guy came and was able to get me. Hoping an owner would be looking for me, I went to the shelter. Sadly, no one came. I was very scared and shut down there, but luckily the Rescue came to get me! I am now living in a foster home in Encino with other dogs and a bunny, and I am slowly learning to trust people again. I tend to be more cautious with men, but I do warm up once I know you. I am a very kind, loving dog, and in time I will blossom — just you wait and see! I would love to meet you.
AGE: 8 Years WEIGHT: 90 lbs BREED: Bulldog/Mastiff Mix
HI! My name is Chacho and I am the BEST!!!! Truly-the BEST! At least that is what everyone says! Ok, fine, I'm a tad overweight (ahem more than a tad) but I was JUST rescued so give me time to get my bod back! I'm teetering on 100 lbs right now and I need to lose at least 25 lbs. I am FABULOUS with all dogs and kids and I THINK I would be ok with cats. I just want to snack and sleep. Call me!
Who wants to see a cute video of me relaxing ? Everybody? OK.
AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 110 lbs BREED: Lab/Bloodhound 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!
CHIEF QUIMBY - Adoption Pending
AGE: 4 years WEIGHT: 20 lbs BREED: Westie / West Highland White Terrier / Poodle (Miniature) mix
Hello, I’m Chief Quimby. I came all the way from Delano, California. That’s north of Bakersfield. I had some wounds on my noggin, but now I’m fixed up and feeling so much better. I’m a unique mix and a good boy. If you’d like to meet me (or ask me about Inspector Gadget), get in touch.
Here’s a video of me ready to go for a walk.
AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 15 lbs BREED: Brussels Griffon & Norfolk Terrier Mix
My name is Church Lady. "CL" for short!
I'm a SUPER cute and funny gal with a super soft side. I LOVE belly rubs. I am good with other dogs but can be bossy if you let me take charge. I am house broken. We THINK I'm around 8 years old and I am currently on a diet...what can I say? I'm a foodie! No young kids for me. They make me a little anxious. Call me!
DOTTIE THE ROTTIE
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 recently had successful ACL surgery and feel like a new dog. Get in touch if you'd like to hear all about it or see me walk...like a new dog. Love, Dottie.
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 ne 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.
AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 18Ibs BREED: Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso mix
Hello Lovelies! My name is Eartha! I'm a mature gal with a zest for life and adventure! My foster Mom says I'm perfect, ahem, even better than her own dogs. What can I say? I'm divine! I'm a little, ahem, voluptuous at the moment. (I'm a foodie.) But I am working on my health and fitness so I can slim down a bit. I'm easy peasy — just want to hang with you, go for a stroll and catch up on some good TV. Talk about down-to-Eartha! If I sound like your kind of dog, call me.
GARFUNKLE - Adoption Pending
AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 45 Ibs BREED: Basset Hound / Clumber Spaniel Mix
Garfunkle here! Nice to meet ya! I was a very sad, slow-moving lad when the rescuers caught a glimpse of me. But lucky for ME they saw my inner light shine! Yes, I am a bit overweight but not my fault! I'm hypo thyroid! I'm on medication now (not expensive!) and I'm on my way to feeling like a new dude! I have about 25 lbs to lose — ACK but I can do it! I LOVE my foster family! We go to the dog park and sometimes when I get tired they let me get in the stroller. I'm healthy and happy and ready to find forever-and-ever love. Call me! Well, call the people…because I don’t have a phone.
Here’s a video of me having a conversation.
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: 10 years WEIGHT: 15 Ibs BREED: Chinese Crested/Poodle (Miniature) Mix
My name is Helga! Helga Hotskins! I am a super awesome semi senior (around 10/11 years old so still spry but also not the type to go down to the track and sprint with ya) and I am a CATCH!
Here are some things my Foster Family says about me...
Great with other dogs
Very attentive to her people and super loving. Very much enjoys head pets and closes her eyes and stretches her neck out in the cutest way when you pet her head
Very food oriented
Super quiet! Haven’t heard a bark yet
Great on the leash
Hairless but her skin is getting better and seeing some new hair growing in. Should expect to feed her the finer things in life and stay away from chicken.
Here’s a video of me dressed like a lion. Rawr.
AGE: 12 Years WEIGHT: 27 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever & Whippet Mix
My name is Leia! I might LOOK like a Labrador from photos but I am not! I'm a Pocket Labrador mix! I weigh a mighty 27 lbs!! Can you believe it!? I have a zest for life, love my foster family and foster dogs and cat and I can leap around the yard like a gazelle! if you don't believe me watch my video! I'm around 12 years old (we think) and I just wanna hang with some awesome humans (and animals if you have them that's great but I would be fine solo) call me!
I might be part gazelle! Check out my video!
AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 5 lbs BREED: Chihuahua
Lillian here! Nice to meet you! I'm an itty-bitty chi with a wonky front paw. I love my foster family and my foster dog sister. I am GREAT with other dogs. I love walks and I love being on leash. Food and napping are my favorite things in the world. A nap with LOTS of blankets is the best! I like to bury myself under them! I’m like a canine burrito. What else? I’m cuddly, polite and easy-going. In summary, I’m an all around super dog! Wanna meet me? Get in touch.
AGE: 10 Months WEIGHT: 9 lbs BREED: Chihuahua/Pug Mix
Hi Hi Hi! Lupina Bean is my name and fun is my game! I'm a youngster-around 10/11 months old! I was taken to the shelter with my Mom and my baby siblings (they were 5 weeks old). My poor Mom! Anywhoooooo, we're safe! I'm recovering from cherry eye surgery (looks worse than it feels promise) so please don't hold my lampshade look against me. I'm the nicest dog! Currently fostered with other dogs, crate trained, and doing brilliantly with house training! I would do best in a home with another pup. Wanna meet me?
AGE: 1 year WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Miniature Pinscher/Terrier
Hi! I'm Moose! Nice to meet ya!! I'm a youngster, and people think I’m around 1 year old. Here is what my foster family says about me:
* I LOVE TREATS. I don't beg. I just stare at you with my magnetic eyes and will them to me.
*I am working on house breaking.
*I am an EXCELLENT power napper.
*I love to lay in the sun.
*I love my foster dog sister and all the other dogs I have met!
*I am crate trained.
*I am active without being obnoxious.
*I am a VERY handsome boy!
If I sound like your kind of Moose, then get in touch.
AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 12 lbs BREED: Chihuahua/Dachshund Mix
Hi. My name is Neeno! I'm a nice boy and pretty irresistible! I'm currently a little plump but working on that! I am great with other dogs and love every single person I meet! I bring joy wherever I go and everyone who meets me wants to squish me! Call me!
NORMAN - Adoption Pending
AGE: 7 years WEIGHT: 61 lbs BREED: Shar Pei / Bulldog Mix
Hi, my name is Norman. The first thing you will notice is my silly face. No, there is nothing wrong me with. Yes, it's adorable. Yes, it's permanently sideways like that. Like I said — adorable. I am fostered with another dog my size, and she is delightful. I would love a home with another delightful dog. We take naps together. We also enjoy snacks. I love snacks. Do you have snacks? Call me so we can enjoy snacks together. Love, Me. Norman.
Here’s a video of me chillaxin’.
AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 40 lbs BREED: Australian Cattle Dog/Basset Hound Mix
Hello, my name is Omelette. I have something in common with Nick Jonas. We’re both diabetic. I’m now on insulin, keeping my levels under control. Next on my list is getting my skin cleared up and putting on some weight. (I’m guessing that’s not on Nick’s list) I’m in a foster home with another dog, and we get along great. I even have my own hashtag on Instagram: #omeletteTheMU🍳. Click for updates about this good girl, or get in touch to meet me.
AGE: 8 years WEIGHT: 9 lbs BREED: Shih Tzu/Poodle (Miniature) Mix
“Please Mr. Postman” isn’t just the name of a song. It could be something you say to me every day. Although this Postman doesn’t deliver letters, I do bring the male. All kidding aside, I've been through some stuff. I came into the shelter a matted mess. They could hardly tell there was a dog under there! Right now, I’m feeling better, relaxing with my foster family and foster-dog siblings. I’m still a work-in-progress, though. I’m scheduled to have a dental cleaning soon. I hope I can keep my snaggletooth. If you’d like to meet this good boy, 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: 9 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.
AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 9 lbs BREED: Miniature Pinscher / Chihuahua mix
Hi. My name is Slug! I'm around 9-10 years old and I weigh 11 lbs (ahem, but I am on a diet because I SHOULD weigh around 8/9 lbs). What can I say? I'm a foodie! This good boy is new to rescue, and I need to see a neurologist because I walk kinda funny. We are going to find out what is going on and get back to you on that! I can walk — just not on slippery surfaces. I LOVE other dogs! I love kids! I like being a couch potato while you watch TV. Oh and I like to eat bananas. How good does that sound? Call me.
Here’s me having a ball…with a ball.
AGE: 8 Years WEIGHT: 55 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd Dog Mix
Hi! My name is Sushi. If my life were a rom-com, this part would be the "makeover montage" (cue the music ... "Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige.) I've left my old life far behind and now I'm getting pampered at the salon (my fur is growing in nicely!) and showing off the new me to the world. Just like Julia Roberts at the polo match, I'm sometimes not totally confident about what to do in new situations, but I'm watching, and learning. And when I'm at home I can let loose and be the real me ... loving, loyal, curious, soulful. This new life is pretty amazing so I'm happy to just go with the flow ... short walks, long hikes, lounging around the house, going out to brunch, sleeping in my crate, having the house to myself, meeting new people, head scratches from little kids. I'm pretty good at ignoring little dogs (under 25 lbs) but best to not let them get too close ... nobody's perfect. It's been a tough road, but I'm ready to find my people and let my love shine bright.
Here’s a video of me giving a low five.
TODDY - Adoption Pending
AGE: 2 years WEIGHT: 65 lbs BREED: Bernese Mountain Dog/Collie Mix
This time of year, it’s nice to curl up with a hot Toddy…or a normal-temperature Toddy, like me. Here are some facts about this good boy: I am a NICE DOG. (Everyone tells me so.) I have some wonky, luxated (sorta dislocated) hips. So I am on crate rest. It was probably an old injury, but I was checked out by a surgeon who said I did not need surgery — just rest...so I am resting! I'm in a foster home with a small, feisty playful dog who I love! Dog friends are awesome, and I would love one! Not a deal breaker but definitely way cool! If you’d like to meet me, get in touch.
AGE: 5 years WEIGHT: 65 lbs BREED: Bulldog / Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
Hello, my name is Whoopie…as in “Whoopie! We’re getting a really great dog!” I’m crate-trained and house-broken, plus I graduated from obedience school. I also go to the office with my foster mom, so I guess that makes me a working dog. Did I mention I have a signature move? I like to bow down playfully to tell dogs and people I’m ready to play. Sometimes I even do it to myself in the mirror. If you’d like to say “Whoopie!” every time you see me, get in touch.
Here’s my signature move.
AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 6 lbs BREED: Papillon/Chihuahua Mix
Hello, my name is Zoila. I’m an older lady who loves people and is good with other dogs, although I may bark at them. I’m a big fan of belly rubs, but I’m not so sure about wearing dog sweaters. My back legs aren’t what they used to be, so I don’t walk a lot. But I don’t weight much, and I love to be carried. Or I could be wheeled around in a stroller. I’m mostly potty trained, but sometimes I get excited and…whoopsie. If you have room in your nice, mellow home for a dog who likes to snuggle, let’s chat.
Here’s a video of me being adorable.