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: 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 a mellow, old gal looking for a place to retire. 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! And another one here!


AGE: 8 Years WEIGHT: 15 lbs BREED: Cockapoo mix


Hello, there! I'm Aurora Tennenbaum and I'm one special lady. I somehow ended up in the shelter which was a very scary place for a gentle lady like me who can't see. But the folks at A Purposeful Rescue didn't let me stay there long. What's even more exciting is that they're going to take me to a special eye doctor to see if I can get my vision back! I'm just 10 years old (and 15 lbs) so I've got lots left to see and do. So, I still have some medical care to take care of but in the meantime I'm loving being cared for in my foster home and they love me. If you want to learn more about me, send me a note. XOXO.


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 and no kitties.. 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: 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!


CHAKA CHI - Adoption Pending

AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Chihuahua Mix

Hi! My name is Chaka Chi! I'm a huge fan of 80's Pop. I'm an itty bitty teeny weeny chi. I'm easy! I live in a foster home with two other tiny lady dogs and I'm happy to go for walks or snuggle up with you. Oh, I also fit in handbags! I'm around 10 years old. and weigh around 10 lbs. Wanna meet me?



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: 11 Years WEIGHT: 90 lbs BREED:
Belgian Malinois

Hi. My name is Chase and I am VERY special! My owners lost their home and I was forced to be separated from my two best pug friends. Luckily, Rescue came to get me out of the shelter and got a very big fatty mass removed and also took my big yucky spleen out as well (they did a gastric tie back surgery while I was under b/c this is important for big barrel chested dogs like me). I am feeling so much better-still recovering from surgery-but I am in a great foster home with an awesome dog! I am sight impaired. This does not deter me one bit but I would LOVE a home with another dog who can be my seeing eye dog :)
I weigh around 90 lbs. I'm 11 years old. I am a very gentle giant. Please fill out an adoption application on the website if you would like to schedule a visit. I am being fostered in Orange County.


AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Poodle (Miniature)/Bichon Frise Mix

hi. my name is Cheryl and I am delightful!!! I'm brand new to rescue and currently recovering after having my eye removed. Don't worry I am FINE! I feel so much better now! I'm good with dogs and cats but please check back in soon once I've settled into my foster routine. xo

DAN DAN NOODLE LEVY - Adoption Pending

AGE: 2 years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Maltese mix

Hey guys. It's Dan Dan. I don't know if you noticed the big smile on my face in my photo, but it's because the nice folks at APR saved me from the shelter. I was hit by a car and had some crazy damage...including a torn bladder! Can you believe I was still up walking around and being sweet as can be? I'm currently relaxing in my foster home and getting ready for my next surgery to fix my hip and then I get to be the totally healthy and happy dude I deserve to be. Stay tuned for updates!


AGE: 15 years WEIGHT: 24 lbs BREED: Affenpinscher/Labradoodle Mix

They call me Delta do-right because I always do-right by my peeps! That's because I basically love everyone and everything I meet. Even cats!

While I may be a mature lady, don't let that fool you. I have a pep in my step and love to go on walks and hang with my foster fam. I do require daily medication to manage my cushings condition though. My foster Mom says I'm the nicest, I'm quiet in the house, and I would make for an easy companion!

If you're looking for a new BFF, drop me a line. Xo.


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. 

Here’s a close-up video of my adorable face. Wanna hear me sing?


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. 

I have a video. I even have a speaking part. You can also check out how snuggly I am here.

ELLERBEE - Adoption Pending

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: 9 years WEIGHT: 70 lbs (need to be 50 lbs) BREED: Bassett Hound mix

Hello from me…Howard Hippowitz. Would you believe a text message saved my life? It did. A nice person at the shelter texted the folks at APR telling them I needed to get out ASAP. And APR figured out a plan. As you can see, I’m a bit overweight. It turns out I have a thyroid issue that we’re now treating. Humans post pictures of me online with the hashtag #howardhippowitz🦄. Stay tuned for updates, and get in touch if you’d like to meet.

P.S. I’m not related to the TV character Howard Wolowitz, but I do enjoy lying down next to the TV.


AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 14 lbs BREED: Dachshund

Hi! My name is Irene and I am brand new to rescue so check back in soon!


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: 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:  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! Wanna meet me?


AGE:  2 Years WEIGHT: 20 lbs BREED: Chihuahua/Corgi Mix

They say self care is important, right?! Well, now that I've been an excellent Mama and all my puppies are being adopted it's time for a little ME time! 

I was left at the South LA shelter by my former owner with an entire litter of 7 puppies plus my other younger daughter. Can you believe that?! Lucky for me, A Purposeful Rescue was there to bust me out so my kiddos could hang somewhere safe and loving with me until they were ready to find homes of their own. All that being said, it's time for me to find my forever home! I'm very sweet, I love to snuggle in your lap, and I'm generally a pretty mellow gal...being a a parent wears you out.

If you're looking for a sweet lady to join your family, send me a note!


AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 12 lbs BREED: Miniature Schnauzer

Hi! My name is Mr Whiskers. I'm 12 years old. I am brand new to rescue so check back in soon

MYRTIE - Adoption Pending

AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 6 lbs BREED: Yorkshire Terrier/Miniature Poodle mix


Meep meep...it's me, Myrtie! Coming through in my adorable, tiny pajamas! Have you ever seen anything as cute? I doubt it. You can check for batteries, but I'm the real deal. While I may be sight impaired (I can't see) that doesn't stop me from cruising around and making sure I know exactly what's going on and where. I like to be in the mix and make sure I get my snacks and my snuggles. At just 6 lbs and 10 years old I'm so tiny and so easy! I would make a great companion for just about anyone. Drop me a note if you want to have a slumber party (forever)!


AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: 14 lbs BREED: Shih Tzu

Hi. My name is PacMan.

My foster Mom says I’m the life of the party and love to be in the mix! I know it looks like I have a little frown but don’t let that fool you. I’m living it up now that I’m out of the shelter and enjoying some TLC. I would make an excellent companion for a family and I love other dogs so I would love some dog friends too!

My skin is healing from some flea allergy/bites but I’ll be looking silky-smooth in no time. I also have glaucoma which is super common in shih tzus. It means I need eye drops every day and to get my eye pressure tested 1-2x a year. Trust me, I am SO worth it!


AGE: 3 years WEIGHT: 9 lbs BREED: Miniature Poodle mix

Hi. My name is Pauline. I am brand new to rescue so check back in soon once I am fully vetted and settled into my foster home xo

PIGEON - Adoption Pending

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. While my skin is on the mend, I like to rock lycra jumpsuits. If you this this Pigeon is fly, get in touch. 

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video of my photo shoot.


AGE: 5 years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Chihuahua

Hello, I’m Pepe. I am a friendly, affectionate good boy. I do well with other dogs, big and small — as long as they’re mellow . In fact, I like following other dogs around. (They usually know where the food is.) I’m good with kids, too. I’ve been told I’m not a typical Chi, which I take as a compliment. If you’d like to meet me, I’m all ears…so to speak.


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: 8 years WEIGHT: 40 lbs BREED: Australian Cattle dog

Hi. I'm Prue! I'm an 8-year-old Red Heeler who was rescued from the shelter in really bad shape! I had an eye ulcer and my skin was a mess from fleas. I am SO MUCH BETTER NOW! I'm smart as a whip, loyal, and all around very typical of my breed. I am a tad defensive with meeting new dogs, so I will need someone capable and with good leadership skills to show me I have nothing to worry about. I am by no means dog aggressive — far from it — I just need to meet them properly so I can be sure I trust them! Wanna meet this nice girl? Email me. Well, email APR, and they’ll let me know.

Wanna see me run? Wanna see me walk nicely on a leash?


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.

Check out my Marnie the Dog impression and adoption video, and drop me a line if you'd like to meet. 


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. I'm around 8 years old and I was rescued from the South LA Shelter with a horrible skin condition mostly due to allergies and flea's. I am feeling a lot better because I am on meds and get special bathe's a couple times of week. I also am eating a healthy diet. I am good with other dogs who are larger than 25 lbs-NO SMALL DOGS for me. No cats either. I would be good with kids. I am easy going. Crate trained. House broken and love to sunbathe and relax. Wanna meet me?.

THURGOOD - Adoption Pending

AGE: 11 months WEIGHT: 23 lbs BREED: Australian Cattle Dog

Hello!! I'm Thurgood! I'm an 11-month-old MINI Australian Cattle Dog. Yep, that's right — I only weigh around 23 lbs! Someone shot me in the ankle out in Kern county — not cool — but I was lucky to be found by a nice person. The rescue took me in and is taking good care of this good boy. I LOVE other dogs. I would love a home with another dog and I would love a family who will keep me active and social. I am VERY smart and if allowed I will run circles around you! I am by no means “wild.” I have an off switch. Naps are cool. I am crate-trained and house-broken. Wanna meet me? Get in touch.

Here’s me not being an Alpha Dog.


AGE: 12 Years WEIGHT: 20 lbs BREED: Dachshund/Beagle Mix

Hi. My name is Toast. I like to take naps. Exercise...meh. I'll do it if you want me to but I really prefer naps and snuggles. I am very tidy. No accidents in the house. I love my crate and will be just find if you go out and want to leave me for a bit. I will be thrilled upon your return...especially if you bring me snacks. I also have perma derp face-everyone thinks I'm sad but I can assure you NOPE-i am not. I am fine. I had a mass removed from my, ahem, gentleman area. I'm healing nicely and am now just looking for someone to spend my golden years with. Wanna meet me?

TWO TEEF KEEF - Adoption Pending

AGE: 6 Years WEIGHT: 4 lbs BREED: Miniature Poodle

Well HI! Two Teef Keef here! That's right! Not many toofers here! I'm 4 lbs and I am AWESOME! My foster fam thinks I am the bee's knees! They also think I escaped the circus because just WAIT until you see my handstand pee! EPIC! I'm a prize. Hurry up and scoop me up!


AGE: 3 years WEIGHT: 7 lbs BREED: Italian Greyhound / Chihuahua mix

Hi. My name is Ziti and I'm FUN! I also have legs for days and days! I'm an itty, bitty lady who loves to play as much as I love to romp around! You can find me on Instagram with the hashtag #zitithemagicalunicorn Are you in the mood for some Ziti? Get in touch.

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