"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: 9 years WEIGHT: 10 lbs BREED: Border Terrier/Cairn Terrier Mix
My name is Angie, and I am a little doll. Don't be upset if I don't run right up to you...I just take a minute! I'm around 9 years old and weigh 10 lbs. I am a lovely little gal who likes other dogs and would probably be just fine with cats. I have never met a sofa I didn't like. I would do best in a home where my owners either work from home or are home more often or where I get to have a dog friend home with me.
Call me! I can't wait to meet you!
Wanna see a video of me getting a belly rub…and then trotting away? You’re in luck.
AGE: 11 Years WEIGHT: 12 lbs BREED: Poodle (Miniature)
Did you watch Downton Abbey? Remember the valet Bates? If you adopt me, anytime you want you can say, “Bates, fetch me my slippers.” I probably won’t bring them, but you can say it. Unlike the TV Bates, I’m a dog on the mend. I recently had major dental surgery. While I was at the shelter, my mouth was basically rotting. But I’m feeling a heck of a lot better now. I’m going to be honest: I’m working on house-breaking and learning to trust humans again. I’m not so good with kids, but I’m good with other dogs. However, I can be possessive if given the chance. I’ve been told I respond well to leadership. If you’d like to meet me, get in touch.
AGE: 12 Years WEIGHT: 15 lbs BREED: Dachshund / Chihuahua mix
Hello, my name is Bjork. I’ve been told I am one of the nicest dogs you will ever meet. My foster family calls me a "healer” because people feel better when they hold me. Aw, that’s sweet. I am sight-impaired, but that doesn't hold me back in any way. I like to spend my days with my foster grandma. I love to curl up in her lap or by her side in her stuffed animal basket. Cute, right? If you’d like to share your home with an adorable senior chiweenie, I might just be your dog.
AGE: 1 Year WEIGHT:5 BREED: Chihuahua / Terrier mix
Hi. My name is Braveheart. I am currently healing from non-contagious demodex, and my skin feels so much better. I'm ITTY BITTY, and everyone thinks I am a puppy. But I'm a year old! I weigh around 5 lbs, and I am the nicest little dog. When I first meet you, I might be a bit shy. (I’m not always as brave as my name.) I’m still working on house-breaking, and I like to be carried around in a pouch. If you would like to meet me, get in touch.
AGE: 10 Years WEIGHT: 65 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!
Want to see me eat a snack very gently? Watch this.
AGE: 2 years WEIGHT: 5 lbs BREED: Chihuahua
Could I interest you in a Crouton? A bite-size nugget that makes everything better? Well, I’m Crouton, a dog who’s basically the size of a crouton. I weigh a whopping 5 lbs! I'm around 2 years old, and I was hit by a car. Good news is that I had surgery to repair my itty-bitty leg. Even better news: I am feeling like a new lady now! My cast is off. I am spayed, current on vaccines and ready to be the apple of your eye!
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.
Check out my supermodel good looks in my video!
GAGA - Adoption Pending
AGE: 2 years WEIGHT: 43 Ibs BREED: American Pit Bull Terrier mix
Hello, my name is Gaga. Despite the fact that I share a name with a big, talented star, I’m was an introvert=. I was actually in the shelter for three months because I was so shy. But volunteers liked me, and I was a regular in the play groups there. Lluckily APR saw what a good dog I am. Now in my foster home, I’m gaining confidence, with some help from my foster dog siblings, who help me feel more comfortable. I’d probably do best in a home with at least one other dog, and I am good with dogs of all sizes. (Humans say I’d probably be OK with cats.) What else? I am crate-trained, house-broken, and have a pretty cool look. If you’d like to meet, you don’t have to call my agent. Just stop by an adoption event, or contact APR.
Here’s a video of me being silly on the sofa.
GIBSON - Adoption Pending
AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: 70 Ibs BREED: Boxer / Hound (unknown type) mix
Hi. I'm Gibson, like a Gibson Guitar. Nice to meet you! I'm a really swell guy! Friend to all! Big or small! Did you know I was in the shelter for eight months? Actually, I was in two different shelters, and I was never scooped up. Well, now’s your chance to scoop up up your very own Gibson. Look for me at adoption events or get in touch if you’d like to meet. See you soon!
AGE: 11 Years WEIGHT: 9 Llbs BREED: Shih Tzu / Maltese mix
Hi. My name is Yammy! Grammy Yammy! I'm a 9 lb, 11-year-old, little love who was surrendered to the shelter by my owner. Luckily, the nice rescue humans came and got me! I had a few masses removed and my teeth cleaned, and I am now looking for a wonderful home to spend my golden. years. I just want to sit in your lap and love you. I’m like a big sweet potato…or a yam. Get in touch if you’d like to meet me.
AGE: 8 Years WEIGHT: 12lbs BREED: Shih Tzu & Affenpinscher Mix
Hi! My name is GrandPappyAmos! Nice to meet ya! I'm an 8 year old, 12 lb adorable little Ewok looking for my forever home! I have one tiny eye (not painful and I was probably born this way) and I am a really nice guy looking for really nice people to love me forever! I am good with kids and dogs! Wanna meet me?
AGE: 8 Years WEIGHT: 40lbs BREED: Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
Hi. My name is Gypsy and I was adopted from the shelter as a 6 month old pup. I had a really nice family who loved me but my human got sick and they needed to re home me. The rescue stepped up as soon as they saw my adorable face and prevented me from going to the shelter. I'm a typical heeler-smart, loyal, smart, loyal...LOYAL...you get it! I take half a second to warm up and trust you but once I do I am yours forever-I will imprint on your heart! I need a strong leader who won't let me be bossy. If you let me be bossy it won't work but if you are my leader I will be the best damn dog you will ever have! My foster Mom says I am RAD!!! I love tennis balls. I am good with dogs of all sizes. I am good with cats too! I am house broken and crate trained (open the crate door and I go right in!). Call me!
AGE: 7 Years WEIGHT: 70 lbs BREED: Boxer mix
Hi. My name is Janet! Nice to meet you! I'm a 7 year old Boxer mix. (I might be part Mastiff.) I am new to rescue, but here’s my curriculum vitae, neatly typed of course.
I like dogs. 🐶
I don't know how I feel about cats.🐈 🤷
I worked as a greeter dog at the shelter. 👋
I am crate-trained. 📦
I am good in the car. 🚗
I am house-broken. 🚽
I like stuffed animals. 🧸
If you’d like to meet, get in touch. 📞
I have a video here. 🎬
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: 9 years WEIGHT: 55 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull Terrier mix
Hi-ah! I'm Maia! I had a family my entire life...well...until I was 8 years old. We lost our home, and I — along with my dog pal — had to go to the shelter. He was adopted, and I spent a year and a half waiting...and waiting. I had almost given up hope when one day the kennel door opened and off I went! Bye-bye, shelter! I am now a 9-year-old lady looking for the moon and the stars. I am around 55 lbs. I am house-broken, crate-trained, obedient, and dog-friendly with a proper intro. I am fostered with another dog. I also look good in car coats. If you’d like to meet, get in touch.
AGE: 10 years WEIGHT: 40 lbs BREED: Labrador Retriver mix
Hi, my name is Pico, and I am a survivor! I spent my entire life alone in a back yard until I was seized by animal control for neglect. That's all in the past now and I am a very lucky gal! I'm 10 years old. I weigh around 40 lbs. I had a MAJOR surgery recently but came out winning! I'm healing and happy, and I cannot wait to find my forever retirement home. I am good with dogs but I can be bossy. I would be A-OK solo or great with a dog as long as there is someone to management my bossy nature. You see, I just never really knew how to be a family dog, but I am certainly learning! I am spayed, current on vaccines, microchipped, and have been vetted from head to toe: blood work, ultrasounds, x-rays — you name it, I have had it! If you’d like un poco Pico in your life, 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: 12 lbs BREED: Dachshund/Chihuahua Mix
Well, hello. My name is Roberta and I am AWESOME! I hang with a pack of little chi's every day with my foster family, and those dogs are way cool! I was scooped up by the nice rescue people from the shelter where I was in medical for yucky skin and a mammary tumor. That is coming off soon, so check back soon for my post-surgery update. Oh, and send me good vibes. Thanks.
AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 15 lbs BREED: Wheaton Terrier/Cairn Terrier mix
Hello, I'm Sammie! Nice to meet you! I'm 9 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.
AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 28 lbs BREED: Cocker Spaniel
Hi. My name is Tracy and I am sweet as sugar!!! I'm a senior lady who can't hear super well. Also, my eye sight is iffy, although I can still see. Know what that means? I won’t judge you when you say something dumb or wear the same pants two days in a row. But seriously, these setbacks don’t stop me. My nose still works! What else? I weigh 28 lbs, and I am loving life! I love all people and all dogs, and I am certain I would love kitties, too! If you have space in your home for a Golden Girl like me, get in touch.
AGE: 7 years WEIGHT:90 lbs BREED: Chesapeake Bay Retriever & American Staffordshire Terrier mix
Hi! My name is Tuba, and I am a gentle giant!! I am around 7 years old and weigh 90 lbs! I'm a big softie who loves other dogs and people — and would probably not even mind cats. I am house-broken, crate-trained and just an all-around super-star dog! I love nothing more than lounging on the sofa with my foster-dog sister named Bernadette. My foster family says I'm just a really swell guy! Wanna meet me? Well, use your Internet machine and get in touch!
WASABI - Adoption Pending
AGE: 12 years WEIGHT: 12 lbs BREED: Pekingese
I'm around 12 years old and my former owner dropped me off at the shelter to be euthanized. Lucky for me the shelter said NOPE and a couple days later the rescue came and got me! I'm Independent, adorable, love to sleep and hang out with my foster family, and I'm just looking for a wonderful home to spend my golden years. Wanna meet me?
AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: 65 lbs BREED: Hound & American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
Wilma is WONDERFUL. Gentle, quiet, dog loving...a damn dream dog if you ask us! Wilma is around 6 years old and weighs 65 lbs. She is fostered with multiple dogs of all sizes and very much enjoys their company. She is house broken, crate trained, and just a really nice dog who will make a human(s) VERY happy!
AGE: 1 years WEIGHT: 40 lbs BREED: Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler & German Shepherd Dog Mix
Hi! I’m Yuki! I’m just the cutest with my perky ears and bright eyes but don’t be fooled, I’m looking for someone to be my boss! I’m a young working dog mix which means I need a leader and lots of structure or I’m going to make my own task-list of fun puppy-like things to do which you may not find as fun or entertaining. I will need someone who is committed to giving me a routine, leadership, exercise, and not letting me be my own boss. In return, you will get the MOST amazing dog and companion you’ve ever met.
If you’re up for having a pup-companion that’s smarter than most junior high students, I’m your gal. If you prefer your pups more at the couch-potato level, I’m not the match for you, but that’s ok because there are plenty of other pups who are!
Things I’m great at include: running, hiking, saying hello to everyone I meet, being a good girl in my crate, playing with pups, and loving my foster family. As I said, I’m still very puppy-like and need someone to continue to help me learn to improve on things like using my mouth when I’m excited to say “hello” and play and my general excitability…what can I say, I just LOVE life!
unicorns ON DECK
AGE: 9 years WEIGHT: 8 lbs BREED: Papillon / Chihuahua mix
My name is Hiccup! I have wonky legs and paws. It's a deformity I have lived with for a very long time and can get around. The humans and vets are working out a plan for me, to see if any treatments or surgeries might improve my life. It’s nice to feel so cared for. I love other dogs, am house broken and am very polite. Unlike real hiccups, I’m an overall delight to have around. Wanna meet me? Drop a line to APR.