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A Purposeful Rescue in Los Angeles, California is a non-profit organization that saves Magical Unicorns from high-kill Los Angeles area shelters.
What's a Magical Unicorn?
Well, these are amazing dogs (and the occasional cat!) who, for one reason or another, have been overlooked at crowded shelters:
Whatever the reason, these dogs find themselves running out of time at the shelter. Previously overlooked, once a Magical Unicorn is out of the shelter and in a loving foster or forever home, they reach their full potential as happy, loyal companions!
Thinking about adopting a lucky animal from A Purposeful Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.
A Purposeful Rescue has a simple adoption process:
Adoption fees at A Purposeful Rescue are as follows:
Sometimes A Purposeful Rescue requires an additional $200 training deposit for dogs who may need a little extra work to really thrive in a home. They'll note whether a dog requires this deposit if an introduction is made. This deposit is made to A Purposeful Rescue and then paid directly to the trainer of your choice when you're ready to work with a trainer for your newly-adopted pup. A Purposeful Rescue does this because they want to ensure all pups become well-balanced, confident, and social dogs.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.