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My name is Lucas!

Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Temple, Georgia - Lucas
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Life is labs Rescue, Inc.

Facts about Lucas

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 4120537

Hi! I'm Lucas.  When I first got here, I came down with parvo and was very, very sick for a while.  It got even worse when I got a respiratory infection while I was trying to fight the parvo.  Everyone was shocked when I finally got to go home after almost two weeks.  But I made it!

I'm a fighter and just a wonderful dog with a big heart.  And I'm pretty darn good-looking, too!  

I'm surprised I haven't been adopted yet because I feel like I'm a really great dog that will make a wonderful buddy for almost anyone.  I love to run and play and have lots of great friends here.  I'm really well-behaved.  I listen well and I'm even allowed outside the fence to go swimming at our lake here.

I'm really athletic and I can jump a 4' fence so it's safest for me if you have a 6' fence or don't leave me outside alone.  I would love to be with an active person or family who can keep me busy retrieving, swimming, running or hiking.  But I'm also cuddly and affectionate, so I need that too.

Do you think you can give me the home I deserve?  Please come visit me soon!


Each of our active, healthy adoptable dogs is trained, socialized and ready to love your family.  They have lived at our home-based boarding, training and rescue facility where we have worked to fully assess them so that we can help you make a perfect match with your new companion.  For over 15 years, we have worked with owners and dogs with training and rehabilitation.  We bring these skills to our rescue program to help you and/or your family find the perfect new dog that fits your lifestyle, activity level, home environment and personality.  We pride ourselves on working closely with you to not only find the perfect dog, but to provide service and care for you and your new companion after adoption.

The majority of our dogs receive formal training and we do several obedience lessons prior to adoption so that you and your new dog can learn to work together and, equally or more importantly, bond prior to going home.  You can read more about our adoption process below this description of this incredible, adoptable dog!


(read more below -- dogs that will complete our full service training program normally priced $1375; includes 50% off boarding for life, private lessons for life, 24/7 support, remote training collar)

SENIOR OR SPECIAL NEEDS ADOPTABLE DOGS $200 or less, or free, based on dog and home (dogs 8+ yrs or dogs with special needs)

ALL ADOPTIONS INCLUDE: Full vaccinations, spay or neuter, parasite (fleat/tick/all worms) free, current on parasite prevention, microchipped.  24/7 access to us for anything you need related to your adopted dog.

FULL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM ADOPTIONS ALSO INCLUDE:  50% off boarding for life at our facility, unlimited private lessons for life, a remote collar, and 24/7 access to us.

SOME dogs and puppies are available for out of state adoptions.  Please email for more more information.


1.    Complete our adoption application.  It usually takes our volunteers 2-5 business days to process your adoption application.

2.    Contact us to set up a visit (by appointment please so that we can be available for you) to our facility to visit with the dogs that meet your preferences based on your application.  You can visit more than once if you need more time to help choose a new companion.

3.    Once you select your companion, we may do a home visit.

4.    We complete an adoption contract. Dogs that are not receiving formal training can go home at this time.

5.    For dogs who have been trained, we typically have three visits/lessons, with the last being the day you take your new pup home.  This timeframe and the lessons can vary by dog and adoptive individual and family.


THIS IS **NOT** your typical "pet store" or group class training.  The result is a dog that you can enjoy in any setting and know that it's safe and a pleasure for everyone it visits with.  You will be able to run, bike, hike, camp, garden and just plain relax with a dog that isn't going to run off or cause trouble.

With the exception of seniors and special needs dogs, all of our adoptables receive our "28 Day Off Leash" training program, which is available to the general public.  

If you are adopting a puppy, they will go home with you and then come back around 6-8 months to complete their training.

Our training program includes behavior training, socialization and obedience training.  When dogs complete our program, they will walk with you both on leash and off, we have addressed any manners/behavior issues that would cause problems in their new homes and they will come when called reliably off leash.  Some dogs do have lingering issues that we fully disclose -- the most common is dogs that can jump 4' fences (which is probably why they ended up in the shelter in the first place!).  

When you come out for lessons, our typical lessons are: 1) leash walking, 2) gate and door manners, 3) coming when called to all family members and sitting upon arrival, 4) going for a walk off-leash with family and staying safely in the general area and returning immediately when called.

Your new dog is ready to go home when we've completed the lessons and both you and we are confident and comfortable with your new pup's relationship and response to you and your family.

Our adoptions with full service training include a dog that is:

  • Spayed or neutered
  • Current on all vaccinations
  • Clear of parasites (heartworm, flea, tick, worms, etc.)
  • Current on all parasite prevention (heartworm and flea/tick prevention)
  • Microchipped
  • On a high-quality food (Merrick Whole Earth Farms)
  • Fully assessed for temperament and behavior
  • Crate trained
  • Fully trained through our "28 Day Off Leash" training program (reg $1375) -- for dogs eligible for training

These adoptions also include:

  • Private lessons prior to adoption and UNLIMITED private lessons as needed once adoption is complete (for dogs that have completed training)
  • 1/2 price boarding at our home-based facility for LIFE ($12-13/day)
  • Unlimited access to us for advice and assistance for ANYTHING you need in relationship to your adopted dog

The nature of our rescue program requires that dogs are with us typically 2-3 months from the time we take them into our program.  During this time, they are living in and around our home with a variety of other dogs, cats, cows, people and general activity.  We are assessing them 24/7 so that we know them very well and can confidently help you make the perfect match for a new companion.  And we are training them daily (once they are happy and healthy) to prepare them for adoption.

Our adoption fee for dogs completing the training program is $937.50 and can be made in any reasonable installments.  We do ask for a traditional amount (approx $350) up front and the rest can be made in payments that work for you.  Any payment arrangements and terms would be included with the adoption contract.  

We understand that some people are shocked by this adoption fee.  Please understand that this is NOT about making money.  We care for 40 or more dogs in our program on a daily basis.  All of our dogs are here typically 2-3 or more times longer than most rescues in other programs.  We feed them high quality food, administer parasite prevention and provide food, toys, bedding, crates and a staff that helps care for them while we assess their behavior and temperament and conduct training.  ALL of the proceeds from our adoptions go directly back to our rescue program.  NONE of the adoption fee goes to us for training or boarding.

Our adoption fee was set by taking a traditional adoption fee of $250 and then adding our commercial training program at half price (687.50).  We originally offered the training as an option.  Almost every adopter did the training.  The few that didn't were calling with behavior and training issues.  We felt that there is a value to our training, both to the adopter, but even more importantly to the dog.  We want our dogs to be LOVED and to become INSEPARABLE members of the family.  We don't want them to cause stress or frustration.  So in early 2011, we decided that all of our rescues would be trained.

We hope that most people can see the value in the training and we encourage you to come out to visit and see the training in action if you are a potential adopter that's skeptical or on the fence.  This is not traditional sit/stay training.  This is training that will give you a well-balanced dog that is a pleasure 24/7.  They are not little robots and they are not 100% without fault.  But when you have a dog that you can travel with, hang out with, go to the mailbox with and that your friends and family can enjoy, we know that we've done our job by matching you with a dog that's a true companion and not just a pet...

For more information, please email

About Life is labs Rescue, Inc.

About Our Rescue Group...

We have operated a home-based boarding and training facility in West Georgia for over 15 years now. We have always had a handful of dogs here available for adoption, but formally started our rescue in early 2010 and currently keep 25-30 dogs in our program.

The entire operation was the dream of Joie and Kristie Wilder. When Joie completed veterinary school in 2007. the plan was to eventually open a one-stop shop facility where people could come and adopt a dog and have a lifelong relationship of veterinary care, boarding, training, grooming, activities and more. Sadly, Joie passed away less than a year after completing school. In 2010, Kristie decided it was time to renew the dream. With the help of family, friends and volunteers, enough grant money and donations have been raised to start a new facility on 24 acres. It will have enough room to accomplish all the goals and dreams for the rescue.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We recommend that potential adopters make an appointment to come out and visit our dogs.

We are a Petsmart adoption partner and we also do special events at Orvis in Buckhead (Atlanta, GA).

Please contact us for upcoming events or to set up an appointment to visit the dogs.

Our Adoption Process...

Every dog that leaves our rescue program is fully off-leash trained. What does this mean? It means that you will go home with a dog that you can truly relax and enjoy. You will have a dog that will come back to you every time you call it, no matter what the situation. You can go for a hike and not need a leash. You can hang out in your front yard and simply call your dog back to you if it wanders too far. You can go for a walk virtually anywhere without needing a leash. Here's a YouTube video of one of our rescues: (this is in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, GA. It's a busy, metropolitan area.). Every dog that leaves our program has lived in our home with us, is crate trained and socialized with people, other dogs and cats. If and when we do feel there are lingering behavior issues, they are fully disclosed long before we proceed with the adoption process. We also advise you specifically on each dog and the best ways to integrate your new companion into home life with you and your family.

Our adoption process:

1. Complete an adoption application that is submitted with a $20 donation.

2. We do a pre-cursory review of your application, checking vet and personal references. At this time, we will address any concerns we may have and get detailed information from you so that we can help find a perfect match. If there are no issues with the application at this time, we proceed.

3. We set up a time for you to come out and visit any dogs that you have selected as well as ones that we feel may be a good fit based on your application, if you are willing to consider additional dogs.

4. Once you have selected a dog, we then set up a home visit WITH THE DOG. This involves a comprehensive checklist that we discuss with you and, if applicable, your family during the visit. Any concerns are addressed at this time.

5. If the home visit goes well, we complete the adoption.

6. Once the dog is adopted, it remains in our care for typically 2-3 weeks. During this time, the adoptive family must come out for three or more training sessions with their new dog. This allows the family and dog to bond over time and also allows the family to learn the training so that the transition home is very smooth.

7. Once the family feels comfortable with understanding the training and behavior of their new dog, the dog is released from our program to their new home.

8. We keep in touch and are available any time our adoptive families have any questions or concerns with their new family members.

Our adoption fee includes:
a) spay/neuter
b) current vaccines (distemper/parvo/bordatella/lepto)
c) microchip
d) heartworm-free
e) current on flea/tick/heartworm prevention
f) complete off-leash training (which otherwise costs $1375)
g) lifetime private lessons as needed
h) lifetime half-priced boarding at our beautiful country retreat
i) assistance with any questions or concerns at any time

Our adoption fee is $937.50. This price is a standard adoption fee of $250 plus the training program at half price ($687.50, which is half of $1375).

Although this may seem shocking to potential adopters, we have had incredible success with combining our training program with our rescue dogs. We originally offered the training at half price at the time of adoption and most adopters took advantage of it. Over time, we found that the trained dogs had incredibly smooth transitions into their new homes and were immediately able to enjoy freedom and fun with their new families.

Most of our rescue dogs are with us at least two months as we work through training and behavior issues. Many are great dogs that just need a little bit of training. But quite a few are, understandably, out of control. The results are amazing and we are thrilled to provide this service to adopters who understand the value of taking home a well-trained dog.