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My basic info

Labrador Retriever
Black - with White
Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg) (when grown)
Pet ID

My details

Checkmark in teal circle Good with kids
Checkmark in teal circle Good with dogs
Checkmark in teal circle Good with cats
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered

My story

Here's what the humans have to say about me:


This offer is available until further notice.

Buck is available through our Homebuddies program. He is located at out Temple, Ga adoption center. 

Buck is a bonded pair with his sister, Izzy. They have to be adopted together. 

Buck will require a single family home and a fence suitable for free run exercise for a young, active dog.  An apartment, condo or congested home setting would be very stressful for Buck.  He will require an adopter willing to be very careful with him as he could be a flight risk if scared and adopter is not diligent with gates, doors and training.  He will also require patience on the part of his adopter and any visitors because he is very timid upon meeting new people.  He has come a long way since arriving at our shelter.  We are pleased with his progress and want to give him the best chance possible to succeed going forward.

Size: Medium
DOB: 2019
Health: Healthy
Behavior: Puppy like Behavior
Playfulness: High
Affectionate:  Can be, he has to get to know you 
Calm: Can be after playing
High Energy:  Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes with his sister, Izzy
Cat Friendly: No
Toddler/Baby Appropriate: No
Child Appropriate: Little Buck is nervous around children

Good for first time dog owners: No 

Fetches:  Yes
Swims: No

Buck and his sister were found on a rural dirt road by some good Samaritans who took care of them until they could come into our rescue program. They seem to be petite lab mixes. They are fearful of new people and children but will warm up with treats and pets! Buck is such a sweet little guy, he is so gentle! He's a little smaller than his sister but just as active. He will nudge your hand for pets and try to climb in your lap after he gets to know you. Buck and Izzy would do best as the only animals in the household. Buck would love to be your new buddy! If you are interested in Buck and Izzy, fill out an application at! 



There are so many great places to adopt your next dog.  Why choose us?

  • Relationships are the foundation of our success!  We are with you for the life of your dog and beyond, providing services, support and more.
  • We work hard to prevent problems from the start by helping you find a dog that is a great match.
  • We offer training programs at 50% off at the time of adoption.
  • If any problems arise, we are here for you and your dog.  Our dogs can return to us any time for any reason – FOR LIFE!
  • We provide services you can use from the iWag family you can trust!   Boarding, daycare, basic grooming, basic veterinary care and more!
  • Supporting you and your new dog is our full-time job.  We have staff onhand at all times and all hours to help keep all of our dogs here and in homes happy and healthy.

For over 25 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.

Whether you are looking for a new puppy, a laid back senior dog or a well-behaved adult dog, we have you covered! We even have you covered if you can find it in your heart to open your home to a special needs dog that may require a little extra TLC.

Our dogs are 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.

We offer adoption programs that include formal training and we do several private lessons with adopters 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.

We also offer special placements for dogs who are less adoptable due to age, health or medical requirements or behavioral issues aren’t responsive to training but can be managed in the proper home. We place these dogs on a case by case basis.



Start your adoption journey today! We would love to help you every step of the way!

May 14, 2024, 12:10 am
Life is labs Rescue, Inc. dba iWag

Contact info

Pet ID
Kristie Wilder
715 East College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Their adoption process


Submit Application (more info about our programs and process at


Visit the Facility and Find a Pet

Once we have reviewd your application, we help you set up a one-on-one visit with our staff to help you pick out a new dog.


Sign Adoption Contract

Once you have selected one or more dogs, we complete the adoptino process with signed paperwork and payment.

Additional adoption info

We offer full-service training programs with our adoptions. Each of those dogs leave our rescue program fully off-leash trained (and more!). 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 $10 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. In some cases, we do require a home visit and will set that up with you at a mutually acceptable time.

5. Once you and we are comfortable with the dog and the placement, we complete the adoption!

6. For adult dogs adopted with trainnig programs, they remain 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. Puppies that are adopted with training programs will return to us for training at 6-8 months. And any dogs adopted without training can typically go home immediately, barring anything that needs to be resolved prior to going home (vetting, fence repairs, etc.).

7. 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 for dogs over 6 months of age (for younger, the adopter is responsible for spay/neuter by 6 months of age)
b) current vaccines (distemper/parvo/bordatella/lepto)
c) microchip (registration is not included and is $15 extra)
d) heartworm-free
e) current on flea/tick/heartworm prevention
f) lifetime discounted boarding at our beautiful country retreat
g) 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.

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We work with you ONE ON ONE to help you find the right match for you, your family and your lifestyle. This means all visits are BY APPOINTMENT so that we know our staff is avaliable to give you the best service!

The first step is to compete our adoption questionnaire at

We have two locations (Temple, GA and Decatur, GA). Which location you visit will depend on which dog(s) you'd like to meet.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you find the perfect dog!

More about this shelter

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.

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