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My name is Canelita!

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(When grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
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Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Purebred
Small blue checkmark Has special needs

My story


This offer is available until further notice.

Canelita is part of a bonded pair with her mother, Canela. They are available through our special needs program (Usually requires a fenced in yard.)  They are available at our Decatur, Ga location.


Age: DOB 2019

Size: Small

Health: Special needs. Canelita has limited mobility with her back legs, possibly due to neurological reasons.  Vets are still working on her diagnosis. Does not affect her activity level or quality of life! Her care is manageable she just needs a comfortable, clean environment. 

Behavior: She is a sweetie, but rules the small group play time!

Playfulness: Very

Affectionate: Very

Energy Level: Moderate

Dog Friendly: Yes

Cat Friendly: Unknown

Toddler/Baby Appropriate: Unknown

Child Appropriate: Unknown

Fetches: Haha, good luck.  Even though she has limited mobility, it does not stop her from playing and teaching you how to fetch her!

Swims: Unknown


Carnelita is a spunky little puppy who loves to play.  Even with her limited rear mobility she scoots and gets around with ease!  She loves playing with all of her small and senior friends and will make sure she gets her share of the toys as well!

Canelita is part of a bonded pair with her mother, Canela. If you are interested in adopting them, please fill out an application on ! 

Link to Canela's Bio :




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!

September 15, 2023, 12:05 am

Life is labs Rescue, Inc. dba iWag

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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.