A lonely malnourished dog on the streets of Los Angeles, this poor pupper was brought in to a local shelter due to his poor condition. Dangerously underweight, infested with parasites, and losing chunks of his fur from mange, the doggo needed some care and attention but what the shelter would discover.
With pointy ears and gray fur, the dog was certainly striking but his rescuers thought little of it when bringing him into the shelter but the professionals there soon discovered that this four-legged fellow was no ordinary dog but a wolf-dog hybrid.
This instantly caused problems as, although these animals are legal they are suited to adventurous, outdoor lifestyles and can not be kept with other domestic doggos as they have something a wild streak to them. As such, shelters cannot keep them.
Not about to neglect their duty of care for the animal, the shelter instantly set about finding somewhere that could care for him and it transpired there was somewhere in Colorado that could do just that. Wolves Offered Life and Friendship is a rescue sanctuary that is set up to deal with wolves and wolf-dogs and goes by the acronym W.O.L.F.
Taking him in, bathing him and treating him, the sanctuary named this howler Castiel in a reference to a character on the show Supernatural, who is an angel of resurrection. The doggo was looking much healthier, hence the name, but still remained very shy and refused to leave the corner of the infirmary no matter what the rescuers did. He had clearly been mistreated earlier in life.
Taking him to the sanctuary, they put Castiel in with other animals but he was reluctant to approach them. However, he was showing good signs of progress by taking a clear interest in those around him but how do you get a shy wolf-dog to come out of his shell?
The staff decided then that it might be best to interest Castiel to some lady friends in the hope that a little love might be good for him. They brought him to Tenali, an outgoing female wolf-dog who was 3-year-old rescue from Wisconsin.
Castiel remained wary at first, which left Tenali unfazed as she played about by herself but after a few days, Castiel plucked up the courage to see who his new companion was and the two began to hit it off. Michelle Proulx, director of animal care at W.O.L.F, said that “After a couple of days, he started to realize that she wasn’t going to hurt him. He went from not having much and being alone for who knows how long to having this girl.”
The pair are now pretty much inseparable and their bond is getting stronger and stronger every day which is obviously great for Castiel's health too. You can keep up with the pair’s adventures on W.O.L.F.’s website, where you can also donate to help keep wolf-dogs safe and happy.