There’s nothing like an animal rescue story. When this wolfdog hybrid was found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, rescuers knew they’d have to work hard to rehabilitate him and bring him back to good health.
Through medicine, patience, and kindness, teams of vets and volunteers did everything they could to help this canine. After the early stages of recovery, rescuers tracked down a friend to chase away the wolfdog’s loneliness.
Read on to learn more about Castiel and Tenali’s stories, as well as how you can help wolf rescues like this one in the future.
In early July 2016, someone in South Central Los Angeles made a call to animal control to report a wandering stray dog. The team tracked the animal to a park, where they were able to tell that the dog was very ill. Its feet were so swollen that it couldn’t even run away.
Nobody knew where this dog came from, and his nervous behavior around people made it clear that he had been through a difficult life so far. The remains of a crude collar were found around his neck, and rescuers wondered if he had been kept as a pet. He was quickly taken to a shelter.
The staff began calling him New Boy, and they soon discovered that he was a wolfdog hybrid. They alerted W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, a nonprofit that specializes in rescuing captive-born wolves and wolfdog hybrids.
New Boy would most likely be euthanized, as wolf dogs cannot be adopted by the general public. They’re less domesticated than their dog relatives, and they have special living and training needs that most people won’t be able to fulfill.
Instead, a rescue team quickly flew to California to bring New Boy to Wellington, Colorado. The group’s vets changed their mind after seeing his condition at the time. They decided to let the animal recover in W.O.L.F.’s infirmary.
New Name, New Beginnings
New Boy was terrified of humans and shrunk into corners to avoid them. After a few days of patience, his defenses dropped enough for treatment. Antibiotics, painkillers, medicated baths, and nourishing food helped to start the healing process.
W.O.L.F. held a contest to rename New Boy. Fans chose the name Castiel, inspired by the angel of rebirth from the American television show Supernatural.