Rescuers Were Unable to Tell the Type of Abandoned Animal They Saved
When the family pet is abandoned, it’s always a sad story. Often the family is no longer able to care for the animal, or they are unable to take the pet to their new location. The animal may have gotten out of their yard and is lost, or they may just be abandoned by someone that did not like the animal. No matter what leads an animal to be on the streets along, they are often starving, dehydrated, unhealthy, and emotionally damaged when found. In this case, the animal was so unrecognizable that rescuers were not exactly sure what type of animal they saved.
1 In July 2016, animal control responded to a reported sighting of a stray dog in the South Central Los Angeles suburb area. The team was able to find the animal in a park, and at first, they were unsure what type of animal it was due to it being severely ill.
2 The rescuers knew it was some kind of dog, but unsure which type. The dog was found unable to run due to swollen feet. The dog was nervous and scared of the humans, which hinted to a likely abusive pas.
3 Rescuers assumed the canine had been someone’s pet because around the dog’s neck was what was left of an old collar. Whether the animal was abandoned or was lost, the dog did not have an easy time on the streets of the big city.
4 The doggie was in sad shape and needed medical attention right away. The stray dog was taken to a local shelter to be examined and given medical care.
5 Following a full examination, what appeared to be an old mangy dog, actually was only about a year old pup. He was malnourished, severely underweight, covered with parasites, and suffering from mange causing severe hair loss.
6 They also realized that he was not actually a dog, but a wolf-dog hybrid. The animal shelter staff gave him the name “New Boy” and took him in helping him heal.
7 The shelter staff contacted the W.O.L.F. Sanctuary in Colorado, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing captive-born wolves and wolf-dog hybrids rescue, shelter, and sanctuary for unwanted wolves.
8 The W.O.L.F. rescue team arrived within 24-hours to take New Boy to their site in Colorado for care and to help him find a loving home.
9 At this point, New Boy was not in good shape. He needed urgent medical attention if he was going to survive. W.O.L.F. employs a group of veterinarians just for situations like this, and they quickly set to work on addressing New Boy’s medical needs.
10 New Boy’s vet, Dr. Teva Stone, determined that New Boy needed a higher level of care than he could receive at the sanctuary. New Boy’s condition was grave, and he was transferred to the organization’s infirmary to start intensive treatment.
11 Initially, New Boy was terrified of humans. He would try to hide in corners and shrank away from those trying to help him.
12 After a few days, New Boy’s trust began to grow for the loving rescuers. His newfound trust allowed the staff to start handling him easier for his much-needed treatment.
13 Dr. Stone treated him with a combination of antibiotics, medicated baths, pain relief aids, and food high in nutrition. New Boy started showing signs of recovery within a short time after arriving at the infirmary.
14 New Boy had a miraculously fast recovery. The W.O.L.F. staff wanted to celebrate his recovery and to give him a new name. A contest was held to find him a new name. The winner chose a name that seemed fitting and truly inspiring for New Boy. His new name became Castiel. A name inspired by the hit television series Supernatural, and the character Angel of rebirth.
15 The W.O.L.F. organization used its website to give updates on Castiel’s recovery. He was reported to be “eating like crazy,” resting well, and he was beginning to show some spunk as he gained his energy back. His paws were healing well, and he continued to gain weight.
16 As Castiel’s appetite grew, so did his love for food…any food. His fascination with food helped him to lower his guard towards humans, and he learned to trust them. As Castiel’s emotional trauma healed, so did his confidence in others.
17 Within eight short days from his rescue, Castiel was a transformed animal. He was able to move to the sanctuary because his health had significantly improved.
18 While at the infirmary, not only did Castiel heal and became more confident. W.O.L.F.’s animal care director, Michelle Proulx began noting Castiel started noticing the other animals at the sanctuary. His interest in them only grew.
19 The staff realized Castiel would need a loyal friend as he moved to the sanctuary.
20 Proulx and the team noticed that Castiel was becoming lonely for canine companionship, something humans couldn’t give him. The team started looking for a suitable companion. The W.O.L.F organization went to work with them, and the results amazed everyone!
21 The organization was able to connect with other sanctuaries in search of another wolf-dog who needed a new home. They were in luck!
22 They located a three-year-old female wolf-dog in Iowa and swooped in to pick her up. Tenali’s story was similar to Castiel’s, as she was also a rescued wolf-dog. The staff hoped the two would like each other’s company. Four days after Castiel was moved to the sanctuary, Tenali was brought in for their first blind date.
23 The two were opposites from the beginning. Tenali turned out to be feisty, playful, and energetic, while Castiel was nervous and shy. Within a couple of days, Castiel warmed up to the idea of hanging out with Tenali, and they started spending more time together.
24 These two wolf-dog hybrids slowly became lifetime companions and felt at home in the W.O.L.F. sanctuary. The two had a rough road finding each other and their safe and happy home, but they made it!