Shy Stray “Dog” Finds Sanctuary … & The Perfect Playmate

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W.O.L.F. Sanctuary
W.O.L.F. Sanctuary

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No one will ever know if Castiel was once someone’s pet, but what was apparent to his rescuers, who found the mangy, scrawny stray wandering the suburbs of Los Angeles, was that he was frightened, painfully timid and in need of some T.L.C.

Once in their care, it became apparent, though, that Castiel wasn’t actually a dog — but a wolf-dog hybrid, which meant that even rehabilitated, he could not simply be adopted out to a forever home. He needed a true sanctuary with the space and funding to care for him. Luckily, his caregivers found one: Colorado’s W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, which rescues wolves and wolf dogs, was able to step in and save the 1-year-old.

Post initial vet care, Castiel was housed off-site, in an infirmary where he could heal and gain strength before heading to the sanctuary proper. Staffers were chagrined to find the poor boy was terrified of these strange, new surroundings. In fact, he was so gripped by fear and unease in the presence of humans, he tended to wedge himself into corners just to be as far away from them as possible.

W.O.L.F. Sanctuary
Photo: W.O.L.F. Sanctuary

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Slowly, as he began to come around, he also began noticing the other dogs.

“Our director had a number of dogs,” Michelle Proulx, director of animal care at W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, told The Dodo.

“The infirmary was located at her house and we noticed him getting really, really interested in other dogs. So we knew he was starting to get lonely for canine companionship and wanted to find a companion for him.”

Tenali (left) and Castiel. Photo: W.O.L.F. Sanctuary
Tenali (left) and Castiel. Photo: W.O.L.F. Sanctuary

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Castiel’s curiosity was a good indicator he was ready to make the move to his permanent home, and so the search began to find him an ideal partner and friend.

Proulx said W.O.L.F. reached out to a network of sanctuaries that deal with wolves and wolf dogs to see if a young female wolf dog was in need of a home.

“We got a hit almost immediately,” Proulx said. “This is an indicative of the problem that’s out there, that there’s so many of them in need of homes.”

And so staffers headed to the Grey Wolf Wolfdog Rescue in Wisconsin to fetch Castiel’s new friend, a 3-year-old named Tenali.

“They said she was really sweet and that there isn’t an animal she doesn’t get along with,” Proulx said

W.O.L.F. Sanctuary
Photo: W.O.L.F. Sanctuary
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Unlike Castiel, Tenali bubbles with energy. “When we first put them in together, she just wanted to play and Castiel was just a little bit overwhelmed with the attention,” Proulx said. “He went from not having much and being alone for who knows how long to having this girl.”

While Castiel was standoffish at first, Tenali was patient.

“After a couple of days, he started to realize that she wasn’t going to hurt him,” Proulx said. “He started to feel more confident in himself and we’ve been seeing progressively, within the last week or two, that their playing together has become more frequent and more involved.”

Castiel, once a parasite-ridden stray is now healthy, safe in a lovely home with a wolf-dog friend to whom he will grow closer as the days pass. It’s a beautiful ending to the story, but a new beginning for Castiel.

9 thoughts on “Shy Stray “Dog” Finds Sanctuary … & The Perfect Playmate”

      • Well said DC! Aloof and awkward might have been the pups trates, Castiel is a perfect name for him. Just like the character from that show 😉

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      • Actually, it doesn’t mean angel…unless you actually think the show Supernatural” is somehow fact based rather than fiction. Do your research. It’s a nice sounding name…but certainly doesn’t have a genuine biblical reference.

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  1. Castiel is possibly a variant of the Hebrew name Cassiel – which is defined as “God is my cover” or “shield of God” (possibly also “speed of God”.) The name does not appear in the Bible and didn’t start appearing in rabbinic literature (the Kabbalah) until roughly the 13th century. The Kabbalah has a great deal of text on the nature of angels, the types, numbers, names and attributes and Cassiel has been assigned as “the angel of Thursday” in some writings in much the same way as the Catholic church tended to assign saints to various things, not because the name translates to “angel of Thursday”. Cassiel and Castiel have been used n a number of books and movies of which the series supernatural is just the latest.

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  2. My ex-husband and I had a wolf/dog back in the sixties and he was a male and was very protective of our family a boy and a girl. we raise husky for breeding and racing, At one time we had up two five huskies all pure bred and our wolf.dog named TONKA, He was so beautiful all Silver, Wonderful to have and so warm and loving to the whole family. Never knew that it was not allowed to have. So sad to report that three of my pure-bred huskies and TONKA got out of our fence yard during a snow storm and they were all shot by a rancher. TONKA was a blessing to got to raise him from a pup. Thank you for sharing your story, rag

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