When residents in a Los Angeles suburb first came across Castiel, they thought he was just an ordinary stray dog, albeit one in particularly bad shape.
He was very underweight, infested with parasites, and losing chunks of his fur from mange. The kind residents quickly called a local shelter.
What they didn’t know, though, and what the shelter soon found out, was that this dog was not just a dog.
The pointy-eared, gray-furred dog was actually a wolf-dog hybrid. That meant that not only did he have special needs due to his ancestry, but that he couldn’t stay in a shelter.
Shelters can’t keep wild animals, and if they couldn’t find him a home, the dog, who at the time was known as “New Boy,” would be destroyed.
Wolf-dogs are tricky because they have the needs of both dogs and wolves. While some people lead the kind of roaming, adventurous lifestyles that these hybrids need, most people can’t properly care for one.
Luckily for them, and for New Boy, organizations like W.O.L.F. Sanctuary in Colorado take in these beautiful creatures trapped in interspecies limbo. W.O.L.F. stands for “Wolves Offered Life and Friendship,” and they’re open to full wolves and hybrids.
Read on to discover how New Boy, now named Castiel, not only found a home, but found true love, too.