Castiel lacked everything, including a name, a place to live, and a family. He was a stray “dog” lost in the suburbs of Los Angeles, all by himself. It wasn’t apparent if Castiel had been someone’s pet before, but it was clear that he had spent a lot of time alone, long enough to become very malnourished, infested with parasites, and had lost a lot of fur due to mange.
Castiel, a one-year-old puppy, first seemed like any other dog, but rescuers quickly discovered he was actually a wolfdog mix.
In order to prevent him from being put to death by a shelter that couldn’t provide him the care he required, they started looking for a sanctuary that would accept a hybrid.
Castiel was fortunately rescued by WOLF Sanctuary, a group that saves wolves and wolfdogs.
After obtaining medical attention, Castiel was sent to an off-site hospital where he could stay until he was well enough to travel to the sanctuary.
Castiel’s great shyness and fear of his new surroundings were the first things the hospital staff noticed about him. He preferred to hide in corners to avoid interacting with others.