Tenali is a young wolf dog who was found roaming at large in Iowa. She was captured by animal control and taken to a local shelter. Because Tenali was a wolf dog, she was automatically slated for euthanasia since wolf dogs are illegal in Iowa. A concerned shelter worker fell in love with Tenali and contacted The Grey Wolf of Central Wisconsin to see if anyone could help save the young female. Grey Wolf acted quickly and contacted one of their licensed foster homes to help. The family agreed to accept the young wolf dog. They immediately drove to Iowa, picked up Tenali, and brought her home. They doted on their foster girl and kept her healthy and safe until a sanctuary placement could be found. When W.O.L.F. asked our rescue partners for help to find a suitable companion for our shy, young wolf dog Castiel, Grey Wolf responded with information about Tenali. W.O.L.F. staff evaluated the information and decided she would be an idea companion for Castiel.
On July 22, 2016, the W.O.L.F. Rescue Team made the drive to a rendezvous point in Iowa to meet with Tenali and her foster family. The meeting was a great success, and Tenali’s foster family bid her a fond farewell. The social and happy wolf dog girl settled into the W.O.L.F. vehicle, and she headed for her new, forever home in Colorado. Because Tenali was in perfect health with all the appropriate shots and recent bloodwork, she was able to go immediately to the Sanctuary.
The first meeting between Tenali and the shy Castiel occurred on July 23. Tenali was excited to meet the handsome young wolf. She was energetic and eager to play. Castiel was overwhelmed by his new companion and remained a bit aloof and reclusive. Tenali had very good instincts, and she gave Castiel the time he needed to feel comfortable with her. She explored her new enclosure, played in her water bucket, enjoyed her daily feeding, and eagerly visited with W.O.L.F. staff who often stopped by with treats. With patience and time, Castiel was able to overcome his hesitation. Soon he and Tenali were seen walking together and staying close to one another. In short order they began to play and form a strong bond as lifetime companions. They are a beautiful couple and Tenali has been a major influence on Castiel’s ability to be comfortable in his sanctuary home.