Born: October 28, 2020
Rescued From: Arkansas
Given Sanctuary: April 10, 2023

Stephanie Ruswick

In February of 2023, W.O.L.F. received a request from a rescue volunteer in Arkansas.  She had been fostering a dog named “Diablo” for over a year.  There was a bite incident and as a result, a DNA test was conducted.  Diablo’s test results concluded that he had gray wolf content.  In the state of Arkansas, this made him unadoptable with euthanasia as his only option.

W.O.L.F.’s Rescue Coordinator searched to find a placement for Diablo where he would be safe and happy.  Unfortunately, the sanctuaries contacted were full and rescue organizations would not accept him because of his wolf content.  After weeks of trying, all leads and potential options were exhausted, resulting in no place for Diablo to go.  In addition, the shelter informed Diablo’s foster family that he had 10 more days before he would be euthanized.

In late March, Spartacus passed away unexpectedly. W.O.L.F.’s management had a conversation about whether there were any animals needing rescue that would be an appropriate fit for W.O.L.F.  After discussing a few candidates, they remembered Diablo.  It was decided to follow up and find out if Diablo was still available for rescue and placement at W.O.L.F.

Since it was well past the 10 days, Diablo’s foster parent was contacted.  She informed W.O.L.F. staff that Diablo was in a boarding facility and that she would check on his status.  When she called back, she excitedly said that although Diablo’s time was up, he was still available.  When the shelter staff went to the boarding facility to euthanize him, the person in charge of the facility did not let them in, and Diablo was still alive!

Plans were immediately put into place for Diablo to come live out his life at W.O.L.F.  After his veterinary exam, plans were made to transport him from Little Rock, Arkansas to W.O.L.F.  A rescue volunteer in Arkansas offered to transport Diablo to Oklahoma.  Since a long time W.O.L.F. supporter lived in Oklahoma, he was willing to transport Diablo to Colorado.

W.O.L.F.’s Executive Director wanted Diablo to have a new name to go along with his new life.  The honor of naming him was given to the W.O.L.F. supporter that agreed to transport him from Oklahoma to Colorado.  During the lengthy transport, our supporter decided on a name.  He decided to rename Diablo “Casey,” after the first dog he had when he got out of the military.  It is a fitting way to honor both his former companion and W.O.L.F.’s new rescue!

Casey is a handsome, young wolf dog with a goofy, playful personality.  He has adjusted well to his life at W.O.L.F.  He has a lot of puppy energy and enjoys running around his mountainside habitat. 

 In September of 2023, Casey moved to his new forever home in Red Feather Lakes.  He and his companion, Mayari, spend their days exploring their habitat.  They have the best view in the whole sanctuary!  Casey loves to run along the fence line, jumping over rocks and other obstacles, to chase his caretakers in the ATV.  Mayari watches over Casey and uses her maternal instincts to guide him as he matures.


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