Orion is a male black wolf, who was born in Tennessee in the spring of 2005. He came from a line of pure wolves bred in captivity. When he was only a few months old, Orion was rescued by a lady in Vermont who kept other wolf-dogs. Due to his skittish and wolfy behavior, Orions owner realized that she would not be able to socialize him and could no longer look after him. She contacted Mission: Wolf; soon after, friends of the refuge accompanied him on his flight across the country from Vermont to Denver. Staff drove to Denver and picked him up. He was named after the star constellation that was overhead when he arrived. In the months that followed, Orion continued to be frightened of humans. He lived in our vet building with another rescued wolf puppy named Soleil. They became fast friends and have been inseparable ever since. In the summer of 2014, Orion was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer after a tumor was removed from his leg.