200 dogs from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone are planned to be put up for adoption by the Ukrainian state officials, with the first 12 flying out to the U.S. in June.
Chernobyl was the site of the world’s most notorious nuclear accident that happened in April of 1986, an area where humans aren’t allowed to travel.
According to the officials, the rescued dogs are being monitored in the city of Slavutych for 45 days before being sent to the U.S. The pups will be monitored by vets for radiation poisoning and any other abnormalities that may present.
As per the Guardian, the stray dogs that inhabit the zone are mainly dropped from pets that had to be abandoned in the area after Chernobyl was evacuated in 1986.
Lucas Hixson, co-founder of the U.S.-based Clean Futures Fund said via email, “We have rescued the first puppies, they are now in our adoption shelter going through the quarantine and decontamination process. The goal is 200 dogs, but will likely be more in the long run. My hope is to get 200 dogs rescued and adopted in the next 18 months and then go from there.”
The Clean Futures Fund estimates that at least 250 stray dogs are permanent residents of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, with many more wandering in and out on any given day.
“Out of desperation, not desire, the nuclear power plant has hired a worker to catch and kill the dogs, because they don’t have the funds available for any other option, but the worker is refusing to do so at this point, Clean Futures Fund said. CFF needs your help to avoid this intolerable and inhumane outcome.”
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