Hundreds Of Homeless Dogs From Chernobyl Will Be Put Up For Adoption
Back in 1986, Chernobyl experienced a nuclear accident that put 120,000 people out of their homes. This Ukranian Exclusion Zone is now home to over 250 homeless dogs that lost their families years ago. This summer, an organization plans to begin shipping some dogs to the U.S. and putting them up for adoption.
The Sad Truth
It has been 32 years since the world-famous nuclear incident occured. On that day in April, many animals attempted to follow their families onto buses during the evacuation. However, they were kicked off and left to fend for themselves in the nuclear zone. Over the years, the population of animals in the area has increased.
The Clean Futures Fund
The Clean Futures Fund has a goal of helping affected communities around the world. It is a nonprofit located in Michigan. They have recently placed their focus on the Chernobyl nuclear zone. After doing some research, they decided the dogs needed a permanent solution other than death. They came up with a three-year plan to spay, neuter, and vaccinate the dogs before releasing them to new families.
“My hope is to get 200 dogs rescued and adopted in the next 18 months and then go from there,” says co-founder Lucas Hixson. At The Clean Future Fund’s first clinic, they spayed and neutered over 350 animals. Each dog’s data was recorded. Then, the animals were placed in a 45-day quarantine where they will continue to be monitored for radiation poisoning.
With the help of other researchers from the University of South Carolina, the organization has put a lot of effort into studying the area, monitoring the health of the dogs, and finding a good place to send them. The next clinic will be this June. The organization plans to ship 12 dogs to the U.S. at this time.
Your Very Own Superhero
Most of the dogs are around 4 or 5 years old. As of now, there is no word on when or where they will be put up for adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of these rescues, stay updated on the Clean Futures Fund’s website. And if you do adopt one of these pups, there is always that slight chance it will have radioactive superpowers. That would be pretty cool.
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