Chernobyl is on everyone’s minds these days. In 1986, the power-regulating system at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Planet was intentionally disabled following an issue with a failed reactor, raining poisonous radioactive steam and ash on the nearby city of Pripyat, Ukraine. Now, the catastrophic nuclear accident is the subject of the new HBO series of the same name. The show is raising new awareness for the event, which continues to plague those affected with cancer and birth defects, and has turned Pripyat into a ghost town. But it’s not entirely free of inhabitants. In fact, the Chernobyl exclusion zone is populated with many stray dogs. But on a brighter note, some of those dogs will soon get new lives in North America thanks to a program called CFF, or the Clear Futures Fund.
Most dogs in Chernobyl are the descendants of the animals left behind in the fallout of the nuclear disaster. The ones with severe defects die young, but others have thrived, using the abandoned area as their massive playground. But, contrary to popular belief, the dogs are not radioactive. Some may have radiation on their fur from sitting in contaminated areas, but rarely is a dog brought in that is fully covered in the poison. In fact, if they do have radioactive fur, it’s as easy as washing them with soap or shaving the infected area to make them as good as new.
Thanks to CFF and the international SPCA, the animals are being healed and cleared for adoption, with many making their way stateside, according to
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