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helping strayS in Chernobyl

120 stray dogs vaccinated and neutered in the exclusion zone

The explosion of Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26th, 1986 is regarded as one of the worst nuclear catastrophes in history.

Over 120,000 people from 189 towns and villages within the 19-mile exclusion zone had to evacuate. 

Many pets were left behind – most of them dogs

Many pets were also left behind, most of them dogs. Now, 30 years later, hundreds of stray dogs live inside the exclusion zone.

Descendants of the abandoned dogs of Chernobyl currently wander the nuclear power plant near the Ukrainian ghost town, Prypjat. Due to wild animals who also live within the exclusion zone, the stray dogs are often infected with rabies, posing a risk to people who work at the plant.

FOUR PAWS worked alongside nonprofit organization, Clean Futures Fund (CFF), to provide rabies vaccinations, medical treatment and neutering services to 120 dogs living within the exclusion zone. CFF formulated an international veterinary team and carried out medical treatments for the stray dogs. To contribute, FOUR PAWS sent an experienced vet and provided medicine and veterinary equipment needed to complete the project.

Through this project, the stray population and each of the 3,500 nuclear power plant workers who come into contact with stray dogs are better protected against rabies.

The population of stray dogs will be reduced in the long-term, helping to improve the overall welfare for animals in the area. This is important because chances of survival are greatly reduced if numbers increase due to lack of food and shelter in the extremely cold winters.

Rabies is not only a risk for animals but also for humans

Descendants of the abandoned dogs of Chernobyl currently wander the nuclear power plant near the Ukrainian ghost town, Prypjat. Due to wild animals who also live within the exclusion zone, the stray dogs are often infected with rabies, posing a risk to people who work at the plant.
 
By vaccinating the stray dogs, we are also protecting the 3,500 nuclear power plant workers who come into contact with the dogs and look after them. By neutering the strays, we will also achieve a long-term reduction in their population, improving the welfare of the dogs. This is important because their chances of survival are greatly reduced if their numbers increase due to lack of food and shelter in the extremely cold winters.

International cooperation

CFF put together an international veterinary team, which carried out the medical treatment of the stray dogs of Chernobyl. To contribute, FOUR PAWS not only sent an experienced vet but also provided some medicine and veterinary equipment needed to complete the project.

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