Puppies From Chernobyl Are Starting New Lives In The United States

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A new program will provide stray dogs from Chernobyl with homes in the United States

The Clear Futures Fund (CFF) has expanded from raising funds for surgeries and cancer treatments to including care for stray dogs living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Nerdist reported.

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the Ukrainian city of Pripyat, suffered a partial core meltdown in 1982 and was shutdown. However, it resulted in poisonous radioactive steam and ash raining down in the surrounding areas causing birth defects and increased rates of cancer.

The dogs that live in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone are the descendants of the animals left behind in the fallout of the disaster. Those born with defects die young but those that survive use the abandoned areas as “their massive playground”. While some of the dogs may have been exposed to radiation, all it takes is a washing or shaving of the infected area.

The CFF, since its expansion, now spays the dogs that populate the area to “prevent unnecessary pregnancies” and additionally treats and trains young puppies for adoption.

Buzzfeed reported that the CFF and the international Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has treated and cleared many of the animals for adoption in the United States.

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