Here’s What’s Happening with the Radioactive Strays of Chernobyl

Posted by Krissy Howard
Chernobyl puppies

The 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl devastated the area, which is still considered dangerous today, so what does that mean for the hundreds of strays that call the site home?

A Huffington Post report explored the lives of these dogs, all strays who live with one another in a 1,000 square mile area known as the “exclusion zone” under the care of volunteers.

Because the dogs are considered to be radioactive, volunteers are forbidden from touching them; however, they are taking measures to help these forgotten souls.

The volunteers first order of business is to spay and neuter all of the pups. With help from the Clean Futures Fund, a five-year plan to trap, spay, and release all of the dogs is underway.

A team of veterinarians and volunteers from as far away as the U.S. are also working to set up food and clean water stations, in addition to providing medical care for the dogs, which are considered radioactive.


So what makes a radioactive dog different than any other? Not much! They, especially the puppies, enjoy rolling in the dirt, drinking from puddles, playing with one another, and getting pet by humans.

While the volunteers are well aware of the dangers of handling the dogs, many have developed strong bonds with certain pups and have even adopted them despite not being able to take them home.

To learn more or contribute to the care of the Dogs of Chernobyl, you can visit their GoFundMe page here.

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Here’s What’s Happening with the Radioactive Strays of Chernobyl