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The Dog Descendants Who Survived Chernobyl Can be Adopted
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Adoption Is A Permanent Solution

Vaccinating the dogs and providing them with food during the short trips that volunteer workers make is a great start. However, to truly help the dogs, the goal has to be to get them off the abandoned streets of Chernobyl and into permanent families.

Instead of cleaning and vaccinating the same dogs year after year, adoption provides a dog with permanent stability and warmth during cold winters. It also allows the dog to give back to its loving family through unconditional love. Many people are willing to adopt these dogs and make them a permanent addition to their families.

The Dog Descendants Who Survived Chernobyl Can be Adopted
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You Can’t Just Visit Ukraine And Bring Home A Dog

Adopting a dog from the Chernobyl exclusion zone is a lengthy process. While these dogs may tug at your heartstrings and make you want to get onto the next plane, there are many protocols in place to ensure both that the dogs are well-cared for in their permanent families and that they are completely healthy.

If you are interested in adopting one of these deserving animals, you will need to do your homework. You will need to make sure that there is room for a dog in your home and that you have the time in your daily schedule to care for it. You will also need to liaise with the appropriate agencies to bring one of these dogs home.

The Dog Descendants Who Survived Chernobyl Can be Adopted
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At Chernobyl, People Are Advised To Not Touch The Dogs

If you are keen on visiting Chernobyl and seeing these pups for yourself, be forewarned: visitors to the area are warned not to touch the dogs. Before they go through the decontamination process, they are likely riddled with contamination, which will rub off on people who come into contact with them.

Furthermore, these are stray dogs who are highly susceptible to diseases like rabies and distemper. They may even be aggressive. The rule of basic common sense applies here: approaching a stray dog is always, ALWAYS a bad idea.

The Dog Descendants Who Survived Chernobyl Can be Adopted
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Dogs Available Are Under One Year Of Age

The Clean Futures Fund has been the most ardent advocate of adopting out the dogs who live on the streets of Chernobyl. Disease, malnutrition, and the bitter winter cold are all threats to their well-being and cause them to have vastly diminished life expectancies. As previously mentioned, they rarely live for more than four years.

Only the youngest of the dogs, those under one year of age, are eligible for being adopted. One reason is likely because they are less likely to have suffered the effects of radiation than those who have been around longer.

The Dog Descendants Who Survived Chernobyl Can be Adopted
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The Dogs Are Tested For Cancer

One of the most common effects of long-term exposure to radiation is cancer. Identifying dogs who have tumors, as well as cataracts and some other malformations, helps rule out those who have absorbed the highest levels of radiation. These dogs are not healthy enough to be adopted, especially adopted out into the United States.

The presence of cancer is an indicator that the dog has suffered extensive genetic damage and may also have a disrupted microbiome inside its gut. The dogs are sedated and observed for signs of cancer and other life-inhibiting effects of radiation.

The Dog Descendants Who Survived Chernobyl Can be Adopted
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The Dogs Need To Be Rehabilitated

Anyone who has adopted a rescue dog knows that these animals need special care and attention because they have traumas that affect their behavior. Dogs adopted from the Chernobyl exclusion zone are no exception to this rule.

They may not understand that a toy is something that they can play with; they may only be interested in food. The dogs will need to adjust to human contact, so the furry friends may not immediately curl up at the end of your bed every night. While workers at the quarantine shelters are using procedures to help domesticate the dogs, they will need more help in their new families.

The Dog Descendants Who Survived Chernobyl Can be Adopted
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Hundreds Of Dogs Will Likely Come Available For Adoption

The Clean Futures Fund, which is working with the Ukrainian government to make the dogs of Chernobyl adoptable by both Ukrainian and American families, has high ambitions. Its director is hoping to have hundreds of dogs go through the decontamination and quarantine process so that they can be adopted.

This is good news for families that have room in their homes and hearts for an animal that can bring them unconditional love and affection. Moreover, it is good news for the dogs who live in incredibly harsh conditions and may not survive the next winter.

The Dog Descendants Who Survived Chernobyl Can be Adopted
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You Can Adopt One Of These Dogs

As news about the Chernobyl dog adoption program is spreading, plenty of people are expressing interest in bringing one of these pups home. You can be one of them by emailing the Clean Futures Fund at adoptions@cleanfutures.org.

Keep in mind that expressing interest in adoption does not guarantee that one of these Chernobyl dogs will curl up at the end of your bed every night. There will likely be a high demand for them, a market that will be higher than the ability to decontaminate, quarantine, and clear them for adoption.

The Dog Descendants Who Survived Chernobyl Can be Adopted
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There Are Other Ways You Can Help

Maybe you want to adopt one of these dogs but can barely hope that your name will come to the top of a long waiting list. Perhaps you have compassion for them but don’t have the room or the ability to care for a dog. After all, dogs don’t stay puppies forever, and they require a lot of work and attention throughout their lives.

There are other ways to help these dogs. You can donate and raise money to give to the Clean Futures Fund or another charity that is working to support the dogs of Chernobyl. You can also help dogs more locally, at your nearby animal shelter. The rescue dogs in your hometown are just as deserving as the dogs of Chernobyl.

 

Where Did We Find This Stuff? Here Are Our Sources:

“Chernobyl: The secrets they tried to bury – how the Soviet machine covered up a catastrophe,” by Kate Brown. The Telegraph. March 9, 2019.

“Chernobyl.” Wikipedia.

Dogs of Chernobyl.” Clean Futures Fund.

“Meet the Abandoned Dogs Living in Chernobyl,” by Lauren Lewis. World Animal News. August 21, 2017.

“Chernobyl Puppies Going Up for Adoption in the US,” by Jason Daley. Smithsonian.com. May 16, 2018.

“Hundreds Of Dogs And Puppies Live In Chernobyl – And You Can Adopt One,” by Beth Elias. Ranker.

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