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The Puppies of Chernobyl

Hi All,

Oscar here.

If you're like me, you can't get enough of the news these days—I take a cat-nap and there's some new breaking story. And with all the day-to-day stuff that's happening comes these human interest pieces, or in this case, pet-interest stories. I think they're fascinating and I hope you do to. Here's one I stumbled upon this week.

Depending on your age, you may or may not have heard about something called Chernobyl. If you have, great. If not, the cliff notes version of it is that basically, there was an accidental explosion at a nuclear powerpoint in the former Soviet Union in 1986. As a direct result of the blast, there were a number of deaths/injuries that occurred however, the release of nuclear chemicals put the entire vicinity in danger, and we have yet to determine the long-term effects of the blast on subsequent generations.

But people were not the only ones impacted by this horrific accident. Immediately following the accident, there was a mass evacuation of the surrounding area up to 10KM out. The people who were evacuated were told they would be able to return to claim their pets. But instead, soldiers were sent in to kill these poor creatures. Fortunately not all animals were found and there were a number of furry survivors.

The descendants of these pooches belong to a group that's being referred to as 'The Radioactive Puppies of Chernobyl'. After years of living in an area contaminated by nuclear waste, with no food or shelter and with only the love of the people working to clean up the area (who were told they can't even touch the dogs!) these furry guys are finally getting the attention they deserve.

The Clean Futures Fund, a nonprofit "dedicated to helping communities in the aftermath of industrial accidents " is creating a plan to:

  • Spay and neuter the dogs and cats in the area
  • Set up food and water stations
  • Set up a veterinary clinic to help care for the animals

My heart breaks thinking about these poor animals who have basically been neglected for all this time, but I'm happy to hear they are at long last getting some love and support.

Til' next time,

Oscar

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