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Serving the Dogs of Chornobyl Amidst Conflict

SPCA International has been supporting Clean Futures Fund in the Chornobyl Nuclear Exclusion Zone since 2017. Our staff were honored to participate in spay and neuter events, and we are proud to have provided funding over the years to reach this special dog population. 

The dogs of Chornobyl included hundreds of semi-feral dogs who were the descendants of pets left behind during the nuclear disaster in the 80’s. With careful planning and local coordination, Clean Futures Fund brought comprehensive spay and neuter, feeding and health campaigns to the area to safely and humanely reduce the size and suffering of these dogs. 

Though work was always challenging in the Chornobyl Nuclear Exclusion Zone, the Russian invasion put the people and the dogs of Chornobyl at terrible risk. Dedicated Ukrainians have worked relentlessly to deliver food and first-aid to dogs, but Russian occupation, road blocks and ruined roads have complicated their work immensely. 

Here at SPCA International, we are thrilled to have supported this courageous group of people in continuing their work to reach the dogs and people of Chornobyl. In addition to support for the recent spay and neuter event, SPCA International sponsored a four-wheel-drive vehicle to help Clean Futures Fund reach the people and animals who need them. 

With its new vehicle, the Clean Futures Fund is able to transport food from Kyiv to Chornobyl more efficiently. They are also using the vehicle to transport people in Ukraine and provide support to the villages surrounding the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. The Clean Futures Fund plans to continue using the vehicle to provide animals with services and food in Chernobyl.

Funding for this grant came from the SPCA International’s Shelter Support Fund, through which the organization supports and partners with animal shelters and service organizations around the world to increase their impact.