Help Animals like Tarzan – Descendants of Chernobyl Disaster


Tarzan is one of hundreds of puppies that are descendants of the catastrophic explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Residents were evacuated quickly due to radioactive materials, forcing pet owners to leave their beloved pets behind. These animals were left to the wild and began migrating to areas of the exclusion zone where cleanup crews worked and stayed during the fight to contain a nuclear catastrophe.

Today, there are nearly 1,000 stray dogs and over 100 stray cats that live at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant or in the exclusion zone that surrounds it. Predators and other animals in the exclusion zone expose these animals to rabies. The dogs rely on the workers for food and care, but the first thing the dogs do when you feed them is breed.

Every year, over 200 new puppies are born in the exclusion zone, but most will not survive the predators and harsh conditions. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant and Ukrainian government do not have the funding to humanely care for the stray dog population. The only solution available is to cull the population. With your help, the Clean Futures Fund is able to purchase vaccines, spay/neuter supplies, hire Ukrainian vets, set up field veterinary hospitals, establish contamination control stations, and purchase dog food.

Tarzan was born in Chernobyl City in March of 2017, close to one of the canteens where workers ate and fed his mother. As Tarzan grew up, he began exploring the 30-km Chernobyl exclusion zone. He found a best friend named Shelma near an old radar facility in the abandoned zone. Tarzan loves to play with her and the workers and visitors coming to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. He has a big heart and an even bigger personality. Tarzan and the strays of Chernobyl need our help now.

Click here to help stray animals like Tarzan receive medical care and food.

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