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In 2017, Clean Futures Fund has identified two programs which require immediate attention and response.
The Dogs of Chernobyl
Despite conventional wisdom, over 200 wild dogs roam the grounds of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The dogs are driven out of the woods to the power plant by packs of wolves and a lack of food to support themselves in the Exclusion Zone.
After the evacuation of Pripyat and the Exclusion Zone in the spring of 1986, soldiers of the Soviet Army were dispatched to shoot and kill the animals in Pripyat which had been left behind, but it was impossible to round up and cull all of the animals in the various small villages throughout the exclusion zone. These former pets lived in the exclusion zone, migrated to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where their descendants remain to this day.
The nuclear power plant has hired a worker to catch and kill the dogs, because they don't have the funds available for any other option, but the worker that has been hired is refusing to do so at this point.
Today, the dogs of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant rely on the workers at the station to stay alive.
Every year, new puppies are born at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and the workers take care of them during the harsh Ukrainian winter. These dogs are exposed to rabies by the wild animals living in the Exclusion Zone.
The hospital only has three ambulances, and those are only for transporting workers from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, there are no hospital-owned ambulances that can pick up the injured in the city.