Dogs of Chernobyl!
This is outside one of three hotels in the town of Chernobyl that we spent a couple of nights at in 2019.
Hundred of stray dogs live in and around the power plant, along with scores of other animals that call Chernobyl home.
It’s easy to imagine Chernobyl and its grounds as a ghost town.
However, according to the Clean Futures Fund, a nonprofit sponsoring a project to help the Chernobyl dogs, 3,500 workers are in the area daily. An estimated 250 dogs live at the plant itself, 225 in the city of Chernobyl, and hundreds more roam around, for a total of more than 1,000, according to SPCA International.
Wolves and the need for food have driven the dogs from wooded areas surrounding the plant into the Exclusion Zone. Some of the workers in the zone feed and care for the stray dogs, but haven’t been allowed to take them home. The dogs are also fed by us, the tourists.