Cuban Library Welcomes Virtual “Chernobyl Dogs” March 2 | Allegany County

CUBA — Cuba’s Library will host an online program, “Dogs of Chernobyl” with Stephen Quant, from 7-8 p.m. on March 2 via Zoom.

The program is a personal look at dogs descended from pets left behind after the 1986 nuclear accident with rare videos and photos taken by Quant during the neutering and research campaign he worked on. He will share his story of meeting the inhabitants of the almost abandoned city of Chernobyl, the abandoned city of Pripyat and the dogs (and some cats) they met.

Quant will also discuss and show the radiation detected, including on some dogs, and the impact of the environment on their lives. It is a story of resilience, hope, life and even heroism.

The Zoom program requires registration. The link to join the program will be sent to those who register. To receive the registration link, contact the library at [email protected] or call (585) 968-1668 with any questions. You can also use the QR code to register.

Quant is a shelter-trained feline behaviorist certified Fear Free with Animal Care Centers in New York City, a city that provides animal-related services. Prior to working for the ACC, he worked for many years with the ASPCA in New York City on behavior and adoptions and nationwide on disaster and cruelty cases.

Quant is also in private practice as a feline behaviorist. He and his husband share their home with their two cats, Jenny, who was blind from birth, and Cricket. You can follow their adventures on Jenny’s public Facebook and Instagram accounts @JennyTheBlindCat.

This program is sponsored in part by Friends of the Cuba Library, Inc.