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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Meet the Dogs of Chernobyl

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 438 reviews.Chornobyl, UkrainePart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Lucas

60 mins
Up to 10 people
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The Dogs of Chernobyl program treats the descendants of dogs that were abandoned after the 1986 nuclear disaster. These animals face hard lives in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, constantly fighting for basic necessities like food, water, and shelter during the harsh Ukrainian winters.

During your virtual visit we will meet and feed some of the abandoned dogs who live at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. You will learn about our mission and history treating these incredible animals. After meeting some of the dogs, we will visit the scene of the disaster at the Unit 4 reactor.

Your interactive virtual visit allows you to see an environment where people have been prevented from living for over three decades. We will be spending most of our time with the beautiful four-legged friends that roam the power plant and providing them with food. Feel free to bring your curiosity and questions. You will learn about the history of the region, the nuclear power plant, and the work that is currently happening at Chernobyl.

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The Dogs of Chernobyl program treats the descendants of dogs that were abandoned after the 1986 nuclear disaster. These animals face hard lives in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, constantly fighting for basic necessities like food, water, and shelter during the harsh Ukrainian winters.

During your virtual visit we will meet and feed some of the abandoned dogs who live at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. You will learn about our missio…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Want to join with just your family and friends? Lucas will host a private group for up to 10 guests starting at $572.

What to bring

  • Bring your questions!
From $52
/ person
Wed, Jul 15
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
Join 3 other guests
$52 per person
$52 per person
Wed, Jul 15
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
$52 per person
$52 per person
Thu, Jul 16
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
Join 5 other guests
$52 per person
$52 per person
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Meet your host, Lucas

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 438 Reviews
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My name is Lucas Hixson, and I along with my co-founder Erik Kambarian, first came to Chernobyl over 5 years ago. My background is as a radiation specialist and before coming to Chernobyl, I monitored environmental contamination in the United States.

In 2016, Erik and I founded Clean Futures Fund, a U.S. non-profit organization that supports the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and affected communities. In 2017, Erik and I started the Dogs of Chernobyl program, in the last 3 years we have vaccinated and sterilized over 1,500 animals. In 2018 we received permission from the Ukrainian government to begin rescuing and adopting puppies from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to forever homes in the United States and Canada. To date we have adopted over 40 puppies.

Find more information on my Insta - @thatchernobylguy
My name is Lucas Hixson, and I along with my co-founder Erik Kambarian, first came to Chernobyl over 5 years ago. My background is as a radiation specialist and before coming to Chernobyl, I monitored environmental contamination in the United States.

In 2016, Erik and I founded Clean Futures Fund, a U.S. non-profit organization that supports the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and affected communities. In 2017, Erik and I started the Dogs of Chernobyl program, in th…
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About the organization: Clean Futures Fund



Clean Futures Fund is a U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports communities affected by industrial accidents. We provide support to improve working conditions, support workers and their families, and help affected communities recover from these disasters. The mission of our Dogs of Chernobyl program is to provide humane care for the descendants of abandoned pets after the 1986 disaster

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Clean Futures Fund.
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Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 438 reviews.

Rebecca
July 2020
Lucas is very passionate and excited to see and share the dogs with everyone. He greets them all by name while sharing background on the dogs and Chernobyl. An excellent reason to get up early these days, definitely made me excited to travel again one day!
Lucas is very passionate and excited to see and share the dogs with everyone. He greets them all by name while sharing background on the dogs and Chernobyl. An excellent reason to…
Owen
July 2020
A really interesting insight into the ongoing life in the Chernobyl exclusion zone as well as the management and care for the pets that were left behind. A warming and thought provoking experience seeing how nature is taking over that which was left behind and how the dogs survive. Thanks to the work of Lucas and the Chernobyl workers the semi wild dogs are healthy and well cared for - making this a show case of looking after the dogs and insight into life in the area for people and animals. This means it is completely suitable for kids as well (my 8 year old and 10 year old enjoyed it too!)
A really interesting insight into the ongoing life in the Chernobyl exclusion zone as well as the management and care for the pets that were left behind. A warming and thought p…
Jennifer
July 2020
This was a fantastic experience! I've done a lot of these the last few months and this one has been one of the best. Lucas is extremely knowledgable and personable; and does an excellent job providing context for the experience. The fact that he can be outside with the dogs and move around the city makes the experience even better. I would highly recommend this experience and will be coming back to attend the earlier time, which takes you to a different location. Thanks so much for an excellent experience that really transported me to another locale! And let the dogs know they have fans on the internet! :)
This was a fantastic experience! I've done a lot of these the last few months and this one has been one of the best. Lucas is extremely knowledgable and personable; and does an e…
Angela
July 2020
Lucas was extremely knowledgeable on the topic. Provided insight of the logistics and difficulties of running the non profit. Open to questions and the dogs are cutie!
Alexandra
July 2020
If you only do one Airbnb virtual experience this is the one to do. Not only do you experience something truly unique, you are contributing to the safety and health of these doggos. Lucas is warm and engaging, providing a ton of information and sharing his passion.
If you only do one Airbnb virtual experience this is the one to do. Not only do you experience something truly unique, you are contributing to the safety and health of these doggos…
Maria De Los Angeles
July 2020
Linda experiencia. Lucas es muy amable y su punto de vista es completo. Agradezco la oportunidad y recomiendo completamente este paseo. Saludos!

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  • Wed, Jul 15
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    Join 3 other guests
    $52 per person
  • Wed, Jul 15
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    $52 per person
  • Thu, Jul 16
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    Join 5 other guests
    $52 per person
  • Fri, Jul 17
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    Join 3 other guests
    $52 per person
  • Wed, Jul 22
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    Join 3 other guests
    $52 per person
  • Wed, Jul 22
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    Join 3 other guests
    $52 per person
  • Mon, Jul 27
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    $52 per person
  • Mon, Jul 27
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    Join 4 other guests
    $52 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.