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A Saturday Zoom program features expert on descendants of pets near the 1986 nuclear disaster; space is limited.

COURTESY PHOTO: TIGARD PUBLIC LIBRARY - 'The Dogs of Chernobyl: 35 Years Later, A Story of Hope & Resilience' is set for Saturday, 1 p.m. at Tigard Public Library.The Tigard Public Library will host a special Zoom program from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, titled "The Dogs of Chernobyl: 35 Years Later, A Story of Hope & Resilience."

The program is being presented by Stephen Quandt, who will talk about what happened to the pets who were left behind after the 1986 nuclear disaster in Ukraine.

Quandt went to Chernobyl to participate in a spay/neuter and research campaign for the dogs that were descended from the pets left behind. Photographs and videos are included in telling Quandt's story, his meeting of the inhabitants and how radiation and their environment impacted their lives. This 60-minute presentation will conclude with a Q&A.

Quant is a consultant with The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and Small Door Veterinary, both in New York. He also works other veterinarian and rescue animal groups throughout the country.

In addition, he works with clients to compassionately solve cat behavior problems and is a Fear Free certified trainer.

Jeanne Peloquin, the Tigard Public Library's communication and outreach coordinator, said the program was organized by one of the librarians.

"We're excited to have Stephen Quandt back," she said. "He presented a virtual program called 'Decoding the Mysteries of Cats' last month, and registration completely filled."

Spots are limited. You don't have to be a Tigard resident to register.


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