(COAL CITY, IL) – Maria Chalupa and her dog Lucky were reunited at the Red Cross shelter in Coal City on Wednesday. In the aftermath of the storm Monday night, rescue workers pulled Maria and her husband Joseph from their apartment and took them to the hospital. But Lucky remained in curled up in the bathtub until he was later found and taken to a local veterinarian.
Having to leave Lucky behind for those few wrenching hours was worse than weathering the storm for Maria. “He’s like my son, my baby,” she said.
Lucky’s now staying with Maria and her husband at the shelter. Since they’ve been reunited, the loyal 10-year-old golden Labradoodle hasn’t left Maria’s side. The Red Cross is sticking by Maria, too. Thanks to the comfort she’s found through volunteers at the shelter Maria can see hope.
“It’s hard. We’ve been through a lot,” she said. “It’s a good support system here. The Red Cross is checking on us; they’ve shown a lot of care and give us lots of attention.”
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Story By: Patricia Kemp, Communications Manager, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois
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