A blind man whose guide dog came to his aid after he fell on subway tracks Tuesday will get to keep his soon-to-be-retired dog as a pet thanks to a flood of donations.
Both escaped serious injury as they ducked under two cars of a northbound A train.
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The Christian Science Monitor reported that $100,000 in online donations will help Cecil Williams keep his seeing-eye dog, Orlando,
a black labrador that jumped onto the tracks after his owner passed out and fell off a Harlem subway platform.
“The spirit of Christmas exists here, it’s in New York!” an emotional Williams told reporters Wednesday after he learned that he won’t have to part with Orlando, the New York Daily News reported
About to turn 11, Orlando was scheduled for retirement after assisting Williams since 2006. Williams wanted to keep him as a pet, but could not afford to do since his insurance would pay for a new seeing-eye dog but not a pet.
Word of Orlando’s duty and devotion to Williams spread via social media and captured hearts across the nation.
Then the donations began pouring in, which include the owner of a trucking company pledging to pay all of Orlando’s expenses and the Animal Medical Center offering free care.
“I think it’s a time to rejoice ... It’s goodwill on Earth, all these donations,” Williams said, the New York Daily News reported. “I’d like to say thank you, but I’m looking for some more words to describe how it feels ... it’s a blessing, a miracle.”
And a grateful Williams wants to share his goodwill. He asked that donations be sent to Guiding Eyes
to help others.
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