Donations Pour in for Hero Dog That Saved North Carolina Family From Fire

Donations have poured in for two Raleigh, N.C., families who lost everything in a devastating apartment fire — and for the dog that saved them, according to

The station received an overwhelming number of telephone calls and emails from people across the mid-South hoping to donate clothes, food and furniture to the struggling residents. The blaze ripped through their complex on Monday.

One family agreed to donate clothing as well as a garage full of furniture to fire victim Patricia Calvin and her four children as soon as she has a new place to live, reported.

"We appreciate everything that’s going on, everything that they have to give because, like I said, we don’t have nothing," said Calvin. She and her kids weren't injured in the blaze.

Many people are also hoping to fund medical care for Tiger, the dog hailed as a hero after he saved the lives of the Calvins and his owner Velma Boyd when he detected smoke late Monday night, the station reported.

Boyd, who recently lost her job and has now lost her home as well, could no longer afford to pay for Tiger's medical bills for what veterinarians have called an easily treatable skin disorder.

Ironically, she had planned to have the dog put to sleep Monday afternoon — but the Humane Society never showed up, reported.

The Humane Society has agreed to accept donations on behalf of Tiger to pay for his medical bills.

"Here he'll get walked by the dogwalkers, we'll get him checked out by a veterinarian, we will take care of him, board and food and medical and any donations that come will be allotted to him for his care," Humane Society Director of Operations Butch Lulloff said.

Despite the financial assistance, Boyd is still unsure whether she will be able to afford to keep Tiger, reported.

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