12/21/2011 at 03:00 PM EST
For Caspar the dog it will be a merry Christmas, indeed.
Generous gifts from thousands of strangers has helped pay for life-changing cataract surgery that restored the dog's sight, according to the U.K.'s Express
"We've been overwhelmed by the generosity of people," said the dog's new owner, Sally Baker, a volunteer with the charity Dogs Friends which initially rescued the puppy in April. "Caspar has touched everyone's hearts. I can't thank everyone enough."
Baker distributed fliers around town in Bristol, England, seeking donations to pay for the dog's $3,000 eye surgery and in a matter of weeks over $10,000 flowed in. The leftover cash has helped fund procedures for three other dogs.
Among the contributors were children who sent in pocket money and a 93-year-old man who shared a portion of his pension, the Express said.
If Caspar could, he'd probably thank each donor personally. "It's completely changed his life," said Baker. "It's gone from one of total darkness to one of light and happiness."