Homeless man rescues every animal in Atlanta Shelter after fire broke out, including 10 cats and 6 dogs

  • 20 Aug - 26 Aug, 2022
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Keith Walker is being hailed a hero after rescuing several cats and dogs from a fire at their Atlanta animal shelter. On December 18, a fire broke out in the W-Underdogs animal shelter's kitchen. Walker, 53, was arriving to pick up his own pit bull Bravo – whom the shelter's founder Gracie Hamlin allows to stay every night inside the shelter – and took quick action to make sure the animals were removed safely. Walker said in an interview with CNN that although he was "nervous" to enter the burning building, he knew what he had to do. "I was nervous as hell, I'm not going to lie. I was really scared to go in there with all that smoke. But God put me there to save those animals," he said. "If you love a dog, you can love anyone in the world. My dog is my best friend, and I wouldn't be here without him, so I knew I had to save all those other dogs." Walker rescued every animal in the shelter, which included 10 cats and six dogs. Hamlin told CNN that Walker acted as her "guardian angel." She said that the fire department "called animal control, but Keith was already in the building pulling out the cats and dogs until they were all safe," she said. "I can't thank him enough for saving my animals. I'm still in disbelief, because I've been around a fire and I know how fast they flare up. He is my hero."