A homele-ss man r!sked his own life running into a bu-rning animal shelter to save the cats and dogs tr-apped inside.Keith Walker, 53, sprang into action when the kitchen at the W-Underdogs shelter in Atlanta caught f!re on 18 December.
Speaking to CNN, Keith said: “I was nervous as he-ll, I’m not going to lie. I was really sc-ared to go in there with all that sm-oke. But God put me there to save those animals. “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.”Keith was able to save all the animals living at the shelter – 10 cats and six dogs. What a hero.
Posting about the brave save on Instagram, W-Underdogs wrote: “Tonight we thank our guardian angels. The homele-ss man that ran into our bu-rning house and saved our animals. The f!re department and at fultonanimalservices officers MJ and Joan for quick action.
“Our animals are safe and thanks to the incredible response from the community, everyone is settled and safe warm and secure.”We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all our friends and volunteers for coming to our immediate a!d.”We will need you in the next couple of days and weeks as we recover. But we are in your good hands… we definitely have angels among us. We are all safe.”
Fortunately, W-Underdogs was set to move to new prem!ses the week after the f!re anyway, meaning the animals are now settling in at the new facility. Founder Gracie Hamlin called Keith a ‘guardian angel’, telling CNN: “Even the firefighters didn’t want to handle the dogs.
“They called animal control, but Keith was already in the building pu-lling out the cats and dogs until they were all safe.”Gracie and Keith already knew each other, as she lets his dog Bravo sleep at the shelter overnight. Keith was off to pick up his beloved pooch to take him for a walk when he saw the f!re. Gracie added: “I can’t thank him enough for saving my animals.
“I’m still in d!sbelief because I’ve been around a f!re and I know how fast they fl-are-up. He is my hero.”You can find out more about the amazing work W-Underdogs does here.
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