A homeless man in Atlanta is a true hero after risking his ᴏᴡɴ ʟɪꜰᴇ by running into a burning animal shelter and ʀᴇsᴄᴜɪɴɢ 16 dogs and cats.
On December 18, a fire ᴇɴɢᴜʟꜰᴇᴅ the kitchen at W-Underdogs shelter in Atlanta, Georgia. So Keith Walker, 53, immediately rushed inside. “I was nervous as ʜᴇʟʟ, I’m not going to lie,” Walker said. “I was really sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ to go in there with all that smoke. But God put me there to sᴀᴠᴇ those animals.”
The fire was said to have started in the kitchen and been an electrical fire. Walker 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 sᴀᴠᴇ all those other dogs.”
Everyone from the W-Underdogs team was beyond grateful and thankful to all the people, especially to Walker, who helped them during the unfortunate ɪɴᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ. On a Facebook post, they wrote:
“Tonight we thank our guardian angels. The homeless man that ran into our burning house and ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ ᴏᴜʀ ᴀɴɪᴍᴀʟs. “
Gracie Hamlin, the founder of the shelter, which also empowers youths from disadvantaged neighbourhoods, called Mr Walker a “guardian angel.”
“He is my guardian angel,” the founder shelter said. “Even the firefighters didn’t want to handle the dogs. They called animal control, but Keith was already in the building pulling out the cats and dogs until they were all safe.”
Victoria Stilwell, a celebrity dog trainer and founder of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, said Walker was homeless since he was 13. Stilwell is also a member of the advisory board of W-Underdogs.
“He faces the many challenges of homelessness but he loves his dog,” Stilwell told.
Turns out fate also played an important role in the ɪɴᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ because that day, when he saw the fire at the facility, Walker was on his way to pick up his pit bull, Bravo. The people at the W-Underdogs know Walker because they are letting him keep his dog at the shelter every night. “Bravo is a large, male pitbull with a load of energy and a friendly personality. He is very strong but very loving. He is much loved,” Stilwell said.
Luckily, W-Underdogs was only a week away from moving into its new facility, where the animals are now safely residing.