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Homeless Man Runs Into Burning Animal Shelter To Rescue Cats And Dogs

Claire Reid

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Homeless Man Runs Into Burning Animal Shelter To Rescue Cats And Dogs

A homeless man risked his own life running into a burning animal shelter to rescue the cats and dogs trapped inside.

Keith Walker, 53, sprang into action when the kitchen at the W-Underdogs shelter in Atlanta caught fire on 18 December.

Speaking to CNN, Keith said: "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.

Credit: Facebook/W-Underdogs
Credit: Facebook/W-Underdogs

"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 rescue all the animals living at the shelter - 10 cats and six dogs.

What a hero.

Posting about the brave rescue on Instagram, W-Underdogs wrote: "Tonight we thank our guardian angels. The homeless man that ran into our burning house and rescued our animals. The fire department and @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.

Credit: Facebook/W-Underdogs
Credit: Facebook/W-Underdogs

"We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all our friends and volunteers for coming to our immediate aide.

"We will need you in the next couple 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 premises the week after the fire 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 pulling out the cats and dogs until they were all safe."

The animals are now safe at a new facility. Credit: Facebook/W-Underdogs
The animals are now safe at a new facility. Credit: Facebook/W-Underdogs

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 fire.

Gracie added: "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."

You can find out more about the amazing work W-Underdogs does here.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/W-Underdogs

Topics: Dog, Inspirational, Animals, US

Claire Reid
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