Walker's heroic act saved 10 cats and six dogs from that fire including his own pitbull named Bravo.
Sometimes it's the ones who have the least that have the biggest hearts.
A homeless man is being dubbed a hero and for all the good reasons. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, when 53-year-old Keith Walker saw smoke coming out of an animal shelter named W-Underdogs in Southwest Atlanta on December 18, 2020, he didn't hesitate to run in to save the innocent creatures trapped in the building. "The house was on fire, and all the dogs were in the house," Walker said. "I just popped the door open, went in, and started letting the dogs out." Walker's heroic act saved 10 cats and six dogs from that fire including his own pitbull named Bravo.
Speaking to CNN, the man 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. 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." And the founder of the shelter, Gracie Hamlin is more than grateful for what he did.
When she had found out what was happening, she raced over to her shelter in a panic, fearing the devastating loss of life. However, she didn't have to worry. "Animal control is talking to us on the phone and they're saying he's just rushing in getting one dog at a time," Hamlin said, according to Fox 5. "Animal control was able to grab a couple from him." To CNN, she said, "He is my guardian angel. 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." Thankfully all the animals turned up and since the building was partially damaged due to the fire, the animals were shifted to a different location.
Hamlin mentioned that she had known Walker for a while because she lets him keep his dog, a pitbull named Bravo, at the shelter every night. She also knew that he has been homeless since he was 13 and struggled with addiction. However, that mattered little given the enormity of the act he had committed. "I can't thank him enough for saving my animals," Hamlin said. "I'm still in disbelief because I've been around a fire and I know how fast they flare up. He is my hero."
The W-Underdogs shelter founder is currently raising money to help the shelter recover from the fire. At the time of publication, $6,993 has been raised of $20,000 goal on GoFundMe. As for Walker, Hamlin mentioned that they are still trying to find out how to help him while he battles his addiction issues. Even so, she just can't stop thanking all the people involved in saving those precious lives.
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. 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."
Keith Walker is definitely a hero and guardian angel.