As a fire started and threatened to harm multiple animals in an animal shelter, a homeless man risked his life to help get the animals to safety. 53-year-old Keith Walker, who has been homeless since he was 13, was on his way to visit his dog and saw the fire and immediately ran in to save the animals.
He spoke to CNN about what happened, he 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.”
The founder of the shelter, Gracie Hamlin announced in a post on Facebook that the shelter was no longer a habitable place to care for the animals because of the fire. But on the bright side, the animals were scheduled to be moved to a new shelter in Atlanta and that’s where they are currently being held.
She mentioned that Keith was a “guardian angel” and told 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.”
Because of his bravery, Walker was able to save six dogs and 10 cats. “I can’t thank him enough,” Hamlin told CNN, “I’m still in disbelief because I’ve been around a fire and I know how fast they flare-up. He is my hero.”
In a recent Facebook post, Hamlin mentioned that people have been asking in droves how they could help their neighborhood hero, Mr. Walker and she wrote that several people have asked to start a GoFundMe page for him. She continues to say that there is only one that has been verified and finishes by thanking everyone in the community.