A homeless man risked his life to save those who were in a situation similar to his. They are simply not human.
On December 18, a fire devastated the kitchen of the WUnderdogs shelter in Atlanta, Georgia. So Keith Walker, 53, rushed in right away.
“I was very nervous, I’m not going to lie,” Walker told CNN. “I was very scared to go in there with all that smoke. But God sent me there to save these 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 these other dogs. ”
53-year-old Keith Walker rushed into the W-Underdogs shelter on December 18 after a fire engulfed its kitchen.
He successfully rescued all the animals — 6 dogs and 10 cats
Gracie Hamlin, the founder of WUnderdogs, said Keith was her guardian angel. “Even the firefighters didn’t want to deal with the dogs. They called animal control, but Keith was already in the building and took the cats and dogs out until everyone was safe. ”
Famous dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, founder of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior and a member of the WUnderdogs advisory council, said Keith has been homeless since he was 13 years old. He now he is 53 years old.
“He faces the many challenges of homelessness, but he loves his dog,” said Stilwell Bored Panda.
WUnderdogs staff have known Keith for a long time because they allow him to keep his dog, a pit bull named Bravo, at the shelter every night.
Walker was on his way to pick up Bravo and take him for a walk when he saw the fire.
“Bravo is a tall male pit bull with a lot of energy and a friendly personality. He is very strong, but very loving. He is very loved, ”Stilwell said.
According to W-Underdogs founder Gracie Hamlin, while the shelter was not completely destroyed, the fire left it uninhabitable
Luckily, W-Underdogs was only a week away from moving into its new facility, where the animals are now safely residing
W-Underdogs is more than a haven. The organization also empowers youth through its service to animals and communities. “We address the challenges faced by at-risk youth and provide them with skills and a sense of accomplishment to help them overcome those challenges,” Stilwell said. “The relationship between children and the animals that help with rescue and at home is very special.”
He said the fire was a shock, but the WUnderdogs are so grateful to Keith for bringing the animals, which they love, saved. The creatures are now safe in their new center and are doing well.
“They get a lot of attention that they love. Some have gone to nursing homes and others wait forever for foster care or their home. Donations are poured out to help Keith and are managed by an organization that works with the homeless. We will continue to work with him and take care of Bravo if necessary. ”
People have already named the man a hero