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Homeless Man Rushes Into Burning Shelter, Attempts To Pull Animals Out To Safety

Being homeless is something no one should have to face, but sadly millions of Americans do not have shelter. Despite not having a roof over his head, one homeless man in Atlanta, Georgia, put his life on the life to save shelter dogs and cats recently. According to CNN, 53-year-old Keith Walker ran into a shelter on fire so he could save several animals trapped inside.

Walker was on his way to W-Underdogs Shelter to walk his Pit Bull, Bravo, who was allowed to stay at the shelter each night. The shelter’s founder, Gracie Hamlin, told CNN that Walker has been homeless since he was 13 years old. She lets his pooch stay at the shelter each night so he is safe and warm. Walker was on his way to the shelter to pick up his dog when he saw the inferno.

He never thought twice and went inside to get the pets out of harm’s way. In total, he was able to get six dogs and 10 cats out to safety. Walker admitted he was very scared to go inside with the flames and smoke, but he could not let the animals perish. “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.”

“I can’t thank him enough for saving my animals,” Hamlin shared. “I’m still in disbelief because I’ve been around a fire and I know how fast they flare-up. He is my hero.”

W-Underdogs was in the process of moving to a new facility in Atlanta, where all the rescued animals are now living. We love happy endings and thank Mr. Walker for his bravery!

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