Homeless Man In Atlanta Rescues Animals From Shelter After It Caught On Fire

A homeless man risked his life to save those who are in a similar predicament as him. Only they aren’t people.

On December 18, a fire engulfed the kitchen at W-Underdogs shelter in Atlanta, Georgia. So Keith Walker, 53, immediately rushed inside.

“I was nervous as hell, I’m not going to lie,”  Walker told CNN . “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.”


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 W-Underdogs, said Keith is her 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.”

Hamlin has known Walker, who has been homeless since he was 13 years old, for quite some time now because she lets him keep his dog, a pit bull named Bravo, at the shelter every night.

Actually, Walker was on his way to pick up Bravo and take him for a walk when he saw the fire.

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


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


If you want to help W-Underdogs to get back on its feet, you can donate to the organization on its website


People have already named the man a hero