Keith Walker has been homeless since he was 13 years old. The one constant in this 53-year-old’s life these days: his dog, Bravo. Unsure of his own circumstances, to keep him safe, Walker arranged with Gracie Hamlin, founder of W-Underdogs, for Bravo to stay overnight at the facility.
On December 18, when Walker arrived to take Bravo for a walk, he found the shelter engulfed in flames. Without hesitation, Walker plunged into hell to save the animals.
“I was very nervous, I’m not going to lie. I was very scared to go in there with all that smoke. But God put me there to save those animals. ” told CNN. “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. “
According to Hamlin, firefighters at the scene had called animal control to rescue the furry residents of the home, but with the fire burning, Walker refused to wait. Scared as he might have been, Walker led all the animals, six dogs and ten cats, to safety.
“He’s my guardian angel … I can’t thank him enough for saving my animals,” Hamlin said. “I’m still in disbelief … I’ve been near a fire and I know how quickly they ignite.”
The fire, which started in the kitchen, eventually left the facility uninhabitable. Fortunately, the animals were already scheduled to be moved to W-Underdog’s new facility in Atlanta in a week, and they are all fine.
When word of Walker’s bravery spread, GoFundMe campaign was released to make life a little safer for “The Hero of the Atlanta Animal Shelter” and his partner, Bravo.
“… Mr. Walker, you are an extraordinary gentleman, risking your life and limbs to save not only the dogs, but also the cats at the shelter, which would have been much more difficult,” commented one donor who made a contribution. $ 50. “I can’t wait to see you on the news in a brand new apartment with a fresh start. You earned it, man.”
Many echoed that sentiment. So far, more than $ 37,000 has been raised.
While dealing with a person trapped in a long-term cycle of homelessness “is complicated,” the campaign’s founder has promised that all the money raised will go toward creating a better future for the man who risked his own life to save lifes. defenseless animals.
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