'Hero' homeless man rescued every cat, dog inside animal shelter after it caught on fire

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

(KMOX) - A homeless man came to the rescue after an Atlanta animal shelter caught on fire.

Keith Walker, 53, rushed to the aid of every dog and cat inside the W-Underdogs shelter that caught on fire on December 18. The shelter's founder has known Walker over the years, as she's let him keep his own dog inside every night.

She now calls him her guardian angel.

""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," Walker said. "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," Walker told CNN.

Luckily, the shelter was already in the process of moving locations, so the 10 cats and six dogs Walker rescued will continue to have somewhere safe to stay.

"I can't thank him enough for saving my animals," the shelter's founder Gracie 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."

According to a Facebook post by the shelter, the local fire department said the cause of the fire was due to electrical mishaps.

"They are all happy, warm, safe, and comfortable in their new temporary home," W-Underdogs said in the Facebook post.

A GoFundMe page has been set up in Walker’s honor for his heroic actions.

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