Hero homeless man rescues 16 dogs & cats from burning animal shelter: Reports

A homeless man reportedly saved every cat and dog from a Georgia animal shelter that caught fire earlier this month.

According to CNN, the blaze occurred at W-Underdogs on December 18. Keith Walker, 53, reportedly rushed into the shelter after its kitchen caught fire.

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Keith Walker
[Image: Keith Walker/GoFundMe]
“God put me there to save those animals,” Walker told the news outlet. “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.”

TMZ reported that in total, Walker saved six dogs and 10 cats.

The fire did not completely destroy W-Underdogs, but the blaze left the shelter completely uninhabitable. CNN reported that the shelter was days away from relocating to another facility in Atlanta, where the rescued animals are now housed.

W-Underdogs founder Gracie Hamlin told CNN that she lets Walker — who has been homeless since he was 13 — keep his dog, Bravo, at the shelter. Walker was on his way to give Bravo a walk when he noticed the shelter was on fire and jumped into action.

The cause of the fire was electrical, according to TMZ.

A GoFundMe established for Walker has amassed more than $19,000 as of Monday afternoon.

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[Featured image: Keith Walker/Instagram]